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“Human Flow” documentary on refugees at Loft Cinema

Human Flow


Starts Friday, NOVEMBER 17 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.  Tucson

Thanks to our community partner, Humane Borders.

“Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flowan epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration.

The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity? (Dir. by Ai WeiWei, 2017, Germany, in English, 145 mins., Rated PG-13)”


2017 Loft Film Fest

46 independent movies from Nov. 8 to 16, mostly at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. You can see each individually or buy an All-Access pass, or Film Festival pass.

Schedule here: https://loftfilmfest.org/films/


“Revenge of the Nerds”  with star Curtis Armstrong (aka “Booger”) in person!
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
DIRECTED BY Jeff Kanew, 1984, USA, 90 mins, Rated R
“Meet acclaimed actor Curtis Armstrong in person at a special screening of the
1984 comedy classic, Revenge of the Nerds, filmed in Tucson on the University of
Arizona campus! Curtis will participate in a post-film Q&A, and copies of his new
memoir, Revenge of the Nerd: Or … The Singular Adventures of the Man Who WouldBe Booger, will be available for sale and signing at this event following the Q&A,courtesy of University of Arizona BookStores. Please note there is a two item limitper person for the signing. Signatures and photographs are free.
Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, Nerds, NERDS! In the beloved Tucson-shot college comedy
Revenge of the Nerds, geeky freshmen Gilbert (Anthony Daniels) and Lewis (Robert
Carradine) are having a hard time fitting in among the jocks and cool kids at
Adams College (played by the University of Arizona).”

“My Neighbor Totoro” / Free Outdoor Screening! Friday, November 10 at 6:30pm  FREE ADMISSION DIRECTED BY Hayao Miyazaki, 1988, Japan, 86 mins, “Rated G Join us for a free outdoor screening of one of the most endearing and internationally renowned family films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth, and viewers are left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. This special Loft Film Fest screening will take place outdoors at Himmel Park on “Hippie Hill”, located at 1000 N Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716. FREE ADMISSION. *Please bring your own seating.”

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“Dolores” film about activist Dolores Huerta coming to the Loft


STARTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Meet Dolores Huerta in person at a post-film Q&A on Monday, October 9 at 7:30pm! Regular admission prices.  UPDATE: SOLD OUT!

“Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in American history. She was an equal partner co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Even as she empowered a generation of immigrants to stand up for their rights, her own fiery dedication and relentless work ethic were constantly under attack.

False accusations from foes and friends alike, of child neglect and immoral behavior from a woman who married three times and raised 11 children, pushed Dolores out of the very union she helped create. Still, she remains as steadfast in her fight as ever at the age of 87. Director Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to the fight for justice and sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history. Winner of Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis Film Festivals. (Dir. by Peter Bratt, 2017, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated)”


And “Cesar Chavez” film about the legendary Chavez coming to the Border Fence at Nogales on Oct. 19. See our Calendar listing for information.

Two independent film festivals in Tucson in October

I know I was confused too, but there are two independent film festivals coming up in the Old Pueblo in October, so here’s the information on both:

13th Annual Tucson Film Fest, October 5 to 8 at UA Gallagher Theater, 1303 E. University Blvd.; El Con Theater, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd; and the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.  Website: www.tucsonfilmfest.com. Tickets are mostly $8, with an all festival badge at $45.

Schedule: http://tucsonfilmandmusicfestival.com/events_category/films/

Then there’s the Film Fest Tucson on October 19 to 22 mostly at the Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S.  Scott Ave. Two free outdoor screenings at 7 p.m. will be held on October 20 at Children’s Museum Tucson (“The Incredible Shrinking Man”), and October 21 the Scottish Rite Temple’s parking lot (“The Outsiders”).

View full schedule here: http://filmfesttucson.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Screening-Schedule-2017-NEW.pdf.

“Individual tickets to Film Fest Tucson screenings are $10 each. Fest passes, with access to all screenings and entry into the VIP Lounge, are available for $60 each.”

“Between Earth & Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier” at the Loft

Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Featuring a post-film panel discussion with local experts, including Dr. Joseph Blankinship, UA Assistant Professor and soil biogeochemist; Moira Hough, PhD candidate  in the UA  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Dr. Craig Rasmussen, UA Professor of Environmental Pedology. 

Special thanks to our community partners The University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.    

Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change.

Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil. The island of Shishmaref has been home to the Inupiaq people for thousands of years. As sea ice retreats and coastal storms increase, the people of Shishmaref are faced with a disappearing island and a $200 million price tag to move their people with an untold cost on their culture and history. Permafrost (permanently frozen ground) in the Arctic and Subarctic sequesters 40% of the Earth’s soil carbon. Alaska has experienced the largest regional warming of any state in the U.S., increasing 3.4 degrees F since 1949. This warming has created a feedback loop of carbon to the atmosphere and the thawing of permafrost. Mixing interviews with some of the world’s leading scientists in climate change and arctic soils, with the day to day struggle of native Alaskans living on the front lines of global warming, Between Earth and Sky shows the calamity of climate change that has started in Alaska but will soon engulf the globe. (Dir. by Paul Hunton & Jonathan Seaborn, 2016, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated)

Science on Screen pairs current, classic, cult and documentary film with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology or medicine, allowing audiences to experience the excitement of discovery while enjoying some enlightenment along with their popcorn!

Dr. Joseph Blankinship, University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dr. Blankinship is a soil biogeochemist and a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. He is the Fellow for the USGS Powell Center Working Group on Soil Carbon Stabilization, an Action Group Leader for the International Soil Carbon Network, and building a research program focused on developing strategies for enhancing soil carbon storage and soil health in degraded arid ecosystems.

Moira Hough, University of Arizona Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Moira Hough is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology studying arctic ecosystems. Her research focuses on understanding how changes in plant and microbial activity impact carbon storage and greenhouse gas release after permafrost thaw. She spent the last three summers working at a field station in northern Sweden and has previously studied sites in northern Siberia and southeastern Alaska.

Dr. Craig Rasmussen, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  Dr. Rasmussen is a Professor of Soil Science in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science with over 20 years of experience working in ecosystems ranging from Southwestern deserts to alpine and subalpine forest and grasslands. He has performed extensive research on soil formation, soil organic carbon cycling and sequestration, mineral weathering, and predictive soil mapping.”





“Can’t Buy Me Love” (filmed in Tucson) coming to the Loft Cinema

Tucson Birthday Month Screening in 35mm

Can’t Buy Me Love


Tuesday, August 29 AT 7:30pm | regular admission prices at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“The Loft Cinema celebrates Tucson’s birthday month with a special 35mm screening of the totally awesome ‘80s teen romantic comedy Can’t Buy Me Love, starring Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson, filmed right here in Tucson! See Tucson High, the Airplane Boneyard, Tucson Mall, Speedway Boulevard, and other local landmarks (including The Loft Cinema marquee, known in the ‘80s as The Showcase marquee) on the big screen!

Grab a slice of our free Tucson Birthday Cake (while supplies last), and enter our Free Prize Raffle for a fantastic Tucson Gift Basket that includes blu rays of films made in Arizona, Tucson-centric books, gift certificates from local retailers and more! It may be true that money can’t buy you love, but it CAN buy you a fun night at The Loft Cinema!

In Can’t Buy Me Love, ‘80s heartthrob Patrick Dempsey (in his pre-“McDreamy” era) stars as Ronald Miller, a high school nerd dying to be one of the cool kids. Ever the enterprising problem-solver, Ronald hits upon the perfect (at least by ‘80s teen comedy standards) idea: he’ll “rent” the most popular girl at Tucson High (and his secret crush), head cheerleader Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson), to pretend to be his girlfriend for one month, thereby catapulting him to the pinnacle of popularity as well. But as the title of the film indicates, Ronald’s capitalist schemes may not go exactly according to plan, and through it all, he just might learn that when it comes to love, money changes everything. A funny and charming John Hughes-esque comedy with a dark undercurrent, Can’t Buy Me Love also features a great supporting cast of ‘80s teen movie regulars, including Courtney Gains (The Burbs) as a nerd with a heart, Seth Green (Pump up the Volume) as Ronald’s psychotic little brother, and Gerardo Mejia (aka “Rico Suave”) as an obnoxious jock. But the greatest cast member has to be Tucson, Arizona, playing itself to perfection. Whether hanging out at Tucson Mall, having a romantic interlude at the Airplane Boneyard, or cruising Speedway Boulevard, the teens of Can’t Buy Me Love are totally “Living La Vida Tucson,” and the Southwest aesthetic pleasantly pervades everything from the set design to the “warm desert” cinematography to the costumes (we’re talking to you, Cindy Mancini’s totally awesome fringed white leather cowgirl jacket!). (Dir. by Steve Rash, 1987, USA, 94 mins., Rated PG-13)”