Tucson, AZ [June 5, 2017] – Vicky Westover, director of the University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute, was invited to speak at the 2017 Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit. The summit, for which 600 delegates convened in Scottsdale, brought together decision makers from both the government and private sectors to promote a strong, cooperative relationship between Arizona and Mexico. Ms. Westover joined Director of the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media, Matthew Earl Jones, and Film Producer and President of Fábrica de Cine, Gastón Pavlovich, on a panel to discuss investment, branding and job creation in the film industry in the Arizona Sonora region.
Stacy Howard, a UA School of Theatre, Film & Television student, has been awarded a 2017 Public Media internship by broadcaster Vision Maker Media. Stacy is one of three students nationwide to be selected for the competitive program, and the first University of Arizona student to do so.
Helping alumni get a positive career start is one of the primary focuses of the Hanson Film Institute. “We provide programing that supplements their degrees, and we work in partnership with the film and television programs to help them get jobs,” says Vicky Westover, the institute’s director. Scott Aaron Silver, ’09, got his start through an internship arranged by the institute. A visual effects production supervisor with 20th Century Fox, Silver’s credits include “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Maze Runner.” He currently is in Hawaii working on the adventure film “Jumanji.” Another Wildcat happy to be hard at work making dreams come to life.
Join the UA Hanson Film Institute and the UA Poetry Center for an hour-long conversation about collaboration through film and poetry with Ofelia Zepeda and Jonathan VanBallenberghe. The event will feature a screening of their collaborative film “O’odham Dances,” a reading of additional poetry by Zepeda, and thoughts from both artists on collaborative relationships and intersections.
This six-part documentary follows the treacherous, seventeen-hundred-mile migration of a Syrian refugee who fled the perils of wartime Damascus to build a better life for his family.
The Hanson Film Institute is proud to present Tucson Cine Mexico 2017, taking place March 22 – 26! Visit our new website www.tucsoncinemexico.org for the festival schedule and to reserve your free seats. This year’s festival – all Arizona Premieres – features a mix of dramas, thrillers and award-winning documentaries, and an Artist Talk by visiting filmmaker Maria José Cuevas, director of Opening Night Film Bellas de noche. Full schedule available at www.tucsoncinemexico.org