Scottsdale arts center and film festival partner

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale International Film Festival have joined to expand year-round film programming.

The partnership begins in January and both organizations hope the union will boost audiences.

“When arts organizations come together in a spirit of collaboration they can accomplish so much more,” said Scottsdale Cultural Council President Neale Perl. Perl announced upon accepting his position in August that he wanted more community, state and international partnerships.

The performing arts center has expanded its film offerings in recent years with cultural films as part of its annual Discovery Series, in which the film festival curated Australian, New Zealand, Indian and Brazilian films.

Scottsdale International Film Festival founder Amy Ettinger will join the center as a film curator and continue to direct the festival, now in its 14th year.

The festival continues its longstanding relationship with Harkins Theatres.

This year’s Scottsdale International Film Festival showcases five days and nights of screenings and special events. The festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 9, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with the Arizona premiere of “Rudderless.” William H. Macy’s directorial debut stars Billy Crudup as a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.

Tickets available at ScottsdaleFilmFestival.com.

Carefree center talks advance

Carefree continues to explore building a 12,000-15,000-square-foot space that could serve as a new cultural center and Town Council chambers.

Desert Foothills Theater and Arizona State University Art Museum could provide anchor components at the center, which could be built adjacent to the parking lots behind Town Hall.

The 40-year-old theater company is eager to move forward pending approval by its boards and an agreement with the town. The theater would stage performances. The ASU museum is in discussions to use the proposed center for 12 major presentations a year.

The center would be built on a cost-sharing basis and preliminary discussions have begun on financing options. Town leaders say expected loan payments would equal the payment the Carefree Water Co. would be making to repay its loan to the town starting in 2018.

Cultural official accepts new job

Scottsdale Cultural Council retail director Janice Bartczak announced on Facebook that she has accepted a job with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as director of retail at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Bartczak also has served as director of the 45-year-old Scottsdale Arts Festival.

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