Daily Archives: September 7, 2010

Steve Weiss to program downtown Phoenix’s FilmBar

The DVC’s own Steve Weiss, has been hired as film programmer at FilmBar Phoenix.

FilmBar Phoenix is an independent theater opening this November at 815 N. Second St. in downtown Phoenix.  It will be a 21-and-over venue that will serve beer and wine as well as espresso from Cartel Coffee Lab.

Steve Weiss, the director of No Festival Required Independent Cinema has programmed indie screenings for nearly a decade. He has mainly worked with traditional art venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Detroit Film Center and local art-spaces Modified Arts, Paper Heart, Chyro Arts, Space 55 and most recently, the Metro Arts Theater. No Festival Required has received three New Times Best of Phoenix awards.

Steve will continue working with other venues.  He has also obtained a mobile video/sound system that enables him to offer on-site video projection to groups and private parties and realize his dream of bringing truly independent film to outlying Arizona towns.

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Downtown Phoenix Vendors suffering along with the Diamondbacks

[Source: myFOXphoenix.com]

It’s a one-two punch — the Diamondbacks‘ poor attendance and the down economy are causing baseball vendors’ livelihoods to suffer.

The Diamondbacks are in last place in their division, and are just not bringing in the fans that they used to. That’s hurting vendors in and around Chase Field, who rely on big crowds to stay afloat.

Jawhar Karim sells soda and cracker jacks outside Chase Field. He says he’s extended hours to try and make up the difference.

“We starting to see the effect of Diamondbacks season but were hanging in, trying to make the best of it,” says Karim.

Bonnie Little is a pedi-cab driver. She says fewer fans means fewer rides around downtown Phoenix. She survives on tips.

“Fewer rides. Just getting people on the bike is difficult. Doing a lot of free rides and hoping they’ll tip us for bringing them down,” says Little.

Just last month, the Diamondbacks set an all-time franchise record low for attendance, with only 15,509 people showed up for the game. Downtown vendors are hoping things will turn around soon.

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