All the Film Festivals in One, Converging Downtown

October 5, 2015

TFOF and AZUFF present Death_in_the_Desert_27x40inBy Simon Brimmer

The Old Pueblo’s myriad of film festivals are displaying their best product as part of the Tucson Festival of Films, scheduled Oct. 8-10, almost exclusively at the Temple of Music and Art.

During the course of the festival schedule, each film festival will be represented by one presentation.

“It was the brainchild of the mayor of Tucson,” said spokesperson Kerryn Negus. “Last year, while going to various film festivals he thought it would be a great idea if all the film festivals came together under one roof for one weekend at one time. The film festivals have put together one film each that best represents their film festival. Essentially, you get to come along for three days, and experience the best of Tucson’s film festivals mostly under one roof.”

The exception is at The Loft, which will screen a 35-millimeter print of the 40th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, much of which was filmed in Tucson.

Thursday’s schedule begins with Raise the Roof, the presentation of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. The feature begins at 6:30 in the Temple’s Auditorium and will include a filmmaker Q and A.

Josh Evans in Death in the Desert.

Josh Evans in Death in the Desert.

At 7 at the Temple’s Cabaret location, the Native Eyes Film Festival will showcase Maina, also with filmmaker Q and A. Arizona International Film Festival representative Dropkick will screen at the Auditorium at 9. Tucson director Robert Loomis will be on hand to discuss the film.

Friday begins with a series of shorts in the Cabaret at 6pm. Sounds of Tucson, a documentary showcasing numerous local musicians, is slated for 7pm in the Auditorium. A second showing of Maina is slated for 8 at the Cabaret, and Death in the Desert, the Arizona Underground Film Festival representative, will occupy the Auditorium screen at 9. All Friday features include filmmaker Q and As.

Saturday’s schedule features shorts at 6 at the Cabaret, Gueros, the highly acclaimed Mexican film entry representation of Tucson Cine Mexico at 7 in the Auditorium and Landmine Goes Click at 9:30 in the Cabaret, sponsored by Tucson Terrorfest.

Gueros is a free screening as per the tradition of Tucson Cine Mexico. Otherwise, tickets are $8 per screening.

Shayla Beesley and Paz de la Huerta in Arizona Underground Film Festival's entry Death in the Desert

Shayla Beesley and Paz de la Huerta in Arizona Underground Film Festival’s entry Death in the Desert.

“It’s a great initiative put forward by visittucson.org and Film Tucson,” Negus said. “They are shepherding the project. I think it’s only going to grow. This year we’ve started with a three-day festival, but I think we can certainly expand that in the future to include more days and more venues. I’m absolutely thrilled and excited we have this level of film talent coming in. The films are great. It’s a great opportunity for audiences to get a sense of the different festivals.”

Downtown plays a significant role as well since the Temple of Music of Arts acts as the hub of the three-day event.

“We are delighted to work with ATC on this,” Negus said. “The Temple will be transformed. Instead of a red carpet, we’re having a green carpet, which is the color of our desert in Tucson. It will be very inviting, and a place where people will want to hang out and then go see a film.”

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