Calling all Hanson Film Producers Club Members! Directly following the screening of Casablanca (1942) at the Fox Tucson Theatre, head upstairs to the lounge to chat with Hanson Film Producers Club member Victoria Lucas. Victoria is the granddaughter of Casablanca’s director, Michael Curtiz. Listen in as Victoria – herself an accomplished film industry veteran, and the on-air host for Arizona Public Media’s Saturday night feature film – shares some behind-the-scenes stories. Click on the image for more details.
The Hanson Film Institute was delighted to host Jon Jost, one of independent cinema’s most uncompromising figures, on campus on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Industry professionals and reality TV winner convene in Tucson for panel. Opportunity for locals to pitch their own reality TV ideas.
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.
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→
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 – 7:30pm FREE
(Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, 2016)
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.
Winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival
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Friday April 29, 2016
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
Saturday, April 23, 2016
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.
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016
(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.
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 →
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 →
NOV 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→
Thursday, Nov 5, 2015
(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.
Co-directed and produced by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Perry Kennedy
Center for Creative Photography University of Arizona
1030 N Olive Road
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
IN PERSON: DR. ELIZABETH KENNEDY
Sunday October 4, 2015, 1pm
Film #2 -Rainforest Technology: the Wounaan House and Canoe
Film #3 -Rainforest Technology: Wounaan Agriculture
IN PERSON: DR. ELIZABETH KENNEDY AND DR. JULIE VELAZQUEZ RUNK
The Wounaan Trilogy documents major elements of Wounaan social life, before it was ravaged by…
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