Hanson Film Institute Newsletter April 2017
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Welcome to the Hanson Film Institute newsletter! Every two months or so, we will share news about our programs, festivals, panels, workshops and other good works we are producing and supporting here at the Institute, all in the name of film.

What's coming up...

Join us for an evening with poet Ofelia Zepeda and filmmaker Jonathan Vanballenberghe featuring a screening of their collaborative poem-film O'odham Dances, a reading of additional poetry by Zepeda, and thoughts from both artists on collaborative relationships and intersections. A co-presentation from the UA Hanson Film Institute and the UA Poetry Center. More info here.

This is the way we begin and end things:
a poem film collaboration with Ofelia Zepeda and Jonathan Vanballenberghe

Tuesday, April 25, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Center for Creative Photography


What's been happening...

Last week, the Hanson Film Institute was in Los Angeles with students from the UA Business of Entertainment Club. Drawing from the institute's network of contacts, we arranged meetings with UA alumni working in the music, independent film and streaming entertainment industries, and accompanied the students to meetings at Harvey Mason Media, Voltage Pictures and Netflix. 

Our first stop was a visit to the studio of music producer Harvey Mason Jr. ('90), who produces songs for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Aretha Franklin, and whose many music film credits include Dreamgirls, Straight Outta Compton and Sing. Harvey was candid and inspirational as he shared his story and invaluable career tips with students.

Helping alumni get a positive career start is one of the focuses of the Hanson Film Institute. “We provide programing that supplements their degrees, and we work in partnership with the film and television programs to help them get jobs,” says Vicky Westover, the institute’s director. Scott Silver (’09), got his start through an internship arranged by the institute. A visual effects production supervisor with 20th Century Fox, Silver's credits include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Maze Runner. He currently is in Hawaii working on the adventure film Jumanji

Read the cover story on VFX industry alumni in the latest issue of Arizona Alumni Magazine here.

The latest edition of Tucson Cine Mexico took place March 22-26 at the Tucson Museum of Art, the Fox Tucson Theatre, and our festival home base, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18. Here, Tucson Cine Mexico committee member Mike Wilson congratulates Bellas de noche filmmaker María José Cuevas on winning Tucson Cine Mexico's 2017 Jaguar Award for Most Impressive Directorial Debut. Felicidades! 

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