Indie Watch


The Arizona State Museum and the UA's Hanson Film Institute, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, presents the fifth annual Native Eyes Film Showcase, Friday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 16. Several filmmakers will be on hand to present their work and do Q&As. Feature films include Georgina Lightning's Older Than America (2008), Four Sheets to the Wind (2007) by Sterlin Harjo and Imprint (2007), directed by Michael Linn. See the museum Web site for a full schedule, venues, showtimes and ticket information.


Voices of Opposition screens films with social and political content on Monday nights at the UA. To get on their e-mail list or see a schedule, see the Voices Web site.


VJ Scott Beibin hosts the Lost Film Festival at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, in Room 350 of the UA Modern Languages Building. It features a mix of short films and videos ranging from unseen footage from political conventions and documentaries on border issues to footage from Burning Man, illegal art and culture-jamming. Admission is free. See the festival Web site for more information.


Tucson filmmaker J.A. Aragón's short documentary Palestine En Solidaridad will screen twice during this year's American Film Institute Film Festival during the first week of November in Hollywood. This is the first time Aragón's work or a video from Tucson's Pan Left Productions has been accepted into the AFI Festival. It will be presented in the Worldviews Shorts competition during AFI Fest on Nov. 7 and 8 at the Archlight Theater. More info at the festival Web site.


Tucson filmmaker Pearry Teo, director of The Gene Generation (starring Bai Ling and Faye Dunaway), is shooting his second feature in Tucson Nov. 14-26. Necromentia, produced by Eslinger Joyce Entertainment, is "a horror feature about a tattooed Ouija board." There will be openings for some crew members, extras, interns and PAs. Contact producer Stephanie Joyce by e-mail for more information.


The locally shot and scripted film Forward, directed by Tucson filmmaker Peter Leon, has its premiere at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. $5; for more information, see the film Web site.


Upstairs Films, which was behind the recent Tucson Film and Music Festival, has an open call for entries for its just-launched Tucson: SR77 competition. Tucson: SR77 challenges Southwestern filmmakers to produce a short film that captures the creative heart and soul of Tucson. Submissions are free, and the winning entries will be showcased at a Best of the Fest special screening or as part of the TFMF festival in 2009. Films must be no longer than five minutes, and the deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2009. For full information on how to submit, send e-mail. Photos from the festival are at the festival Web site.


The November meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona will be held on Monday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. The meeting will feature a talk by Victoria Lucas, who is a film consultant with almost 20 years of experience as a development and production executive at major studios and independent film companies. She will discuss how to pitch a film project, in terms of marketability and reaching an audience. Free. Visit the IFASA Web site for more information, or write the association president with any questions.

Also, the feature film comedy Trade In is being shot at Aufmuth Motors through Nov. 22. Anyone wishing to be an extra can contact Brian McLaughlin by e-mail. Extras will be paid a stipend.


The Tucson Final Cut Pro Users Group will meet Monday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the UA Media Arts Marshall Building, 845 N. Park Ave., Room 211. For complete schedule and directions, go to the group Web site.


Day of the Dead Screening: The Loft and Many Mouths One Stomach present a Day of the Dead screening of Roberto Gavaldón's 1960 Mexican classic, Macario, on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. ; $5.

• The 16th annual Lesbian Looks Film Series concludes with the French film Water Lilies (Céline Sciamma, 2007) on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. ; $5.

• Wingspan Reel Pride is bringing legendary actor Tab Hunter to the Loft on Saturday, Nov. 8. The event includes a Q&A, book-signing, highlight reel and screening of the 1986 film Lust in the Dust. Eddie Muller, co-author of Hunter's autobiography, will also be on hand. 7 p.m. , $10 general, $8 Loft members. Muller will also be at the Loft at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 for a screening of Robert Aldrich's 1955 film-noir classic Kiss Me Deadly; $5. Muller has written several books on film noir, including Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is being presented by the Center for Biological Diversity at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12. The festival features six shorts and Mark Harvey's feature A Land Out of Time. $10; $6 for students with ID. Advance tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at Summit Hut stores, online at the center Web site or at the Loft box office.

The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or check the Loft Web site for a full schedule.

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