The Arizona International Film Festival is in full swing this week with 26 feature films and 70 shorts from around the world. In addition to documentaries, there is horror, fantasy, comedy, drama and even animation.
Now in its 26th year, the festival started Wednesday and runs through April 30. All showings take place at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, except for the festival closer, “A Tucson Happening,” which will include the film “Tucson Hot Damn,” music and other entertainment. That will be at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.
Tickets: $6 for all screenings other than premieres, which are $8. Passes are available for $25, good for any five films, and $100, which allows you into all films and gives you priority seating. They are available at filmfestivalarizona.com or at the Box Office one hour before a screening.
Bike Fest Bike-In Movie — The region’s monthlong celebration of “life on two wheels” continues this week with events including a free “Bike-In Movie!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday April 21 at Alvernon Park, located on the Third Street Bicycle Boulevard, just east of Alvernon Way. Organizers say to bring a blanket or chair, some snacks, and friends and family out for a beautiful evening in the park to watch the ’80s classic “The Goonies.”
Arid Lands film — Learn more about the importance of growing food in arid lands in a free screening at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.
“Food, Water, and Traditional Knowledge in Arid Lands” is a short film from the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Directed by Anna Augustowska, the film “highlights multigenerational, community-based, and culturally embedded models of food and water sustainability.”
It focuses on the practitioners of indigenous and traditional knowledge from the Southwest as well as around the world, who share their insights.
The film will be moderated by Maribel Alvarez, executive director of Southwest Folklife Alliance, the parent organization of Tucson Meet Yourself.
Tucson organizations Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Native Seeds/SEARCH will be on site sharing products, edibles, and information.