â€œAmerican Cherryâ€ Has Been Selected to Open the Chandler International Film Festival
By Claire Natale -
Thursday Jan 06, 2022
The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) is excited to announce that â€œAmerican Cherryâ€ has been selected to kick off the sixth annual film festival on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at LOOK Dine-In Cinema (1 W Chandler Blvd) in Chandler. The night will begin with a Hollywood style red carpet opening at 6:30 p.m. before the film makes its Arizona premiere at 8 p.m. There will be an after-party following the movie at The Stillery (130 S. Arizona Ave).
â€œAmerican Cherryâ€ is a film directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz that follows a teenage girl living in a small town who must navigate her freedom and personal identity within a fractured, dysfunctional family. Varela plays the mother, suffering with mental illness and substance abuse, and Denton, who recently appeared in the Netflix hit show â€œRiverdaleâ€, plays the boy next door who becomes the object of her fascination.
The movie will open the six-day international festival (Jan. 18-23) that will feature 115 movies with more than 20 films directed by local filmmakers, which is the highest amount in the six-year history of CIFF.
There will also be a multitude of filmmaker workshops for the public to attend throughout the week. Grady Craig, VP, Business Development & Operations at Bondlt Media will host a workshop about institutional investing along with indie greenlighting via creative development. Director Jordan Brady will host a 90-minute workshop discussing how actors and directors work in TV commercials. Actor Pat Finn will present a two-hour improv with audience participation.
Along with a diverse mix of films and workshops, CIFF will also include a variety of programming and events including an award ceremony, Q&As, panel discussions, nightly after parties, and multiple celebrity guest appearances from Sean Young, Pat Finn, Jordan Brady, Grady Craig and Bubba Ganter.
Tickets for CIFF begin at $10 for a single show, $50 for a day pass and $220 for an entire festival price. In addition, an online pass to stream a show on Festiflix will begin at $2.99 and vary by film.
About Chandler International Film Festival
The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) is a nonprofit (501c3) diversified and pioneering film festival located in Chandler, Ariz. With a passion for the art of filmmaking, the Chandler International Film Festival aims to support independent film producers from all over the world and their movie making. CIFF provides a platform through which projects are reviewed, judged, and honored for their uniqueness, creativity, and storytelling ability.