Celebrating “the Elizabeth Taylor,” one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s golden years, City of Phoenix Vice Mayor Tom Simplot and Harkins Theatres are hosting an exciting film festival to benefit Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS starting this Friday, Jan. 22 and running through Sunday, Jan. 24.
Taking place at Harkins Theatres Christown 14, the film festival will feature a weekend-full of films starring Elizabeth Taylor, generously underwritten by Harkins Theatres. The film festival will open with an entertainment-filled VIP cocktail reception, silent auction and film showing on Friday evening, Jan. 22. The reception will spotlight Elizabeth Taylor’s renowned work in the film and entertainment industry.
“This is a fun, family way to celebrate an icon of the screen and an icon of the AIDS movement. I can think of no better way to raise money for Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS than to celebrate Elizabeth Taylor,” noted Phoenix Vice Mayor Tom Simplot, co-chair of the event.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS to help support research, prevention and wellness programs.
“Elizabeth Taylor has been a great supporter of HIV/AIDS prevention, and we are honored that a community film festival would honor her work while supporting our ability to serve the growing needs for awareness, prevention, and support for those 13,000 youth, men and women in Arizona who are impacted by this devastating disease, ” SWC President and CEO Carol Poore said.
Elizabeth Taylor Movie Lineup:
Friday, January 22
5:30 p.m. Reception and Auction
7:15 p.m. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Saturday, January 23
12:00 p.m. National Velvet
2:30 p.m. Giant
6:45 p.m. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
9:20 p.m. Suddenly Last Summer
Sunday, January 24
11 p.m. National Velvet
1:45 p.m. Little Women
4:00 p.m. Butterfield 8
6:30 p.m. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
VIP reception tickets are $75 and include cocktails, appetizers, one raffle ticket, a showing of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” following the reception, and admission into all Elizabeth Taylor films shown at Harkins Christown 14 Theatre throughout the weekend. RSVP is required for the VIP reception and tickets can be purchased by phone only by calling Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS at 602.307.5330 ext. 2242 in advance.
Individual film tickets are $10, where 100 percent of the ticket sales will be given back to Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Tickets will be available for purchase during the film festival throughout the weekend at Harkins Theatres Christown 14. Those who attend more than one Elizabeth Taylor movie will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes drawn at the close of the film festival.
For more information about this film festival please visit Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS online at www.swhiv.org.