MZUNGU - Loosely defined as ‘European Stranger’ in Swahili, was the concept that launchedthis film’s production. Traveling into the forests of Rwanda and Uganda over two months in 2006, filmmaker Bart Santello (Arivaca, Arizona) photographed inspired images of the experience without any intention for a specific film. Using a subconscious process developedby the filmmaker based on studies on how the mind creates complex dream stories from random events, the film assembled itself organically, over a period of ten years. To further provide structure for the film’s development, scenes were created based on stages-of-sleep, which has an effect on a viewer of this film, as waking-up inside a dream. For the filmmaker the work is a memory; more accurately, a perception of the reality experienced while in Africa. MZUNGU has a music score from four acclaimed ambient-electronic musicians: Robert Rich, Jeff Greinke, Richard Bone and ‘A PRODUCE’ - with additional sound design by the filmmaker.
afternoon DOCUMENTARY programSaturday March 4th / 12:00 Noon - 5:00pmArivaca Community Center
POT LUCK DINNER - 5pmThe pot luck dinner is our yearly traditionhere at the Arivaca Filmmakers Exhibition,Where our film-going community makes it happen! A time to relax, socialize and rechargebefore our evening of independent short films!PS: No obligation to bring food; especially if you’retraveling long distance or attending at the last minute.We got you covered!!
LET ME BE FRANKAn Atheist who Believes in GodLet Me Be Frank is the story of Frank Schaeffer's journey out of religious certainty and in the face of the historic rise of political and Christian conservatism, the discovery of surprising instances of tenderness, hope and grace along the way.Frank, the son of influential Evangelicals Francis and Edith Schaeffer, was a filmmaker, writer, speaker and an architect of the religious right in the 1970s. Underneath the exterior of aggressive religiosity, and expected to follow in his famous family's footsteps, his life was in turmoil.Described as the "Traitorous Prince" by former confidants on the religious and political right, Frank is now a best-selling author, blogger, painter, speaker and regular commentator for various news outlets.
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In the southeast corner of Arizona is a town that exemplifies the pioneering spirit of the old west - Bisbee. Today this town thrives as an artist & tourist destination while still maintaining the look and spirit of days gone by.
Larry Springford(Green Valley) makes travel documentaries that connect the past with the present and provides knowledge withinsight along the way.
A Digital Motion Picture by Bart Santello A Psychotropic Films Production
MZUNGU DirectorBart Santello points to a Silverback Gorilla in Rwandan forestOctober 2006
Filmmaker: Bart SantelloAfrica Producer: Steven AblondiProduction Company: Psychotropic Films LLCRun Time: 39:30 min
Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called math circles, the students stay late after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, to study mathematics. The math circles approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in charge of exploring mathematics to their own joy and satisfaction.The documentary reveals the challenges in education on the Navajo Nation and looks at a new approach for improving the mathematical skills of students. The Navajo Math Circles project summons applications of math in Native culture to provide tools for increasing math literacy, and highlights the special connections between Navajo culture, natural beauty, and mathematics. The film shows how math circles help raise the hopes of parents, students, and teachers for a brighter future.
GEORGE PAUL CSICSERY, a writer and independent filmmaker since 1968, was born in Germany in 1948, the son of Hungarian parents. He immigrated to the United States in 1951. He has directed 32 films--dramatic shorts, performance films and documentaries. Much of his work since the late 1980s has been about mathematicians as well as a range of films on cultural and historical subjects in a style he calls first-world ethnography and is the author and co-author of five feature-length screenplays. He has taught film editing at Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco (1982-1997), and general cinema courses to undergraduates at San Francisco State University (1996) and at UC Davis (1998). For a full bio and filmography click on the ZALA FILMS icon.