PRODUCERS CLUB – NEW!

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.

Monday November 20, 2017, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Audition Workshop with Brenda Kelly Grant, Vice President Talent & Casting, ABC Entertainment

Center for Creative Photography

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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Saturday December 9, 2017, 2:00pm | Saturday January 13, 2018, 2:00pm | Saturday February 10, 2018, 2:00pm

Exhibition on Screen film series

Center for Creative Photography

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Center for Creative Photography

OFF THE STREET – World Premiere

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

Friday, October 6, 2017 6:30pm

PARIS BLUES – FREE SCREENING

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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Neo Noir: Denzel Washington

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.”

News This Week: June 2, 2017

UA Hanson Film Institute Speaks at 2017 Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

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.

UA News

BFA Grad Awarded National Vision Maker Media Internship

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.

Presented by DocScapes

WAKING DREAM: Short films on immigration by Theo Rigby

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm (FREE) LOFT CINEMA

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’.

Presented by DocScapes

FINDING OSCAR (Ryan Suffern, 2016)

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 6:30pm (FREE) - AME Auditorium, U of A

Presented by DocScapes

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)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 – 7:30pm – THE LOFT CINEMA (FREE)

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: The Story of the San Antonio Four

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)

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.

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→