Historic Bisbee, AZ will be the site of the Second Annual Bisbee Film Festival: One People One Planet from November 18 – 22, 2015. Twelve films will be shown, including features from Germany, India/UK and the US, works-in-progr... read more
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILMS TO SCREEN AT BISBEE FILM FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 18 – 22, 2015
Free Festival Brings International & US Films to Historic Southern Arizona Town
Historic Bisbee, AZ will be the site of the Second Annual Bisbee Film Festival: One People One Planet from November 18 – 22, 2015. Twelve films will be shown, including features from Germany, India/UK and the US, works-in-progress, and University of Arizona student shorts. The curated festival offers free admission. Festival presenters are the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute and Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.
“For five days, the festival offers narrative and documentary films shown in high quality HD, followed by intimate conversations with filmmakers and speakers,” said Vicky Westover, Festival Program Director and Director of the Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona. “Our mission is to use film and media arts to focus on how humans treat each other and our world, illustrating that we are One People One Planet.”
Highlights from this year’s slate of films include 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (a documentary about the Jacksonville, FL killing of a black youth by a white man), Almost There (a coming-of-old-age story about an “outsider” artist), Forbidden City USA (story of the first all-Chinese nightclub in pre-WWII San Francisco) India’s Daughter (documentary about a gang rape; the film is banned in India), Las Marthas (a debutante ball for Mexican-American girls, dressed in colonial costumes), Of Girls and Horses (a gently paced coming-of-age story), Stray Dog (profile of a Vietnam vet, biker and family man), A Poem is a Naked Person (Les Blank’s documentary about Leon Russell), Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream (the only US family-owned matzo business trying to survive on NYC’s Lower East Side) and This Ain’t No Mouse Music (the journey of Chris Strachwitz, chronicler of American roots music).
Filmmakers who will be on-hand for Q&As after screenings include Harrod Blank, Christina Ibarra, Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon, and Aaron Wickenden. Work-in-progress directors Yuri Makino, Beverly Seckinger, and Jonathan VanBallenberg will show film clips and discuss their filmmaking process. Makino will speak about making a film in collaboration with scientists. Seckinger, joined by her Oscar/Emmy nominated editor Jim Klein, will discuss how filmmakers work with editors to shape their films. VanBallenberghe will cover what it’s like shooting in unique environments (an Inupiat community).
“Bisbee has always attracted creatives, visionaries and adventurers,” said Carrie Gustavson, Festival Manager and Director, Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. “Today, the town’s spirit is reflected in its historic architecture, brightly painted murals and sculptures by local artists, and a pervasive feeling of inclusiveness and acceptance.”
Bisbee is filled with art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, bookstores and specialty shops. Neighborhoods include charming restored Victorian and European-style homes perched on hillsides. It is 90 miles south of Tucson. Visitors can chose from a wide range of lodging from bed and breakfasts to guesthouses to hotels and motels.
This unique town and Bisbee Film Festival offer a perfect fall getaway for film lovers.
Festival Sponsors: The Hanson Film Institute, The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, Sloane & Danielle Bouchever, Bisbee Coffee Company, Canyon Rose Suites, Hotel San Ramon, Old Bisbee Brewery, Santiago’s and The Table.
The Festival is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Humanities.
Festival Supporter: School of Theatre, Film & Television, College of Fine Arts, University of Arizona
Bisbee Festival information: http://www.bisbeefilmfestival.org - Bisbee information: http://www.discoverbisbee.com/
The Hanson Film Institute at the University of Arizona (http://www.hansonfilm.org/) serves students, faculty, filmmakers and the community, producing and supporting educational programs, public events and creative projects. Signature programs include Tucson Cine Mexico, DocScapes, Inside Track: A Series of Film & TV Panels and Tucson Pitch Fest.
The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum (http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/) is located in the 1897 Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company general office building. The Museum is in the center of town and at the heart of its history, presenting an evolving tribute to the community, its determined citizens and the industry that helped build it. It is a National Registered Landmark and the first museum in the southwest to become part of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliation Program.