PURO MEXICANO: TUCSON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL SLATE OF BOUTIQUE VENUE PREMIERES AND SCREENINGS FOR THE FIRST U.S. FESTIVAL HONORING MEXICAN AND MEXICAN AMERICAN FILMMAKERS NOVEMBER 4-6, 2005
--FESTIVAL’S FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT TO FOCUS ON WOMEN’S ISSUES AND WOMEN FILMMAKERS
--SATURDAY FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH A SERIES OF CHALLENGING AND THOUGHTFUL FILMS WHICH LOOK AT THE COMPLEX BORDER ISSUES
Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 13
Tucson, October 11, 2005 —Puro Mexicano: Tucson Film Festival, the first U.S. festival honoring Mexican and Mexican American filmmakers, announced today its opening slate of premieres and screenings for the event, to be held Friday, November 4 thru Sunday, November 6, in the newly revitalized Downtown corridor of Tucson.
These films, part of a boutique group of works to debut at the festival, will be shown in the Leo Rich Theatre at the Tucson Convention Center . General activities and workshops featuring directors and artists are in their final stages of planning and will be announced on October 24th. A list of films already selected follows.
The festival, a program of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, will offer filmgoers a rare glimpse into the projects of established and rising directors and writers, designed to give audiences a new understanding of the cultures and issues of Mexicans and Mexican Americans.
In making the announcement, Ms. Shelli Hall, Festival Chair noted: We are extremely excited at this initial list of programs, which will expose some wonderful filmographic features and shorts to a new crop of fans and a hugely loyal base of existing enthusiasts.”
Ms. Hall added: “Among the festival’s offerings are films directed by and featuring some of the most talented women working in the industry today, as well as a series of films dealing with the complex border issues, displayed in a challenging and poignant style. The social and political ramifications of the films shown will bring light to issues that are on the minds of everyone today, straddling our two countries and their diverse cultures and communities.”
Final arrangements for the feature-length fiction films, including a restored classic from the Golden Age of Mexican filmmaking, are being made at press time.
Tickets for the festival can be purchased at www.tucsonfilmfestival.org starting 10/13/2005 or by calling 520-624-1817 ext 138.
Press registration for the festival begins on Tuesday, October 11. Please contact Barry Kluger, Kluger Media Group, 480-703-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your credentials or register at the web site. www.tucsonfilmfestival.org
The Festival needs volunteers to perform a variety of tasks on November 3-6 in Tucson . Applicants should have an interest in film and be able to work on such duties as guest check in, ticket sales, event set up, theatre management, parking control, media relations, and more.
Please visit www.tucsonfilmfestival.org or call 520-546-6975
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