Arizona International Film Festival is back, will Kick Off with World Premiere of a Tucson Film

March 31, 2015

Pie Lady of Pie Town, a documentary by Jane Rosemont.

Pie Lady of Pie Town, a documentary by Jane Rosemont.

by Liz Felix

Get ready, Tucson! The Arizona International Film Festival is back and this time, the streetcar is along for the ride. The 24th annual Arizona International Film Festival will be screening independent films from around the world and to add ease to the whole experience, all of the venues will be along the streetcar route!

Whether you’re a documentary buff or short film enthusiast, the film festival has something for everyone. Are you a fan of dark dramas? How about insightful documentaries? Do you like quirky comedic short films? Animation? The festival has all of it. From April 9-26, you’ll be able to enjoy over 100 films playing Downtown at The Screening Room and The Rialto Theatre. Elliott’s on Congress, The Shanty and Hotel Congress will be joining the fun, serving as hosts for the filmmaker receptions.

Omo Child: The River and the Bush is a documentary that centers around human rights issues in southwest Ethiopia.

Omo Child: The River and the Bush is a documentary that centers around human rights issues in southwest Ethiopia.

The Arizona International Film Festival will showcase 120 feature-length and short films from over 20 countries. The Ambassador to Bern, a political thriller by first time Hungarian director, Attila Szász, is just one of the many international films you can catch at the festival. The Ambassador to Bern is based on a true story about the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and chronicles the day when two Hungarian immigrants break into the Hungarian embassy in Bern and take the ambassador hostage.

If documentaries are more your thing be sure to check out, At-Risk Summer which follows the journey of young adult author Fat Angie who sets out on a self-funded book tour across America to empower at-risk youth through writing and discussion.

The festival’s diverse film selections will also include the works of local indie filmmakers, Nickolas Duarte (Fish Hook) and Leslie Ann Epperson (Many Bones, One Heart).

FOOD CHAINS exposes the horrific abuses farmworkers face and reveals the forces behind that exploitation: the $4 trillion global supermarket industry.

FOOD CHAINS exposes the horrific abuses farmworkers face and reveals the forces behind that exploitation: the $4 trillion global supermarket industry.

The opening night celebration will begin with the world premiere of Epperson’s Many Bones, One Heart, which centers around the cultural tradition of the All Souls Procession in Tucson. The opening night celebration will take place on Thursday, April 9 at The Rialto Theatre from 6-10pm, so be sure to get your tickets now. A portion of the proceeds from the opening night will go to the 2015 All Souls Procession.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online here or at the box-office one hour before each screening. Tickets are available as passes or single admission.

To learn more about tickets and the films that will be showing at the Arizona International Film Festival, check out their website at www.filmfestivalarizona.com.

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