Monday, November 12, 2012


November 11, 2012

By Chuck Graham,



The Loft Film Festival picks up speed on a sunny Sunday with Roger Corman’s classic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” at 11 a.m.. Or pick the noontime screening of an update from another literary favorite, Emily Bronte’s 1847 best-seller, “Wuthering Heights”  with Heathcliff  (James Howson) now a truly dark-skinned outsider.

A documentary of women who play jazz is set for 1:15 p.m., with director Judy Chaiken on hand to introduce “The Girls in the Band.” The difficulties faced by these female swingers from the 1930s and 1940s are detailed, and connected to the women bandleaders and jazz stars of today.

Then at 2:45 p.m. Oscar-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (“The Garden”)  takes the stage to introduce his new documentary “Fame High” about the Los Angeles County School for the Arts, just like the one in Manhattan, only with a west coast attitude.

Following the startling Cannes fest flick “Holy Motors” at 4 p.m. and The International Short Film Showcase at 5 p.m., one of Tucson’s favorite quirky directors -- Don Coscarelli of
“Bubba Ho-Tep” fame – is in the house at 7 p.m. to introduce histrippy new horror/sci-fi satire “John Dies at the End.”

But wait…there’s still more. At 7:45 p.m.  Surreal avant garde photographer Gregory Crewdson’s obsession with the dark side of American suburban life gets deeply detailed by filmmaker Ben Shapiro, with complete access  from 2005-2009 as Crewdson created the elaborate settings that became his photo series “Beneath the Roses.”

The Loft Film Festival runs through Nov. 15. For complete details and ticket prices,




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