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.
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
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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)
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.
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→