Indie Watch


At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, MOCA presents a special screening of a film that Andy Warhol shot in and around Tucson in 1968, Lonesome Cowboys. Shot largely at the Rancho Linda Vista artists' colony outside of Oracle and at Old Tucson Studios, Lonesome Cowboys scandalized many locals and earned the set a visit from the FBI.

Rancho Linda Vista residents Steve Romaniello and Charlotte Lowe-Bailey will be at the screening to share tales about the storied shoot; $5 MOCA members; $10 nonmembers. Reservations are recommended; call MOCA Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at 624-5019 to make a reservation.

The event will be held at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., which can be contacted at 882-0204.


The Independent Filmmakers Association of Southern Arizona Fifth Annual Three-Minute Thriller Contest will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Screening Room. The prize pool for the contest will be the largest ever, totaling several hundred dollars, and all attendees will be entered in a door-prize drawing. The contest will be followed by a mixer across the street at the Red Room in Grill; $5.

The Festival Sin Fronteras concludes its run with two films in November. At 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, the Mexican film Danzon (1991) plays, with an introduction by actor and filmmaker Victor Carpinteiro, who is also in the film; $5. At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, the Cine Sin Fronteras program presents a collection of short films by Mexican and Mexican-American filmmakers; $5. Further information on the festival and the Screening Room can be found at the Screening Room Web site.


Tucson's Dry River Radical Resource Center celebrates its second anniversary with two days of films, music, food and a slumber party on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Films include a documentary about the collective by local filmmaker and Pan Left member Steev Hise, Radical Resources, shown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and several other times over the weekend; other films relevant to the Dry River's political and social activism will also be shown.

Bands include Ghost Mice, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Feel Good Revolution and more. The party starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and runs until Sunday evening, including a pre-procession to the All Souls Procession on Fourth Avenue on Sunday night.

Dry River is at 740 N. Main St. Free; but donations encouraged. See the Dry River Web site for more information.


Award-winning local filmmaker and playwright Benjamin Daniel Lobato is now casting for his short film Three Breaths. Described as "a modern-day fable about redemption and second chances," Three Breaths will be shot in various locations in Southern Arizona Nov. 9-12. Actors interested in an audition should send a head shot and resume by e-mail no later than Thursday, Nov. 1.


The local political and social-awareness group Voices of Opposition screens a topical film Monday nights during portions of the fall and spring semesters at UA. The next few films are: Katrina, Race, Class and Poverty on Oct. 29; Hacking Democracy on Nov. 5; The Ground Truth on Nov. 12; and the Nov. 19 film will be announced later. Films are screened in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Auditorium on the corner of Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue. 7 p.m.; free. See the Voices of Opposition Web site for full information.


48-Hour Shootout screening: Earlier in October, local filmmakers wrote, shot and edited films in 48 hours; the finished films will be screened and awards handed out at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30; $5.

Puro Mexicano Tribute to Gabriel Figueroa: The Third Puro Mexicano Tucson Film Festival presents eight films shot by the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997). His son, also Gabriel Figueroa, will be on hand for an opening-night screening and party. The festival runs Nov. 2-8. Daily screenings are $5; Festival passes are $40, and the opening-night screening and party is $10.

Xanadu Sing-Along: At 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, the Loft presents a sing-along to the roller-disco fantasy musical Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John. There will also be an Olivia Newton-John music-video sing-along, a contest and prizes; $5, $4 for anyone on roller skates.

Screaming Queens: Director Victor Silverman will be present at noon on Sunday, Nov. 18, to present his new documentary about a 1967 transgender insurrection in San Francisco; $5.

Regular events: The new Essential Cinema has two programs coming up. At 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, and 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, the Loft will screen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with music from local musician Al Perry at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Raging Bull screens at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, and 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12; the film's production designer, Gene Rudolph, will be a special guest at the Sunday screening. Essential Cinema screenings are free, but donations are accepted.

Cinema Lounge presents Sex, Drugs and Money by Tucson filmmaker Rick Rose on Tuesday, Nov. 20, starting with a filmmaker reception at 6 p.m. , followed by a Q&A after the film. Also, don't miss First Friday Shorts (Friday, Nov. 2, at 10 p.m. --an hour later than normal--$5), Mondo Mondays (Mondays at 8 p.m.; $2) and Cult Classics (Fridays 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.

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