Yavapai College’s Film & Media Arts Program is rolling out a new local cultural resource, an economical mid-week entertainment option, and a chance to see the world through a wider lens. In Focus, the College’s new Tuesday night film series, will premiere January 21 with a screening of “Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait,” at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.
Yavapai College launches its series with a story of breathtaking visuals and people close to home. Told in the style of classic westerns, “Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait” takes viewers on a ride-along with modern working cowboys on eight of America’s largest and most remote cattle ranches – two of which are in Arizona. The movie documents the lives of the men and women working on “big outfit” ranches – some of which are over one million acres – and still require full crews of horseback mounted workers to tend large herds of cattle.
“Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait” will be the first of the In Focus film features, offered every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. on Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus. The program will blend state-of-the-art documentaries with foreign films and a variety of Oscar contenders through the winter and spring. (See schedule, below.)
“There are a lot of great movies being made now and they won’t always screen at our local multiplex theatres.” YC Film & Media Program Director Helen Stephenson explained. “In Focus gives local audiences access to high quality indie films year-round. The YCPAC is a beautiful facility, reminiscent of movie palaces of old. So, our audiences get to experience the theatre, a marvelous film and informative curtain talk for just $10. We feel it’s a bargain and hope everyone will find at least one film they have to see!”
Tickets for the In Focus films are $10 general admission, and $5 for Yavapai College students and staff. Tickets are available online at www.ycpac.com or at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center Box Office on the day of the screening. YCPAC is located on the YC Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon Street. For more information, please contact the YCPAC Box Office, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., or call (928) 776.2000 (or 877-928-4253 toll free).
Yavapai College Film & Media Arts Program
In Focus Film Series Schedule
Tuesday, January 21 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Cowboys – A Documentary Portrait”
Tuesday, January 28 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Corpus Christi”
After years in a Warsaw prison, a 20-year-old man is sent to a remote village to work as a laborer but assumes the identity of a priest. The work transforms him, and inspires the community, even as he edges toward the village’s dark secret. An Oscar nominee for Best International Film. (Polish with English subtitles)
Saturday, February 1 @ 4:30 p.m. – Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films
Tuesday, February 4 @ 6:30 p.m. – Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Films
Saturday, February 8 @ 1:30 p.m. – Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films
Tuesday, February 11 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Gift”
A creative documentary inspired by Lewis Hyde's classic bestseller The Gift. “A brilliant defense of the value of creativity and its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities.”
Tuesday, February 18 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Balloon”
In the summer of 1979, two families are desperate to leave Communist East Germany plan to flee to the West in a homemade hot air balloon. (German with English subtitles.)
Tuesday, February 25 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project”
As a form of activism, Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day from 1975 until her death in 2012. Now her 70,000 VHS tapes are being digitized as a searchable database to preserve and study truth in media. (Held in the Prescott Campus Community Room, Bldg. 19).
Tuesday, March 3 @ 6:30 p.m. – “Parallel Stories: Anne Frank”
Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren introduces audiences to Anne Frank’s story through the words in her diary. In the telling, we meet three Holocaust survivors – teens very similar to Anne – and hear their stories of survival.
Titles for the March – May screenings will be announced soon. For more information, please visit: https://mailchi.mp/f6a94b9de3cb/oscar-season-at-the-ycpac-and-in-focus-film-series