Phoenix Film Festival’s fabulous poster art

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Phoenix Film Festival poster art by Alex Patrick Merrill
Phoenix Film Festival poster art by Alex Patrick Merrill

Spring is here and while the cactus flowers of Arizona’s beautiful desert begin to bloom film fans know it is also the time of year when independent films blossom at the Phoenix Film Festival (PFF) and International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF.)

That’s right #PFF2016 and #IHSFF2016 kick off this Thursday evening (4/7/16) and run through next Thursday (4/14/16) at the Harkins Scottsdale 101 theatres; and while the main draw is certainly the myriad of awesome new films, for me the gravy on this cinematic steak is always the incredible marketing posters they come up with.

Year after year, the PFF graphics team, headed by art director Marty Freetage, creates the coolest event artwork you are likely to see. It’s always a treat to peruse their work, which usually features the rascally PFF mascot, “Camerahead,” in one way or another; and this year they’ve really outdone themselves.

As a huge King Kong fan (Is there any other kind?) I love this year’s retro tribute to Skull Island’s infamous ape by illustrator Alex Patrick Merrill, and the additional offerings are equally fun spoofs of iconic classic films.

Mrs. Robinson tries to seduce Camerahead in Mr. Freetage’s tribute to The Graduate; artist Amy Bornstein knocks it out of the Jurassic Park with her Camerahead Rex; and the squirrelly cinema-noggin has some serious skills as Napoleon Dynamite by illustrator Lisa Marie Lara.

Phoenix Film Festival poster art by (L-R) Marty Freetage, Amy Bornstein, Lisa Marie Lara
Phoenix Film Festival poster art by (L-R) Marty Freetage, Amy Bornstein, Lisa Marie Lara

Get in on the fun and get the latest information on the festivals’ films, see trailers, review show times and purchase tickets at: phoenixfilmfestival.com.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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