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!
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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)