Film projectors provide a whimsical means to illuminate your basement and fertile grounds to start up your shadow-puppet farm. Experience more traditional uses of motion-picture presenters with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two movie tickets to the film of your choice, two sodas, and two popcorns (a $20 value) at the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival, held at The Screening Room theater on East Congress Street. The festival will host events between April 1 and April 10 in Tucson before moving on to other southern Arizona towns for the rest of its duration.
The Arizona International Film Festival's mission is to showcase top-quality independent features, delighting aesthetic aficionados and genre neophytes alike. The festival fêtes savvy, innovative moviemakers, including a multinational selection of seasoned vets, as well as a gaggle of budding camera commanders 18 and younger as part of its IndieYouth program.
Munch on a salty treat and sip a soda as you fill eye-tummies with the thought-providing fare of global cinematic greats, selecting from a pedigreed lineup of 120 new features from locales both near and far. Currently scheduled events include The Reel Frontier, a juried program lauding the diversity of storytelling and technique in a variety of live-action and animated films; Cine Español, a collection of contemporary pictures from Spain; and Movies at Midnite, which screens edgier films that turn back into stone in the harsh light of day.
Since its inception 20 years ago, the Arizona International Film Festival has screened more than 2,000 independent films representing the dreams of filmmakers from 75 countries and more than 38,000 dreams within those dreams. Exchange your Groupon for hard tickets at the East Congress Street Screening Room box office at least 20 minutes prior to cinematic commencement to partake of this rich entertainment tradition.
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Arizona International Film Festival
Each year, the Arizona International Film Festival collects features and shorts from all over the world, repping nations including Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United States. During the course of 17 days, the festival screens more than 100 films in categories such as Feature Narrative, Comedy Short, Feature Documentary, and Experimental Short. The festival also hosts special programs such as Cine Sin Fronteras, which examines border issues, and IndieYouth, a collection of films made by filmmakers young enough to not remember when documentaries were primarily just overhead projections of the week’s rainfall statistics.
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