PHX Film Collective: Let the Right One In
7:30-9:30PM FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Changing Hands Phoenix joins the Phoenix Film Collective to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. This is a special event in partnership with Stray Cat Theatre, which is staging Let the Right One In starting April 12. We'll screen the film and host a Q&A with the play's two young lead actors.

Remember that awesome teenage vampire romance all the cool girls went crazy for in the aughts? No, not Twilight, the other one. We're talking, of course, about the great 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In.

Set against the beautifully stark backdrop of Nordic winter, the film tells the story of a lonely, bullied boy who falls in love with a dark and mysterious neighbor girl with a thirst for blood. Eli has been 12 years old for over 200 years, which does weird things to a girl. Genuinely freaky, it's also an elegant exploration of loneliness and adolescence.

Think of the all-time-great movie-watching experiences of your life. Maybe it was when your dad surprised you with a matinee screening of Jurassic Park when you were a kid, and for two hours one summer afternoon you believed dinosaurs still walked the earth. Maybe it was the collective gasp when the twist in Get Out was revealed, or how the triumphant ending made you high-five the stranger sitting next to you. Maybe it was the time you sat in a nearly empty theatre in the middle of the afternoon, seeing a Jean-Luc Godard film for the first time, an experience that temporarily bonded you with a handful of strangers in a dark room, but you all left the theatre knowing that your life had been changed in some meaningful way.

The point is this: Whatever your most profound movie moments, they probably weren't experienced sitting alone on your couch. Because watching movies with other people who love movies is just better. That's why we started the PHOENIX FILM COLLECTIVE, a group created by film buffs for film buffs in Central Phoenix, so we can share more of those life-altering movie-going experiences together.