Indie Watch


June's monthly meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona features a presentation of film-lighting techniques by veteran gaffer Dan Harrigan. The IFASA meeting is 6 p.m., Monday, June 5, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd., and is open to anybody who would like to attend. Contact Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or for additional information.


Tucson's Pan Left Productions is presenting the latest installment in its semi-annual Feature This! mini video festival, spotlighting innovative short and feature-length films from independent filmmakers from Tucson and the rest of the world. Feature This! will screen two films on Friday, June 2, and two others on Saturday, June 24. June 2 features two short documentaries by Cuban filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao, A Short Radiography of Hip Hop in Cuba and The Maji-Maji Readings. Bacallao will be on hand to talk about his films after the screenings, at 7 p.m. at the UA's Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 202; a donation is requested. June 24 features Demon of the Derby, a documentary on the recently deceased legendary Roller Derby queen Ann Calvello; and On the Edge: The Femicide in Ciudad Juarez, a documentary by Tucson filmmaker Steev Hise on the brutal murders of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Full information on Demon of the Derby can be found at; for more information on On the Edge, check The show starts at 7 p.m. at ZUZI's Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave.; visit for ticket prices.

In other news, the second annual Rasquacho Art Show, also a fundraiser for Pan Left, occurs in June. The show features an exhibition of new installations by Pancho Medina and paintings by Elizabeth Burden, live music by Jose "Pepo" Saavedra and a screening of videos by Pan Left members. All the work has a focus on border and immigration issues; Friday, June 16, 7 to 11 p.m. , Rasquacho Art Gallery, 1510 S. Chrysler Ave. There is a $5-$8 suggested donation.

For more information on Pan Left Productions, call 792-9171 or check


The Itl Coffee House is screening a collection of music films from owner Peter Mattsson's collection on its back patio over three nights in June. On Thursday, June 15, they will screen a collection of films and videos featuring The Clash, including Rude Boy from 1980; on Friday, June 16, they are showing Smithereens and a rare New York University student film about the early days of CBGB's night club; and on Saturday, June 17, they'll screen rare footage of the Dutch band The Ex and footage of the Flaming Lips backing up Richard Davies from the Australian band The Moles. Shows are 7 p.m., and there is no charge. Itl is at 415 N. Fourth Ave.; e-mail or call 624-4411.


The third Thursday of each month, local film hound Hadji Banjovi screens 16-mm films from his collection at Monkey Box. Films screened can include everything from old Westerns and sci-fi films to educational films, cartoons and home movies. At 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, there is no charge. The Monkey Box is at 100 N. Stone Ave.; 623-3500.


Cinema La Placita screens classic films every Thursday night from May through October. June's lineup features Stage Door on June 1, The Searchers June 8, Robert Altman's classic Nashville June 15, My Man Godfrey June 22 and the great courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men June 29. 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. Films start at 7:30 p.m., at La Placita Village, Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue in downtown. Parking is available at the La Placita parking garage between Stone Avenue and Church, just south of Broadway. There is no admission, but a $3 donation is greatly appreciated. Recorded information is available at 326-5282; e-mail Cinema La Placita is sponsored by the Tucson Cinema Foundation and the Loft Cinema.


The Loft Cinema is hosting an all-night Scream-O-Rama on Friday, June 23. This 12-hour, dusk-'til-dawn event features a mess of horror/splatter films, including Evil Dead, Suspiria, the Italian zombie classic The Beyond and shock-rocker Rob Zombie's House of a Thousand Corpses. Actress Terri Susan Smith will be on hand with her film Basket Case. Scream-O-Rama is hosted by horror-film producer and director Rusty Nails, who will also be screening a couple of his short films and showing clips from his upcoming documentary Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero. Locals who want to submit a film for consideration can drop a copy by the Loft with their name and contact info; selected films will be announced June 9. The event runs 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.; $10.

Also at the Loft:

Friday Shorts: Tucson cartoonist and filmmaker Max Cannon is back hosting the First Friday Shorts film contest at The Loft on Friday, June 2 at 9 p.m. $5.

Videoke: It's like karaoke, but with acting instead of singing. Check available film clips at During the summer, Videoke will be every Wednesday, starting June 21. It starts at 9 p.m. ; there's no charge, but a $3 donation is suggested.

Buffy Sing-A-Long: Join a sing-along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the "Once More, With Feeling" episode at 10 p.m., Saturday, June 24; $5.

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

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