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SYNOPSIS

Based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The Phoenix Lights”, and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history.

Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed...


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Filmmakers

  • Ridley Scott
    – Producer
  • Wes Ball
    – Producer
  • T.S. Nowlin
    – Producer and Writer
  • Mark Canton
    – Producer
  • Justin Barber
    – Director and Writer
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  • Ridley Scott is a renowned, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker honored with Best Director Oscar nominations for his work on Black Hawk Down (2001), Gladiator (2000) and Thelma & Louise (1991). All three films also earned him DGA Award nominations. Scott’s most recent release is the critically acclaimed, box-office phenomenon, The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The Martian received numerous awards and nominations, including Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy; 7 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture; a DGA Award nomination and 6 BAFTA nominations, including Best Director. His upcoming film, Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston, will be released in May 2017 by 20th Century Fox.

    Scott has garnered multiple nominations over his illustrious career. In addition to his Academy Award and DGA nominations, Scott has also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and shared in a BAFTA nomination for Best Film as a producer on the true-life drama. Scott also received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Director for his epic, Gladiator, which won the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Picture.

    In 1977, Scott made his directorial debut in feature film with The Duellists, for which he won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller, Alien, which catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and launched a successful franchise. In 1982, Scott directed the landmark film, Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. Considered a sci-fi classic, the futuristic thriller was added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1993, and a director’s cut was released to renewed acclaim in 1993 and, again, in 2007.

    Additional film credits as director include Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton; The Counselor, written by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem; the acclaimed hit, Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron; Legend, starring Tom Cruise; Someone to Watch Over Me, starring Tom Berenger; Black Rain, starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia; 1492: Conquest of Paradise, starring Gérard Depardieu; White Squall, starring Jeff Bridges; G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen; Hannibal, starring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore; Body of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney; the epic, Kingdom of Heaven, with Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell and Robin Hood, starring Cate Blanchett, and marking his fifth collaboration with Russell Crowe.

    Scott and his late brother, Tony, formed the commercial and advertising production company RSA in 1967. RSA has an established reputation for creating innovative and groundbreaking commercials for some of the world’s most recognized corporate brands.

    In 1995, the Scott brothers formed the film and television production company, Scott Free. With offices in Los Angeles and London, the Scotts produced such films as In Her Shoes, The A-Team, Cyrus, The Grey and the Academy Award-nominated drama, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

    On television, Scott executively produced the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe-winning hit, The Good Wife, for CBS; the critically-acclaimed series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic, The Man in the High Castle for Amazon and, most recently, FX’s Taboo, with Tom Hardy.

    Scott has also been an executive producer on the company’s long-form projects, including the Starz miniseries, The Pillars of the Earth, the A&E miniseries, The Andromeda Strain, the TNT miniseries, The Company; the award-winning HBO movies, RKO 281, The Gathering Storm and Into the Storm; and National Geographic’s telefilms, Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus.

    In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the arts. He received the 30th American Cinematheque Award at the organization’s annual gala in 2016 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Picture Direction at the 2017 Directors Guild of America Awards.

  • Wes grew up in Lake Como, Florida and attended Florida State University where he earned a BFA in film. It is here that Wes first gained attention for his student short, A Work In Progress, which was honored with a Student Academy Award. It was at that time that Wes founded his own boutique VFX and Animation Studio, Oddball Animation.

    Soon after, Wes found himself working alongside Tom Hanks on the IMAX-3D documentary, Magnificent Desolation, where Wes was the Previz Supervisor. In addition to this critically-acclaimed project, Wes and his Oddball team designed title sequences, created CG-animation and produced VFX for such companies as Playtone, Walt Disney and Universal, among others.

    In 2012, Wes created, produced and directed the original 3D short film, Ruin. He released it online and, within a short time, it had gathered over 5 million hits. The film catapulted Wes into the ring of new directors to watch. Two months later, the feature version of Ruin sold to Fox Studios in a preemptive bid. That same week, the studio began talks for him to direct his first feature film, The Mazer Runner. Produced for $34 million, Maze Runner went on to make $350 million worldwide and launch a franchise. The sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, premiered in September 2015 and became a worldwide hit. Wes is currently in production in South Africa on the climax to the series, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which is scheduled for release in January 2018.

    Wes’s film production company, Oddball Entertainment, has a first-look deal with Fox. In addition to Ruin, Oddball’s current development slate includes the adventure, In Search of Humans; the epic fantasy, Fall of Gods, based on the illustrated novel created by Rasmus Berggreen and Michael Vogt and an untitled supernatural thriller to be directed by Jason Eisener.

    Wes produced Phoenix Forgotten, alongside Ridley Scott, with Justin Barber directing for Cinelou Films. Phoenix Forgotten premieres April 21st of this year.

