Indie Watch


The Arizona Production Association (APA) is hosting a "Spotlight on Tucson's Film Community" mixer on Tuesday, May 2. The mixer will feature information tables from several local film organizations, including the APA, the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Arizona International Film Festival, the Tucson Film Office and the Tucson Film Society. Space will also be available for actors, talent and production-affiliated vendors to offer promotional materials and information. Anyone is welcome to attend from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gentle Ben's Brewing Company (upstairs patio), 865 E. University Blvd. For further information, contact Sarah Sher with APA by e-mail, or check the association Website.


Tucson's weekly outdoor film screening, Cinema La Placita, kicks off its seventh season on Thursday, May 4. Cinema La Placita screens classic films every Thursday night from May through October. The opening screening this year is The Seven Year Itch, followed by Chinatown on May 11, Vertigo on May 18 and The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night on May 25. Chairs are available, but filmgoers are also welcome to bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Alcohol is not permitted on the La Placita plaza. The films start at 7:30 p.m. at the southwest corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. Parking is available at the La Placita parking garage between Stone Avenue and Church, just south of Broadway. There is no admission fee, but donations ($3) are greatly appreciated. Recorded information is available at 326-5282; e-mail for more information.


The Itl Coffee House is starting its summer program of films on its back patio in May. A schedule of films was not available at press time, but to get on the e-mail list, e-mail or call 624-4411. Itl is at 415 N. Fourth Ave.


Local bicycle collective BICAS also occasionally screens films. They are showing Koyaanisqatsi on Friday, April 28, at 8 p.m. with a $5 donation suggested. They also have a monthly Bike-In event, this month on Saturday, April 29. It starts with a community bike ride at 6 p.m. followed by a film with a bicycle theme at 7:15-7:30. BICAS is at 44 W. Sixth St.; call 628-7950 for more information.


The Tucson Film Office and Fox Tucson Theatre are presenting an exclusive prescreening of Desperation, a made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's book of the same name, on Saturday, May 6. Desperation was filmed in and around Tucson and Bisbee in the fall of 2004. Several cast and production members are scheduled to appear and get a red-carpet welcome, including director Mick Garris, producer Mark Sennet and actors Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish and Ron Perlman. The red-carpet opening event starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by opening comments by the director and producer at 7:15, and the film screens at 7:30. Tickets are available for $25 at the Fox Tucson Theatre box office at 17 W. Congress St.

The Fox is also starting its Fox Summer Classic Movies Series, which will run from June 1 through Aug. 19. The series includes 27 films, including classics like North By Northwest, The Maltese Falcon and American Graffiti. Tickets for reserved seats are $10 for single seats or $25 for loveseats for two, and are available at the box office starting May 1. The Fox is also screening two films in May: Inherit the Wind on Friday, May 12, and Lawrence of Arabia on Saturday, May 20. May screenings are $7 and start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for films at the Fox (not including Desperation) can also be purchased through Ticketmaster. Call 624-1515 or check the Fox Website for additional information.


The Loft Cinema has its usual wealth of diverse programming in May. Some highlights:

· Friday, April 28: The Tucson premiere of the Beastie Boys' collectively made concert film, Awesome! I Fucking Shot That! at 9 p.m., $8 general admission, $5 for students and $4.50 for Tucson Film Society (TFS) members.

· Friday, May 5: The First Friday Open Shorts year-end final competition. The winner takes a trip for two to Las Vegas for the CineVegas Film Festival. Hosted by local cartoonist Max Cannon at 9 p.m. , $5.

· Saturday, May 6: Young Filmmakers: 7-12th Grade Film and Video Festival. Films made by local young filmmakers will be screened at noon, free.

· Saturday, May 6: Bettie Page-O-Rama. Includes a screening of the new documentary The Notorious Bettie Page and a Bettie Page look-alike contest at 9 p.m., $8 general, $5 students, $4.50 TFS members.

· Sunday, May 7: two screenings of the new documentary The Phoenix Lights, about the famous mass UFO sighting in Phoenix in 1997. Phoenix doctor Lynne D. Kitei is an expert on the subject and will introduce the film at both screenings and do Q&As afterwards. The events start at 3 and 6 p.m., $10. Check for more information.

· Friday, May 26: a screening of the new documentary Fired!, with filmmaker Annabelle Gurwitch, writer/actor Jeff Kahn and songwriter/performer Roy Zimmerman, who will perform in the lobby in advance of the screening. It starts at 7 p.m. , $10 general, $8 students and TFS members.

The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check the Loft Website for a full schedule of films and events, and further information.


The ShortFest on April 15 at the Loft was a smashing success, and you will soon be able to enjoy it online. The good folks responsible for the festival will be posting more than 40 films (some that screened, and some that didn't) online in May. Check
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