Welcome to the 2010 Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition

The community of Arivaca, Arizona is proud to host its 5th-annual Arivaca Independent Filmmakers Exhibition - supporting the spirit of the state's 'independent' filmmakers. The Arivaca Independent Filmmaker's Exhibition seeks to show films that embody two major themes:

First: Films shown beginning at noon for the afternoon screenings, present a filmmaker’s perception of the world around them. Whether it’s about living in Arizona’s wild areas; the study of desert ecology, environmental challenges; , politics of the international border, sustainable (green) lifestyles, and observing cultures that preserve authentic ways of life.

Second: Evening (short) films showcase cutting-edge experimental films that demonstrate creative works of filmmakers working independently and under the radar. Filmmaker's free to develop unique works without cultural scrutiny or expectation; resulting in new 'forms' of artistic expression through the use of creative multi-media.

Located South of Tucson, Arivaca's rural location nestled near mountains that separate it from the Mexican border, make it the epicenter of trends shaping America. Immigration, drug smuggling, human rights, government surveillance & militarization, vanishing rural life, water rights, native peoples, wilderness & endangered species, make Arivaca the canary in-the-mineshaft of trends shaping America and the world.

At the same, people of Arivaca represent many different walks of life; and share a common bond of rugged-individualism and self-determination. Arivaca is rich with artists, natural builders, organic farmers, solar-power/alternative energy, multi-generational ranchers, mineral prospectors and constitutional rights activists; and people that simply want to live in a natural environment, free of government/political interference in their lives.

I hope you enjoy perusing this website and learning about the selected films. Looking forward to see you on March 6th 2010.

Sincerely, Bart Santello
Filmmaker & Arivaca Film Exhibition Organizer
Contact: info@psychotropicfilms.com

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