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If you did not attend the 2013 Arivaca Independent Film Festival you missed five (5) GREAT documentaries: 1) We Win or We Die, a story about a Libyan who sacrificed his life in February, 2011 to gain freedom for the people in Benghazi. More information here; 2) The Justice Boat, Judge Suell Pini brings “critical services” to the invisible people of the Amazon; 3) Tipping Point – the End of Oil (a MUST see and my favorite), about the tar sands in Albert Canada and its devastating effect on Athabasca River and its native people; 4) Point of Entry chronicles immigration and the heartbreaking effect it has on a young couple in the United States illegally; 5) Truth on the Line (Tucson director), read in-depth information at this Web site.  The second part of the evening was devoted to Independent Shorts: 1) Story Time Fables, (Tucson director) “Depicts a boy who escapes a troubled life into a fantasy world of Robin Hood”; 2) What You Need ( another favorite). The day-by-day life of monkey boy (half monkey, half human); 4) Stardust and the Bandit, read about it at IMDb. This short received a 7.6 rating on IMDb!!! 5) Patricia McIlnroy, from Colorado was present to present her 3-Experimental Films (laughed my ass off), pure entertainment!! Go here to view her shorts! 6) The City, director Adam Ray from Tucson presented this short about black ants (sorry, no link other than Linkedin; 7) If it Kills You, a thriller,Tucson director David Pike. And, last BUT NOT least is an independent short by Bart Santello-Psychotropic Films, the “organizer” of the Arivaca Film Festival for the past SEVEN, yes, SEVEN years and a remarkable person!! His short MZUNGU, “an African film like no other.”

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Pictured above is filmmaker Bart Santello, founder organizer of Arivaca Film Festival.

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A table set up at the Arivaca Film Festival with DVD’s and information about the Film Festival. Middle photo is Bart’s Film Festival “equipment.” T-shirts were available at the Arivaca Film Festival for $15 each.