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.
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.
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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.
Although the film never was screened publicly, Michael thought it had enough historic and cultural significance that it would be worth preserving, so he contacted the University of Arizona to inquire about archiving opportunities.
That’s when he was put in touch with Vicky Westover, director of the UA’s Hanson Film Institute.
Westover recognized Michael’s 26-minute film as a work that continues to be relevant today, so instead of just archiving it, the Hanson Film Institute digitized it and will host its world-premiere screening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the UA Center for Creative Photography.
Learn about the Tucson premiere of a film that has been unseen since it was made in 1968. Off the Street tells how a group of ethnically diverse New York teens were given a chance to leave the city for a summer, to take intensive art classes at Vermont Academy. Mark talks with filmmaker Jere Michael, now an Arizona retiree, and Bernard Stanley Hoyes, one of the kids in the program who today has a career as a fine art painter. The Hanson Film Institute presents the world premiere of Off the Street on Tuesday. Click the image to follow the link and listen to the broadcast.
Filmmaker Jere Michael, who had never shown the film anywhere, approached the University of Arizona and was referred to the Hanson Film Institute, where Director Vicky Westover was struck by how much this film needed to be shown. And so it is that ‘Off the Street’, a film from almost 50 years ago, is making its world premiere next week right here in Tucson.
Filmmaker Stacy Howard and Hanson Film Institute’s Kerryn Negus stopped by Radio KVOI to chat with Wake Up! Tucson host Chris DeSimone about Stacy’s film ‘Amásání’ and its upcoming screenings at film festivals in Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the image above.
Four films made by University of Arizona graduates will gain national and international audiences next month, thanks to support from the University’s Hanson Film Institute. The institute provides professional development opportunities for UA students, faculty and filmmakers — helping them connect with contacts in the film festival and television programming worlds, helping them create tailored film festival entry strategies and, in some instances, providing funding support.
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
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.
“Amásání” (The Grandmother), the short film written, directed, edited and produced by University of Arizona BFA 2017 Film & Television graduate Stacy Howard, has been selected to screen at the 2017 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. While Howard was interning at the UA Hanson Film Institute, its director, Vicky Westover, identified the film as a worthy entrant for the premier film festival and helped the young director submit it. The institute will sponsor Howard’s trip to Toronto in October.
In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the movements of human actors are directly translated to computer-generated apes. The result is an astonishing realism — and a point of pride for Sheldon Smith ’09, who worked on the film as a VFX coordinator. Like many UA alumni in the industry, Smith got a career boost from the Hanson Film Institute — and some lucky timing. While studying media arts, he had an institute internship that was established by John Kilkenny ’09, president of special effects at 20th Century Fox and a member of the Institute’s Industry Council.
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.”
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.
“Tucson Cine Mexico” says festival co-director Carlos A. Gutiérrez, “is a great opportunity to really understand that Mexico is much more complex, much more interesting than the general media usually portrays.”
With a focus on presenting the best of the latest films from Mexico, co-directors Vicky Westover and Carlos Gutiérrez have this year selected films ranging from a bizarre-yet-true crime story from veteran auteur and “master of the Mexican bizarre” Arturo Ripstein, to a debut documentary from director María José Cuevas that swept multiple awards at … Continue reading »Film Festival Roundup
Tucson Cine Mexico continues its streak with a 14th year working to represent the diversity of cinema coming from our neighbor to the south. Started in 2004, organizers said it’s the longest-running contemporary Mexican cinema festival in the U.S., and the only one of its kind in Arizona. “Year by year, there is a growing … Continue reading »Festival Aims for Nuanced Representation of Mexican Cinema
Este festival es uno de los más longevos del estado y presenta totalmente gratis obras contemporáneas de cineastas mexicanos. Este fin de semana llega el festival Tucson Cine México
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
Live at the Fox Theater in Tucson, the musical group Troker will debut their newest project providing a live, original score for the classic 1919 Mexican silent film, The Grey Automobile/El Automovil Gris. The Grey Automobile was directed by Erique Rosas and filmed in Mexico City prior to the Mexican film boom of the 1920s. It is one of the few surviving Mexican silent films. Rosas filmed on location where the actual events occurred, giving audiences a rare glimpse into the city streets of the late 1910s.
In collaboration with the Tucson Museum of Art, the Hanson Film Institute is thrilled to host María José Cuevas, director of the award-winning documentary Bellas de noche, at an Artist Talk on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00pm at the Tucson Museum of Art lobby. In this talk, featuring sensational magazine spreads and film excerpts from the archive, Cuevas will discuss the powerful emergence of the showgirls in an era of economic crisis and the growing wave of women’s liberation, the history of this erotic art form, and what has become of it today. A Tucson Cine Mexico 2017 special event!
Presented by DocScapes
Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer and interactive storyteller based out of San Francisco. He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Theo Rigby will be in person at the Loft Cinema to discuss his award winning documentary film work including ‘Immigration Nation’ (iNation), a series of short films that showcased on the New York Times website, broadcast nationally on PBS, and was shown at the New York Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. His film ‘Sin Pais (Without Country)’ won a Student Academy Award and has screened in over 30 film festivals. See his most recent project focused on the contemporary Sanctuary movement, ‘Waking Dream’.
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Directed by Ryan Suffern, ‘Finding Oscar’ explores the story of a 1982 massacre in the small Guatemalan town of Dos Erres. The massacre claimed the lives of 200 people – men, women and children – except two small boys who survived only to be stolen and raised by their attackers. The film tells the story of the search for justice by prosecutors and others, which ultimately led to the discovery of the two survivors. Producer Scott Greathead, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. (2016)
After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch hunt era of the 80’s and 90’s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this riveting ‘True Crime’ tale. In 1994, four women were accused, tried and convicted of the heinous sexual … Continue reading Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 – 7:30pm – THE LOFT CINEMA (FREE)