Celebrating its fifth year in 2014, The Loft Film Fest is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Described by Filmmaker Magazine as being “geared truly toward cinephiles of nearly every stripe,” and praised for its “phantasmagorical programming … and astute choice of guests,” The Loft Film Fest was created in 2010 as a showcase for the very best independent, foreign and classic cinema. For four days in October, The Loft Film Fest provides an intimate and unique setting for film fans to experience hand-selected festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, etc., and to meet internationally-renowned artists from the world of independent cinema.
Special guests of The Loft Film Fest have included acclaimed contemporary filmmakers such as Carlos Reygadas, Alex Cox, Chris Eyre, Don Coscarelli, The Zellner Brothers, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kirby Dick and Richard Kelly; celebrated actors including Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Carradine and Udo Kier; and industry legends such as Roger Corman, recipient of the 2012 “Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award.”
The Loft Film Fest, produced by the award-winning, non-profit Loft Cinema (a member of the Sundance Art House Project and named “Best Movie Theatre in Tucson” by readers of the Tucson Weekly every year since 2002), is fiercely committed to continuing its tradition of bringing world-class film festival programming to Tucson, connecting audiences with artists and celebrating the unique spirit of independent cinema.
Geico, Golden Eagle Distributors, Pepper Viner Companies, Arizona Inn, Lodge on the Desert, The Arizona Daily Star, and Arizona State Museum’s Native Eyes Film Showcase in collaboration with Tohono O’odham Nation Museum and Cultural Center, Indigenous Strategies, and Pascua Yaqui Intel Digital Clubhouse.
SPECIAL THANKS TO
The Loft Cinema Volunteers, Valley of the Moon, the Tucson Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Playformance, Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, Artifact Dance Project, Pima Council on Aging, Tucson Fashion Week, Monkey Paw Entertainment, SAAF, The Folk Shop, Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association, Tucson Folk Festival, University of Arizona School of GeoSciences, Tom Lindgren and Geodecor.com, University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television, APASA (Asian Pacific American Student Affairs), Pan Asian Alliance, Antigone Books, University of Arizona Quidditch Team, University of Arizona Harry Potter Alliance, University of Arizona School of Dance, University of Arizona Woman’s Resource Center, Children’s Museum Tucson, and Richard Thompson.
Festival Executive Director PEGGY JOHNSON Festival Directors J.J. GIDDINGS | JEFF YANC Managing Director ZACH BRENEMAN Festival Programming Consultant MIKE PLANTE Associate Programmer JONATHAN KLEEFELD Art Director MATT MCCOY Development Associates ERIN HENDERSON | MAHALA LEWIS Administrative Assistant SHAWNA DACOSTA Director of Theatre Operations JASON DENHOLM Assistant Managers KYLE CANFIELD | DAVID PAIZ | PEDRO ROBLES | BRENDA RODRIGUEZ Volunteer Coordinator TIM KEENE Projectionists RAY BORBOA | ANA HUMPHREY | DALE MEYERS | JESSICA PRENTICE | MIKE WILKINS Theatre Floor Staff ADAM BUCHOLZ | TRENTON CASTILLO | BROOKE HARTNETT | KATELYN INMAN | IZABELLA VANEK | MARYELLEN WHITMOYER | LISA SCHAEFER Loft Cinema Interns TERA BABB | ANTORA MAJUMDAR
OPENING NIGHT – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
Celebrate opening night of the Loft Film Fest 2014 with a free glass of champagne (for those over 21), delicious hors d’oeuvres and live music from Tucson alt/country musician Hank Topless on the Loft patio beginning at 6:00pm. Opening night is sponsored by Golden Eagle Distributors.
CLOSING DAY FESTIVITIES – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19
We’ll wrap up the fest with a great slate of films and special guests plus we’ll have Tohono O’Odham Nation artisans and vendors on the patio all throughout the day.