Tucson, Arizona Film Reviews

Showing Tag: "shorts" (Show all posts)

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS: “THE GOLDEN GONGS” MAY 2012

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, May 20, 2012, In : Shorts 

MAY 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS) - GOLDEN GONGS YEAR-END SHOWDOWN.

I was afraid I wouldn’t get a seat at the First Friday Shorts’ (FFS) annual contest, so I arrived at 8:45pm.  The parking lot was almost full.  I met up with my Canadian friends, Ross and Carol, who were my buddies at the 2012 Arizona International Film Festival.  We were all honored as “super-fans” because we saw almost every single film at the fest.  My reviews will be coming ...


Continue reading ...
 

APRIL 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Friday, April 27, 2012, In : Shorts 

APRIL 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

I arrived soon after 9pm and quickly got my hand stamped (once you pay for your ticket to the FFS, you get a stamp on your hand like in a bar or a rock show) and looked around for Max to ask him about entering our Cowtown Gypsy Cinema sketches to FFS; hence my delay in getting my seat.  The theater was almost completely full (about 5/6th’s)....


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS MARCH 2012

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, March 12, 2012, In : Shorts 

MARCH 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

I arrived at 8:48pm.  It was cold outside.  The theater looked three-fourths to 5/8 full.

A mass of Loft previews were shown: Membership commercial, Rocky Horror, Solaris (original), Police Women, Finding Joe (just incase there were some introspective people in the audience?), Intruder (I’ve got to see this one with Sam Raimi and Bruce Ca...


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS - FEBRUARY 2012

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Shorts 

FEBRUARY 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

All the trailers for the Loft films must have been shown before the show started.  I got there just on time.  The theater looked 3/4 to 5/8 full.

Due to some technical difficulties, the audience was asked to sing the Ma Na Ma Na song until the sound system was fixed.

For Valentine’s day, the FFS annual special event was played out ...


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS - JANUARY 2012

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, January 22, 2012, In : Shorts 

JANUARY 2012 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

The Loft Theater was packed and so was the parking lot.  I had to find parking on the street.  Michael Sterner was “UNWELL” as Max Cannon put it.  He also introduced the New Year as the “Beginning of Oblivion.”  Now I see where he goes on the internet.  Personally, I think it’s going to be a great year for people who are awake enough...


Continue reading ...
 

WHAT’S UP DOCZ? 2011

Posted by Jean Jessup on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Shorts 

I love a good documentary and I was excited to see 17 student documentary shorts from the U of A Junior Class of 2013 at the Loft Cinema.  I was really impressed and learned ALOT!  The choice of topics documented were awesome and many of them showcased hidden gems in Tucson.  There's incredible work coming from the class of 2013.  The U of A  School of Theater, Film and Television is producing a race of super filmmakers.  Many of them have won awards at the First Friday Shorts.

A Way With Wo...


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS DECEMBER 2011

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, December 5, 2011, In : Shorts 


DECEMBER 2011 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

I got my press pass for the First Friday Shorts!  I love my pass.  It has my name in big letters and (not to worry, Loft Cinema) of course, I will ONLY use it for the First Friday Shorts.  I feel so legit, supported and special now.

Filler shorts before the show started:

I couldn’t find the Christmas puppet filler short, but I found this one instead:

Santa in Animal Land (1948)

Mah Na Mah Na

Rules of the First Friday Shorts

It amazes m...


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS OCTOBER 2011

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Shorts 


I missed all the beginning filler shorts because I was very late, but in time for the first entry.  Overall the shorts were surprisingly very good which made for decent viewing for my very critical friend, Tina Huerta, who is a local producer of indie films.  She attended to do research on a secret project that we are doing together.

Especially clever comments by Mike Sterner this month and Max was in great form.  There was that great feeling of a wild slumber party in the theater.

R...


Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS SEPT 2011

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, September 5, 2011,

I arrived at 9:05pm. I was afraid the place would be packed because there were only a few spaces left in the parking lot and many were parked on the street.  I was surprised to find the the theater only 2/3 full.  The audience had a strangely polite vibe and I wondered if anyone would gong anything.  (See FFS rules here.

When I got settled, I saw a filler short which was a parody on a classic drive-in ad but then starts to go horribly wrong for the concession characters.  Brilliant! Haven'...
Continue reading ...
 

AUGUST 2011 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, August 15, 2011,

AUGUST 2011 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

At the August Edition of the FFS, I decided to sit in the front row instead of the back so I could sit with the artists, Diana Stapleton and Joke Harmonica.   Michael Sterner was unfortunately not in attendance, but the show still went on magnificently with Max Cannon hosting alone. 

There was a filler-short that parodied the FFS theme so...


Continue reading ...
 

JULY 2011 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Saturday, July 9, 2011,

JULY 2011 FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS (FFS)

Sorry to be getting this review out so late, but then again I found more of the shorts online.

It was a gonging kind of audience this time.  For a refresher of the rules of this event, go here.  Being a summer holiday weekend and horribly hot, I was surprised the theater was as full as it was; approximately 2/3 to ¾ full.  I flagrantly schm...


Continue reading ...
 

6TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GONG AWARDS

Posted by Jean Jessup on Tuesday, May 10, 2011,


6TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GONG AWARDS


I usually don't like these year-end First Friday Shorts (FFS) awards because in the past, the audience has had such bad taste in picking winners.  But I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of most of the films.

When I arrived on time at 9:00pm, the placed was absolutely packed.  I think there may have been one or two seats left in the large ground-floor screening room.  I also had to park across the street.  ...
Continue reading ...
 

INDIEYOUTH: Films by Kids from the 2011 AIFF

Posted by Jean Jessup on Monday, April 4, 2011,


Check out the shorts in the 2011 Arizona Int'l Film Fest by High School students - many of them from Tucson.  They are amazing!  In my review, very single short is reviewed with links.  See most of them online!

Continue reading ...
 

FIRST FRIDAY SHORTS - March 2011 Edition

Posted by Jean Jessup on Sunday, March 13, 2011,

Check out my review of this event at Tucson Filmmaker Magazine Online

Every local short is reviewed plus my favorite filler shorts shown in March'11.
The winner of the March'11 First Friday shorts is below:

Continue reading ...
 
 
Follow Tucsonmovierev on Twitter
Large Association of Movie  Blogs
DVD of the Month Club for Award Winning Film
icon
Dodocase for Kindle
Abes Electronics Inc
Make a Free Website with Yola.