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    2010 Arizona International Film Festival schedule

    Screenings will be held at these locations:

    The Screening Room

    127 E. Congress St.

    520-882-0204

    Crossroads Cinemas

    4811 E. Grant Rd.

    520-327-7067

     

    THURSDAY, APRIL 15

    6 – 7:30p.m. – Hotel Congress

    Opening Night Celebration

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Opening Night Shorts

    Ana’s Playground (USA, 20 min)

    Charlie and the Rabbit (USA, 10 min)

    Celestial Avenue (Australia, 20 min)

    Ah Gong is a hardworking kitchen hand in Chinatown with the singing voice of a Cantonese angel. The twist: He’s also a white dude. When the loveless Kath overhears him singing his sad and beautiful song in the alley, she abandons her smarmy blind date to pursue this Caucasian/Cantonese mystery. What results is a laugh-out-loud short that rivals Quentin Tarantino in cross-cultural visual experimentation. Part kabuki performance, part karaoke music video and part kung-fu flick, “”Celestial Avenue”” is a visually stunning tribute to Chinese storytelling — and damned if it isn’t a cute love story to boot.

    —Brandon Specktor

    Seed (Czech Republic/USA, 12 min)

    The Time Machine (USA, 12 min)

    FRIDAY, APRIL 16

    5 p.m. – Raices Taller Gallery

    Filmmaker Reception

    5 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Global Shorts

    Babylon 2084 (Germany, 30 min)

    old fangs (Ireland, 11 min)

    Roos Djaj (Palestinian Territories, 15 min)

    TV (Italy, 13 min)

    7 p.m. – The Screening Room            

    The Tijuana Project (USA/Mexico, 62 min)

    preceded by The Fence (USA, 35 min)

    9:30 p.m. – The Screening Room           

    Comedy Shorts

    Can’t We Talk (United Kingdom, 11 min)

    Celestial Avenue (Australia, 20 min)

    Gayby (USA, 12 min)

    GPS (Spain, 8 min)

    Guillotine Guys (USA, 7 min)

    TUB (USA, 12 min)

    10 p.m. – Music Cafe at Club Congress

    Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)

    11 p.m. – The Screening Room

    East Planet (Japan, 64 min)

    In this “”experimental sci-fi film”” from festival regular Hiroshi Toda, the astronaut Kuma lands on East Planet to discover a heartless dictator who executes the enslaved population by lethal injection. He escapes and meets a woman who survived execution.

    —Steven Kwan

    Preceded by Latte America (Canada, 10 min)

    SATURDAY, April 17

    1 p.m. – Art Institute

    Filmmaker Panel 1

    1 p.m. – Crossroads              

    Such Good Friends (USA, 84 min)

    3 p.m. – Art Institute

    Filmmaker Panel 2

    3 p.m. – Crossroads              

    No Tomorrow (USA, 80 min)

    followed by panel

    6 p.m. – Crossroads             

    The Road to Freedom (Cambodia/USA, 93 min)

    The road to freedom is paved with conflict and dangerous journalism, according to 21-year-old direct Brendan Moriarty. It also bears a powerful, tone-setting soundtrack and vivid contrast between the vibrant Cambodian landscapes and the harsh reality of war. The film is set in the early 1970s and follows two journalists on a trek for an award-worthy story in the southern Cambodian jungle. They find their story smack dab in the heart of Khmer Rouge territory. The next challenge is to break the news.

    —Marisa D. Fisher

    8 p.m. – 1 a.m. – The Screening Room

    Acoustic Stage of the Club Crawl

    featuring music of Al Perry, Al Foul, Billy Sedlmayr, Maggie Golston & Fish Karma

    8 p.m. – Crossroads            

    Don’t Let Me Drown (USA, 105 min)

    10:15p.m. – Crossroads

    Dramatic Shorts

    Ana’s Playground (USA, 20 min)

    The Armoire (Canada, 22 min)

    Head in the Sand (USA, 16 min)

    Little Accidents (USA, 18 min)

    A young female factory worker is coming to terms with the emotional turmoil of suspecting that she is expecting an unplanned-for infant. She coerces an old friend, who recently became mentally disabled after a debilitating accident, into driving her to the pharmacy in the dead of winter to steal a pregnancy test. The desperation and poignancy of her situation weighs heavily on the audience for each moment of this short.

