Prime Video’s Sundance Hit “JUDY BLUME FOREVER” makes its AZ debut at 2023 Phoenix Film Festival

PHOENIX (Wednesday, March 1, 2023) – Prime Video’s “JUDY BLUME FOREVER” one of the hit features released at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been announced as one of the Centerpiece Films showing at the 23rd annual Phoenix Film Festival. 


JUDY BLUME FOREVER is a documentary directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, and starring Judy Blume, Molly Ringwald, Samantha Bee, Lena Dunham, Tayari Jones, and Alex Gino.



Synopsis: Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers – and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.


Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok trace Blume’s journey from fearful, imaginative child to storytelling pioneer who elevated the physical and emotional lives of kids and teens, to banned writer who continues to fight back against censorship today.  Playful and poignant animations celebrate the magic and awkwardness of being young, while intimate conversations with acclaimed authors and artists reveal Blume’s profound impact on readers.  Long-standing fans share open-hearted letters they wrote to Blume over the decades.


With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, Judy Blume Forever tells the story of the woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers understand themselves, their sexuality, and what it means to grow up.


Passes and tickets for the 2023 Phoenix Film Festival can be purchased either by calling 480-513-3195 or by visiting Via the website, the public can also buy tickets for more films showing at this year’s festival and can view the schedule.


The 23rd Annual Phoenix Film Festival will run from Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, April 2 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre.


For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-513-3195 or visit:

Opening Date

The film will make its Arizona Debut at the Phoenix Film Festival on Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 pm.


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Molly Ringwald, Samantha Bee and Judy Blume contributor: ShariK.Green tmc
I'm the Sr. Film Writer and Community Manager for I write, direct and produce short films with my production company, Good Stew Productions. Though it's difficult to answer this question when asked, I'd say my favorite movie is “The Big Chill.” I enjoy photography, poetry, and hiking and I adore animals, especially elephants. I live in Arizona and feel it's an outstanding and inspirational place to live.

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