Hanson Film Institute co-presents

Inside Track 2016: GET REAL, Breaking Into Reality TV

December 2, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Industry professionals and reality TV winner convene in Tucson for panel. Opportunity for locals to pitch their own reality TV ideas.
Anthony Michael - Ink Magazine
TUCSON, AZ [November 15, 2016] – Film Tucson and the UA Hanson Film Institute will co-present the latest Inside Track panel entitled “GET REAL: Breaking into Reality TV” on Friday December 2 at the Center for Creative Photography. The panel will explore the world of reality TV or, in entertainment industry terms, “unscripted” television. Three industry professionals will join reality TV winner Anthony Michaels to provide insider information on how reality TV is made, the types of shows producers are looking for, how to get a reality TV show idea in front of an industry decision-maker, strategies for winning once you’re a contestant, and more. Also, locals with an idea for a reality TV show are invited to enter the Inside Track contest. Winners will get to pitch their idea to the panelists.
The panelists include Tucson-based Anthony Michaels, who won first place in Season 7 of Spike TV’s Ink Master. Anthony competed to win $100,000 and a cover story in 247 Ink. He will be joined by reality TV producer Ryane Belafsky, agent Nir Caspi, and Josh Murphy, development executive at Pilgram Media Group. The Los Angeles-based Belafsky, Caspi and Murphy are all University of Arizona alumni, with degrees in Media Arts, Finance and Media Arts Producing respectively.


Apache 8, documenting the first all-women wildland firefighter crew, to open the 2016 United Nations Film Festival

UA’s Hanson Film Institute produced the film about the crew members, all from the White Mountain Apache tribe in Northern Arizona

Programmers of the United Nations Documentary Film Festival (UNAFF) have selected APACHE 8, produced by the University of Arizona’s Hanson Film Institute, to be the festival’s 2016 Opening Night film. Nita Quintero, a firefighter featured in the film, and Vicky Westover, Hanson Film Institute director and a producer of the film, will be in attendance at the screening, taking place at the Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto California on October 20, 2016.

Directed by Sande Zeig, APACHE 8 tells the story of the all-women wildland firefighter crew that has been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the US for over 30 years. The film delves into the heroic lives of the firefighters, all from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, as they overcome gender stereotypes and the problems that come with life on the impoverished reservation to become some of the country’s most elite firefighters…MORE→

DocScapes presents

The Bad Kids

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE

(Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, 2016)

Loft Cinema

Presented by DocScapes

In Person: Editor Jacob Bricca

At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called “bad kids.”

This observational documentary chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of these students whom the system has deemed lost causes. The film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens—a new father who can’t support his family, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse, and an angry young man from an unstable home—through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.

MORE about BAD KIDS with Jacob Bricca bio→

Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

»Read review in Variety

»Read review in the Hollywood Reporter

»Read review in Indiewire

Presented by DocScapes.

Hanson Film Institute Welcomes New Assistant Director

Kerryn Negus

The UA Hanson Film Institute, College of Fine Arts is delighted to introduce you to Kerryn Negus. Kerryn was contracted by the Institute earlier this year as Marketing Manager and was appointed Assistant Director in July 2016.

Kerryn Negus is an arts producer working in film and theatre. In the film industry, Kerryn has worked in acquisitions, development, and marketing and PR. As Vice President of the Los Angeles office of PR agency DDA, her client roster included Miramax Films, New Line Films and Summit International, and she regularly represented films at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals…. MORE→

APACHE 8 now available on vimeo for download rental viewing

Women Make Movies, a non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent films by and about women, has released the Hanson Film Institute produced documentary APACHE 8 on vimeo for download rental viewing. Directed and produced by Hanson Fellow Sande Zeig, APACHE 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S., for over 30 years. The film was premiered in 2011 by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian and has been broadcast on public television stations nationally over 2000 times.

