DOCUMENTARY FILM PROGRAMSaturday March 4th / 12:00 Noon - 5:30pmArivaca Community Center
“Pilgrimage to Magdalena” is an informative and engaging cultural film documenting the centuries-old, cross-border pilgrimage of hundreds of people each October to Magdalena, Sonora, site of the Saint Maria Magdalena Church. The church holds both the remains of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and a life-sized reclining statue of St. Francis Xavier, the informal patron of the Pimería Alta. St. Francis is honored in October each year with the largest religious pilgrimage and fiesta in Sonora.
Sunrise in the Santa Rita Mountains of Southern Arizona. Tohono O'odham runner Marlinda Francisco receives a blessing from Austin Nuñez, Chairman of the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation. As Marlinda begins her run to protest the threat of an open-pit copper mine here, we learn about the Tohono O'odham ancestral connection to this land. Along the way, we meet Gayle Hartmann, a non-profit leader who has resisted the mining operation for years.
Independent Documentary Director Leslie Ann Epperson began creating natural history and cultural documentaries at WILL-TV, an Illinois PBS station. Her PBS career continued at AZPM in Tucson, AZ, where she created the Emmy Award-winning Divine Mission San Xavier del Bac.
In the heyday of the silent era of film, Metro Pictures Corporation came to Arivaca,
Arizona and made a feature-length movie. It was released in May of 1918, then
disappeared. One hundred years later, the last surviving degrading nitrate copy was
discovered in a film archive in Amsterdam.
To be shown here at the Arivaca Film Exhibition, will be a 9-minute scene digitally
restored from the original Nitrate film, to exhibit a ‘work-in-progress’ of what will
eventually be a complete feature-length studio film from that era.
RESTORED 9-MIN SCENE FROM
“THE TRAIL TO YESTERDAY”
Bart Santello is an Arivaca, Arizona based experimental filmmaker & photographer.“ What could be more exciting than to find a lost film, but then add to that discovery was that it was made in a town where you live. For the community, the state and film history, it’s both an honor and an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime.” - Bart Santello
Writer/Director: JEFFERSON STEINProduced by: LIZ CARDENASProducers: RUSSELL SHEAFFER, JEFFERSON STEIN, DOUGLAS RIGGSExecutive Producers: EVA LONGORIA, SANDRA CONDITO, LARRY 'BEAR' WILSON, CAMILLUS LOPEZCast: AMAYA JUAN, ZUEMMY CARRILLO, VIRGINIA PATRICIO, RUPERT LOPEZCinematographer: COLE GRAHAMComposer: AMANDA JONESEditor: R. BRETT THOMASCo-Producers: COREY HOWARD, R. BRETT THOMASWEBSITE: https://www.burrosthefilm.com/
In southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border, a young Indigenous girl discovers a Latina migrant her age who has been separated from her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham Nation into the United States.
How do indigenous communities cope with the burden of knowing their resources may be on the brink of extinction? How does it feel to realize that one might be the last to know a given subsistence skill, or to practice a way of life? These questions are always present in Almost an Island, but they are not foregrounded in the film. No one can think about this all the time. Life goes on: children are born, there are feasts of caribou and salmon, there are snow machine rides on glorious winter days. Even in the midst of uncertainty, there is so much to celebrate
POT-LUCK DINNER - 5:30pmThe 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 everyone head’s-out. PS: No obligation to bring food; especially if you’retraveling long distance or attending at the last minute.Note that the Community Center where this event is heldhas a commerical kitchen for cooking, heating food and refrigeration.
Please consider making a donation via PayPal in support of the Aivaca Film Exhibtion to help cover costs associated with the event including: facility rental, website, signage, food & drink, equipment rental, administrative and the band! See link at right. Psychotropic Films llc & Bart Santello of Arivaca are the organizing sponsors.
JOSH KASSELMAN (Phoenix) is an NYU film school graduate who alternates between narrative, documentary and commercial work, directing, and shooting multiple narrative projects in development. His film company is Limitrophe Films
On the US/Mexico border, an undocumented mother’s quest to save her son relies on a troubled American Veteran, building a wall out of junk, whose duty is to keep her out.
The drive to protect our borders and preserve our national identity by keeping out the “other” has brought to bear essential questions about the soul of our nation. DUSTWUN is a fictional story based on real people and real stories told in the simplest way possible to elevate what binds us together as human beings, irrespective of metaphorical, or actual, borders. The film came from my experience living in Southern Arizona for four years, having a brother in border patrol, and volunteering with the Samaritans and Casa Alitas, both advocacy groups for migrants and asylum seekers. The film was shot over 10 days on an active migrant crossing site in Green Valley, AZ, just 30 miles from the US/Mexico border during monsoon season.
Genevieve Anderson is a writer, director, producer, artist, and academic. Her short films have played at over 100 festivals worldwide, winning awards in Berlin, Seattle, Chicago, Rhode Island, Palm Springs, among many others, and have been broadcast on ARTE and IFC. DUSTWUN, her first feature, came from her experience living 30 miles from the US/Mexican border and has international distribution with House of Film.
Gathering at the LaGitana Bar (Downtown Arivaca) after the pot-luck - 7pm Saturday night !
KITTYa short work byJosh Kasselman & Stephanie LucasTensions rise on a young couple's sightseeing tour as they discuss the cat sitter they've hired for the weekend. Yoshiko and Fukuo Ogawa star in this patient, offbeat Japanese-language short drama elegantly set in the American Southwest.
Stephanie Lucas earned her BA in English Literature from University of Arizona before going on to receive her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York University in Documentary Film, Art, and Social Change. In addition to narrative shorts, she has created numerous experimental shorts