The Woods Hole Film Festival, along with 29 other film festivals from across the United States, will participate in the first-ever Film Festival Day on Saturday, April 12. The initiative of the Film Festival Alliance and Theatrical At Home will host a virtual group screening and filmmaker question-and-answer session of the independent film “Phoenix, Oregon,” a comedy of midlife reinvention and the redeeming power of friendship.

The film was originally slated to be released in theaters in late March, but due to COVID 19 the film will now be available to watch virtually from anywhere in the United States or Canada on Film Festival Day. All revenues from the online event will be shared with participating film festivals. More than 175 film festivals across North America have been canceled or postponed as a result of COVID-19.

“Film festivals and community cinemas are the backbone of the independent film industry. They introduce audiences to stories which nurture, nourish and encourage new perspectives,” said Annie Lundgren, producer of “Phoenix, Oregon.”

Tickets to the film festival watch party are $6.50 and can be purchased at the Woods Hole Film Festival’s website. To join the virtual group screening event, watch the film Saturday, April 11, at 6 PM and join the question-and-answer session with the filmmakers at 8 PM. All ticket purchasers receive a one-time link to watch the movie at home and a free digital copy upon its official release this summer.

If you are not available to participate in the event, private screening links for Film Festival Day will be available to watch starting Saturday, April 11, at midnight until Monday, April 13, at 8:59 PM.

“Phoenix, Oregon,” rated R, is described as a dark comedy. Defying midlife haze two friends, a graphic novelist and a chef, seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevance at midlife. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive.

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