Scottsdale Cinematheque Series

By Press Release

Scottsdale Cinematheque Series

(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will showcase six acclaimed international films during the inaugural Scottsdale Cinematheque series organized by Amy Ettinger, director of Scottsdale International Film Festival.

The new independent, foreign and art films not yet screened at other Valley theaters will be making their Arizona premieres in the Center’s 137-seat Stage 2 theater on select weekends from April through September. Screenings will have reserved seating and complimentary popcorn and iced tea. The series will also feature occasional guest appearances and live video conversations with filmmakers, when available.

“The Scottsdale Cinematheque film series is a cool and arty cinematic escape for Arizona during our hot spring and summer months,” said Ettinger. “I’m delighted that we can showcase distinctive films as an extension of the Scottsdale Film Festival. The soul of the series is similar to the Festival in that we present films of merit that otherwise may not reach the big screen locally.”

Tickets are $7 each and available starting March 8 at or at 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Scottsdale Cinematheque Film Schedule

Where the Road Runs Out

  • Friday, April 8, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

George Mensah, a respected African scientist living in Rotterdam, is growing weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend is the incentive he needs to return to his African roots, where he meets an orphan boy whose sunny disposition opens George’s eyes up to the colorful place and possibilities and trials of life.

The Automatic Hate

  • Friday, May 13, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.

When Davis Green's alluring young cousin Alexis shows up on his doorstep, he discovers a side of his family that had been kept secret his entire life. As the two get closer, they set out to uncover the shocking secret that tore their families apart.

The Dying of the Light

  • Friday, June 10, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m.

For 120 years they brought the light to the screen. Now their light is dying. Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. The Dying of the Light explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists resulting in a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies — and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

My King (Mon Roi)

  • Friday, July 8, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 15, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m.

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Through a haze of questions and painkillers, she remembers her tumultuous love story with Georgio, presenting an energized romantic drama overflowing with humor and passion

Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart

  • Friday, August 12, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 13, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 14, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, August 19, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m.

Based on the true story “Un assassin au-dessus de tout soupcon” by Yvan Stefanovitch, this chilling chronicle follows notorious serial killer Alain Lamare as he disturbed the peace and quiet of the Oise region from 1978 to 1979. The evocative period soundtrack includes music by Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground.

In Harmony (En Équilibre)

  • Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 10, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 17, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.

Marc, an equestrian stuntman, suffers traumatic injuries from a serious accident and loses all hope of ever getting back on a horse. Florence works for an insurance company and is in charge of Marc’s case. Although they have nothing in common, their brief interaction will impact them in more ways than they can imagine.


One of the premier performing-arts halls in the Western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of dance, music, theater and film from around the world. More than 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are presented and hosted by the Center each year serving approximately 250,000 participants and contributing substantially to Scottsdale’s high quality of life and reputation as a vibrant arts destination. The Center’s education and outreach programs reach nearly 20,000 children and adults each year. Most events take place in the state-of-the-art, 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, recognized for its intimacy, acoustics and comfort. Additional venues include the 137-seat Stage 2 and neighboring

1,800-capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located on

Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a 21-acre urban oasis next to the city’s Old Town and gallery districts.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual five-day destination event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 15-year history, the Festival has presented nearly 500 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered indie gems – to more than 80,000 attendees. In 2015, the Festival began an innovative new partnership with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, a division of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council, which enables the organizations to share resources and offer expanded film programming to the community. The 16th Scottsdale International Film Festival will take place Oct. 6–10, 2016.


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, two blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center

Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.