Monday, April 10, 2006

Tucson: Film Fest news - Mixer/ Reception / Premiere

Arizona International Film Festival

April 20-30, 2006

The Arizona Media Arts Center is pleased to announce that the 15th Arizona International Film Festival (AIFF) will take place April 20-30, 2006, at exhibition venues throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona. The oldest and largest Festival in Arizona will continue its mission to provide audiences with new and innovative films from around the world. This year, APA is pleased to be one of the Festival’s sponsors.

Festival 2005 was attended by over 7,000 patrons of all ages. The event showcased 110 films from 21 countries, including 21 world premieres, 10 U.S. premieres and 69 Arizona premieres.

The ongoing theme of “Bridging Cultures” highlights the ways contemporary independent cinema enables images and voices of diverse cultures to travel from country to country, from mainstream to fringe, and from generation to generation. Festival programs provide  bridges to many works and offer an annual meeting place for filmmakers to assemble and to share experiences and visions with one another and with audiences.    

Festival programs include:

* Cine Chicano - features the unique experiences and representations emerging from the Chicano film community.

* Cine Sin Fronteras - leads the nation in showing the complexity of the U.S.-Mexico border and impact on nearby communities.

* The REEL Frontier Film and Video Competition - a juried program that celebrates and rewards excellence and innovation in independent media arts expression.

* From The Archives - a collection of award-winning films and audience favorites from past festivals.

Other Festival 2006 programs include: The Premiere Showcase, an international showcase of contemporary cinema; Movies at Midnite, edgy films for the late night crowd; IndieVision, independent works shown on cable to allow audiences to participate from home and Serving Independents, workshops and panel discussions that explore the art and business of independent filmmaking.

Advance Festival passes are available at the Festival Production Office, 108 East Congress, Monday to Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. For Festival tickets and program information, log on to: or call 520-628-1737.

The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center, with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona Production Association, and the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts and the Department of Media Arts.


AIFF Kickoff Reception

Thursday, April 20

It’s official! In addition to being one of the regular AIFF sponsors this year, APA is also sponsoring AIFF’s Kickoff Reception  celebrating the 15th anniversary of AIFF. The reception will be held at a Tucson-area restaurant on Thursday, April 20, by invitation only. For those not on the complimentary guest list, tickets will be available at the door for purchase.

The location of the Reception and start time are TBA.


Spotlight on Tucson’s Film Community

Tuesday, May 2, 5-7 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 2, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company, APA is hosting its second annual “Spotlight on Tucson’s Film Community” mixer.

This special, free public event is sponsored by the Arizona Production Association to encourage and showcase Southern Arizona’s diverse film resources.

This industry gathering will feature local organizations such as APA, Arizona International Film Festival (AIFF), the Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona (IFASA), the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), the Tucson Film Office (TFO) and the Tucson Film Society (TFS). Each group will have a table with   current information. There will also be space available for actors, talent and production-affiliated vendors to offer promotional materials and information.

Says APA’s Southern Arizona Chair Sarah Sher, “This mixer is a perfect opportunity for all members of our local film community to network and get to know each other and build a broader crew base for Tucson and Southern Arizona.”

Details at a glance:

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gentle Ben’s Brewing Co.

865 E. University Blvd., (upstairs patio)

Tucson, AZ

Hope to see you there!


APA Sponsors Stephen King Movie Premiere at Fox Tucson Theatre

Saturday, May 6

Hollywood is coming to Tucson and you can be a part of the event!  Stephen King’s Desperation is scheduled to air nationally on ABC TV, Thursday, May 18, but YOU can get a first look at King’s latest work at the Fox Tucson Theatre in the First Magnus Auditorium on Saturday, May 6, 2006.

The public is invited to attend the movie premiere and the Downtown Saturday celebration on Congress in front of the theatre. Scheduled to walk the red carpet at the Fox are Director Mick Garris; one of the movie’s executive producers, APA member Mark Sennet and several of its actors, including Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish and Ron Perlman. The movie also stars Tom Skerritt, Charles Durning and Henry Thomas.

Desperation, a made-for-television movie, was filmed in and around Tucson and Bisbee in the fall of 2004, with assistance from the Tucson Film Office, the city of Bisbee and the Arizona Film Office. A portion of Congress Street downtown was closed off to film a scene from wartime Viet Nam, while the Tucson Convention Center was used for the first time as a sound stage for this production.

Quite a few of our members assisted in the making of this film. Set decoration was handled by Marcia Calosio, Tina Sims was key hairstylist with assistance from Claudia Breckenridge, Kate Jesse was the boom operator and Mike McGinn served as location manager.

APA is proud to support our local film community by being one of the sponsors of this event!

Get a taste of Hollywood and join in on the fun and excitement! Tickets to the premiere are $25 and are available by calling 520-624-1515 or visiting:

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