Tag Archives: Loft Cinema

Tucson film premiere of “The Cleaners” about immigrant workers

With panel discussion before the film!
The Cleaners
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 AT 5:30PM | FREE ADMISSION!

5:30 pm: Panel on immigrant workers’ rights
6:00 pm: Screening, followed by Q&A and reception

“The Cleaners is a documentary short that follows the story of three immigrant workers who clean for a large department store chain in Tucson, Arizona. After over a year being paid less than the minimum wage, the women decide to demand their right to fair pay. With the help of law students from the Workers’ Rights Clinic at the University of Arizona, these brave women take on mounting risks as they fight to enforce their legal rights. The film shows the powerful work being done by the Workers’ Rights Clinic, as well as the difficulty and stress immigrant low-wage workers face when fighting abuses in the workplace. This film was made by Lisa Molomot and a class of undergraduate students studying law and film-making at the University of Arizona. (Dir by Lisa Molomot, 2018, USA, 30 mins., Not Rated)”

https://loftcinema.org/film/the-cleaners/

Guns in America community forum at the Loft Cinema

Guns in America: Where Do We Go From Here community forum

at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. on Monday Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“In the aftermath of yet another school shooting – this one taking 17 lives – please join Ward 6 Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik for what is sadly a timely, and yet necessary renewed conversation about gun control in America. Kozachik, along with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense have invited U.K. photojournalist Jamie Hunter to come and share his thoughts. Hunter visited multiple locations around the U.S. documenting all sides of the gun control issue. His presentation is titled “Guns in America – where do you go from here?” Following Hunter’s photo presentation we will open the forum for questions and comments from the audience. The event is free and open to all.”

https://loftcinema.org/film/guns-in-america-where-do-you-go-from-here/

“Organizer of Guns in America: Where Do You Go From Here: Local gun violence prevention groups. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, GVPAZ (Gun Violence Prevention Arizona) , & GGW.”

“The Age of Consequences” free climate change film at the Loft

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AT 7:30PM | FREE ADMISSION

Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Featuring a post-film panel discussion with local experts: Gary Krivokapich Engineer at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base; Edward Beshore, Tucson Group Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby; Dr. Gregg Garfin Director of the Southwest Climate Science Center; Austin Yamada, Director of the Defense and Security Research Institute at the UA; Moderator – Katherine Jacobs, Director of Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions

Thanks to our community partners, Citizens Climate Lobby and the UA Institute of the Environment.

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth in The Age of Consequences, a new documentary investigating the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, general and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as “accelerants of instability” and “catalysts for conflict” in volatile regions of the world. These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource. (Dir. by Jared P. Scott, 2016, Germany/Spain/Jordan/USA, in English, 80 mins., Rated PG)”

 


“Smoke Signals” & “More than Frybread” American Indian films at the Loft

Double Feature!

Smoke Signals & More Than Frybread

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT NOON | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS, TRIBAL MEMBERS & UA/PCC STUDENTS WITH VALID ID: $10
SMOKE SIGNALS starts AT NOON • MORE THAN FRYBREAD starts AT approximately 1:50pm
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES OR GROUPONS FOR THIS SCREENING

Co-presented by the UA American Indian Alumni Club and The Loft Cinema.

“Don’t miss this special 20th anniversary screening of the acclaimed 1998 hit, Smoke Signals (presented on 35mm), paired with the hilarious 2012 comedy, More Than Frybread! Miss Native American University of Arizona will be on hand to introduce the films, and delicious homemade frybread will be available for sale on our patio. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the UA American Indian Alumni Club.

Smoke Signals / 20th Anniversary / 35mm film print!

Billed as the first feature film entirely written, directed and acted by Native Americans, director Chris Eyre’s award-winning 1998 Sundance hit Smoke Signals is a funny, touching and honest look at what it is to be Indian in America.

Written by Sherman Alexie, based on four of his own short stories, Smoke Signals follows Victor (Adam Beach) and Thomas-Builds-the-Fire (Evan Adams), two young Idaho men with wildly different memories of one Arnold Joseph (Gary Farmer), a former resident of their Idaho reservation who split years before and has just died in Phoenix. Arnold’s popular, athletic son, Victor, remembers him best as an alcoholic, occasionally abusive father who drove off one day and never came back. By contrast, the highly-quirky, always-talking Thomas Builds-the-Fire, whom Arnold had saved from certain death years earlier, has chosen to romanticize the man’s life and deeds in a way that drives Victor crazy. However, circumstances bring this odd couple together in a funny and funky road trip to Phoenix to retrieve Arnold’s ashes. Along the way, they must confront the reality of Arnold’s legacy, which has profound and unexpected effects on both of them. (Dir. by Chris Eyre, 1998, USA, 89 mins., Rated PG-13)

More Than Frybread

In the deliciously fun, award-winning comedy More Than Frybread, twenty-two Native American frybread makers, representing all twenty-two federally recognized tribes in Arizona, convene in Flagstaff to compete for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread Championship!

The film takes a larger-than-life turn as four passionate contestants (Teresa Choyguha, Dey & Nite, Camille Nighthorse and Tatanka Means as hip-hop Navajo frybread rock star, Buddy Begay)”

https://loftcinema.org/film/smoke-signals-and-more-than-frybread-double-feature/

 

 

“Groundhog Day” screening on Groundhog Day at the Loft

25th Anniversary!

Groundhog Day

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT 10:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $6 • LOFT MEMBERS: $5 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Bill Murray, reunited with his Ghostbusters director Harold Ramis, is at his wisecracking best in this hilarious high concept romantic comedy about a self-absorbed TV weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life.

Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a blissfully clueless cameraman (the great Chris Elliott), weatherman Phil Connors (Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn’t get worse, they get worse; Phil wakes the next morning in a bizarre time warp in which it’s Groundhog Day all over again…and again…and again. No matter what he does, he’s stuck in February 2, 1992; neither imprisonment nor attempted suicide nor kidnapping the groundhog can get him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he’s forced to look at other people’s lives, and something very unusual happens: he starts to become a better person.   Who would have guessed? (Dir. by Harold Ramis, 1993, 101 mins., Rated PG)”

Carolyn’s note: Has it been 25 years since this hilarious, clever movie came out?  After seeing this film, we all knew what happens with both Phils in Punxsutawney, PA on Groundhog Day —Feb. 2nd of each year.  Catch this showing on Feb. 2nd, then AGAIN on Feb. 3rd, 2018.  Relive the humor, laugh twice.

Happy Groundhog Day tomorrow. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

Two free MLK Holiday showings of “Hidden Figures” at the Loft

Free MLK Day Screenings!

Hidden Figures

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 11 a.m. and 7:30PM | FREE ADMISSION, Loft Cinema at 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, in Tucson

Special thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club

Join us for either of two free screenings of Hidden Figures on MLK Day.

“Meet the women you don’t know behind the mission you do. The Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson, Empire), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer, The Help) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, Moonlight) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the early 1960s, women who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in American history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

This visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire future generations to dream big. Also starring Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Mahershala Ali, with music by Pharrell Williams.”(Dir. by Theodore Melfi, 2016, USA, in English, 127 mins., Rated PG)