Films

Loft Film Fest Preview Event

Make the most of your 2017 Loft Film Fest experience by attending this special Preview Event that’s guaranteed to make you a Fest Expert in one easy step!

Sunday, Nov. 5
12:00PM

Spotlight Event

Revenge of the Nerds

Meet acclaimed actor Curtis Armstrong in person at a special screening of the 1984 comedy classic, Revenge of the Nerds, filmed in Tucson on the University of Arizona campus!

Weds., Nov. 8

The Haury Conversation: Noam Chomsky

On Nov. 9, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky will have a conversation with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment.

Thursday, Nov. 9
6:30PM

Spotlight Event/25th Anniversary Screening

MANUFACTURING CONSENT

This award-winning documentary showcases Chomsky’s message of how government and businesses cooperate to produce a propaganda machine to manipulate public opinion.

Friday, Nov. 10
6:30pm

Free Outdoor Screening!

My Neighbor Totoro

Join us for a free outdoor screening of one of the most endearing and internationally renowned family films of all time, a film that Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children.

Friday, Nov. 10
6:30PM

Tragedy Girls

Sadie and McKayla are two social media-obsessed partners in crime, reporting on a deranged serial killer terrorizing their sleepy Midwestern town in the hope of gaining more than 15 minutes of online infamy.

Friday, Nov. 10

Narrative Shorts

Spanning a range of styles, emotions, and techniques, this year’s collection of short films offers something for everyone.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Jane

Set to a rich orchestral score from composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented and poetic portrait of Jane Goodall – a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most respected and admired conservationists.

Saturday, Nov. 11
2:30pm

The Quay Brothers in 35mm

A unique touring program of four short films on 35mm curated by celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan!

Saturday, Nov. 11

The Cakemaker

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Documentary Shorts

This year’s collection of offers a stunningly diverse bunch of films, with windows into the way people live across the world.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Spotlight Event

Gas Food Lodging (25th Anniversary Screening)

In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town.

Sunday, Nov. 12

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer entertains with its frighteningly compelling narrative while simultaneously presenting a nuanced snapshot of mental illness, the inherent desire for human interaction, and the perils of duplicitous friendship.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Ismael’s Ghosts

The new film from director Arnaud Desplechin is a delirious love letter to the art of cinema, featuring an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Mathiew Amalric and Louis Garrel.

Monday, Nov. 13

The Feels

A funny, breezy and touching exploration of the bonds and boundaries of love and friendship, fueled by a killer ‘90s R&B and electro-pop soundtrack.

Monday, Nov. 13

Souvenir

The inimitable Isabelle Huppert stars in in this endearing musical romance about a middle-aged factory worker whose brush with fame is reignited by a relationship with a younger man.

Monday, Nov. 13

Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)

Sent to Santo Domingo’s notorious Najayo prison for petty theft, Julián acclimates himself to his new surroundings, using the prison’s hidden economies while trying to hold on to his humanity.

Monday, Nov. 13

Spettacolo

Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play.

Monday, Nov. 13

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

A coming-of-age Western for a 65 year old man.
Monday, Nov. 13

WHITE SUN

Filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar sensitively explores the damage done to the fabric of Nepalese society by the decade-long civil war between the Maoists and Nepal’s monarchical government.

Monday, Nov. 13

Gook

It’s 1992 in Los Angeles and Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, struggle to keep their father’s shoe store afloat.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out is a sharp, sadistic horror comedy that pays tribute to both Home Alone and Funny Games while offering a subversive twist on the home-invasion story that cleverly upends expectations.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Sami Blood

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

SYLVIO

Sylvio is a small town gorilla in the midst of an existential crisis.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Kékszakállú

This extraordinary film blends narrative and documentary styles as it follows the lives of several daughters of rich industrialists from Buenos Aires.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Spotlight Event

The Tent Village

A story about the lives of road-side dwellers in S. India, filmed by their teenaged children and friends.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

The Long Shadow

Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
7:30PM

The Other Side of Hope

A humorous and heartbreaking fictional look at the 21st century migrant crisis, told through the evolving relationship between an appealingly odd couple in modern-day Helsinki.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

The Boy Downstairs

Girls star Zosia Mamet exhibits winsome charm as Diana, navigating the rite of passage of every single New Yorker: the search for the perfect apartment.

Weds., Nov. 15

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life

Weds., Nov. 15

The Untamed

A mysterious, otherworldly visitor offers gratification to the sexually oppressed in this daring, disturbing and erotically-charged sci-fi thriller from Mexican provocateur Amat Escalante.

Weds., Nov. 15

I Am Another You

Unfolding like a low-key mystery, I Am Another You is an incisive and powerful examination of the myth and bitter realities of America’s rugged individualism.

Weds. Nov. 15

Desert Bride

Human emotions are as subtle as the beauty of the Argentinian plains in the delicate and keenly-observed drama, Desert Bride.  

Weds., Nov. 15

The Challenge

Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre documentary takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry

Weds., Nov. 15

Let Yourself Go

An uptight psychoanalyst’s life is upended when he becomes involved with a free-spirited personal trainer, well-versed in matters of the body, but less of the mind.

Weds., Nov. 15

The Force

With fly-on-the-wall intimacy, we see a department trapped in transition, desperate to shed its corrupt image but also challenged by the Black Lives Matter movement erupting right outside its doorstep.

Weds., Nov. 15

Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock

Standing Rock North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance.

Weds., Nov. 15

The Divine Order

The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 – a time and place where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote.

Weds., Nov. 15

Dog Years

Burt Reynolds plays an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface Dog Years is a tale about faded fame, but at its core, it’s a universal story about growing old.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Martha & Niki

Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Spotlight Event

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Rumble reveals the untold story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of rock n’ roll: the Indigenous influence.

Thurs., Nov. 16
2:15PM

Marjorie Prime

Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins star in this haunting vision of a foreseeable future where death has become slightly less final.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Zero Weeks

Zero Weeks is the first documentary to explore America’s paid leave crisis and the cost of doing nothing.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Mansfield 66/67

50 years after the blonde bombshell’s untimely death, Mansfield 66/67 carries out a delightfully absurd investigation into the bizarre relationship between Mansfield and Church of Satan founder, Anton LaVey.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Funeral Parade of Roses

A headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Brimstone & Glory

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of extravagant festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days.

Thursday, Nov. 16
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