Indie Watch


As part of their ongoing Native Eyes Film Showcase, the Hanson Film Institute at the UA and the Arizona State Museum, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian, have been working since January 2008 with members of the Tohono O'odham Nation and native filmmakers to present free community screenings of films made by Native American filmmakers. In July, Native Eyes launches its summer Native Youth Filmmaking Workshop. Fifteen Tohono youth will be taught the basics of video-making by filmmakers Nanobah Becker (Navajo) and Annabel Wong (Salt River Pima), with assistance from UA students.

Community members interested in providing financial support for this project can contact Vicky Westover at 626-9825.


As part of their Invisible City exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is offering two ongoing screenings of films. Mark Street's 2008 film, Hidden in Plain Sight (with footage from Chile, France, Senegal, Vietnam and the United States), runs continuously during MOCA's summer hours: Friday and Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m.; $5; free for MOCA members.

Walter Ruttmann's 1927 silent film, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, is viewable from the sidewalk in front of MOCA and plays from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., nightly.

MOCA on the Plaza is at 149 N. Stone Ave., around the corner from the main library. See the MOCA Web site for more information.


The fourth annual Tucson Film and Music Festival is still accepting submissions. Aug. 15 is the late deadline for submissions. Organizers are looking for features, shorts, documentaries and music videos with a musical and/or a Southwestern focus or aspect. The festival runs Oct. 10-12. For entry details and submission information, go to the Festival Web site.


The July meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, July 14, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. The meeting will feature a panel of Screen Actors Guild members who will discuss the benefits of being a SAG member and the benefits of casting SAG actors. For more information, visit the IFASA Web site or send e-mail.


The Fox Tucson Theatre summer schedule features screenings of classic monster films on selected Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. July features The Mummy on July 12, and The Wolf Man on July 26. The Fox is also sponsoring a Summer Movies for Kids series on Saturdays at 11 a.m. July films are The Black Stallion on July 12, and Babe on July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 547-3040, or visit The Fox is located at 17 W. Congress St.


Tucson's weekly outdoor film screening, The Loft at Cinema La Placita, continues to screen classic films every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The July schedule includes Jaws on July 3, Tootsie on July 10, Double Indemnity on July 17, Lilies of the Field on July 24 and To Kill a Mockingbird on July 31. For a full schedule of films, recorded information is available at 326-5282, or check the Cinema Web site. La Placita Village is at the southwest corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.


The Loft Cinema, the Glassman Foundation and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's Toys present the second annual Tucson International Children's Film Festival. Children's films and films featuring children will screen at the Loft every morning at 10 a.m., from Saturday, July 26, through Saturday, Aug. 2. There is also a special Young Filmmakers Film and Video Festival at 10 a.m., Saturday July 12, featuring the work of local filmmakers from kindergarten through high school.

Stories That Soar: The Documentary, shot on the Pascua-Yaqui Reservation, will screen at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 19, Admission to all festival films is free. For a full schedule, visit the Loft Web site.


• Abba and the Angry Inch: The Hedwig/Abba Sing-along: A selection of Abba music videos will be followed by a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Audience participation is encouraged; sing along to the videos and film, and dress the part, as there will be a costume contest; 9 p.m., Saturday, June 28; $5.

Patton on the Fourth of July: The Loft presents a screening of Patton, which won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (for George C. Scott in the title role). Charles Heller of Liberty Watch Radio and Emil Franzi of Inside Track will be on hand to introduce the film. Freedom dogs and soft drinks will be served on the patio, and there will be a raffle for prizes. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; the film begins at 1 p.m. ; $5. This is followed by ...

• The third annual Team America: World Police sing-along and curse-along. Trey Parker and Matt Stone's profane and irreverent puppet-animation film gets the Loft's sing-along treatment at 6 p.m., Friday, July 4; $5.

Caramelo screening: Tucson's VientoFuego Productions is offering a special screening of their new, feature length film, Caramelo, on Thursday, July 10. Caramelo was produced by Ben Lopez and directed by Jorge Luis Urbina. There will be a filmmaker mixer (open to the public) at 6 p.m.; the film screens at 7:10 p.m. The filmmakers and cast will do a Q&A after the film. See the VientoFuego Web site for more details.

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 for further information.

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