Congratulations to local filmmaker Jackie Lee James, who won the first-place prize at IFASA's Fourth Annual Three Minute Thriller contest at the Loft on Oct. 28 for his zombie film No Way Out.
· Katrina film: The Media Literacy Project and the Loft present a screening of Dark Water Rising, a documentary by the filmmaker, journalist and photographer Mike Shiley about the animal-rescue mission in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3; free for students K-12, their parents and teachers; $5 otherwise.
· Picturing Mary: KUAT Channel 6 and the Loft present a screening of the PBS documentary Picturing Mary, a "visual homage" to Mary, mother of Jesus. Narration is by Jane Seymour and Stacy Keach; 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4; free.
· Junky holiday: The Loft celebrates the work of iconoclastic author William S. Burroughs with a screening of Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy (Burroughs plays The Priest), a collection of Burroughs' short films and an audience reading of Burroughs' work; 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11; $5.
· Christmas in Yellowstone: KUAT and the Loft are also screening Christmas in Yellowstone, a PBS film that documents the wildlife in Yellowstone National Park in mid-winter; 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11; free.
· Buffy Sing-Along: The third Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sing-Along and Costume Contest takes over the Loft on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007. Tickets are $5 and go on sale Dec. 1
The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check loftcinema.com for a full schedule of films and events and further information.
· Voices of Opposition: This local group also periodically screens politically and socially oriented films. Check voicesofopposition.org for upcoming films
· Dry River: The Dry River Radical Video Night Series runs the first and third Thursday of each month, at the Dry River Community Center, 740 N. Main Ave. All films are at 7 p.m. and are free. Check dryriver.org for screening information.
· Monkey Box: The third Thursday of each month Hadji Banjovi screens a diverse collection of 16-millimeter films (cartoons, home movies, educational films, etc.) at the Monkey Box, 100 N. Stone Ave. from 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21; free.
· Films at BICAS: The BICAS bicycle collective usually shows films the last Saturday of each month, following their community ride at 6 p.m. December's film will be on Dec. 23 (not Dec. 30), and is to be announced. BICAS is at 44 W. Sixth St., and the phone number is 628-7950; there is no charge.
· Films at the Fox: The Fox Tucson Theatre has a full weekly slate of Christmas and holiday films booked for weekends in December. The are also screening three films by the late director Robert Altman on Friday, Dec. 15, The Long Goodbye, M*A*S*H and Nashville. Visit the box office at 17 W. Congress St. or check foxtucsontheatre.org for a full schedule of films.