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.


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.


Flood of Emotion About ‘Even The Rain’

The room was visibly humid. And the audience of almost 200 students made the air thicker. Amongst the impromptu screening room mobiles occasionally flashed on, flickering like lightning bugs cutting through muggy New Jersey evenings. As classmates chattered about the room’s putrid smell and how ordering pizza sounded fantastic.


Students patiently wait for ‘También la lluvia’ to begin, early Wednesday evening, during a free screening presented by the University of Arizona’s Spanish & Portuguese Cine Club.

The University of Arizona’s Spanish & Portuguese Cine Club will screen six free films this semester, and También la lluvia starring Cassandra Ciangherotti, Luis Tosar and Gael García Bernal was the latest show. The movie follows a film crew shooting an unflattering take on Christopher Columbus, while local control over Cochabamba’s water supply pushes the Bolivian city to its brink.

Even though most Spanish language films contain rich Christian overtones with a heightened sense of melodrama the graceful delivery pulses attractively. It’s the genre that makes an audience hope the film was based on a novel, a sequel has been funded or a few more minutes of celluloid will continue the shadow play.

Sometimes happenstance reminds you what side of history feels best. Occasionally forced participation can place the undying reign of political corruption in perspective. Since our dawn, tyrants have continually wielded power over the disenfranchised — mining precious stones with slavery, turning open information into treason or swelling political strife from rainwater.

Art has the tendency to mimic life, usually in real time. Tonight, Tucson’s clouds are rinsing its desert landscape, washing away the excess heat. Sadly, only the rain can baptize some lost souls, the selfish who choose to oppress or extort the venerable. That type of political corruption has always been present. But choosing between sharing what we have, or coveting Even The Rain will determine the impact of our legacy.

Hard Boiled Cinema Set to Thrill at The Loft

Double-crossing dames, hip-shot blasts, punchy dialogue and espionage pulp tales told with high-contrast cinematography — we’re talking film noir, or Hollywood’s indelible motion picture genre. When your local movie house screens these unforgettable pictures it’s time to grab your fedora, pack of smokes and delve into the eloquently lurid masterpieces. Brace for it Tucson, this cold-steel movie magic will grace your mainstay art-house for the next five weeks.

The Loft Cinema, located at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., kicks off its Film Noir series, on Wednesday, March, 2, with Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat starring Gloria Grahame, Glenn Ford and Lee Marvin — and since 1953, piping-hot coffee has never looked the same to some gangsters.

The series continues throughout the month of March, providing Old Pueblo audiences thrill rides ranging from Cold War spy games to a fatalistic yarn based on a short story penned by Ernest Hemingway.

For more details about the films including trailers and ticket prices check out The Loft’s website here. Don’t let these pictures slip away or risk allowing rival cinema crews to get the drop on you.