Iconic actress Rita Moreno
("West Side Story
"), internationally-renowned filmmaker/actor Alfonso Arau
for Chocolate") and Oscar-winning screenwriters Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana
"), will be the special guests this October at the 6th annual Loft Film Fest to take place at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona.
The festival will feature an incredible array of legendary, award-winning performers, filmmakers and screenwriters, as well as a stellar program of critically-acclaimed films selected from prestigious festivals around the globe, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice.
The film selection includes the documentary "Hitchcock/Truffaut," which will premiere at Tiff, the Sundance comedy hit "Entertainment
" (starring Michael Cera
and John C. Reilly
), and the latest film from celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi
" (winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin).
The festival will also host “under the stars” screenings of Hollywood classics
like "Three Amigos
" (starring Alfonso Arau
) and Hitchcock’s "Psycho
" in the Loft parking lot, presented on The Loft’s new, state-of-the-art outdoor screen and projection system. On opening night, October 21, the festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic comedy "Back to the Future
" with a special "Back to the Future Day" double feature of the first two films in the trilogy. Live '50s music, themed-food, and other surprises will make the evening even more memorable.
The GuestsRita Moreno
is a legendary star of stage, screen and television, and is one of only 12 performers in history to be classified as an Egot winner (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). She is one of only four women to have achieved this landmark status, as well as the first Hispanic performer to be thusly honored. Over the course of her groundbreaking career, Ms. Moreno has starred in such iconic classics as "Singin’ in the Rain," "The King and I
" and "West Side Story
" (for which she won the 1962 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award), performed on Broadway in hits like "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "The Ritz
" (for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress), appeared on such successful television shows as "Oz, The Electric Company
" and "The Muppet Show
" (for which she was awarded a 1977 Emmy), recorded albums (including her Grammy-winning 1973 album for children, "The Electric Company
") and written a New York Times best-selling memoir, 2014’s Rita Moreno
: A Memoir. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, and in December, 2015, she will receive a prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. Ms. Moreno will appear at The Loft Film Fest for a tribute that will include a career highlight reel, an onstage Q&A, the presentation of a 2015 Loft Lifetime Achievement Award and a screening of "West Side Story."Alfonso Arau
, one of the legends of Mexican cinema, is the internationally-renowned director of such acclaimed films as " Zapata: The Dream of a Hero," "A Walk in the Clouds
" and the arthouse smash, "Like Water for Chocolate" (winner of the 1992 Ariel Awards for Best Picture and Best Director). Over the course of his distinguished career, he has also made numerous memorable appearances as an actor in such classics as "The Wild Bunch
," "El Topo
" and the Tucson-shot comedy "Three Amigos
" (in the unforgettable role of El Guapo). At The Loft Film Fest, Mr. Arau will also receive a tribute that will include a career highlight reel, an onstage Q&A, presentation of a 2015 Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award and a screening of "Like Water for Chocolate." Filmmaker/artist/actress Yareli Arizmendi
(star of "Like Water
for Chocolate") and filmmaker/artist/actor Sergio Arau
("Day without a Mexicans"), the son of Mr. Arau, will also appear at this event. The Loft Film Fest will also present an “under the stars” screening of "Three Amigos
" on the Loft’s new outdoor screen in the parking lot.Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana
are the Academy Award-winning co-screenwriters and co-producers of the groundbreaking hit film, "Brokeback Mountain." Mr. Murtry is a prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning author (for the best-selling novel Lonesome Dove
) and the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The Last Picture Show
" (based on his novel). Ms. Ossana is an acclaimed writer and Oscar-nominated producer (for "Brokeback Mountain
"). The Loft Film Fest will present a special 10thanniversary screening of "Brokeback Mountain
," and Mr. McMurtry and Ms. Ossana will participate in an onstage Q&A to discuss the film’s lasting impact and legacy.
"Hitchcock/Truffaut," a new documentary by Kent Jones
, uses the 1962 meeting between the two legendary directors, Alfred Hitchcock
and Francois Truffaut
, as a jumping off point for an exploration of the endlessly fascinating work of Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense. After premiering at Cannes earlier this year, the film will have its Arizona Premiere at The Loft Film Fest, following its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Loft Film Fest will also present an “under the stars” screening of Hitchcock’s classic 1960 scare-fest, "Psycho
," in the parking lot on The Loft’s beautiful new outdoor screen!
," a hilarious new dark comedy from Rick Alverson
, follows the misadventures of an aging, broken-down comedian playing a string of disastrous shows in the Mojave Desert while en route to meet his estranged daughter. Starring Michael Cera
, John C. Reilly
and Gregg Turkington
(aka comedian Neil Hamburger
" makes its Tucson debut at The Loft Film Fest following successful screenings at Sundance and SXSW.
," the new film from celebrated Iranian director Jafar Panahi
," "The White Balloon
"), features Panahi himself starring as a taxi driver in Tehran whose conversations with the diverse passengers he picks up are hilarious, enlightening and heartbreaking. Winner of the Golden Bear and the Fipresci Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Taxi
will be making its Arizona debut at The Loft Film Fest.