PHOENIX, AZ – Natalie Imbruglia, singer of popular 1997 hit “Torn” and Peter Block, FEARnet president and visionary behind the wildly successful SAW horror movie franchise, will be in attendance at this year’s Phoenix Film Festival.In addition to Imbruglia and Block, this year’s talent represent some of the most diverse and exciting films in festival history.The talent listed below will be available for interviews.
April 4th, 7:30 PM – James Ponsoldt; director of the opening night film THE SPECTACULAR NOW
Director James Ponsoldt premiered THE SPECTACULAR NOW this year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This is Ponsoldt third feature film.
April 5th, 7:35 PM – Peter Block; executive producer of the SAW franchise and FEARnet president
Block’s film career includes the launch and stewardship of the enormously popular Saw franchise—the most successful long-running horror franchise in history—which has grossed more than $600 million in the worldwide box office, as well as producing or acquiring other acclaimed Lionsgate horror and suspense hits including The Descent, Daybreakers, Cabin Fever, Open Water, House of 1000 Corpses, Hard Candy, and The Devil’s Rejects, along with serving as co-executive producer of the NBC television series “Fear Itself.”
April 6th, 7:00 PM –DB Sweeney, Melora Walters and Natalie Imbruglia; stars of UNDERDOGS
D.B’s big break came in Francis Ford Coppola’s Gardens of Stone where he played a gung-ho Vietnam enlistee alongside screen legends James Caan, Angelica Huston, and James Earl Jones. Perhaps his most memorable role was Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out, costarring John Cusack, David Staitharn, and Charlie Sheen.
Melora Walters was born in Saudi Arabia. She has collaborated with such filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson, Taylor Hackford, John McNaughton, and Anthony Minghella to create memorable characters and performances. She most recently starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed series Big Love and this year she was seen in the independent features Case 219 and Missing Pieces as well as on Showtime’s Californication.
Natalie Imbruglia was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in a small beach town. At 17, the actress/singer/songwriter starred in a popular Australian TV show, and later, she became famous for her hit single, “Torn.” A global ambassador for charity organization Virgin Unite, Imbruglia splits her time between London and Los Angeles.
April 6th, 7:30 PM – Meg Foster; star of THEY LIVE
Megan “Meg” Foster discovered acting while attending boarding school in Lowell, MA, and pursued this interest at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse and made her off-Broadway debut in “The Empire Builders”. She is also well known for playing the villainous Evil-Lyn in the big screen version of “Masters of the Universe” and the Greek goddess Hera in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”.
“We’re really pleased with the wide variety of guests we have this year,” says Jason Carney, Festival director. “It’s a really fun group and ties in nicely with this year’s spectacular film line-up.”
For movie lovers, this is an event that is not to be missed. Tickets and passes are on sale now and available through the Phoenix Film Festival website www.phoenixfilmfestival.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Film Festival Ticket Center next to the Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theater. Tickets range in price from $12 for a single screening to $300 for a platinum pass. For more information call 602-955-6444 or go to www.phoenixfilmfestival.com.