DesertView Theater in SaddleBrooke's DesertView Performing Arts Center has been selected as an exhibition site for the 20th anniversary Arizona International Film Festival touring program.

SaddleBrooke resident Joan Holder will host the program on three consecutive Tuesdays - April 5, 12 and 19. Different films will be shown at 2:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each Tuesday for an admission cost of $3.

The AIFF touring program will showcase winning films from the 2010 film festival on April 5, high profile films on April 12, and award-winning films from the 2011 festival on April 19.

"Our touring program fits our mission of ‘bridging cultures,' and we are proud to bring award-winning independent films to the community of SaddleBrooke," stated Giulio Scalinger, director of the Arizona International Film Festival.

All residents in the northwest are welcome to attend the screenings at the DesertView Theater, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. People do not need to live in SaddleBrooke to attend.

The Arizona International Film Festival, April 1-20, is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center and is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information, visit


Arizona International Film Festival, SaddleBrooke Program

DesertView Theater, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive

Admission to all shows is $3.

Shows are open to the public. You do not have to reside in SaddleBrooke to attend.


Such Good Friends

Cyndee Wing & Susan Claassen, USA, 2009, 84 min.

Invisible Theatre...Catalina High School...two journey. If you ever want to understand how art can transform lives, then follow the Pastime Players, a troupe of physically and mentally challenged students, as they struggle with the rigors of putting together their theatrical performance. Co-director Cyndee Wing will be in attendance.

2:15 p.m. at the DesertView Theater


Nimisha Mukerji & Philip Lyall, Canada, 2009, 70 min.

Eva has a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis. Unless she gets a double-lung transplant, she'll die. Eva finds on-line companionship from two other young women battling cystic fibrosis. Although very different and separated by many miles, they struggle together and support each other through Eva's emotional journey. (Program includes the documentary short, The Time Machine, USA, 12 min - Best Documentary Short at the 2010 Film Festival)

7 p.m. at the DesertView Theater


Journey from Zanskar

Frederick Marx, USA, 2010, 90 min.

How far would you go to save your dying culture? Journey From Zanskar follows a pair of Buddhist monks who are attempting to bring a dozen children from a remote Kashmiri village to a Tibetan school in distant Manali, where they will receive a desperately needed education. Journey from Zanskar has been selected as the Opening Night film for the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival.

2:15 p.m. at the DesertView Theater


Roko Belic, USA, 2011, 77 min.

HAPPY is a feature documentary that takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research and real life stories of ordinary and extraordinary people around the world, HAPPY uncovers the secrets behind our most valued emotion. (Program includes comedy short, Celestial Avenue, Australia, 20 min - Best Comedy Short at the 2010 Film Festival)

7 p.m. at the DesertView Theater


Best of Fest 1

Award-winning films from the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival

2:15 p.m. at the DesertView Theater

Best of Fest 2

Award-winning films from the 2011 Arizona International Film Festival

7 p.m. at the DesertView Theater


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