Loft film fest bound to stir celluloid fever

W. Eugene Smith, renowned American photojournalist, spent eight years documenting the greatest jazz icons between 1957 and 1965 at the Jazz Loft. The infamous, run-down musical sanctuary was tucked away in the heart of New York City’s fashion district. During his experimental process, which included installing microphones throughout the tenement space, Smith recorded 4,000 hours of audio tape and captured 40,000 images. Currently, this extraordinary collection is housed at the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography.

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Alex Cox, director of “Repo Man” and “Sid and Nancy,” is finishing his dissection of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, filming his latest project at Old Tucson Studios. There’s only one place in town who is screening Cox’s work-in-progress dubbed, “Tombstone Rashomon.”

And Chilean director Pablo Larrain created a visual journey into the pleasantly putrid mind and musings of cultural icon Pablo Neruda in the feature film “Neruda.”

Which movie house is brave enough to serve the Old Pueblo such a delectable cinematic smorgasbord: The Loft Cinema.

The7th annual Loft Cinema Film Fest will run from Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 13. The films will range from a documentary about the militarization of American police forces, to a 70mm screening of Slimer and the original ghostbusting crew. General admission seats cost $10 per film, and adults tickets for Loft Cinema members are $8. Passes for the entire event will set you back $125, or a cool $110 for current members.

The election cycle has chilled the air and so has the month of November. It’s high time to unwind and brace for the stateside nuclear winter with cinematic style.

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