DesertView screening
SaddleBrooke resident Joan Holder, right, introduced filmmaker Cyndee Wing at the April 5 showing of Wing’s documentary “Such Good Friends” at SaddleBrooke’s DesertView Theater. The film tells the story of the Pastime Players, a troupe of physically and mentally challenged students, as they struggle with the rigors of putting together their theatrical performance at Catalina High School in Tucson. Wendy Miller/The Explorer

What is “the me inside of me”?

It’s the “things inside of me you’ll never see unless I decide to share them with you,” said one member of the Pastime Players, a unique group of entertainers profiled in the documentary “Such Good Friends.”

The film was shown on April 5 as part of the Arizona International Film Festival’s touring program in SaddleBrooke. Filmed at Catalina High School in Tucson, “Such Good Friends” tells the story of the mentally and physically challenged performers as they struggle with the rigors of putting together their theatrical performance.

As an added bonus, the film’s producer, Cyndee Wing, was on hand to answer questions about the documentary.

“It touched my heart,” said Peggy Schroder, who attended the screening with her friend and SaddleBrooke resident Myrna Kutchera.

“We’re so fortunate to have (the screenings) here in our backyard,” added Kutchera.

Film fans have one last day to watch the AIFF selections in SaddleBrooke. On Tuesday, April 19, at 2:15 and 7 p.m., the DesertView Theater, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, will show award-winning films from this year’s film festival, which is taking place through April 20 in central Tucson.

Tickets for the DesertView films are only $3. Remember – you don’t have to live in SaddleBrooke to attend.

Located in SaddleBrooke’s DesertView Performing Arts Center, the theater was selected as an exhibition site for AIFF’s 20th anniversary touring program thanks to the efforts of SaddleBrooke residents Joan Holder and Ron Bechke.

Holder approached Bechke, who oversees the theater’s DesertView Cinema Club, about bringing AIFF films to SaddleBrooke. Holder had served as a volunteer for AIFF 2010 and thought Northwest residents, who might not be able to drive to the AIFF’s midtown showings, would appreciate seeing high-quality independent films so close to home.

Last Tuesday’s selections were the high-profile films “Journey from Zanskar” and “Happy.”

If you go

What: Award-winning films from this year’s Arizona International Film Festival

When: Tuesday, April 19, at 2:15 and 7 p.m.

Where: DesertView Theater, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke

Cost: $3 per movie

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