School of Theatre, Film & Television

The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television presents the 17th edition of I Dream in Widescreen, the annual showcase of senior thesis films made by emerging filmmakers, returns to its traditional home, the Fox Tucson Theatre, on Saturday, May 7, at 7pm. 

The 12 shorts, exploring subjects ranging from social media rivalry to drag queen discrimination to public access television gone hilariously wrong, will compete for prizes awarded by a jury of industry leaders. Jurors include Claudette Godfrey, Senior Film Programmer at SXSW, Paul Pennolino, TFTV alum and Peabody Award-winning Director of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” and Jeff Yanc, TFTV alum and Program Director at the Loft Cinema, Southern Arizona’s leading independent art house cinema. 

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“I am so impressed with this year’s crop of films. There’s an incredible diversity of subject matter, yet all the films cut right to the emotional core of the story,” says TFTV faculty Jacob Bricca, ACE. “Whether they come at it with a comedic, dramatic, or absurdist sensibility, they all find a way to bring genuine humanity and pathos to the screen. The actors from our Theatre program also brought their “A” game; they were willing to go to some very vulnerable places and achieved moments of genuine grace and subtlety. The world is starting to notice; this year brought unprecedented recognition to our program and shows the strength of the entire School of Theatre, Film & Television.” 

“Joining the School of Theatre, Film & Television has been one of the best decisions I’ve made,” says Linda Paola Varela, whose sci-fi drama I’M JUST TRYING TO HELP will premiere at this year’s I Dream in Widescreen. “I remember working on a senior thesis film set during my sophomore year and getting to see the film premiere at I Dream in Widescreen. I wondered if I’d ever get an experience like that, and three years later I’m about to see my own film on the same screen! This is the culmination of my undergrad journey, which has been rough at times, especially during the pandemic, but I have found never-ending support from each and every faculty member. I really treasure my relationship with them.” 

Short films from the last two editions of I Dream in Widescreen have achieved nearly 50 Official Selections by film festivals nationally and internationally, providing invaluable industry exposure for the emerging filmmakers. Highlights include Alexandra Cerna’s TREASURES BENEATH MY TREE, which premiered in 2021 and has since screened at the Los Angeles, Seattle, Brooklyn and Chicago Children’s Film Festivals and is part of a 6-month exhibition at the Center for Creative Photography. Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra’s film TESORO has screened at more than a dozen film festivals including the Academy Award-qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival, and the rising filmmaker recently won a fellowship at Edutopia, the educational foundation established by George Lucas. And in a School first, Faye Ruiz’sfilm THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE’S HOME was acquired by Dedza Films and Kino Lorber for national distribution. 

I Dream in Widescreen 2022 will screen in person at the Fox Tucson Theatre (17 W Congress Street Tucson) on Saturday, May 7, at 7p. Tickets are $5 general admission and can be purchased at the I Dream in Widescreen website. From May 8-15, the program will be available to view online for free at TFTV’s YouTube channel

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