TEACHING IN ARIZONA follows three Tucson educators to deliver an intimate portrait of what it’s really like to be a teacher today. It also depicts the impact of the teacher workforce crisis on the future generations that will influence the prosperity of a state and a nation.With decades of research showing that the quality of the teacher in the classroom has the most significant impact on student achievement, the high rate of teacher turnover threatens the quality of education all children receive. Fortunately there are teachers who excel despite the challenges but they do so at a significant personal cost.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA - A visual artist and a musician search for beauty and inspiration in the alleyways, intersections, power lines, and utility poles of a sprawling desert city. An intimate portrait of creation and collaboration as painter Megan Jonas and composer Jordan Ignacio create four new works. Featuring ground-breaking animation that brings painting and music to life in ways never seen before.
Shot over a period of ten years, HIPPIE FAMILY VALUES is an intimate chronicle that explores the legacy of the hippie movement and ethos through the stories of hippie elders, along with their kids and grandkids. These families are members of a communal ranch in New Mexico. Today, the legacy of the hippie counterculture of southern Arizona and New Mexico is a fluid network of artists, organic gardeners and farmers, food co-ops and CSAs, community organizers, educators and activists, musicians and dancers, alternative health practitioners and natural builders, connected by a shared vision of social justice, communitarianism and sustainability, which stands in stark contrast to the consumerist values of mainstream corporate America.“A seamless, lyrical, poignant piece of work”–Chris Wilson, J. B. Jackson Chair of Cultural Landscape Studies, University of New Mexico
Lisa Molomot has directed and edited documentaries that have aired on PBS’s Independent Lens, Discovery Channel, A&E, and ESPN. Her work has been seen at Sundance, SXSW and the Mill Valley Film Festival, and her hugely popular film School’s Out has been an integral part of the movement for providing outdoor education for young children. She has taught film production and documentary film history at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and most recently, the University of Arizona.
Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) is a partnership of business leaders, educators and individuals with a shared mission to help schools and districts attract, retain and support the very best teachers for every K-12 classroom in Southern Arizona.Information Site: www.teachinginarizonafilm.org
NOTE: QUESTION & ANSWER PANEL WILL FOLLOW FILM SCREENING
An intimate and moving examination of an almost mythical life. Leaves the viewer hopeful for the future of human relationships and with renewed faith in the seductive lure of following one’s dreams.–Ellen Hansen, Professor of Geography and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, Emporia State University
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7:00PMAFTER-PARTY AT THE LA GITANA BARWITH MUSIC BY TUCSON’S“THE WAYBACK MACHINE”
Wayback Machine Acoustic Quintet beside stage door of the Rialto, August 15, 2009. Left to right: Mike Begala (guest), Jim Lipson, Beverly Seckinger, Tom Woolley and Shanti Foster (guest). Photo by Deo Wright.
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Contact - Joshua ProvostMatter of Chance Productions3010 W Sentinel Rock Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086online: matterofchance.com
Director's BiographyJoshua J. Provost is self-taught filmmaker born in Boston and based in Phoenix, USA. He has produced over thirty short films and music videos as a partner in Matter of Chance Productions. His most recent short film "L'amour en cinq parties" played at more than forty international film festivals, winning Best Experimental Film at Faludi Film Festival in Budapest, Hungary. "Coalesce: A City Composed" is his debut feature-length film, a documentary about the city he lives in and the art that it inspires.
POT LUCK DINNER - 5:00pmThe 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!!
Jeff Wirth is a photographer, filmmaker and story teller. His work has appeared in outlets all around the world such as publications like New York Times and New Zealand Geographic to television networks such as Animal Planet, ABC, CNN, and Democracy Now. His focus is documenting and story telling and has been fortunate enough to travel around the world, photographing, filming, and documenting todays most important issues.
Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition
afternoon DOCUMENTARY programSaturday March 2nd / 12:00 Noon - 5:00pmArivaca Community Center