The Arizona International Film Festival opens this weekend here in Tucson. Below are several announcements that highlight local Tucson talent . Information about the festival and schedule is at http://www.filmfestivalarizona.com.
From: Brian [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 7:07 PM
Subject: World Premiere of Red 71 in Arizona International Film Festival
A film I produced and acted in, Red 71, is having its film festival premiere this Saturday, 19 April, at 7 PM at the Screening Room (127 E. Congress) in Tucson as part of the Arizona International Film Festival (www.filmfestivalarizona.com). (It was shown previously at a local private screening.) Tickets are $8. I hope many of you can attend. I also suggest you check out some of the other films in the festival. They are generally excellent.
Red 71 is a neo noir that descends into a bizarre desert world of dark characters and dark doings, loosely based on the short story by Paul Cain. The film stars local actors Nathan Ginn, Ted Parks, Melissa Aguirre, Justin Kreinbrink, me, and an unforgettable performance by Howard Allen. Also starring are Michelle Belegrin from the TV series Desire and the infamous Angus Scrimm from the Phantasm films. Directed by local filmmaker and U of A School of Media Arts Professor Patrick Roddy, produced by Victoria Westover and me and includes an atmospheric score by Tucson natives Friends of Dean Martinez.
"a cross between Orson Welles 'Touch of Evil' and the lost highway’s of David Lynch’s bizarre landscapes" -10kBullets.com
Another film I produced and acted in MAY be showing at the festival the following Saturday, 26 April. I have not received confirmation of that. Trouble At Hand is an educational short film for the 88-Crime program of the Pima County Attorney’s Office, about a middle school student, Gina, struggling with the decision of how to act upon information about another student’s threat on a teacher’s life. Gina wrestles with fear of being wrong and the danger of not reporting the threat, as she struggles with the toughest and most important decision of her life. The film will be shown at middle schools across the country to encourage students to use the Campus Crimestoppers hotline, when appropriate. Directed and shot by Dick Fisher (director of the award-winning Incident at Alma and producer of The Brothers McMullen), the film stars Jalyn Wheatley, Kevin Klells, Jordan Sands, Hannah Rothman, Josh Segal, Dave Membrila, and Stephanie Sikes. You can check the festival web site (www.filmfestivalarizona.com) for updates on the schedule to see if Trouble At Hand will be shown.
It was almost a hat trick, as Romance at Frisky’s Bar was almost accepted also. I tried to convince the festival director that it would be a good choice, but in the end, the film was denied.
Several other local filmmakers also have films in the festival, including (I hope I haven't missed any): Bart Santello, Chelsea Coles, Brendan Murphy and Jeff Smith, Rachel JeeHye Thomas, Steve Bayless, Alan Williams, and Ben Slamka. You can find the schedule of their films on the festival web site (www.filmfestivalarizona.com).
From: alan williams [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 1:17 PM
Subject: premiere of local film at AIFF
Tucson actors, come support Tucson actors!
The SAG short “The Human Condition” will premiere at the Arizona International Film Festival, Saturday 19th at 7pm at 127 E Congress-The Screening Room.
More information is at www.filmfestivalarizona.com
Come out and support a great ensemble of local actors.
Writer/director “The Human Condition”
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 10:03 AM
Subject: to post
Broken Fences, an award winning film by director Troy McGatlin (winner-best director New York Independent Film Festival 2008), will be playing the Arizona International film festival on April 20th at 5pm at the Crossroads, 4811 East Grant Road. This gripping drama has played multiple festivals including The New York Independent Film Festival, the Vail Film Festival and the Memphis International Film Festival. To find out more about the film and to see a trailer visit www.brokenfences.org.