Loft Film Festival
Greetings Tucson Filmmakers and Film lovers,
The first annual Loft Film Festival kicks off on Thursday night, and I encourage you to attend. You are critical to the success of the festival, and even more so when the guest filmmakers are at the screening of their films. They need to see sold-out audiences, and if they do, the likelihood of them returning to Tucson to shoot their next project increases...dramatically.
But really the pleasure will be all yours. The Loft has worked hard all year to put together this feast of films and filmmakers - hand-picked from the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto film festivals. We've put together a short list to wet your appetite, but there is so much more at http://loftfilmfest.com/. Go, enjoy, partake...Buen Provecho!
REVOLUTION with Director Carlos Reygadas in person. This film is a collection of short films by Mexican filmmakers like Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Carlos directed the short - This Is My Kingdom in the film. He is one of TFO's favorite directors...ever. His exquisite SILENT LIGHT screened at Tucson Cine Mexico last year. We want Carlos to shoot a project in Tucson.
Henri-Georges Clouzot's INFERNO - This is an absolute must-see that explores the utter precariousness of the creative process. Dr. Mary Beth Haralovich (UA Film Prof) saw it at Telluride and said it was her favorite film of the festival. We trust Mary Beth's taste in films implicitly.
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES - This won the top prize, the Palme D'Or, at this year's Cannes Film Festival - that's a good enough reason for us to see it.
REEL INJUN with Chris Eyre in person - Chris is another director we want to shoot here. We love his films, especially SMOKE SIGNALS. And Chris lived in Tucson...he graduated from UA Media Arts before heading off to NYU Film School, fame and Sundance award-winning-fortune.
AFTER HOURS - As Scorsese fans, we won't miss this crazy opening night film, and we want to welcome Griffin Dunne who is practically a native Baja Arizonan. His mother, Ellen Griffin Dunne is from Nogales (and his father is the late Dominick Dunne), and Griffin, a wonderful storyteller in his own right, spent much of his life shuttling between Nogales, Tucson and Beverly Hills.
This is just a taste. There's much more. Check out M. Scot Skinner's article about the fest in the Star: http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/movies/article_b3e350df-d6db-5820-b5b2-fcc2ce439d7d.html. Peter and I hope to see you there.