UA News, 10.16.2017

UA to Host Premiere of Tucsonan’s 1968 Film on Art and Race

Although the film never was screened publicly, Michael thought it had enough historic and cultural significance that it would be worth preserving, so he contacted the University of Arizona to inquire about archiving opportunities.

That’s when he was put in touch with Vicky Westover, director of the UA’s Hanson Film Institute.

Westover recognized Michael’s 26-minute film as a work that continues to be relevant today, so instead of just archiving it, the Hanson Film Institute digitized it and will host its world-premiere screening at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the UA Center for Creative Photography.

Arizona Spotlight, 10.13.2017

A 1960s Documentary Hidden for Decades – Now Revealed in Tucson

Learn about the Tucson premiere of a film that has been unseen since it was made in 1968. Off the Street tells how a group of ethnically diverse New York teens were given a chance to leave the city for a summer, to take intensive art classes at Vermont Academy. Mark talks with filmmaker Jere Michael, now an Arizona retiree, and Bernard Stanley Hoyes, one of the kids in the program who today has a career as a fine art painter. The Hanson Film Institute presents the world premiere of Off the Street on Tuesday. Click the image to follow the link and listen to the broadcast.

Tucson Weekly 10.11.2017

Better Late Than Never: 1968 Film Makes World Premiere

Filmmaker Jere Michael, who had never shown the film anywhere, approached the University of Arizona and was referred to the Hanson Film Institute, where Director Vicky Westover was struck by how much this film needed to be shown. And so it is that ‘Off the Street’, a film from almost 50 years ago, is making its world premiere next week right here in Tucson.

UANews, 09.25.2017

Four UA Student Films to reach national, international audiences

Four films made by University of Arizona graduates will gain national and international audiences next month, thanks to support from the University’s Hanson Film Institute. The institute provides professional development opportunities for UA students, faculty and filmmakers — helping them connect with contacts in the film festival and television programming worlds, helping them create tailored film festival entry strategies and, in some instances, providing funding support.

Navajo Times, 09.12.2017

Student’s film chosen for film festival

“Amásání” (The Grandmother), the short film written, directed, edited and produced by University of Arizona BFA 2017 Film & Television graduate Stacy Howard, has been selected to screen at the 2017 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. While Howard was interning at the UA Hanson Film Institute, its director, Vicky Westover, identified the film as a worthy entrant for the premier film festival and helped the young director submit it. The institute will sponsor Howard’s trip to Toronto in October.

Arizona Alumni Magazine, Spring 2017

Enter the Future: The World of Virtual Reality VFX Industry Alumni

In “War for the Planet of the Apes,” the movements of human actors are directly translated to computer-generated apes. The result is an astonishing realism — and a point of pride for Sheldon Smith ’09, who worked on the film as a VFX coordinator. Like many UA alumni in the industry, Smith got a career boost from the Hanson Film Institute — and some lucky timing. While studying media arts, he had an institute internship that was established by John Kilkenny ’09, president of special effects at 20th Century Fox and a member of the Institute’s Industry Council.

Arizona Alumni Association - April 10, 2017

VFX Special Effects

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.

Indiewire, 3.09.2017

»Film Festival Roundup

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

Arizona Public Media, 03.22.2017

»Festival Aims for Nuanced Representation of Mexican Cinema

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

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…