    —Marisa D. Fisher

    Out of Here (Spain/United Kingdom, 8 min)

    Patience of the Memory (Germany, 7 min)

    SUNDAY, APRIL 18

    1 p.m. – Crossroads

    Don’t Let Me Drown (USA, 105 min)

    1 p.m. – The Screening Room             

    The Tijuana Project (USA/Mexico, 62 min)

    preceded by The Fence (USA, 35 min)

    3 – 6 p.m. – Old Town Artisans

    Book Release Party

    “”Crossing with the Virgin””

    3 p.m. – Crossroads

    65_Red Roses (Canada, 70 min)

    followed by panel

    3 p.m. – The Screening Room             

    Be Calm and Count to 7 (Iran, 89 min)

    preceded by Roos Djaj (Palestinian Territories, 15 min)

    5 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Cine Espanol

    Di Me Que Yo (Spain, 15 min)

    Jesusito de mi Vida (Spain, 9 min)

    La Tama (Spain, 19 min)

    Martina y la Luna (Spain, 12 min)

    Nino Balcon (Spain, 9 min)

    Te Quiero (Spain, 10 min)

    Tengo Algo Que Decirte (Spain, 8 min)

    5:30 p.m. – Crossroads

    Situations Vacant (Ireland, 97 min)

    preceded by Birth (Italy/USA, 12 min)

    7 p.m. – The Screening Room              

    D*I*Y (USA, 84 min)

    preceded by Skrappy’s (USA, 3 min)

    and Music is Life (USA, 3 min)

    7:30 p.m. – Crossroads

    Comrade Couture (Germany, 82 min)

    Marco Wilms, an ex-model in East Germany, explores the movement of counter-culture behind the subversive fashion industries during the 1980s. In an attempt to recapture the vitality of his youth, Wilms seeks out famous stylists and designers from non-conformist sects to restage an illicit fashion show. Set against the backdrop of a police state, “”Comrade Couture”” is a bracing look at how fashion gave life to those without a voice in the German Democratic Republic.

    —Zachary Smith

    preceded by The Poodle Trainer (USA, 9 min)

    9 p.m. – Music Cafe? at the Red Room

    MONDAY, APRIL 19

    6 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Haze (USA, 82 min)

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room

    “”Bridging Culture”” Shorts

    Easy Made Hard (USA, 12 min)

    In Space (Thailand/USA, 17 min)

    Laredo, Texas (USA, 11 min)

    Lychee Thieves (USA, 29 min)

    The Visitors (USA, 6 min)

    This dramatic short places you directly into the lives of Nisa and Daniel who originally only have to deal with a mouse infestation and dirty apartment. Their relationship is thrown off-kilter, though, when Nisa’s traditional Asian parents come to visit. Focused performances from Visra Vichit-Vadakan (Nisa) and Sebastian Beacon (Daniel) coupled with tight camera movements make for a brutally honest short that force you to focus exactly where director, writer and producer Samina Akbari wants you to look. And that’s directly at a snapshot of a young woman growing up and making her own decisions.

    —Kathleen Roosa

    10 p.m. – Music Cafe at Club Congress

    Retro-Lution with DJ Sean T 

        

      

    TUESDAY, APRIL 20

    6 p.m. – The Screening Room

    A Village Called Versailles (USA, 67 min)

    preceded by Point of Entry (USA, 27 min)

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Comedy Shorts

    Can’t We Talk (United Kingdom, 11 min)

    Celestial Avenue (Australia, 20 min)

    Gayby (USA, 12 min)

    GPS (Spain, 8 min)

    Guillotine Guys (USA, 7 min)

    TUB (USA, 12 min)

    10 p.m. – Hotel Congress

    AIFF Speakeasy

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

    Noon – The Screening Room

    Lunch Shorts

    4 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    Dramatic Shorts

    Ana’s Playground (USA, 20 min)

    The Armoire (Canada, 22 min)

    Head in the Sand (USA, 16 min)

    Little Accidents (USA, 18 min)

    5:30 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    Comrade Couture (Germany, 82 min)

    preceded by The Poodle Trainer (USA, 9 min)

    7:30 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Psycho Guru (USA, 93 min)

    Peter Scott, a local Tucson motivational speaker, is an absolute wreck. The only thing more shocking than his success as a speaker is his failure as a normal guy. This documentary follows Scott as he attempts to balance his career with his inability to function day to day.

    —Zachary Smith

    9:30 p.m. – The Screening Room           

    Arizona Shorts

    Desconocidos (USA, 12 min)

    Estaban’s Ride (USA, 8 min)

    Hannah (USA, 4 min)

    Lines (USA, 14 min)

    Metamora (4 min)

    Omega 3000 (USA, 8 min)

    River Without Water (USA, 3 min)

    Todas Almas (USA, 8 min)

    “”Todas Almas”” takes place during Tucson’s All Souls Procession, a part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. This festival impacts a young girl especially hard as she grieves over the loss of her lover, who was a military man. She paints her face and dresses in her wedding gown to join the throng in the streets, all the while carrying a sign calling for the end of the violence of war.

