Sundance feel to Tucson film festival
Tucson will have a Sundance Film Festival feel this week.
Ten eclectic, multicultural films from around the world will screen at various spots around town as part of the inaugural edition of “Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue.” The Sundance Institute-sponsored film series includes appearances by filmmakers and a workshop.
The Sundance Institute, which manages the Sundance Film Festival, is taking the festival to 14 cities around the world. Tucson is one of seven cities in the United States.
The series, which includes 2010 best picture Oscar nominee “Winter’s Bone” and includes a workshop and filmmaker Q&As, takes place at several venues around town, including the Loft, Tucson Museum of Art and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. All films were released within the last year or so, and most (such as “Son of Babylon” and “Winter’s Bone”) screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
The series is meant to connect audiences with diverse documentaries and narrative dramas.
The Loft Cinema program director Jeff Yanc said Tucson was chosen partially because the Loft is one of 17 theaters nationwide involved with the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. The project brings together top art houses to collaborate on shared issues and goals, and gives the Loft access to special Sundance programming.