Indie Watch


Experienced Spanish-speaking actors and extras are needed for La Venganza, a feature-length film being shot in Tucson in October. Address questions, headshots and résumés to Ben Lopez, from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, at


Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson travels to Tucson to present an advance screening of his new documentary on cult leader Jim Jones, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple. Nelson will answer audience questions after the screening at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Century El Con 20, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. The screening is free, but a pass is required; they're available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the customer service desk at El Con. Passes will be converted to tickets at the box office starting at 6 p.m. Seating is limited, and patrons are asked to arrive early. Presented by the Hanson Film Institute at the UA.


110 in the Shade Productions is a new film production company based in Tucson, with its first film in production (From a Place of Darkness) and two more films in development. The Web site says: "110 in the Shade Productions, LLC, is an independent motion picture and entertainment company formed to develop and produce commercially viable, for-profit, mainstream entertainment in the form of feature-length motion pictures, television series and interactive media. Our projects feature compelling stories told in an intriguing way with marketable casts as well as rising talent." See for more information.


The ongoing 14th Annual Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series has two screenings in October. The transgender documentary Boy I Am screens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium (Room 350). It will be followed by a discussion sponsored by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. The feature film Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing plays at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, in the same location. Both films are free.


· Dry River: The Dry River Radical Video Night Series runs the first and third Thursday of each month at the Dry River Community Center, 740 N. Main St. The Wobblies (1979) plays Oct. 5; Gunner Palace (2004) plays Oct. 19. All films are at 7 p.m. and are free. Check for more information.

· Pan Left: The ACLU is presenting two documentaries from local video collective Pan Left, Border Crossings and PRESENTE: Inside the Migrant Trail Walk, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at the UA Law School (at Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue), Room 146. Free.

· Monkey Box: Hadji Banjovi has his monthly screening of 16 mm films at 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Monkey Box, 100 N. Stone Ave. Free.

· Voices of Opposition: This local group periodically screens politically and socially oriented films. Check for upcoming films.

· Cinema La Placita wraps up its 2006 program of free films under the stars with four films in October. They happen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. , at La Placita Village, corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. Check for a full schedule.


· Kirby Dick: Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick brings his new exposé on the film-rating board, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, to the Loft on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. , and Sunday, Oct. 1, at noon. General admission. Sick, Dick's film about performance artist Bob Flanagan, screens at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30. $5. He will be introducing the films and doing Q&As.

· First Friday Shorts: Tucson cartoonist Max Cannon hosts the monthly First Friday Shorts film contest at 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6. $5.

· Not 2B Toyed With: This local comedic short about a Star Wars collector has its premiere at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. $3 suggested donation. Check for additional information.

· Laurie Allen: The producer, writer and narrator of the documentary Banking on Heaven will present the film and lead a discussion at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. Banking on Heaven documents the story of Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints communities in Arizona and Utah. $5.

· Strange Behavior: The monthly Strange Behavior series pairs music and movies. This month, local band Hell on Heels will play, followed by the horror/thriller film Deep Red, at midnight, Friday, Oct. 20. $5.

· 48 Hour Shootout: Teams of local filmmakers are being given 48 hours to write, produce, shoot and edit a film running between four and seven minutes long. Entry fees are $50 per team before Oct. 1, $75 per team afterwards. Check for all details. Films screen at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27. $5.

· Thriller Contest/IFASA Meeting: The Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona and the Loft present the Fourth Annual Three Minute Thriller contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. A panel of local judges will rate the films, and prizes will be awarded. Submissions are being accepted until Oct. 20. Check for rules and entry forms.

The October meeting of the IFASA is at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. There will be a roundtable discussion on recommended filmmaking reference sources (books, Web sites, magazines, etc.). Contact IFASA president Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or for additional information. You can also get information directly by going to

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

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