Indie Watch


The Fox Tucson Theatre is presenting Buster Keaton's classic silent film The General, with live piano accompaniment by Rick Friend, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27. Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 for students, seniors, active military personnel and groups of 10 or more. They are available in advance at the box office at 17 W. Congress St., online at or at the door. See for info on Friend.


The BorderLands Action Collective (BLAC) is presenting the Breaking Down Borders Micro Film Festival, an evening of short films about the border and immigration issues, on Sunday, Feb. 18. The full schedule is still TBA, but it will include Alex Rivera's The Sixth Section as well as several of his animated shorts. A $3 donation is requested; it will take place at the Dry River Collective, 740 N. Main St. E-mail for more information, and check the Web site for information on this and other screenings at Dry River.


The deadline for submitting films to the Arizona International Film Festival for consideration is Friday, Feb. 9. Films of all lengths are being accepted in the narrative, documentary, animation and experimental categories. For full information on how to submit a film, go to


The Hanson Film Institute at UA is presenting a two-day workshop, "The Art of Pitching," on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25. Producer, writer and development executive Lorna Soroko will be teaching the skills needed to pitch a film project to entertainment-industry professionals; the workshop will include an opportunity to pitch directly to a visiting producer.

Cost is $95 for full-time students and $150 for nonstudents. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 9; e-mail Vicky Westover for more information and an application.


Skrappy's at 201 E. Broadway Blvd. has recently started a film and video-making program for youth ages 13 to 23. Solo films and group projects are both being encouraged. For information, call Skrappy's at 358-4287 or e-mail Abril.


The Tucson Jewish Community Center is in the middle of its 16th Annual Tucson Jewish Film Festival, which runs through Feb. 25. By the time it's all said and done, the festival will have screened 32 films and presented live music, special events and more. Most films are at the Jewish Community Center (3800 E. River Road); other venues include the Loft Cinema, the Gallagher Theater at the UA and Hotel Congress. For a full schedule, see the Web site or contact Marc Paley at the JCC at 299-3000, ext. 16, or e-mail.


Submissions are now being accepted for the Second Annual ShortFest. The final deadline for submissions is March 27. There are no submission fees for Arizona filmmakers. The ShortFest will be held on April 14 at the Gallagher Theater on the UA campus. Star Trek writer/producer Andre Bormanis will be the keynote speaker at the event. Tickets will be only $10. Check the Web site for information.


The February meeting of the Independent Filmmakers Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. The speaker is local filmmaker and producer (of six films) Patrick Roddy, whose debut as a director, Mercy, is getting excellent reviews; see his Web site. He will be leading a discussion about self-distributing films. For further information, contact IFASA president Brian Mulligan at 349-8249 or e-mail, or check the IFASA Web site.


Wingspan Reel Pride: Wingspan and the Loft present two films in an ongoing series of gay-themed offerings. At 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, they will screen Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds with director/writer Philip Bartell and producer Michael Shoel. A reception follows; $10 general admission; $7 for students, seniors and Tucson Film Society members. At 1 p.m., Saturday Jan. 28, they present a collection of short films, Queer Shorts at the Loft; $5.25 or $4.50 TFS members.

Iskash*taa premiere: The Loft will host the world premiere of Iskash*taa: An Invitation to Community at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31. This is a new documentary on the work of the Tucson-based Refugee Harvesting Network, and RHN founder Barbara Eiswerth will attend the screening. Somali Bantu music, food and crafts will be featured before the screening. Check the Web site for additional information; $10.

Darkon: On Sunday, Feb. 4, the Tucson chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism presents a screening of the documentary Darkon, about a group of weekend role-players who enact medieval battles. There will be a mock battle in the Loft parking lot at 1 p.m. , followed by the screening at about 1:30. $5.25; $4.50 TFS members.

El Topo: A brand new print of Alejandro Jodorowsky's outrageous surrealist spaghetti Western will play the week of Feb. 16-22; general admission prices.

Army of Shadows: The reissue of Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 masterpiece on the French Resistance has been called the best film of 2006 by numerous publications. It also opens Feb. 16; general admission prices.

Purple Rain Sing-Along: Prince's classic Purple Rain gets the sing-along treatment at 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24. There is also a costume contest, and the Loft will screen Prince videos in advance of Purple Rain. $5; advance tickets are already on sale.

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

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