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Tucson's Pan Left Productions is having a Video Postcard to Obama party at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, where attendees can create their own message for President-elect Obama and his incoming administration.

"We will have a camera set up for individuals to speak directly to our new president," said Mary Charlotte Thurtle, Pan Left's co-executive director. "People will be free to express their hopes and their fears, or to discuss actions they may be undertaking to make change happen. We want to give ordinary people an opportunity to communicate to the president on a very personal level."

The videos will be edited and formatted by Pan Left volunteers, and then sent directly to President Obama and posted on Pan Left's public video blog at the Pan Left Web site. The party is a part of Pan Left Productions' 15th anniversary celebration. It takes place Pan Left Studio, 631 S. Sixth Ave. For more information, contact Pan Left by e-mail, or call 792-9171.


The 18th Annual Jewish Film Festival happens in Tucson Jan. 10 to 22, and is followed by a second round of films and events on Feb. 15 and 22, and March 1. The festival includes film screenings, comedy and music events, visiting filmmakers and more.

Opening night features a live comedy performance by Lisa Geduldig and a screening of the film Noodle, followed by the Kung Pao Kosher Ori-yenta Dessert Reception. Film-screening locations include the Tucson Jewish Community Center, the Loft Cinema and the UA's Gallagher Theater. Tickets run from $9 to $18, and can be purchased online or at Antigone Books, Bookmans, Details Art and Design, and Elements. For full details or to purchase tickets, call 299-3000, ext. 200, or visit the Festival Web site.


The Tucson chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is recruiting filmmakers, actors, writers and crew for an upcoming membership drive, film mixer and spring conference. Latino and Latino-friendly industry professionals are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact NALIP chapter president Ben Lopez by e-mail.


The Arizona International Film Festival (AIFF) is accepting new, independent films for the Reel Frontier Film and Video Competition. Finalists from the Reel Frontier will be screened during the 2009 AIFF, scheduled for April 16 to 26 in Tucson. Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 12 in the categories of narrative and documentary features; and documentary, dramatic, comedy, experimental and animation shorts. Submissions must be Arizona premieres and must have been completed between January 2008 and February 2009. Entry fees are $50 for works in the feature categories; $30 for works in the short categories; and $20 for works shorter than five minutes. Entries may be submitted on DVD and VHS for pre-screening. Filmmakers can enter online at the Festival Web site or by e-mail for more information.


The Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) is hosting a filmmaker mixer on Saturday, Jan. 24, followed by the annual Three-Minute Thriller Contest. The mixer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Auld Dubliner, 800 E. University Blvd. The Three-Minute Thriller Contest is tentatively scheduled at the UA's Gallagher Theater at 7 p.m. Both events are open to the public; the mixer is free, while entry to the Three-Minute Thriller Contest is $5. Visit the IFASA Web site to confirm the locations, or send e-mail with any questions.


Upstairs Film, producer of the Tucson Film and Music Festival, has a final call for entries for their Tucson: SR77 competition for 2009. Submissions need to be in by Jan. 30. Here's a description: "Tucson: SR77 challenges Southwestern filmmakers to produce a short film that captures the creative heart and soul of Tucson." Films must be no longer than 5 minutes; for full information on how to submit, send e-mail.


Jessicka Rabid premiere: Tucson filmmakers Matthew Reel and Elske McCain will be at the Loft at 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, to present the Arizona premiere of their new trash/art/horror film Jessicka Rabid. 18 and older only; $5.

• Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell star in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, screening at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7. There's also a Marilyn Monroe costume contest, trivia games, etc.; $6.

• The MLK Day Film Projét: The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona is sponsoring a film competition that addresses Dr. Martin Luther King's concept of the triple evils (poverty, racism and war). Films must be five minutes or less, and submitted on DVD by 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5 at the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona at 924 N. Alvernon Way. The winning films will screen at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19. Free. For more information, visit the Volunteer Center Web site.

• Newly restored prints of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II screen nightly the week of Jan. 23-29; $8 for single films; $12 for double-features, $6/$10 for Loft members.

Chazz Palminteri at the Loft: Actor Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects, A Bronx Tale) will be at the Loft at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 26, with his new film, Yonkers Joe. He will do a post-film Q&A; $10 general, $8 Loft members.

• A new 35-millimeter print of The Bicycle Thief plays at Essential Cinema at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27; free.

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

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