»Go to APACHE 8 on vimeo…

HANSON DIALOGUES, a brand new conversation series, DEBUTS with

A Conversation on Diversity and Opportunity in Hollywood

with Film and TV Producer Moctesuma Esparza

Friday April 29, 2016
7–8:30pm FREE

Fox Tucson Theatre
17 W Congress St, Tucson

The Hanson Film Institute debuts its brand new conversation series HANSON DIALOGUES, with top talents and creators in the Film and Television Industry and moderated by Tucson native, UA alumnus and Emmy Award winning producer and humorist Peter Murrieta
More about HANSON DIALOGUES, Moctesuma Esparza and Peter Murrieta→

Presented by Hanson Dialogues

Hanson Dialogues

Tucson Cine Mexico presents a special screening in advance of its U.S. theatrical release



Saturday, April 23, 2016
7:00pm FREE

Director: Celso García | Mexico | Dramedy | 1hr 35min

Director Celso García will be in attendance to receive the Tucson Cine Mexico Jaguar Award for Feature Directorial Debut.

Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18
5455 S Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, AZ

THE THIN YELLOW LINE chronicles five financially strapped men from very different walks of life who are hired to paint the center stripe along 120 miles of Mexican state highway…
MORE about THE THIN YELLOW LINE with director bio→

This special screening, ahead of U.S. theatrical release, is presented by Tucson Cine Mexico.

Tucson Cinemexico

DocScapes presents


Thursday, Mar 3, 2016
7:30pm FREE

(Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis and Peter Kinoy, 2014)

In Person: Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis

The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Can 20 million women upend a continent? A band of Latin American activist economists sets out to change their region, partnering with women marginalized by poverty to challenge accepted notions of how to eradicate inequality… More about DISRUPTION with director bios→

More info at Skylight Films…

Presented by DocScapes.

Feb 10-12: Visiting Artist Experimental Filmmaker Peter Rose

Towards a 6th Dimensional Cinema
Exploded View Microcinema
197 E Toole Ave / 520-366-1573
Filmmaker Peter Rose in Person
Co-presented by the Hanson Film Institute
More info at Exploded View Microcinema

Exploded View presents an in-person screening of the visionary work of multimedia artist Peter Rose (Philadelphia). Drawing on his background in mathematics and physics, Rose has been working for over 40 years with time, space, sound and light to conjure higher dimensions of vision. Rose will show a survey of his work to date…
Peter Rose talks in UA classes, plus more about Rose →

WHERE’S THE MONEY? How to Finance an Independent Film

Fri, Dec 4, 2015, 4pm-5:30pm / Free
Center for Creative Photography

Have you dreamed of making a TV show or film but don’t know how to finance it?  Here’s your chance to learn how.  Inside Track’s latest panel discussion, WHERE’S THE MONEY? How to Finance an Independent Film, will inform you and guide you through the process of making your project possible. Continue reading →

The 2015 Bisbee Film Festival!

Critically Acclaimed, Diverse Films to Screen at Bisbee Film Festival

Bisbee Film Festival 2015NOV 18 – 22, 2015, historic Bisbee, AZ will be the site of the Second Annual Bisbee Film Festival: One People One Planet. Twelve films will be shown, including features from Germany, India/UK and the US, works-in-progress, and University of Arizona student shorts. The curated festival offers free admission. Festival presenters are the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute and Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. Read more about the 2015 Bisbee Film Festival→

DocScapes presents


Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
7pm FREE

(Luisa Dantas, 2010, USA)

IN PERSON: Luisa Dantas

The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ

Through the eyes of urban planners, community organizers, displaced youth, immigrant workers, and public housing residents, this verité-style documentary reveals how the story of New Orleans is the story of urban America… Continue reading →

More info at Go to landofopportunitymovie.com →

Presented by DocScapes.

A World Premiere!


The 2015 inaugural event of the
Indigenous People's Film Forum

Co-directed and produced by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Perry Kennedy
Center for Creative Photography University of Arizona
1030 N Olive Road
Admission FREE

Friday, October 2, 2015, 5:30pm
Film #1- Wounaan: A People of the Rainforest
Honorable Mention, XI Festival Internacional de Cine y Video de las Pueblos lndfgenas

Sunday October 4, 2015, 1pm
Film #2 -Rainforest Technology: the Wounaan House and Canoe
Film #3 -Rainforest Technology: Wounaan Agriculture

The Wounaan Trilogy documents major elements of Wounaan social life, before it was ravaged by…
More about The Wounaan Trilogy→