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The UA's Center for Creative Photography presents the documentary Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. Director Anne-Marie Russell, director and curator at MOCA, will be on hand to discuss her film--a documentary on the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz that was filmed in Tucson, Brazil, Paris, Brooklyn, Tahiti and Chicago. Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. Free. Visit the Center Web site or the Vik Muniz Web site for further information.


The Arizona International Film Festival (AIFF) is still accepting submissions of new, independent films through Thursday, Feb. 12. Finalists will be screened during the 2009 festival, April 16-26 in Tucson. Submissions must be an Arizona premiere and must have been completed between January 2008 and February 2009. Entry fees are $50 for features, $30 for shorts and $20 for works under five minutes. Entries must be submitted on DVD or VHS for pre-screening. Filmmakers can enter online at the Festival Web ste or e-mail for more information. AIFF is also looking for qualified writers who are willing to screen films and write short, informative copy for festival publications and their Web site.


Voices of Opposition runs a political/social film and lecture series on Monday nights. The spring series opens Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. with "Analyzing Gaza," including recent video clips from Ali Abunimah and Norm Finkelstein. UA's AME Auditorium, Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue. Free. For a list of events, visit the series Web site.


Tucson's Reel Inspiration, the Tucson Film Office and Artfare are hosting a directing workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22 with master directing instructor Mark Travis on "Working With Actors in Rehearsal, Staging and Performance." Travis is the author of the books The Director's Journey: The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors and Directing Feature Films: The Creative Collaboration Between Director, Writers and Actors. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Artfare, 55 N. Sixth Ave. The cost for general public and directors observing is $70, with a $10 discount for APA, IFASA and NALIP members. Students with school ID pay $40. Contact Jana Segal for registration at 325-9175. Visit the Reel Inspiration Web site for more information.


The 18th annual Jewish Film Festival continues with films on Feb. 15 and 22. Films are screened at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and UA's Gallagher Theater. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased online or at Antigone Books, Bookmans and Details Art and Design. For full details or to purchase tickets online, call 299-3000, ext. 200, or visit the Festival Web site.


On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Fox hosts an Oscar Night America fundraiser at 5 p.m. VIP catering will be provided by Enoteca, Pastiche and Jonathan's Cork. Tickets are $25 to $160. For more information, call the box office at 547-3040 or visit the Fox Web site. On Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the University Libraries, the Hanson Film Institute and the Fox Tucson Theatre present a collection of Vitaphone short films from 1925 to 1930, "The Talkies Come to Town: Vaudeville on Film." Doors open at 6 p.m. A reception takes place at 8:30 p.m. The films are free (donation suggested); the reception is $50. For more information, call 621-6431 or visit the Talkies Web site. The Fox Tucson Theatre is located at 17 W. Congress St.


The Pima County Attorney Office Crime Stoppers program has selected Tucson filmmaker Dick Fisher as the 2008 Citizen of the Year for donating his time and resources to create a short film, Trouble at Hand. He will be honored at the 88-Crime Showdown Dinner Sunday, Feb. 8, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Savoy Opera House in Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. The film can be viewed at YouTube. Visit Fisher's Web site for more information.


The February meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. The speaker will be Justin Kreinbrink, who will speak about budgeting a feature film. Kreinbrink directed The Decoy and assistantdirected Trade In, and has previously been hired to budget nine feature films. Visit the IFASA Web site for more information.


• The First Friday Shorts competition takes place on Friday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. $5. The winner pockets $200.

• The Jewish Film Festival presents Waltz With Bashir on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. There's a post-film discussion featuring Asher Kaufman, assistant professor of history and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, and author of the book Reviving Phoenicia: The Search for Identity in Lebanon. $6 for Tucson Jewish Film Festival pass holders; $8.75 regular admission.

Essential Cinema screens a new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (with Brigitte Bardot) on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Free.

• The 2008 Academy Award Nominated Short Films play Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 and 12, with live-action shorts on Feb. 11 and animated shorts on Feb. 12. 7:30 p.m. each night; $6 individually or $10 for both.

Valentine's Day at The Loft features a screening of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, Saturday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., $6.

The Loft Cinema is located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 795-7777 or visit the Loft Web site for information.

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