  • T.S. Nowlin is best known for co-writing the screenplay for The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball; as well as for writing and executively producing its sequel, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. His upcoming credits include Pacific Rim: Uprising and Maze Runner: The Death Cure. He is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Motion Pictue Arts.

  • Mark Canton (300; 300: Rise of an Empire) has been a preeminent force in the entertainment industry, helping to bring hundreds of pictures to the screen in his capacity as a senior studio executive and producer. Canton controls many high-profile projects in various stages of development, pre-production, production and post-production.

    In early 2015, Cake, a dark comedy written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, produced by Canton and starring Jennifer Aniston as an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a person in her chronic pain group. Cake was released to critical and audience acclaim. Aniston’s performance garnered nominations for major awards, including a Golden Globe®. Cake was the first project made under a new venture between Cinelou Films and China’s Shenghua Entertainment. Courtney Solomon, Cinelou’s CEO and Co-Chairman, also produced the film.

    In September 2016, Cinelou released its second film, Mr. Church, an emotional drama starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Bruce Beresford. It completed filming in Los Angeles in January 2015, with Lee Nelson and David Buelow, producing alongside Canton and Solomon.

    The Comedian, a dark comedy starring Robert DeNiro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Harvey Keitel, and directed by Taylor Hackford, had its World Premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on November 11th, 2016, and opened in the U.S. on February 3rd, 2017, with Sony Pictures Classics distributing. The screenplay is by Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross and Richard Lagravenese (Academy Award®-winning writer of The Fisher King), and focuses on the life of an aging insult comic.

    Three additional Cinelou motion pictures are presently in post-production or awaiting release:

    • Burn Your Maps, written and directed by Jordan Roberts (Big Hero Six) played to critical acclaim at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film stars Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas, Virginia Madson, Jacob Tremblay and Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), and focuses on an 8-year-old American boy (Tremblay) who declares to his parents that he is a Mongolian goat herder born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker, they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world.
    • The Yellow Birds, written by David Lowery and directed by Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice, Clash of Gods). Based on the book by Kevin Powers, Jennifer Aniston, Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, Hail Caesar, Beautiful Creatures), Tye Sheridan (X-Men) and Jack Huston (American Hustle, The Longest Ride) are starring in the drama set against the Iraq war which was shown at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
    • Phoenix Lights, directed by Justin Barber is a mystery about three teens that go missing following the appearance of mysterious lights in the skies above Phoenix, AZ. TS Nowlin (Maze Runner) wrote the screenplay.

    Presently filming in Atlanta for STX is Den of Thieves, a crime thriller about a gang of outlaws who try to rob the Federal Reserve in Los Angeles, and a gang of renegade cops who try to stop them. It is written and directed by Christian Gudegast with Gerard Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Pablo Schreiber and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson starring.

    Canton is also in advanced stages of development with the following projects:

    • Escape Plan 2, the sequel to the 2013 Sylvester Stallone-Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller, will be a Chinese co-production with Leoma Pictures and Emmett/Furla/Oasis. The Lionsgate film is being written by Miles Chapman.
    • Robotech with James Wan (Fast 7, The Conjuring) directing from a script by Greg Russo (Black Ice) for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Robotech is the classic anime that launched in the 1980s and has fervent fans all over the world.
    • Honor for Sale, a scandal drama based on former police officer Gerald E. Kelly’s book recounts one of the darkest chapters in NYPD history when 500 pounds of narcotics were stolen from the department’s Property Clerk’s office – including some of the heroin seized during the famed “French Connection” case. John Hillcoat will direct from a screenplay by Harrison Query. Brian Oliver of Cross Creek is producing alongside Canton.

    In the television arena, Canton is Executive Producer on the mega-hit, Power, which is the #1 show on the Starz Network in both popularity and ratings. Presently shooting its fourth season in New York City, it has already been renewed for a fifth outing. The series was developed with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and CBS Studios with Courtney Kemp (The Good Wife) as the writer/showrunner.

    Additionally, Canton has entered into a first-look arrangement with Starz for the development and production of cutting edge, high-concept original programming for the network. Just Fall is the next series that he is developing with them. It is based on a romantic suspense-thriller book by film producer, USC professor, and author, Nina Sadowsky, who is currently writing the script for the series’ first episodes.

    Amongst his most notable films are 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Spiderwick Chronicles and Immortals. 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and directed by Zack Snyder for Warner Bros Pictures, opened in 2007 to record-setting box office numbers, having grossed more than $460 million worldwide and is the highest-grossing March release in the history of the motion picture business. The 300 DVD has set sales records around the world. The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the best-selling children books by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directing, was released in February 2008 by Paramount Pictures and was the highest-grossing family film of early 2008. Immortals, an epic mythological tale set in war-torn ancient Greece, was released on 11/11/11 and has amassed a worldwide gross of almost $250 million.