    —Marisa D. Fisher

    10 p.m. – The Shanty

    Arizona Filmmaker Party

    THURSDAY, APRIL 22

    4 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    65_Red Roses (Canada, 70 min)

    6 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    Free Land (USA, 62 min)

    preceded by We Lived There (USA, 3 min)

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room            

    Animation Shorts

    Birth (Italy/USA, 12 min)

    Horn Dog (USA, 5 min)

    Like Crude Oil (Spain, 4 min)

    Meatwaffle (USA, 9 min)

    Metamora (USA, 4 min)

    old fangs (Ireland, 11 min)

    Over The River and Through the Higher Dimension (USA, 8 min)

    Are you a fan of “”Reading Rainbow,”” but wish they’d tackle the big issues, like quantum physics? If so, you’re in luck with this short, a public access-style primer to string theory steeped in experimental animation. On a trip to grandma’s house, Dillon (the film’s director and animator, Dillon Markey) discovers that granny’s been building a teleporter in her spare time. The short film utilizes (pretty phenomenally) stop-motion wire-animation to illustrate the complex theory of interdimensional travel, as well as the theoretical composition of the universe. “”Over the River”” is an eye-catching, intriguing and entertaining examination of modern scientific theories. Warning: May be too confusing for your grandma.

    —Brandon Specktor

    Patience of the Memory (Germany, 7 min)

    Raubbau (Germany, 5 min)

    Seed (Czech Republic/USA, 12 min)

    Wisdom Teeth (USA, 5 min)

    9:30 p.m. – The Screening Room           

    Action Shorts

    The End (Spain, 28 min)

    Little Odessa (USA, 13 min)

    Territorio Enemigo (Spain, 11 min)

    Trunk (USA, 16 min)

    10 p.m. – Music Cafe at On A Roll

    Music by Apocalypso

    FRIDAY, APRIL 23

    2 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    No Tomorrow (USA, 80 min)

    4 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    IndieYouth: Films FOR Kids

    Charlie and the Rabbit (USA, 10 min)

    Ella and the Astronaut (USA, 8 min)

    Horn Dog (USA, 5 min)

    Nino Balcon (Spain, 9 min)

    Omega 3000 (USA, 8 min)

    Over The River and Through the Higher Dimension (USA, 8 min)

    Roos Djaj (Palestinian Territories, 15 min)

    6 p.m. – The Screening Room

    Mamachas del Ring (USA/Bolivia, 75 min)

    preceded by The Time Machine (USA, 12 min)

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room

    8.5 Hours (Ireland, 87 min)

    preceded by Cold April (USA, 16 min)

    10:30 p.m. – The Screening Room           

    Edgy Shorts

    Aftermath (Ireland, 10 min)

    Babylon 2084 (Germany, 30 min)

    A man named E90-1248 lives in a dystopian society where Earth’s population lives in one of two towers after a catastrophe submerges the world underwater. The entirety of E90’s existence is to sort scraps dug up from the bottom of the ocean, which are used to increase the height of his tower to combat the rising water level. After an accident sends him down into the depths of the tower where society’s rejects live, he finds out the truth behind the world’s plight and how he is the only one who can stop it.

    — Jason Krell

    Latte America (Canada, 10 min)

    Meatwaffle (USA, 9 min)

    Seed (Czech Republic/USA, 12 min)

    Stuttering Ears (USA, 9 min)

    10:30 p.m. – Music Cafe at Sharks

    SATURDAY, APRIL 24

    11 a.m. – The Screening Room               

    Filmmaker Panel 3

    2 p.m. – The Screening Room            

    IndieYouth: Films BY Kids

    Beat The Leak (Arizona, 1 min)

    The Boom Box Kid (Arizona, 5 min)

    Check Mate (Massachusetts, 11 min)

    Community (Arizona, 4 min)

    Fashion Zombies (Arizona, 3 min)

    The King’s Receipt (Massachusetts, 8 min)

    Land of Opportunity (Massachusetts, 11 min)

    A Look Around (Arizona, 3 min)

    Major Tom (Arizona, 3 min)

    Music is Life (Arizona, 3 min)

    My Story (Massachusetts, 5 min)

    The Night (Arizona, 4 min)

    A Recipe for Disaster (Canada, 5 min)

    Sex Trafficking (Arizona, 2 min)

    Skrappy’s (Arizona, 3 min)

    Sustainable Desert Foods (Arizona, 2 min)

    The UnDeadUcated (Texas, 21 min)

    4 p.m. – The Screening Room            

    Border Shorts

    Desconocidos (USA, 12 min)

    The Fence (USA, 35 min)

    Point of Entry (USA, 27 min)

    followed by panel

    6 p.m. – Arts Institute

    Awards Night

    8 p.m. – The Screening Room

    The Crimson Mask (USA, 89 min)

    preceded by My Superhero (USA, 17 min)

    Director Zack Zhou presents a short film about the irony of an African American boy finding personal freedom in a white superhero character as the U.S. struggles with conflicting ideals during the 1960s.

    —Steven Kwan

    10 p.m. – The Screening Room            

    Best of Fest Shorts

    10 p.m. – Kappy’s Bar

    Closing Night Party

    SUNDAY, APRIL 25

    2 p.m. – The Screening Room         

    Best of the Fest – Documentary

    4 p.m. – The Screening Room          

    Best of the Fest – Narrative

     

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