Prescott, AZ – What do stars James LeGros, Jesse Borrego, Lisa Edelstein, Reynaldo Gallegos, Diedrich Bader and Kevin Corrigan all have in common? They are the ensemble cast of the fantastic new film Phoenix, Oregon, in which the lead characters Bobby (LeGros) and Carlos (Borrego) must defying midlife haze, and seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive.
Coming July 8, 2019 to Yavapai College, sponsored by the YC Film and Media Arts Program, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Writer, Director & Editor Gary Lundgren and Producers Annie Lundgren and Luis Rodriguez. The film screens at the YC Community Room, (next to the library.)
All tickets are $5 and available at the door.
The YC Film and Media Arts Program is part of a very special “Phoenix, Oregon” 70 city nationwide screening tour that will take the film to the East coast and back this summer. This screening is the only chance for local Prescott audiences to see the film and partake in a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Sold out audiences and critics alike love this film…
“Phoenix, Oregon film walks a gorgeous line between pathos and comedy, proving Lundgren to be a master of tone and discovering the grace notes that make up even the most mundane moments of our lives. Lundgren's script has more to say about depression, anxiety, art, friendship and love than any dozen movies I've seen in the theater this year. As an indie film, it's not just a potent reminder of why smaller movies with unheard voices are important—but also that a big budget is wholly unnecessary when sharing truth and beauty with an audience.” - Jared Rasic, The Source Weekly
“The performances are brilliant, sharply drawn with each individual pulling me in, sharing their individual stories within the ensemble cast as the steady, amazing performance of James La Gros, an exercise in less is more, results in the complex portrait of the hesitant wishful thinker, caught by his youth as he stumbles to create an adulthood he can live with. Touching. Moving. Uplifting. Real.” -Beverly (audience member)
“Phoenix, Oregon is a film that creates magic rarely felt in films today. The magic happens with the closeness, friendship and empathy you intensely feel with the protagonists. They become members of your family and you one of theirs. You will miss them all when the film ends. The story grabs and holds you directly without any fancy artifacts. Insightful and truly heartwarming, a must see.” -Wolfgang (audience member)
“Phoenix, Oregon is an entertaining film, with a genuine regional soul (many will relate to). All the actors in the film’s wonderful ensemble create idiosyncratic, funny, and believable characters the audience will love and not want to let go. Bravo. Best bowling film since The Big Lebowski.” -Richard Herskowitz E.D. Ashland Independent Film Festival
About the cast
“Phoenix, Oregon” brings together an incredible cast including James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Living in Oblivion, Ally McBeal), Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, House), Jesse Borrego (Fame, Blood In Blood Out), Diedrich Bader (Office Space, Veep, Drew Carey Show), Reynaldo Gallegos (Logan/Wolverine, Rambo 4, Sons of Anarchy) and Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Pineapple Express, Fringe).
About the filmmaker
Gary Lundgren (Director, Writer and Editor) head of JOMA Films is an award winning independent filmmaker who shows remarkable range in his films, from his 2010 debut Calvin Marshall, a prize winning baseball comedy to Redwood Highway and Black Road, Gary creates characters which engage audiences and stay with viewers. These previous films seem to be the fertile soil/proving grounds for his latest film Phoenix, Oregon, a rich tapestry of midlife reinvention and the enduring redemption of friendship. As a director, writer and editor Gary has hit his stride with PHOENIX, OREGON which is poised to be his most successful effort yet.
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