Indie Watch


Volunteers are needed to assist with the upcoming Latino Producers Academy, hosted by the local chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Aug. 7-17. Produced by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and UA's Department of Media Arts, the academy is an annual event now in its fifth year in Tucson. It's "an intensive 10-day professional development workshop for Latino film and documentary producers and directors. It is designed to advance documentary projects to completion and prepare independent features for production." NALIP is looking for volunteers and production help; anyone interested can email Ben Lopez. More information is available at the NALIP Web site.


Cinema La Placita continues its eighth season of free weekly outdoor films with four movies in June. Cinema La Placita screens classic films at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday night through October. Cinema La Placita is also introducing a new program on the last Thursday of each month, "Shot in Tucson," which will feature a film made in Tucson and the immediate area. "Shot in Tucson" films include Can't Buy Me Love on May 31, Boys on the Side on June 28 Stir Crazy on July 26, El Dorado on Aug. 30, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore on Sept. 27 and It Lives Again on Oct. 25. Other films in June are Three Days of the Condor on June 7, Sabrina on June 14 and Key Largo on June 21. Chairs are available, but filmgoers are also welcome to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Alcohol is not permitted. La Placita Village is on the southwest corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue downtown. There is no admission, but donations are appreciated. Recorded information is available at 326-5282; e-mail or check the Cinema La Placita Web site for info.


The third annual Tucson Film and Music Festival is still accepting submissions of features, short films and music videos; the deadline is June 15. The festival's focus is music-related content (documentaries, features and music videos) with a connection to Arizona and the Southwest. The festival will be held Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 at various locations in Tucson. The short film Behind the Scenes With Howe Gelb (Part 2) can currently be seen online. Check the festival Web site for submission details.


The Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation has been awarded a 2007 Pegasus Award of Excellence for the documentary Return to the Fox. The Pegasus Awards recognize outstanding work produced by nonbroadcast video professionals. Return to the Fox is a 12-minute film documenting the restoration of the Fox Tucson Theatre. It was produced by Fox Foundation Executive Director Herb Stratford and local filmmaker Scot Litteer. See the Pegasus Web site for more information.


The June meeting of the Independent Filmmakers Association of Southern Arizona will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 4, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge; for further information, contact IFASA president Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or by email, or check the IFASA Web site.


Brian Mulligan also runs Emerald Elephant Entertainment LLC, a local film production company that helps facilitate the shopping and presentation of local films to national and international film distributors. For further information, contact him at 349-8249, or by email. Further information is available at the Emerald Elephant Web site.


The Loft has a remarkable lineup of events in June. Here's a partial list:

· My Own Private Idaho: Actor and director William Richert, who played Bob Pigeon in Gus Van Sant's classic My Own Private Idaho, will be at the Loft at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 2, for a screening of the film. He will introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward; $5.

· Salton Sea: Chris Metzler, co-director of the new documentary Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, will be at the Loft to introduce two screenings at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7. The film is narrated by John Waters and has an original score by Friends of Dean Martinez; $5.

· Air Guitar Battle Royale/Air Guitar Nation: The Loft is holding an air guitar contest at 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, followed by a screening of the new documentary Air Guitar Nation; regular admission.

· Angus Scrimm from Phantasm: Angus Scrimm, star of 1979's Phantasm and other scary films, will be at the Loft at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13. He will do a Q&A and sign autographs after a screening of Phantasm; $5.

· Monterey Pop with Barry Melton: The Loft celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Music Festival with a screening of the classic music documentary The Monterey Pop Festival at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 16. The film includes vintage footage of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Byrds and Ravi Shankar. Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish (who also played the festival) will be playing music on the stage with Rich Hopkins and Friends; $10.

· Mondo Mondays: Starting in June, the Loft is introducing Mondo Mondays, a weekly screening of "cult films." June screenings include Reefer Madness on June 4, Carnival of Souls on June 11, Boy in the Plastic Bubble on June 18 and The Naked Kiss on June 25. All screenings are at 8 p.m., and admission is only $2.

The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check the Loft Web site for a full schedule.