PHX Film Collective: Rushmore

Join the PHX Film Collective at Changing Hands Phoenix for a screening of Wes Anderson's Rushmore! The PHX Film Collective is a a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs.

Go back to school with PHX Film Collective and Save Our Schools Arizona! PHX Film Collective will donate 80% of the proceeds from this event to Save Our Schools Arizona. Jessica Wani from SOS AZ will speak before the film about the importance of supporting public schools in Arizona. Tickets are limited but you can reserve yours by making a donation at this link.

A limited number of tickets may still be available at the door at show time.

Wes Anderson's films are fantastical, intricately constructed dioramas of wit and whimsy. And the director's 1998 sophomore effort, Rushmore, may very well be his best. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Anderson's most precocious protagonist, a teenage private-school eccentric whose life is consumed by elaborate extracurricular endeavors and the production of ambitious stage plays. All attempts, it all seems, to fill the void left in his life by his mother's death — and all fruitless until he falls for widowed elementary-school teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams) and battles steel tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray) for her affections. The window dressings have all the typical off-kilter Andersonian charm, but it is, at heart, a film about loss and being lost, all impeccably scored by the British Invasion. It's almost enough to make us miss high school.

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.
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