Tucson has been a part of the film industry from the beginning of cinema in the early 20th-century. Many notable films have been produced in the City, most notable classic westerns featuring stars like John Wayne and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” The city served as a backdrop for documentaries about Native-American and Mexican-American cultures, such as “Miss Navajo” and “Crossing Arizona.”
The Tucson Film & Music Festival, which began in 2005, celebrates music and films from Arizona and Southwestern artists. This year’s event takes place this fall on October 8-10, 2010. The festival invites artists, filmmakers and musicians with Arizona and the Southwest. The event includes a contest that accepts documentaries, feature films, shorts and music videos. Most of the films and music videos cover serious subjects, so parents must make their own judgment calls.
The festival’s opening night film is “Ride, Rise, Roar,” a David Byrne concert film. The Centerpiece Film is the Arizona premiere of the documentary “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” the story of the legendary black punk-rock group narrated by Laurence Fishburne. MARS, the closing night film, is an animated, science-fiction romantic comedy depicting the first manned mission to Mars.
Documentary feature films at the festival include “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds from Leeds to New Orleans,” “Coming Back for More,” the US premiere of “La faccia della terra (The Face of the Earth),” “Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn,” “Two Spirits” and “Wheedle’s Groove.” “Coming Back for More” explores Willem Aikema’s search for Sly Stone, the founder and front man for funk band Sly and the Family Stone.
Documentary shorts are “From Wood to Singing Guitar,” “Irma,” “On the Line,” “Stewart Summer” and “Weighloss.” “Irma” tells the story of Irma Gonzales, a former female world champion professional wrestling. The short film features original music by Gonzalez. “Weightloss,” a 20-minute film directed by Roman Arriola, talks about the hard road to weight loss and is a Flagstaff Film Festival selection.
Short films include “mixtape,” “My Father’s Son,” “Soul Flowers,” “The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger” and “Weekend.” “My Father’s Son” chronicles a man’s journey to Mexico to establish a relationship with the son he never knew. “The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger” tells the tale of how advertisers enticed a cow go to a butcher shop.
Music videos featured at the Tucson Film & Music Festival includes “Blue-Eyed Universe” by Fictionist, “Classico” by Howe Gelb & Vic Chesnutt, “Guitar Hero Gone” by Loren Dircks, “Les Sorileges” by Naim Amor, “Let Me In” by Kelly Dalton and “Til My Voice is Gone” by The Old Cemetery.
Venue partners include La Placita Cinema, The Loft Cinema, The Hut, The Rialto Theatre, Plush, Grand Cinemas Crossroads, and Hotel Congress, a national and state historic landmark. Local hotels have formed a partnership with the festival, providing accommodations to attendees. The hotels and venues are located in downtown and on 4th Avenue, near local restaurants and coffee shops. Popular eateries include Epic Café, Caruso’s and Lindy’s, known for its tall hamburgers.
Tucson provides a number of paid parking lots near downtown and 4th Avenue. Your best option is to walk, take the bus or downtown transit, or take the streetcar.
For more information, contact:
Tucson Film & Music Festival
5512 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90028