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Arizona’s only all documentary film festival at Arcosanti
Inaugural festival can include tours, sunset dinners, music

Arcosanti, AZ. (Jens Kauder/Courtesy)

Arcosanti, AZ. (Jens Kauder/Courtesy)

The inaugural Arcosanti International Film Carnivale celebrates the art of documentary cinema over three days, April 26-28, at Arcosanti near Cordes Junction. The focus of the festival is on films about Arizona, Native American culture, organic living, art, design, architecture, fashion, sustainability, conservation, social change and the human condition.

The Carnivale combines world-class documentaries with art exhibitions, educational workshops, panels and outreach programs, an open air mercado with local music, carnivale inspired street foods from cultures around the world, Arizona craft beer and wine tastings, film industry, artist, nonprofit and organic booths, and a “venetian inspired” masquerade ball held in the magical desert town of Arcosanti. Opening evening festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the Colly Garden at Arcosanti with light hors d’oeuvres and Arizona wines followed by a tour of Arcosanti. Guests who purchase the Friday night VIP Dinner Pass will partake of a sunset dinner in a private rooftop setting overlooking the high desert and canyons surrounding Arcosanti.

Afterward, they can watch Arcosanti bell makers pour bells,

and enjoy a unique concert in the Vault of Arcosanti. Then it is time for guests to enjoy the Opening Night Film Showcase in Arcosanti’s Cafe.

The ultimate goal with this Carnivale is to remind people to unplug, take in nature and culture, and be rejuvenated by the surroundings and the connections to others in a beautiful, secluded setting.

Films throughout the weekend include “A Life’s Work,” “Before the Plate,” “Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form,” Circular Resonance,” “Desert Maverick,” “El Viejo,” “Many Bones, One Heart,” “Not Just Football: From genocide to the World Cup,” “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” and “The Valley.” In addition, 26 shorts will be shown over the three days.

Admission per film is $15; passes are available per day ranging from $20 (Sunday) to $75 (Saturday). VIP and weekend passes also available. A variety of workshops will take place, along with vendors and nonprofits.

For more information, visit or email festival administrator Doreen Romney at

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