October 12, 2016

The Santa Cruz County International Film Festival opens its fifth season with feature films produced in Santa Cruz County, the old Mescal Studios near Benson, Arizona and Sonora and northern Mexico. All information for free events and reservations for special events may be obtained at www.santacruzfilm-fest.org.

The following films will be shown at the Mitchell Family Theatre Oasis Cinema 9, 240 W. Roper Road in Nogales Az, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd from 1 to 7:00 pm

The Frisco Kid; Another Man Another Chance; Monte Walsh; And The Quick And The Dead;

a detailed schedule is available on the website

Tom Horn, starring Steve McQueen, will be shown at the San Rafael Ranch in Elgin, AZ and will include a tour of the historic Wm. C. Greene house and a chuck wagon lunch provided by EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café.

In addition to the historic feature films, independent films by regional filmmakers will also be screened. Independent films and documentaries will be shown at both the Oasis Cinema 9 and the Quality Hotel Americana at 639 N. Grand Avenue in Nogales. All feature films and independent Films are free and open to the public.

The Tin Shed in Patagonia will be showing The Quick and the Dead on Friday night Monte Walsh on Saturday and Tom Horn on Sunday. In addition, the documentary by acclaimed Tubac resident Frances Causey will be shown.  The movies are complimentary and there will be refreshments available for all ages with a suggested donation of $5.00.

A schedule of the weekends activities can be obtained at www.santacruzfilm-fest.org. Special events are:

Thursday Oct 20 2016,

6:00 PM welcome cocktails & hors d’oeuvre. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

8:00 PM  Feature Film El Desierto is tentatively planned to be shown on both sides of the Border Fence at International Street and West; with back-to-back screens and simultaneous projection in the US and Mexico (pending approval by Homeland Security).

Friday Oct 21 2016

Independent documentaries and full length films shown from 1:00 to 7:00 at the Oasis Cinema and the Americana Hotel.

8:00 PM. Opening Fiesta de Gala at Holler and Saunders Ltd. 590 W. International Street. Transportation available from the Quality Hotel Americana and tickets will be sold at the door.  There will be a screening and discussion during the Gala of the Movie Flor de Mayo and its unusual filming processed being filmed in Spanish and English to be presented by Bob Fineman, our Mexican movie expert.

Saturday Oct 22, 2016

10:00 AM departure from Quality Hotel Americana to the San Rafael Ranch in Elgin Az for the screening of Tom Horn. Tom Horn was filmed at the San Rafael Ranch along with Oklahoma! and McLintock plus many other movies. A house tour will be given and a chuck wagon lunch provided by EZ Cattle Company Cow Camp Café is included. Estimated return time to Nogales is approximately 4:00 PM. There is limited space available. Tickets may be purchased on line or by calling 520-988-5425 or 520-841-1249.

1:00 PM short documentaries and independent films will be screened throughout the day at the Quality Hotel Americana and feature films at the Oasis 9.

7:00 PM   Short Film Documentary of El Mono Bichi and screening of Flor de Mayo filmed in Sonora and Sinaloa starring Maria Felix, Pedro Armendariz and Jack Palance will be shown at the Museo de Arte de Nogales in Nogales, Son.  Cocktails and conversation. Transportation available from the Americana hotel to and from the border with a short walk to the Museo. Free and open to the public.

7:00 PM   Alternate plan for those staying on the US side.  Old Tucson Studio’s historians will be presenting film trailers of movies made in the region and screen the English version of Flor de Mayo titled Beyond All Limits.  This movie, rather than being dubbed or subtitled, was actually filmed twice, where each scene was shot first in Spanish and then shot again in English. The Mexican actors Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz, did not speak English so their lines were delivered phonetically. This makes Flor de Mayo/Beyond All Limits truly an “international” production.

Sunday Oct 23 2016

10:00 AM   Depart Quality Hotel Americana to historic Mescal movie set and location where the movies being featured in this year’s festival were filmed in part. Film historians from Old Tucson Studios will be guiding this excursion. Transportation and catered lunch are included and estimated return time to Nogales is approximately 4:00 PM. Tickets are available online or by calling 520-988-5425.

Anyone who was an extra or worked on any of the films being shown this year is invited to attend the Fiesta de Gala at no charge. Please contact Linda Rushton, 520-988-5425 or Sam Saunders, 520-841-1249 to obtain further information.

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