Monday, November 12, 2012


Novemver 8, 2012

By Chuck Graham,



Inspired by film’s unique ability to entertain, engage, challenge and illuminate, The Loft Cinema will present its third annual festival celebrating independent filmmakers and their work, Thursday, Nov. 8, to Thursday, Nov. 15.

Already the Loft Film Festival is known in cinema circles as a thinking person’s film festival. A place to find exceptional offerings that don’t feed on zombies or vampires, seat-rattling pyrotechnics or bone-jarring car crashes (though there are some, if you know where to look).

But never utter the word “stuffy” around the Loft. We’re talking about the kind of thinking that’s fun -- when filmmakers flaunt their independence.

First film out of the box is from Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” screening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Described as “sumptuous and enthralling” it depicts “a gripping chapter of history recounted with elegance and intelligence.” It also has “a lusty heart” filled with illitic love and political intrigue based on actual Danish history.

An event worth telling your grandchildren about follows on Friday -- attending the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, when an auspicious number of local dignitaries will gather to snip the tape and get an official look at the Loft’s new third screen, in the building next door where that muffler shop used to be.

A free champagne toast and tour will follow. You can be the first person to sink into one of those new and luxurious seats (with cup holders).

Hey, this new third screen is even equipped with 3-D projection technology, for those times when you really need it.

Also free in the Loft’s adjacent  “party tent” at 6  p.m in the parking lot is the modestly titled “The Roger Corman Movie Trailer Extravaganza.” Yep, just like it sounds, this is a string of money shots from the complete body of work created by this box office bad boy who never let good taste get in the way of a good time.

Then on Saturday at 7 p.m. Roger Corman himself, in person, will take the stage to talk about his life as “the King of the B’s.” Corman will here Sunday, as well, for the total tribute due the man who will receive the 2012 Lofty Achievement Award,  nearly 60 years after his first foray into filmmaking.

Back on Friday night at 7 p.m., in the big house on the big screen, the Lee Marvin Maverick Award will be awarded to the barrier-breaking Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, followed by the screening of startling new release, “Post Tenebras Lux.” Reygadas will answer audience questions afterward.

Many more festival highlights will follow, both cinematic and ceremonial, in the rest of the fest.
In other words…the Loft Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of movies for intellectually restless people who need to look beyond the obvious, beneath the surface and through the looking glass.

A world-class film festival infused with that unique flavor the Loft Cinema brings to Tucson movie-lovers year round.

The festival planners also believe it’s important to honor Tucson’s richly diverse cultural community, so the program includes foreign films, documentaries and truly independent U.S. entries for a full-spectrum cinematic celebration of storytelling from around the world. Included are:

  • Festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Telluride, and more!
  • Lively Q&A’s with talented filmmakers and actors
  • Exciting retrospective screenings
  • New international cinema
  • Edgy Late Night movies
  • Stimulating shorts from the filmmakers of tomorrow

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