Dozens of documentaries, features, short films and music videos will be screened. Highlights include Scott Walker: 30 Century Man at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31; Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1; a collection of jazz shorts on Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m.; and a film about roller derby, Hell on Wheels, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3.
Tickets for the film festival will range from $5 to $10; all-event badges range from $30 to $40. Individual tickets are available at the Rialto box office starting Aug. 31, and badges and wristbands are available in advance at Hotel Congress.
The program was recently awarded the Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. The award is given to recognize individuals or groups who have demonstrated a significant contribution toward enhancing the academic distinction of the UA by creating a diverse and inclusive community.
The School of Media Arts offers three undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree in filmmaking and the film/TV business. Media arts students also have access to the resources of the Jack and Vivian Hanson Arizona Film Institute, which offers programs for emerging filmmakers and others interested in the film industry. Check the Media Arts Web site or the Hanson Institute Web site for more information.
Dates and submission details for the 2008 ShortFest will soon be announced on the site. Local filmmaker and ShortFest mastermind Timothy Gassen recently published a feature piece in Super 8 Today magazine on the use of negative Super 8 film in dramatic shoots. It will be posted online in September at the magazine Web site.
· Cinema Lounge: Cinema Lounge is a monthly event that focuses on Arizona filmmakers. The next Cinema Lounge is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, starting with a filmmaker reception at 6 p.m., followed by a Q&A after the film. Check the Loft's Web site for details on the featured filmmaker. If you want to be considered for Cinema Lounge, submission forms are available at the Loft, or you can call 322-LOFT.
· Lloyd Kaufman and Poultrygeist: Schlock-and-shock filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger) will be at the Loft at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, for a screening of his new film Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead; $8 general, $6 students and Loft members.
· Albert Maysles/Essential Cinema: Legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles will be at the Loft at noon, Sunday, Sept. 23, to screen his famous film about an eccentric pair of Jackie Onassis' relatives, Grey Gardens. This is the first event of a new monthly series, Essential Cinema, that will feature classic art films from around the world. Grey Gardens will also play at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.
The Loft also has these regular events: First Friday Shorts (9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7; $5), Mondo Mondays (8 p.m., Mondays; $2) and Cult Classics (10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; $5).
The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check the Loft Web site for a full schedule of films and events, and for further information.