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7th Annual Prescott Film Festival Gets Underway
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17 July 2016  

Wine and classic films - what more could one want?

Late Sunday afternoon the kickoff event for the 7th Annual Prescott Film Festival is the classic 1947 film, Lady from Shanghai, starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. 

The movie is of a  Film Noir genré and thus is paired with a Pinot Noir for a pre-screening wine tasting event.

Following the showing of Lady from Shanghai, Beatrice Welles, the daughter of Orson Welles, will be the special guest for a Q&A. 

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) explains, "According to Orson Welles, the idea for The Lady from Shanghai came purely by accident: 'I was working on Around the World in 80 Days [a stage musical of the Jules Verne novel, produced by Michael Todd] and we found ourselves in Boston on the day of the premiere, unable to get the costumes from the station because $50,000 was due and our producer, Mr. Todd, had gone broke. Without that money we couldn't open. I called Harry Cohn [head of Columbia Studios] in Hollywood and I said, 'I have a great story for you if you could send me $50,000 by telegram in one hour. I'll sign a contract to make it.' 'What story?' Cohn said. I was calling from a pay phone, and next to it was a display of paperbacks and I gave him the title of one of them, Lady from Shanghai. I said, 'Buy the novel and I'll make the film.' An hour later, we got the money.’" 

The film will be accompanied by a short, The Bloody Olive

The wine tasting takes place from 3-4:30 PM, and the film screening will start at 4:30. 

Tickets are $35 for the combined wine tasting and film screening. Attendees must be at least 21 years old for the full Wine Tasting event. 

If you go:

What: Prescott Film Festival’s Film Noir & Pinot Noir 

Where: Yavapai College Performing Arts Center

When: Sunday, July 17

Time: 3-4:30 Pinot Noir Wine Tasting; 4:30-6:30 Film Screening

Who: Beatrice Welles, daughter of Orson Welles, guest speaker

Cost: $35 for combined wine & film

Note: Must be 21 years or older to participate in wine tasting.
 

Sneak Peek

On Monday, the Last Cab to Darwin will play accompanied by Last Days.  There is also a workshop on Film Preservation