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International Jewish Film Festival. “I think many fi lm festival directors and programmers work in a vacuum,” says Davis, adding that “it’s been a wonderful, delightful opportunity to TFoF and Loft Film Fest present the 40th Anniversary Gala Screening of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. meet with colleagues from across the city on a regular basis to work on this community eff ort, this inaugural endeavor …, and I think it enriches ev-eryone’s job, programming, and experience.” Film Tucson’s director, Shelli Hall, says that the addition of the TFoF has been “raising the eyebrows” of indus-try professionals, and not just because of Tucson’s spectacular autumn weath-er. “What fi lmmakers are interested in are locations; a good director wants a location that helps tell their story,” says Hall. And—as many fi lmmakers have made clear in the past—Tucson is full of such locations. Hall’s hope is that by attracting fi lmmakers to Tucson for screenings and festival events, it just might spark their interest in returning here to fi lm a future project, thus providing a small Tucson Festival of Films Program The following is a list of what was on the schedule for TFoF at the time DesertLeaf went to press. Screenings and titles are subject to change. Sounds of Tucson (North American premiere; documentary; 63 min.; USA/France), pre-sented by the Tucson Film and Music Festival Tucson is the new “Eldorado” of the national music scene, according to this docu-mentary, thanks largely to the eff orts of local greats like Howe Gelb and Joey Burns. Featuring Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Joey Burns (Calexico), Billy Sedlmayr, Al Foul, Ga-briel Sullivan, Brian Lopez, Pork Torta, Tom Walbank, and Les Mariachis Luz de Luna. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (40th anniversary gala screening; romantic drama; 112 min.; USA), presented by the Loft Film Festival This 1975 classic by Martin Scorsese earned Ellen Burstyn an Oscar for Best Actress and garnered Diane Ladd a nod for Best Supporting Actress. The fi lm also features Kris Kristoff erson, Harvey Keitel, and a young Jodie Foster, as well as scenes shot at iconic locations around Tucson, such as the Sixth Avenue underpass and Chicago Music Store. Raise the Roof (Arizona premiere; documentary; 84 min.; USA/Poland), presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival This fi lm is the inspiring story of how two former University of Georgia students struggled to reconstruct one of the 200 wooden synagogues in the small town of Gwo ź dziec that were destroyed by invading Nazis during World War II. Directed by Yari Wolinsky. Güeros (comedy; 106 min.; Mexico), presented by Tucson Cine Mexico This multiple-award-winning Mexican comedy is back by popular demand after a standing-room-only screening during the 2015 edition of Tucson Cine Mexico. This fi lm follows the classic story arc of a group of kids on a journey as three students set out to fi nd an ailing rock star to pay their respects to the musician before he dies. Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Landmine Goes Click (Arizona premiere; thriller; 110 min.; Georgia), presented by Tucson TerrorFest A “single-location survival story” in the style of Phone Booth or 127 Hours, this fi lm follows three American tourists as they backpack through the remote European countryside, where one steps on an armed landmine and is immobi-lized. But there’s something else lurking in the woods, as well, and it isn’t there to help. Directed by Levan Bakhia. Death in the Desert (world premiere; action, adventure, crime; USA), presented by the Arizona Underground Film Festival This one’s got it all—a love triangle, criminal intrigue, the underhanded dealings of a Vegas casino boss, and a cache of $20 million in silver bullion buried in the Nevada desert. And it’s based on a true story. Directed by Josh Evans and featuring Michael Madsen ( Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, Kill Bill ). Maïna (Southern Arizona premiere; adventure; 100 min.; Canada), presented by the Native Eyes Film Showcase Set 600 years ago, following a bloody confl ict between the Inuit and Innus, Maïna sets out to fulfi ll a deathbed prom-ise to a friend by rescuing her friend’s son from his Inuit captors. This picture won Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress at the American Indian Film Festival. The dialogue is in the original tribal language, Inuktitut, with English subtitles. Directed by Michel Poulette and featuring Roseanne Supernault and Graham Greene. boost to the local economy. “When a fi lm, or a commercial, or a reality show comes to Tucson, they’re spend-ing money, they’re paying sales taxes, they’re paying hotel bed taxes, and they’re bringing jobs to an already-existing local crew base,” adds Hall. And though Hall admits that TFoF will probably never attract crowds akin to the 45,000+ fans who fl ock to Park City, Utah, annually for the Sundance Film Festival (she notes, “because we don’t have Robert Redford”), she thinks the appeal of our local commu-nity—what young Jodie Foster’s char-acter called “the weird capital of the world” in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any-more —is enough to generate a healthy following. “We want (the festival) to stay very much who we are,” says Hall, “because that’s what’s going to keep bringing people back here.” And, as we all well know, Tucson is a place that can be hard to leave once you’ve found it—perhaps because it’s just the right amount of “weird.” For more information on the Tucson Festival of Films, show times, and tickets, visit TucsonFestivalOf Films.com. Craig Baker is a local freelance writer. Comments for publication should be addressed to letters@desertleaf.com. DL Tucson Festival of Films and Arizona Underground Film Festival will present the world premiere of Death in the Desert. Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Experience Native American Cultural Traditions SAT. & SUN. NOV. 14 & 15 Watch award-winning chef demos , learn traditional food preparation techniques and sample indigenous foods. Enjoy Native American dance performances, watch traditional weaving demonstrations, & shop for handmade crafts at the Basketry Marketplace. Free with Museum admission Members FREE www.desertmuseum.org/basketry 2021 N. Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85743 October 2015 l DesertLeaf 51

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