NEWS & Upcoming Events

PRODUCERS CLUB – NEW!

Become an inaugural member of the Hanson Film Institute Producers Club! Support the work of the Institute, and meet industry special guests at twice-yearly salons. Our first Producers Club Salon takes place on Tuesday November 21st at the Arizona Inn with special guest Brenda Kelly Grant, Vice President Talent and Casting, ABC Studios. Click on the image above for details on how to join and to RSVP to our inaugural salon.

Monday November 20, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Audition Workshop with Brenda Kelly Grant, Vice President Talent & Casting, ABC Entertainment

Center for Creative Photography

Ever wondered how an actor wins an audition? On Monday November 20, the Hanson Film Institute presents an Audition Workshop conducted by Brenda Kelly Grant, ABC Studios’ Vice President of Talent and Casting. In addition to providing an opportunity for Tucson actors to work with Ms. Grant in an audition atmosphere, the workshop will be open to all members of the public interested in observing the process. FREE.
Click on the image above to learn more.

Saturday December 9, 2017, 2:00pm | Saturday January 13, 2018, 2:00pm | Saturday February 10, 2018, 2:00pm

Exhibition on Screen film series

Center for Creative Photography

In a first-time partnership, the Hanson Film Institute will join with the University of Arizona Museum of Art to bring to Tucson EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, a series of films that provides a cinematic immersion into the world’s best-loved art via behind-the-scenes access to some of the most acclaimed art exhibitions in the world. A different film from the series will screen at the Center for Creative Photography once monthly starting Saturday, December 9. The free screenings will be preceded by an exclusive print viewing, available to Hanson Film Institute Producers Club members. Three films from the series will screen in Tucson, including Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood (December 9), The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism (January 13), and Rembrandt: From the National Gallery London and Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (February 10). Click on the image above to read more.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Center for Creative Photography

OFF THE STREET – World Premiere

The Hanson Film Institute will present the World Premiere of Off the Street, a 1968 short film documenting a summer camp devised by teachers from the Art Students League in New York in response to the civil unrest in the wake of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. The never-before-seen film, in which art is employed as a tool for social change, follows a group of artistically talented and ethnically diverse students from inner-city New York who travel to the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT to participate in an 8-week art camp. Filmmaker Jere Michael will be in attendance at the screening, along with Bernard Stanley Hoyes, one of the youngest camp participants, now an internationally renowned artist. The screening will be followed by a conversation about the role of art education in race relations and will be moderated by Dr. Bryan Carter, Associate Professor, UA Africana Studies.

Hanson Film Institute director Vicky Westover learned of the film following a call from Mr. Michael, a Tucson resident. “Jere called me and described the film, looking to archive it. While it is nearly 50 years old, I was struck”.

Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Friday, October 6, 2017 6:30pm

PARIS BLUES – FREE SCREENING

The Hanson Film Institute and the the UA Fred Fox School of Music present a free screening of the 1961 classic film PARIS BLUES, with an introduction by UA School of Music Assistant Professor and jazz curator Keith Pawlak.
Featuring an Oscar-nominated score by Duke Ellington and a rambunctious cameo by Louis Armstrong, Paris Blues is a tribute to jazz. Set in Paris in the 1960s, the film stars Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American musicians who must decide between their artistic integrity in the city of lights and the call to return home. “Ageing like a fine wine, this offbeat affair … is also one of the most delightful jazz movies ever made.” Radio Times
Part of Music + Festival 2017.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Neo Noir: Denzel Washington

The Hanson Film Institute and Fox Tucson Theatre present Neo Noir: Denzel Washington​, a rare opportunity to see two classic Denzel Washington films on the big screen. The Mighty Quinn (1989) and Devil in a Blue Dress ​(1995) were two films that announced and confirmed the big screen arrival of the young actor. Critic Roger Ebert on The Mighty Quinn: “The film stars Denzel Washington in one of those roles that creates a movie star overnight.”

News This Week: June 2, 2017

UA Hanson Film Institute Speaks at 2017 Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

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.

UA News

BFA Grad Awarded National Vision Maker Media Internship

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.