Screenings this spring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6-10 p.m. 
Location: La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave.
Free & Open to the Public

Earth Day Fundraiser
w/food, drinks, readings, music, raffle, & a sustainability fair. This is part of La Cocina’s Tuesdays for Tucson series, and just by showing up to eat dinner you’ll help raise money for Casa Libre. La Cocina will generously donate 10% of food and drink profits for the evening.

7-8pm Readers: Christopher Cokinos, Alison Hawthorne Deming, and Eric Magrane
8-8:30pm Screening of “Rosemont Ours: A Field Guide”
8:30-9:30pm Music: Two-Door Hatchback (acoustic indie-folk tunes)


Patagonia, AZ: Saturday, May 17 

Patagonia Creative Arts Association/Tin Shed Theater 304 Naugle Ave, Patagonia, AZ

This is a fundraiser for the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance (, a group working to stop a proposed silver mine in Southern Arizona.

6:30 pm: Drinks and dessert
7:30 pm: Screening of Rosemont Ours

Rosemont Ours Screenings 2014

Sunday, Feb. 16, 7:00 pm
Fluxx Gallery
414 E 9th St., Tucson, AZ
Also see: Lens on the Land, a collection of stunning photographs celebrating the cultural and ecological richness of the Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding watersheds that would be impacted by the proposed
Rosemont mine. Opening reception: February 1st, 6–8:30pm; formal presentation: 6:30pm
Exhibit Dates: February 1st – 26th

Sat., Feb. 8, 2:00 pm
Cienega Watershed Partnership Annual Reception
The Civano Community Center
10501 E. Seven Generations Way, Tucson, AZ

To arrange a screening, please contact Kimi at

Rosemont Ours: A Field Guide premieres in Tucson

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
7:30 pm
Exploded View Microcinema
197 E Toole Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701
(limited seating)
Exploded View presents the premiere of Rosemont Ours: A Field Guide, a NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre video production celebrating the plants and animals of the northern Santa Rita Mountains and nearby riparian areas of Southern Arizona. It features movement meditations of over 20 species–from Coleman’s Coralroot Orchid to Filamentous Algae, Desert Tortoise to Jaguar–performed by trained modern dancers.

The project was born in response to the construction of an open-pit copper mine, proposed by a Canadian mining company, that will impact some 14,000 acres of land in Southern Arizona, including critical habitat for nearly a dozen species federally recognized as threatened or endangered as well as precious riparian areas and groundwater resources. By “replacing” plants and animals with human beings in reverential and playful ways, the 20-minute video invites us to consider our role as both stewards and consumers of nature.

Rosemont Ours is directed by Kimi Eisele and filmed/edited by Ben Johnson. Original score by Vicki Brown & David Sudak

Also screening classic dance film by Maya Deren, Norman Mclaren, and Hilary Harris.

Help us raise funds for Rosemont Ours

We need to raise $6500 to make this project possible. We’re doing that through Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing web site that lets anyone and everyone donate to cool projects (like this one!)

Please take a moment to visit our Kickstarter campaign by following the link below, and consider becoming a backer. We only get to take home the funds if we meet our goal. Please help us!

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On Birds and Bigness and Mothering

Marissa on Birds from Kimi Eisele on Vimeo.

In front of me stood the spiked, angular shapes of the hills and the mountains, like silhouette cutouts against the blue expansion of sky. Behind me was the valley, sprawled out across the vast amount of space, spotted with pockets of civilization.

I felt so small. I felt so small. I felt so small, standing there.

There was no way to fill all that space up with myself. I could only stand, with the wind whistling in my ear and it’s invisible fingers tugging at my dress, and just be. Be a small part of something bigger than myself.

It struck me how often, as humans, we think that we can fill any space with ourselves. We are raised to believe that we can consume anything we need or want. But standing on the mountainside, I didn’t feel like I could consume anything. I felt powerless, I felt awestruck, I felt small.

I have two daughters and, like most mothers, I have so many hopes and dreams for them. I look at them and I see such potential and I want to ingrain in them the message that they can take that potential and run, run, RUN away with it. I want them to feel powerful, confident, and I would never want them to feel small… except…except…

Except, I felt small standing there at the top of the Rosemont Mine site, and there wasn’t anything wrong with this smallness. This smallness was a gift, it was a moment where I could say, “I am small, but I am a part of something big.” And that is an important knowledge to have. Because when we have that knowledge we can become aware of our part. Humans are powerful, but with that power comes a responsibility. Just because we can take, should we? Just because we have the power to consume, should we always use it?

I want to raise my daughters to have an appreciation for Nature. I want them to know that Nature is something that should be respected, that the raw power of the earth is greater than they are, but that they are a part of that greatness. There is an awareness, a reverence that we owe to this earth and to the creatures and vegetation that we share it with- they were here before us, after all. They deserve to be thought of, to be acknowledged that they are also a small part of something bigger.

-Marissa Marquardson, dancer


Dancer Reflections: Kate Blair

Katewhat would be the central question to ((y)our) life?
what do you(we) need to survive?
what do you(we) need to thrive?
what brings you(us) joy?
what choice sustains life?
where does inner create outer?
where does outer create inner?
what is the inner/outer saying about (y)our survival?

would you rather type on this computer, talk on your cell phone or acknowledge interdependence?
see a species survive and thrive?
visit a pristine natural area?
is there a way to embrace all of those things?
is there a way to use without abuse?
to be fragile yet strong?
a way to yield and still keep up with the changing pace of life?
is there a way to survive humbly and quietly, without needing to say anything about what you need?

i need darkness to balance the quickness and abundance of light
i need a place to go within so i have energy to bloom
i need a fungal relationship: i am interdependent
i resist being cultured by others, stubbornly.
just try to change me.
i want isolation yet still to be part.
i am called a Coleman’s coralroot orchid…
but i could represent many things: whole cultures that have been destroyed or are at risk…
human, creature’s longings all intertwined, just trying to survive, longing to thrive.

Slag, wind, beauty, mystery

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2012


photo: Kimi Eisele

We made our first visit to the Rosemont Mine site today, accompanied by naturalist Robert “Bob” Schmalzel. It was deathly windy and cold … and also marvelous. We piled on scarves, coats, and hats and stepped out onto the earth, just west of Highway 83. Bob began with a cosmic overview, explaining how precious metals came to “live” in the ground. Supernovas! We are all stardust. Ohm, shanti, shanti, shanti.

The first cactus came upon was a beehive cactus, which is propagated, in part, by the cottontail rabbit, which eats its fruit. A similar relationship exists between the Pima pineapple cactus and the jackrabbit. We then explored an ancient oak grove, and Bob showed a photograph from the 1940s to illustrate how the landscape had changed, how piñons had proliferated.


photo: Kimi Eisele

We looked at mistletoe and oak leaves and agave and snow and scat and we climbed up a slag heap from previous mining efforts–a beautifully flat surface of “slag tiles” that the smelting man (not an official title) must have purposely created during an afternoon of fun. The shiny black surface creates a stunning stage with the dramatic views in the background. We imagined how audiences might scramble up the steep slope to watch a performance there.

We saw where coleman’s coralroot orchid lives and a zone-tailed hawk nest and deer tracks in the washes and red-tailed hawks overhead. We learned about the talussnails, creatures that make a home out of the treacherous talus slopes on the sides of the mountains and slide away at full speed (full snail speed!) when humans approach, their eyes turning background to keep vigil. And we learned about reverence–for the elusive jaguar, who surely pads along these hills at night, and for all the other creatures who live in this region, the endangered, the threatened, and the common. A lovely introduction to the site.

-Kimi Eisele


photo: Ben Johnson