Indie Watch


The Pima County Public Library and Tucson's Pan Left film and video collective recently collaborated on "That's My Take.� The project paired Pan Left members with nine teenage filmmakers, local actors and camera/sound crews. Each teen writer/director worked with a Pan Left member to write a script for a two-minute, movie-trailer-styled video to promote one of their favorite books. The finished videos, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary about the project, will premiere at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, in the lower level meeting room of the Main Branch at 101 N. Stone Ave. Admission is free. For further information, contact Matt Landon at 791-4009; check the Library Web site to see the videos or for more information.


Last year, the Arizona Legislature passed amendments to Arizona's Tax Incentive Program, designed to spur more commercial filmmaking in Arizona and make the state more appealing to production companies. At 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, a panel discussion will be held in Phoenix to increase understanding of the changes and what they mean for both local productions and those coming in from outside the state. Representatives from the Department of Commerce and the Department of Revenue will be on hand to answer questions. The panel takes place at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. This event is free and open to anyone who is interested. Additional information can be obtained at the Tucson Film Office Web site; click on "Tax Incentives.�


The Lesbian Looks Film Festival kicks off in October with three screenings. On Friday, Oct. 5, the opening-night film is the documentary Kate Clinton's 25th Anniversary Tour (followed by a reception at Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Ave.); on Friday, Oct. 12, Paris Was a Woman screens; and on Friday, Oct. 19, Itty Bitty Titty Committee plays at the Loft Cinema at 7:30 p.m.; $5. The other two screenings take place at the Modern Languages Auditorium at the UA; the films start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. See the Festival Web site for more information.


At 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, UA's Hanson Film Institute presents a public talk by media critic and New York University professor Mark Crispin Miller, based on his book Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. Miller is also the author of Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order. Miller's writings on film, television, propaganda and advertising have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Nation and The New York Times; he has also appeared on Frontline and The O'Reilly Factor. The talk will take place in the auditorium of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. For more information, visit the Institute's Web Site; admission is free.


Cinema La Placita wraps up its 2007 season with four films on Thursdays in October: The Birds on Oct. 4; Mad Love on Oct. 11; The Haunting on Oct. 18; and It Lives Again (filmed in Tucson) on Oct. 25. Outdoor shows start at 7:30 p.m. at La Placita Village, on the corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Recorded information is available at 326-5282; e-mail or check the Cinema La Placita Web site for more information.


The next monthly meeting of the Independent Filmmakers Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. Michael Mulcahy, a local filmmaker and a professor in UA's College of Media Arts, will speak about documentary filmmaking. His most recent film, Correction, is currently airing on PBS. Everyone is welcome; for further information, contact Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or by e-mail, or check the IFASA Web site.


No End in Sight: This documentary on the bad decision-making following the invasion of Iraq won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year. The opening-night screening at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, is followed by a panel discussion sponsored by the Tucson Peace Action Coalition; regular admission.

48 Hour Film Shootout: Local teams have 48 hour to write, shoot and edit a film. The shoot is from 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. There is an entry fee of $50; rules and entry forms are available at the Loft box office or at the Shootout Web site. Films will be screened and awards handed out at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30; $5.

The Totally Awesome '80s Sing-Along features 1980s music videos and movie and television theme songs at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13; $5.

Regular events: Cinema Lounge is a monthly event that focuses on Arizona filmmakers; the next Cinema Lounge will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, starting with a 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. Essential Cinema screens The Good, the Bad and the Ugly at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, and 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29; free, but donations are accepted. Also: First Friday Shorts (9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, $5); Mondo Mondays (every Monday at 8 p.m., $2) and Cult Classics (Friday and Saturdays at 10 p.m., $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 further information.