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June 24, 2011

Flor De Muertos Film Screening Weekend


'Flor de Muertos' Fiesta Weekend at the Rialto Theatre
Features Four Screenings, Live Music, Special Guests

On a map, the border fence is as much of a barrier as death: You're either in the United States or you're in Mexico. You're either alive or you're dead. In reality, at least in the Sonoran Desert and Mexican and Mexican-American culture of that land, 'Flor de Muertos' shows us, both are blurred.
--Arizona Daily Star

The locally-shot and produced documentary 'Flor de Muertos,' featuring the music of Tucson favorites Calexico in concert at the Rialto Theatre, will have a special weekend of screenings at Historic downtown venue on July 22,23 and 24. Some screenings include live music, food on the Rialto's patio and other special surprises.


'Flor de Muertos' captures the cross-cultural collisions regarding death along the US and Mexico border, centering on a week-long period that commences with the traditional Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead and ending with the 20th All Souls Procession in Tucson, one of America's most compelling examples of Festal Culture. The film is written and directed by Danny Vinik, a Tucson native and a notable producer, director and founder of Brink Media, based in Tucson.

Part documentary and part concert film (often simultaneously), the film features the music of Calexico, an acclaimed Americana/alternative band based in Tucson whose two principal members are Joey Burns and John Convertino, and who are joined onstage by a legion of collaborators in a theatrical post-Procession concert at the Historic Rialto Theatre attended by a sold-out audience.

The film hypnotically blends vibrant and haunting footage from Nogales, Sonora, an embattled border town 60 miles south of Tucson; interview vignettes with notable authors and journalists Chuck Bowden and Margaret Regan discussing the drug war, immigration struggles and other topical issues related to the border; and a rich panoply of personalities and places you can only find in the boiling cauldron of the Arizona-Sonora border region. After a joyous documentation of the 20th All Souls Procession--with more than 20,000 participants--the film ends with the pyrotechnic ceremonial finale by Flam Chen, Tucson's world famous troupe of performance geniuses. 

The film project is also a fundraiser for three important Tucson nonprofit cultural organizations: The Historic Rialto Theatre, Many Mouths One Stomach (organizers of the Procession), and The Loft Cinema, Tucson's landmark independent cinema/art house. These organizations will receive 30 percent of any profits generated by the film.


Friday, July 22
Doors open at 7 pm
Patio open at 5 pm, with food available from Martin's Comida Chingona
Screening at 8 pm (film is 90 minutes)
Tickets are $10, $6 children under 12
Post-screening patio party with DJs

Saturday, July 23
Doors open at 2 pm
Matinee screening at 2:30 pm
Tickets are $6, $3 children under 12

Doors open at 7 pm
Patio open at 5 pm with food available from Martin's Comida Chingona
Screening at 8 pm
Tickets are $15
Special concert following the screening by special guests
Patio after-party from 11-1 with DJS

Sunday, July 24
Doors at 2 pm
Matinee screening at 2:30 pm
Tickets $6, $3 children under 12

All screenings are at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress.

Box office information: 740-1000, open Monday-Friday from noon-6 pm.
Online at www.rialtotheatre.com


Posted by rialtoadmin at June 24, 2011 3:48 PM

BOX OFFICE : 318 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701   HOURS : M-F 12-6pm   PH : (520) 740-1000
The Historic Rialto Theatre, Established 1920

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