The 2015 International Archaeology Film Festival  will once again be held during March, which is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.  

Films will be shown during the Archaeology Fair on March 27 and 28 at 7:00 pm at the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, 210 Camp Lincoln Road, Camp Verde.

Tickets for each film will be available online on March 1 or at the box office the night of the film.  Tickets will be $10 per film (Members $8).

March 27, 7:00 PM

Agave is Life.  Agave is Life unveils the 10,000 year-old story of mankind's symbiotic relationship with the agave plant. Once a critical resource for survival among hunter and gatherers living in the arid regions of  the American Southwest and Mexico, we learn how agave later became embedded in myth, religion, art, and culture. For these indigenous peoples, it was truly a gift from the gods.

While contemporary consumers may only recognize it as the source of tequila, they will soon discover that for millennia this hardy desert succulent  provided all life's necessities:  food, drink, textiles, fuel, shelter, and medicines.  Yet, as the film demonstrates, agave faces an uncertain future. Ancient folkways, from fiber craftsmanship to traditional alcoholic pulque and mescal production,  are rapidly disappearing today. While entrepreneurs and scientists work to turn the tide, the loss of diversity of both cultivated and wild agave species may be the ultimate arbitrator.

Agave Is Life is visually enriched by stunning aerial footage, ancient festivals, and mystical rock art. Narrated by Edward James Olmos, with original music by Alcvin Ryzen Ramos, it promises to enlighten, delight, and surprise. Portions of the documentary were filmed in the Verde Valley!

NOTE: Co-producers Meredith Dreiss and David Brown will follow the showing with a Q&A session.  Meredith Dreiss holds an M.A. in Anthropology with a specialization in Mayan Archaeology.  David Brown holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

March 28, 7:00 PM

Dance of the Mayan God. Over the past 50 years, thousands of exquisitely painted Maya vases, most looted from tombs, have flooded into public and private collections. These amazing works of art opened an extraordinary window on the Maya past, but the race to unearth these treasures has destroyed ancient cities.
Dance of the Maize God enters the world of the vases to explore ancient Maya life and mythology, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. The story is told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, dealers and curators. For each, these vases hold a different value and meaning.

NOTE:  Filmmaker David Lebrun will follow the showing with a Q&A session.  David was born in Los Angeles in 1944.  He attended Verde Valley School (VOC), Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the UCLA Film School.  He came to film from a background in philosophy and anthropology, and many of his films have been attempts to get inside the way of seeing and thinking of specific cultures.  He edited the Academy-award winning
feature documentary Broken Rainbow, about the Hopi and Navajo of the American Southwest.  Lebrun’s documentary Breaking the Maya Code, on the history of the decipherment of the ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing system, was shown on the PBS series NOVA.

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