Six students are running around on the University of Arizona football stadium field with a camera, sound equipment and some frisbees. These students are part of the Active Galactic Videos (AGV) team, and they are turning the stadium into a scale model of the universe. Alejandro Olmedo, a film and television junior, weaves through the stands, trying to find the perfect shot of the entire field. Down on the field, Aidan Gibbs, a senior studying astronomy and physics, carefully measures out the distances between a couple frisbees that had been spray painted to look like galaxies.
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The University of Arizona Film and Televison program hosts an annual film presentation and competition as a final project for their graduating students. It is the first opportunity to see the original films from the student filmmakers before they take their work to major film festivals all over the world. The project includes 12 short films that compete for over $6000 in awards including cash prizes, gift certificates, software and studio credit that students can use to further their creative work. The films have taken nine months to create, and we filmakers are preparing for its premiere at ‘I Dream in Widescreen’ this Saturday, April 28.
Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series returns to the Loft Cinema this Sunday for its 24th year of celebrating film created by and featuring stories from the lesbian community. Presented by the Institute for LGBT Studies and co-sponsored by various groups from the UA campus and the greater community of Tucson, the festival will be screening two short films by renowned filmmaker Michelle Citron. Citron has been making documentary film that borders on experimental since the 1970s and her films have been screened at festivals and museums across the globe. Citron plays with form and content in order to get her messages across and create meaningful, potent art that sticks with audiences long after the final frame. “Her work interrogates storytelling itself,” wrote Beverley Seckinger, the director of Lesbian Looks. When Citron first began experimenting with film, feminist film theory was asking questions about form and how structure plays into the creation of political and activist films.
Simmons is a novelist who specializes in young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her work consists of novels that embrace the dystopian aesthetic. From her first published work, the “Article 5” trilogy, Simmons has explored hardship and struggle on an individual and worldwide scale through her fiction.
For years, Los Angeles-based choreographer and activist Ana Maria Alvarez has utilized dance to inspire change and transformation, and this year, she is being spotlighted at the Binational Arts Residency. The Binational Arts Residency is a program dedicated to showcasing artists with alternative narratives, especially those of women. The program highlights one artist each year, giving them a chance to show their craft to communities in Phoenix, Tucson, Douglas and Agua Prieta over a week and a half.
Tamara Statman, a political science junior and designated hitter for the UA softball team, has been playing softball her entire life and her passion shows in her performance. Over the past two seasons, Statman has batted in 46 runs, hit 6 home runs and in the 2016 season secured a .289 batting average.
The arts are an expressive way to share and communicate culture, especially the art of cinema. The nature of film allows it to educate using entertainment, storytelling and visual creativity, allowing viewers glimpses into lives and worlds far different from their own. It is this kind of education that the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies aims to provide with its Spring 2018 Film Series.
There are over 600 recognized clubs and organizations at the University of Arizona. Each group has passionate students trying to better their lives, and college experiences, through extracurricular participation. One of these clubs is the University Filmmakers Organization, otherwise known as UFO.
Local Tucson artists will be sharing paintings of all subjects and mediums at the Small Paintings of the Southwest exhibition at the El Conquistador hotel in Tucson this February.
How do you listen to music? A few decades ago it would be commonplace to have a collection of 8 tracks or cassettes with all the best tunes. More recently CDs were the way to go, and many people still hold on to their favorite digital music discs. The most popular digital methods of today are streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music or downloadable files that allow one to carry thousands of songs in their back pocket.
The University of Arizona School of Dance is showing off some of their choreographers and dancers this weekend at "In the Moment — Student Spotlight." Undergraduate and graduate students are bringing pieces of all different styles and inspirations to the show.
The new podcast "Heaven's Gate," produced by Stitcher and Pineapple Street Media, began on Oct. 18 and endeavors to understand, or at least tell the story, of Heaven’s Gate, a religious cult that believes in an elevated plane of existence accessible through alien technology.
No date has been set for the release of season 2, so in the interim, it seems time to refresh on the story so far and look back at what we know and don’t know about fictional podcast "Limetown."
One thing that is essential to October at the UA and at colleges across the country, however, is Homecoming — one of the biggest Homecoming traditions being the Homecoming Parade.
Cinema brings communities together, inspires emotions and reshapes the way people see the world. Film transcends physical borders despite any obstacles, and that’s precisely what the “Film at the Fence” screening aims to do this Thursday, Oct. 19.
For those looking for some fun ways to spend time with family in Tucson, here’s a list of five things to do over the weekend.
All that was known to the Tucson Film Festival audience about “Everything Beautiful is Far Away” was that it was a science fiction film about a man, a girl and a robot looking for a lake in the midst of a desert.
The day her parents brought home a Brillo box sculpture by Andy Warhol, Lisanne Skyler had no idea the piece would become the catalyst for a future documentary.
“S-Town” is the podcast that explores this town and the people who have called it home for generations. Executive producer Brian Reed leaves no stone left unturned and digs through the confusion to see the real Woodstock, Alabama, and the real McLemore.
Mapping Q has returned to the UA Museum of Art for its fifth exhibition and is allowing LGBTQ youth to examine representation within the museum and its artwork.