Talk Cinema Film Series Begins Oct. 19 in Scottsdale

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The Talk Cinema film series
, a cross-city event that gives advanced screenings of independent and foreign films, will hit the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19.

Tickets are available now, but there's a catch -- you won't know what movie is screening until you're actually watching it. The films aren't announced in advance.

Read more about the film series and what you can expect to see after the jump...

The films to be screened are hand-picked each year by the series' creator, film critic Harlan Jacobson, and he's not about to let anyone in on what will be showing.

Still, some past movies featured during the series may be convincing enough to draw you out. Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire" screened in 2008, and nominee "An Education" made an appearance in 2009, though documentaries and other genres have been featured as well.

Moderated conversations with critics, filmmakers, and other industry aficionados will take place after the screenings (hence the name Talk Cinema).

But if you don't end up being a fan of October's screening, don't worry, you can still hedge your bet. Another screening will be held every month through June.

Tickets are $21 standard, $17 for members, and $10 for students. They can be purchased now through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' Patron Services Box Office at (480) 994-ARTS (2787), ext. 2, or online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Dates and times for Talk Cinema screenings (all screen on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.):

Oct. 19
Nov. 16
Dec. 14
Jan. 18
Feb. 22
March 15
April 26
May 10
June 7


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