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Film connoisseurs likely are familiar with the The Loft Cinema, Tucson's non-profit art house cinema known for screening an ongoing series of independent, foreign, alternative and classic narrative films and documentaries.

The Loft is launching its second annual film festival for the next week, says Peggy Johnson, executive director of The Loft.

The festival will give moviegoers a chance to see "what we do compressed into eight days,” Johnson says.

Johnson says she attends five or six film festivals a year, and she says the films screened this week at The Loft, in her opinion, represent some of the best work. “I think we really took the cream of a lot of the festivals and blended them together… we got a little bit of everything.”

The lineup includes one film that will likely strike a cord with many Public Broadcasting viewers. Being Elmo tells the story of Kevin Clash, the creative force behind Sesame Street's iconic puppet, and according to Johnson, it’s a film with an inspiring plot.

Being Elmo is only one film of a diverse lineup that is being screened at The Loft through Thursday. Johnson says she’s grateful that the local community is able to support a film festival of this caliber, and she hopes to repeat the project next year.