Artistories on KXCI – September 30, 2020
Veronica Westover — Hanson Arizona Film Institute’s Tucson Cine Mexico
In this previously recorded episode (Feb. 14, 2020) of Artistories, we hear from Vicky Westover, Director of the Jack and Vivian Hanson Arizona Film Institute, who talks to us about the Mexican film festival she’s been running in Tucson since 2004; Tucson Cine Mexico. Tucson Cine Mexico is the longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican cinema in the United States. We talk about the “exceptional moment” of Mexican cinema that spurred the dream of Tucson Cine Mexico, and turns out to be the gift that keeps on giving. Beyond the “root” of the festival, we talk about the goals for programming, how the festival’s exceptionally diverse audience was and is engaged, and how it became a renown festival among Mexican directors (hint: excellent hospitality).
While the festival couldn’t be held in person this year, Tucson Cine Mexico is launching an Online Catalogue where you can browse through a list of all films from past Tucson Cine Mexico festivals that are available online to rent or stream.