Gregory Harshfield, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, lived in many cities throughout the United States, including Louisville, Chicago, New York City, and Portland, Oregon before settling in Phoenix eight years ago. He studied history, literature and film and received both his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois. He has also studied at Columbia College in Chicago and the New York Film Academy. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who served while traveling throughout Asia. He witnessed many different city environments and observed the best and the worst of urban and suburban life. He was a proud public school teacher in the West Valley, where he taught literature, journalism, and film in the International Baccalaureate Program for eight years. He is still very involved in the conversation about improving education. He pursues writing by exploring Phoenix and the cultural life of its Downtown in print and video in his Phoenix Underground blog, where he interviews the local activists and entrepreneurs who are moving Phoenix forward. Through writing about the wonderful things that are happening Downtown Phoenix, Gregory has discovered what a fresh and engaging experience it is to write, and he plans to continue. He sees sharing the excitement of Downtown life as a new way to keep teaching.
Lars Von Trier’s highly acclaimed film starring award-winning actress Kirsten Dunst comes to FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix on December 30.