Phoenix Film Festival: Filmmaker Jill D’Agnenica and more talk ‘Life Inside Out’

Director Jill D’Agnenica, writer/actress Maggie Baird and actor Finneas O’Connell recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about their new musical dramedy “Life Inside Out.”

In “Life Inside Out” – which screens 10:50 a.m. Friday, April 4, 3:25 p.m. Saturday, April 5 and 2:05 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 as part of the 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Baird plays a mother who returns to her musical roots, rediscovers the passion of her youth and finds a way to connect with her troubled teenage son (O’Connell).

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” full interview with D’Agnenica, Baird and O’Connell by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which they discuss what they hope audiences will take away from watching “Life Inside Out.”

I would love people to be inspired and to understand that creativity is woven into everyday life and to just go for it because it makes your life so much richer.” – Jill D’Agnenica

Being authentic at whatever it is that is authentic for you and letting your children be authentic is a huge step toward everything. There is also also a big message in the movie about family and the joy that we all have in our lives. If you don’t live your life wishing that you are doing something else then you can live a life very simply and that’s glorious.” – Maggie Baird

As a teenager, if you are going through a tough time or if you are depressed or you are unhappy … go and discover new things. If you are not feeling fulfilled … then just experiment and follow new things. [My character] comes out of his shell because he follows his mom into a world that she loves and he discovers that it is what he loves, too, and is what he has been searching for.” – Finneas O’Connell

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at

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