    He had two movies released in 2010: Letters to Juliet, a romantic drama for Summit Entertainment, which was directed by the late Gary Winick on location in Verona and Tuscany, Italy, and New York City, and Dimension Films’ Piranha 3D directed by Alexandre Aja, which Canton describes as “Jaws for a new generation.” Its sequel, Piranha 3DD, was also released by Dimension.

    In March 2014 his film 300: Rise of an Empire, the companion to 300, opened to new box office records around the world. It was written by Snyder and Johnstad and directed by Noam Murro for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures and is also based on a Frank Miller graphic novel. In December 2014, Twentieth Century Fox released The Pyramid, a horror film set against the intersection of ancient Egyptology and modern Archeology, which was directed by Gregory Levasseur.

    Canton initially joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Production, rising to Senior Vice President and President of Worldwide Theatrical Production. During his tenure at the studio, Canton was instrumental in creating the notable Batman, Lethal Weapon and National Lampoon’s Vacation film franchises. His creative influence brought some of today’s most powerful filmmakers to the fore and some of the studio’s most successful films to the screen. The latter included Tim Burton’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Batman, Beetlejuice, the Academy award-winning Driving Miss Daisy and Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Canton also put into production such popular hits as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Purple Rain, Above the Law, The Witches of Eastwick, The Mission, and Presumed Innocent, among others.

    He departed Warner Bros. to join Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures as Chairman. In the ensuing years, he rose to Chairman of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Companies, with all creative, operational and management responsibility for Columbia Pictures, Triumph Films, Sony Pictures Classics SPE’s international theatrical operations and Columbia TriStar’s strategic motion picture alliances

    Soon after joining SPE Canton revitalized motion picture production operations, restructured the marketing and distribution companies and released a wide range of critically acclaimed action and comedy hits, among them: A Few Good Men, Groundhog Day, In the Line of Fire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Bad Boys, The Net, The Professional, The Fifth Element, and Jumanji. Canton also championed a distinctive slate of dramas and romantic comedies, such as the Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility, Legends of the Fall, The Mirror Has Two Faces, A League of Their Own, Fly Away Home, Sleepless in Seattle, Poetic Justice, The Age of Innocence, Little Women, The Remains of the Day and The People vs. Larry Flynt.

    Also produced under Canton’s aegis at Sony were the Academy Award-winning As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt; Oscar-winner Jerry Maguire, starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr.; Men in Black, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; the Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding; the thriller Anaconda; and the Wolfgang Peterson film Air Force One starring Harrison Ford. In addition, Canton initiated I Know What You Did Last Summer, Starship Troopers, Zorro, Godzilla, and Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon.

    Following Sony Canton returned to Warner Bros. to create his own production entity, The Canton Company. His first picture was the Warner Bros. Christmas classic Jack Frost, starring Michael Keaton (Batman) and Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire). The next film came the following year, as Canton produced the much-anticipated remake of the British cult classic Get Carter, directed by Stephen Kay (Last Time I Committed Suicide) starring academy award winners Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Michael Caine (Cider House Rules) alongside Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That) and Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow). Shortly thereafter, Warner Bros released the dramatic Mars thriller Red Planet directed by Antony Hoffman, and starring Val Kilmer (Heat), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and Oscar winner Terrance Stamp.

    In early 2002 he joined Artists Production Group as a partner, Chairman and CEO and in December 2003, he launched Atmosphere Entertainment MM – an entrepreneurial venture to develop, produce and finance theatrical motion pictures and television programming.

    Two films produced by The Canton Company and Artists Production Group banners -- Warner Bros. Pictures Taking Lives, a Village Roadshow Pictures and Canton Company Production starring Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland and Oliver Martinez, and Lionsgate Films’ Godsend starring Robert De Niro, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Greg Kinnear, were released in early 2004.

    Canton executive produced the Jack and Jill TV series for Warner Bros. Television, and is presently developing new television projects at HBO, ABC, CBS, TNT and Lifetime.

    A native of New York, Canton is a UCLA graduate (magna cum laude) and a member of UCLA’s National Honor Society for American Studies. He delivered the 2011 commencement address at UCLA’s School of History. In addition to serving on the UCLA Board of Councilors and the Deans Advisory Board for the School of Theatre, Film, and Television, Canton was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute and Founder and is Chairman Emeritus of AFI’s Third Decade Council. In recent years, he has co-chaired the prestigious Ischia Global Film & Music Festival and the Los Angeles, Italia Film Festival.

  • Justin Barber is a commercial director and VFX artist in Los Angeles. Phoenix Forgotten is his first feature. He previously produced Medicine for Melancholy, directed by Barry Jenkins, and is a partner in the commercial production company, Strike Anywhere. He is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Motion Picture Arts.

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