Indie Watch


The Tucson Film Office is hosting a Tucson Film Industry Summit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 9, at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. There will be a panel discussion on the current state of the film industry and what is being done to bring business to Tucson and Southern Arizona; the Tucson Film Office, Phoenix Film Office and the Arizona Film and Media Coalition will be represented. The moderator will be Patrick Roddy, the producer in residence at the UA Media Arts Department. Please RSVP by March 2 at 770-2151, or by e-mail; please provide the names of attendees.


UA's Hanson Film Institute, the Consulado de Mexico en Tucson, the Tucson Film Office and Cinema Tropical are presenting Tucson Cine Mexico 2009 from March 26-29 and April 3 and 4. The festival's special guest will be producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan's Labyrinth); films screened will include award-winning features, documentaries and vintage science-fiction films. Titles include Lake Tahoe (2008 Berlin Film Festival prize winner), Silent Light (2007 Cannes Film Festival prize winner), a new 35-mm print of the sci-fi classic Santo vs. the Martian Invasion, and the Mexican box-office smash Rudo y Cursi. Screenings will take place at the Crossroads 6 Grand Cinemas and the Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18. Most general-admission tickets are $5, or $10 for Rudo y Cursi. For more information, visit the Cine Mexico Web site.


The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is hosting the DVD release of the award-winning local film Coyote at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. Former Tucsonans Devin Colvin (producer) and Brett Spackman (writer/editor) will be in attendance. Admission on Friday (a fundraiser for the 2009 Arizona International Film Festival) is $10; admission to the Saturday screening is $6. For more information, visit


Voices of Opposition runs a political/social film and lecture series at 7 p.m. on most Monday nights at the University of Arizona Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Auditorium, 1130 N. Mountain Ave. March 2: A Little Bit of So Much Truth (Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad) is a documentary with the behind-the-scenes story of the popular uprising in Oaxaca in 2006. March 9: Fatally Flawed is about the integrity of recent elections in Pima County; attorney Bill Risner will comment and answer questions. March 30: Fabled Enemies is a new film that attempts to debunk the official story of Sept. 11 and the war on terror. All events are free. For a list of events or to get on the mailing list, visit the Voices Web site, or call 622-6419 for more information.


Tucson's Reel Inspiration, the Tucson Film Office and ArtFare are hosting a directing workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 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 Director's Journey: The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors and Directing Feature Films. ArtFare is located at 55 N. Sixth Ave.; the cost for pre-registered actors and directors is $70, or $80 at the door, with various discounts. Students with school ID get in for $40. To register, contact Jana Segal at 325-9175 or by e-mail. More information is at the Reel Inspiration Web site.


March films at the Fox Tucson Theatre include: Friday, March 13: Rocky Horror Picture Show; Saturday, March 14: Chicago; and Sunday, March 15: Oklahoma. For showtimes and admission information, call the box office at 547-3040, or visit the Fox Web site. The Fox is at 17 W. Congress St.


The February meeting of the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA) will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, March 2, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. The speaker will be Will Conroy, screenwriter of Transsiberian. Everyone is welcome. Visit the IFASA Web site for more information.


· Bob Rafelson: Famous director Bob Rafelson will be at the Loft to do a Q&A after a screening of his 1970 film Five Easy Pieces, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28; $8 general; $6 Loft members.

· Rear Window: Invisible Theatre's Susan Claassen introduces Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 1; $6, $4.75 for Loft members.

· Lunafest 2009: Lunafest 2009, a "national film festival showcasing nine new short films by women, for women, and about women," screens at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 3; $10 general; $5 students and Loft members. See for a full lineup.

· Gustafer Yellowgold's Mellow Fever: This show mixes animation and live music by Morgan Taylor in a family-oriented event, at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8; $8.

· Flow: Flow is a documentary about the worldwide water crisis and the winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 United Nations Association Film Festival. Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, will lead a discussion, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10; $8 regular, $6 Loft members.

· Sundance Shorts: Check out a selection of short films from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25; $6 regular, $4.75 Loft members.

· Essential Cinema: See Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 29, and 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. Essential Cinema screenings are free.

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

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