Indie Watch


The August meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. This meeting will feature a talk by Mia Schnaible of the Arizona International Film Festival, who will be discussing film-festival strategies for local filmmakers. For more information, see the association Web site, or e-mail with any questions.


The Loft Cinema is screening two films as part of the Some French Friends festival of musicians, artists and filmmakers from Nantes, France, that is spread around various venues in Tucson Aug. 20-27. At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, director Didier Poiraud will be on hand to show his dark comedy/fantasy film Atomik Circus (2004), starring Vanessa Paradis. Atomik Circus has a soundtrack, recorded largely in Tucson, that features the French band the Little Rabbits and several local musicians, including Jeff Grubic, Danny Walker and Naim Amor; $5. At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, the Loft will screen the 1957 horror film El Vampiro, with a live soundtrack and dialogue from the Loft stage by French musicians Francois Ripoche, Federico Pellegrini, Olivier Melano and Tucson local Jeff "Mr. Tidypaws" Grubic; $8. See the festival Web site or the Loft Web site for more information.


• Children's Film Festival: The last three programs on the week-long Tucson International Children's Film Festival are The Secret Garden (1993) on Thursday, July 31; The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) on Friday, Aug. 1; and My Neighbor Totoro on Saturday, Aug. 2. The festival is presented by the Glassman Foundation and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's Toys. All shows are at 10 a.m. and are free. All children younger than 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• United Artists 90th Anniversary Celebration will screen brand new 35 mm prints of classic films released by the famous artist-driven studio, Aug. 1 to Sept 4. Midnight Cowboy runs Aug. 1-7; Annie Hall Aug. 8-14; A Hard Day's Night Aug. 15-21; Goldfinger Aug. 22-28; and The Magnificent Seven Aug. 29-Sept. 4. Times are to be announced; $5.

• Second Caramelo screening: Back by popular demand after selling out July's screening, Tucson's VientoFuego Productions has scheduled a second screening of their new feature length film, Caramelo, on Wednesday, Aug. 13. 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 7:15 p.m., and the filmmakers and some cast will do a Q&A after the film. That will be followed by a discussion of the aftermath of the 1968 student uprising in Mexico City, hosted by some staff members from the Center for Latin American Studies at UA. See the VientoFuego Web site for more details; $7.50.

• Essential Cinema screens a new print of Jean Renoir's 1939 classic The Rules of the Game on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. Essential Cinema screenings are free, but donations are accepted.

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.


Tucson's weekly outdoor film screening, the Loft at Cinema La Placita, screens classic films every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. through October. The August schedule includes Fantasia on Aug. 7; Captains Courageous on Aug. 14; The Odd Couple on Aug. 21; and Oklahoma! on Aug. 28 (part of the "Shot in Tucson" series). For a full schedule of films, recorded information is available at 326-5282, or check the La Placita Web site.

La Placita Village is on the southwest corner of Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue; free, but donations are encouraged.


The Fox Tucson Theatre is running three ongoing film programs in August: the Cool Concert Film Series, the Summer Classics Series and the Summer Children's Series. All films are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and are $8 general admission, and $6 for seniors, students and active-duty military. On Friday, Aug. 1, the Fox screens the Concert for Bangladesh; Saturday Aug. 2, The Last Waltz; on Saturday, Aug. 9, Free Willy plays at 11 a.m. for $1 for children or $5 for adults; Creature From the Black Lagoon plays at 7:30 p.m., also on Aug. 9; Woodstock plays Friday, Aug. 15; The Blob screens Saturday, Aug. 16; Across the Universe is shown on Friday, Aug. 22; and A Kiss Before Dying plays at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 547-3040 or visit the Fox Web site. The Fox Tucson is at 17 W. Congress St.


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 has a final call out for submissions. The festival runs Oct. 10-12. For entry details and submission information, go to the festival Web site or
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