PURO MEXICANOTucson is set to host the Puro Mexicano: Tucson Film Festival Nov. 4-6. Sponsored by the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Puro Mexicano "will offer filmgoers a rare glimpse into the projects of established and rising directors, designed to give audiences a new understanding of the cultures and issues of Mexicans and Mexican Americans." Festival Chair Shelli Hall, in a news release, says: "Among the festival's offerings are films directed by and featuring some of the most talented women working in the industry today, as well as a series of films dealing with the complex border issues ... ." Films will be screened at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center, with a reception at the Sosa Carrillo House at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. For further information and a schedule of films, check www.tucsonfilmfestival.org; for individual ticket sales, call 321-1000, or for festival passes, call 624-1817, ext. 138. The festival is also looking for volunteers; call 546-6975 if interested.
PAN LEFT FESTIVALTucson's Pan Left film and video collective is presenting the Feature This! Deconstructing Borders video festival Nov. 11-12. The festival screens short and feature-length videos dealing with borders and boundaries of all kinds: physical, political, emotional and psychological. Work screened comes from independent media artists from Tucson as well as from the rest of the country and around the world. Opening night features music, selected short videos and food and drink (location TBA); featured video screenings take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. For further information and a full schedule, call 792-9171 or check www.panleft.org.
FILMMAKERS AT THE LOFTActor Peter Riegert (Animal House, Traffic, Local Hero) will be at the Loft Sunday, Nov. 6, to introduce his directorial debut, King of the Corner. It is a deadpan social comedy starring Riegert and a terrific cast, including Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Eric Bogosian and Beverly D'Angelo. The film opens at the Loft Nov. 4; showtime on Nov. 6 will be 7 p.m., and Riegert will do a Q&A following the film. Tickets are $10 general admission, or $7 for Tucson Film Society members.
Academy Award-nominated animator, filmmaker and cartoonist Bill Plympton travels to the Loft on Sunday Nov. 13 to present a collection of his short films. Plympton will be presenting both new and older films, and will do a live show where he sketches and demonstrates his animation technique. Bill Plympton's visit is sponsored by UA's Hanson Film Institute; showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $12, $10 for Tucson Film Society members. Call 795-0844 or check www.loftcinema.com for more information.
MOVIEOKE AT THE LOFTDrafthouse Henri, from the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas (voted the top place to watch a movie in the country by Entertainment Weekly), comes to the Loft on Friday, Nov. 18, to host the Loft's first movieoke night. Movieoke is basically karaoke for film lovers; the audience is encouraged to act out well-known scenes from films that are being projected on a screen (sans sounds) behind them. Movieoke starts at 9 p.m. You can pick out a scene in advance or preview what's available by going to www.videoke.org.
FILM NOTES· Local filmmaker Tom Dunlap (who is now living in Los Angeles) won the award for Best Documentary Short for his film Life List at the Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival in Newburyport, Mass., earlier this month. His film (about birders in Arizona and Minnesota) is available for purchase at the Tucson Audubon Society nature shop, 300 E. University Blvd.
· The next TucsonFilm.com Micro-Cinema at Club Congress is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Organizer Timothy Gassen is looking for short films and videos to screen; submission details can be found at www.tucsonfilm.com. Club Congress is located inside the Hotel Congress at 311 E. Congress St. This is a free monthly event.
· The next of the wildly popular (210 attendees in October) monthly Short Film Contests is Friday, Nov. 4 at The Loft. Dennis the Red's film Naga Babas won the October contest. Cartoonist Max Cannon returns as host. Check www.loftcinema.com for submission details. Showtime is 9 p.m. and admission is $5.
· The Loft's new monthly documentary series will feature four socially conscious films in November: Stolen Childhoods opens Nov. 4, 3 Rooms of Melancholia opens Nov. 11, The Ballad of Greenwich Village comes in on Nov. 18, and The Future of Food opens Nov. 25. Each film plays for one week, and admission is $5.
· The Loft's Cinema Tropical series features I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth on Nov. 19 and 21. This documentary about the 1964 Cuba/Russian film I Am Cuba, which has been called "one of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made" by the L.A. Weekly.
· The Independent Film Association of Southern Arizona's next monthly meeting will be Monday, Nov. 7, at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. November features a roundtable discussion on special effects. Meeting time is 6 p.m.; for further information, call IFASA president Brian Mulligan at 349-8249, e-mail him at email@example.com or check www.aivftucson.org.
· Anyone interested in casting and crew calls and general information related to local film shoots can always check out www.tucsonstage.com.