New Mo’ Cut Arizona Premiere: the Loft Film Fest Friday October 23rd

New Mo’ Cut is going to its first festival!

Loft-Film-Fest-Laurel-2015-2The 6th annual Loft Film Fest has selected New Mo’ Cut for its Documentary shorts program Friday Oct 23rd, at 2:15pm. Single ticket prices are $10 General and $8 for Loft Members.
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I’m curious to see New Mo’ Cut with an audience outside of Berkeley and grateful for the opportunity to connect with the Tucson film community. “The Loft Film Fest (located in beautiful Tucson, Arizona) is dedicated to showcasing the best independent, foreign and classic films, as well as celebrating the work of established and emerging directors, writers, producers and actors. The Loft Film Fest, through its eclectic and diverse programming, aims not only to expand the audience for cinema that challenges, inspires and entertains, but also to honor those artists whose talent and passion bring that cinema to life.”  – event website

The spectacular line up includes a Back to the Future double feature and party on Wednesday’s opening night, a special reception with Rita Moreno on Friday night before the gala screening of West Side Story, and on Saturday, a free outdoor screening of the Tucson-shot comedy classic, The Three Amigos starring 2015 Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award winner Alfonso Arau as El Guapo, who will intro the screening. Then on Sunday October 25th at 4pm, Arau will receive the Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award followed by a screening of his film, Like Water for Chocolate, and Director Q and A.

Here’s a few of the many films I’m looking forward to:

Thursday October 22nd
Jafar Panahi’s Taxi 5:30pm
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Taxi is another modern classic from master director Jafar Panahi.

Florence, Arizona 7:30pm
Florence, Arizona weaves together the stories of four key residents of Florence, whose lives have all been shadowed in some way by the surrounding prison industrial complex.

Friday October 23rd
In Transit 4pm
Albert Maysles’ final film captures a journey through the hearts and minds of passengers aboard The Empire Builder, America’s busiest long-distance train route.

Saturday October 24th
Call Me Lucky 1:45pm 
The incredible story of comedian Barry Crimmins’s transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice. With director Bobcat Goldthwait in person!

Janice: Little Girl Blue 4pm
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of blazingly talented rock legend Janis Joplin in this engrossing new documentary.

Sunday October 25th
Mustang 1:15pm
A sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality, signals the emergence of a singular and fierce new voice in Turkish cinema.

Right Footed 1:30pm
Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. Director/producer Nick Spark and Jessica Cox in person!

Finders Keepers 3:30pm
The so-weird-it-must-be-true story of two men, a severed leg found in a grill, and the media firestorm that ensued and changed their lives forever.

Eisnestein in Guanajuato 7:45pm

Peter Greenaway’s film explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of his career.


NewMoeCut-Card_Contrast_FinalNew Mo’ Cut: David Peoples’ lost film of Moe’s Books weaves together a surreal story about disparate strangers with passions for used books, filmmaking, and recycling, while reclaiming a special part of Berkeley history with footage of larger-than-life icon – Moe Moskowitz – at the grand opening of his legendary Telegraph Avenue bookstore, Moe’s Books.

New Mo’ Cut is an uncanny story of how Moe found his way back to his daughter Doris and their bookstore 50 years later through a salvaged film that turned out to be made by Oscar nominated screenwriter David Peoples. The 16mm two-minute, forty-five second workprint is a time capsule of Berkeley and a peek into Peoples’ early documentary film explorations before he gained notoriety as a screenwriter rewriting Blade Runner, earning an Oscar nomination for Unforgiven, and co-writing 12 Monkeys with his wife, screenwriter Janet Peoples.

MOE DOC StillFrom trash to treasure, New Mo’ Cut is a philosophical musing on how beauty and value are in the eyes of the beholder, and how happenstance can occur anywhere, at any time, and interconnect lives in deeply meaningful ways.

If you have friends, family and know Moe fans in the Tucson area have them join us!

New Mo’ Cut screens at the Loft Film Fest Friday Oct. 23rd, 2:15pm with the Documentary Shorts program. Click here to purchase tickets. 


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