UA Student Films Shown at Fox Tucson Theater for the First Time Since 2019

The University of Arizona School of Theater, Film, and Television presents its 17th annual student film exhibition, “I Dream in Widescreen” on Saturday, May 7, at the downtown Fox Tucson Theater on 17 W.

Dozens of Senior Thesis films will be shown starting at 7pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The films first shown in the gallery are regularly selected by film festivals around the world including Sundance and Berlinale. The school even has one of its student films, “The Lights Are On, Nobody’s Home” (2020), acquired for a local distributor.

The in-person event will return to Fox for the first time since 2019 after the pandemic forced it to take place online in 2020 and in an outdoor theater in 2021, according to faculty member Jacob Breca.


Student shorts, no longer than 10 minutes in length, touch on a variety of student-chosen topics.

This year’s lineup:

9TEEN“: Without realizing the risks, a teenage boy makes a fatal decision during an epidemic to try the drugs mentioned in his favorite rap songs.

About the director: a native of Tucson Desiree Boret He has a passion for telling stories that highlight social issues. She said she hopes this film will lead to awareness of the dangers of drugs and the power of influence.

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Say good night, Lily“: A mental health-focused film about a young woman who encounters a ghost from her past after being sent back in time to meet her younger self.

About the director: NeKa Bogorod She spent her childhood living in a fantasy land created by her wild imagination. Her work centers around her interest in psychology.


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temporary“: In this personal meditation, Heath Bannard struggles to find his place in the world.

About the director: he isAth BanardHis work involves using mixed media to share his passion for personal expression.


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lens“: Two women move in together six months after they meet, but challenges threaten their relationship as winter approaches in this romantic drama.

About the director: coronaWheeler Cardilla He has a passion for cinema and television since his childhood. His work focuses primarily on telling stories about LGBT people and their experiences, and he said he hopes to continue this work after graduation.


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change of guard“: This short documentary follows the Arizona women’s basketball team as they begin their 2021-22 season without star guard Arie MacDonald, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft after leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship that year.

About the director: in fall 2020, Zoe Lambert He made a short documentary about Arizona women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes. After the team reached the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament that season, Lambert decided, “This is a really huge and exciting thing for Tucson, so I really wanted to keep the story going.”


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Crocodile Tears: A 19-year-old beauty queen who is afraid of old age goes to a hotel for the Eternal Youth Services.

About the director: like a lot of Emory MachionWork, her final thesis film centered around her classical dance training. After graduation, she said that she hopes to continue working in design and art films.


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TWIXXX“: A dramatic piece that follows a struggling drag queen who meets a homeless man on the way to one of her shows.

About the director: Martin Olorin He is a Filipino-American filmmaker dedicated to giving voice to marginalized groups. Oloren said his project was inspired by clouds because it “really helped me express myself personally and also fit in with my sexuality,” which in turn developed his creativity. He decided to combine this idea with homelessness because he noted the scale of the problem in Tucson, and that drag “certainly isn’t something you can do and live off of, so a lot of drag queens are in danger of being homeless if they don’t have a second job.” He said he plans to introduce short film festivals to multiple but primarily festivals geared towards LGBTQ+ filmmakers.


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man man“: A semi-autobiographical story about two brothers who are forced to connect and understand each other’s pain after a botched suicide attempt.

About the director: JaRobinson’s bread It strives to destigmatize mental health issues, especially in males who may struggle to communicate openly and honestly the outcome of toxic masculinity. His creative focus shifted to mental health awareness and healthcare after his attempted suicide in 2020.


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True Tall Tales with Boone H Butler“: A short comedy film that centers on a erratic public-access announcer who is obsessed with proving he’s not crazy.

About the director: Since he had access to the Internet, Snider hunter Characters are created. After graduation, he said he hopes to continue storytelling and comedic acting, including two of his muses, Danny McBride and Larry David.


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punch“: Nate Jager finds himself famous on the internet after a competitor posted videos on social media of his assault.

About the director: James ValasechHis passion for storytelling started when he was making home movies and small plots with his friends while he was growing up. He said he plans to work as a writer and sound engineer for video games after graduation.


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I’m just trying to help“: A young woman finds herself struggling to survive after searching for a new treatment for her mental illness using an artificial intelligence avatar created by a doctor.

About the director: Linda Paula Varela A Latin immigrant from CanaƱa, Mexico, she already had success as a director after her 2021 short documentary Daughter of Eve was chosen to play at the Fotogenia Festival in Mexico City that year.


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Everyone is watching me“: Soon after beginning care for a blind patient, an Asian American nurse realizes that it’s no ordinary home call.

About the director: Chinese-Vietnamese-American filmmaker Andy ChowThe movie-making excitement started while watching the Lego stop-Motion videos. Most of his work revolves around the Asian-American experience, which he plans to continue exploring in his films after graduation.


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For tickets and more information, go to

If you can’t attend the event or want to rewatch your favorites, you can watch it for free on the School of Film & Television YouTube channel between May 8-15.

* El Inde Arizona is a news service affiliated with the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

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