Tucson Salvage


Featuring a live reading by Brian Smith from his new book!

Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera is a new book based on Brian Jabas Smith’s award-winning columns for the Tucson Weekly. Offering sharp, empathic commentary on diverse subjects, Smith channels the men, women and trans not usually seen or valued in society, and in doing so, holds a mirror to us all. Tucson Salvage the Documentary is a 30-minute meditation on five humans profiled in Smith’s columns, co-written by Brian Jabas Smith & Maggie Smith. Forged by adversity and united by humanity, the people in this documentary allow us to witness those we might never approach and hear them tell their own life stories. Joined by musical guest Lawrence Zubia and creative non-fiction authors Jesse Sensibar, Margaret Regan and Amy Silverman, this Tucson launch party promises to be gritty, self-reflective and unforgettable.


Tucson Salvage the Documentary is a meditation on five humans living on the margins, below the poverty line, in Tucson Arizona. All five individuals, man, woman and trans, have suffered at the hands of traditional society, and had to escape the mental or physical imprisonment of their bodies, their attitudes and their spirits. Many are literal ex-cons, recovered junkies, but none are passive victims. This is an intimate, unflinching look at stories rarely seen on the big screen – as much about fighting as suffering, transcending as falling prey to their own pain. Gritty, raw and emotionally challenging, Tucson Salvage lets you in close to people not usually seen or valued in society, and in doing so, hold a mirror to us all.

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Tucson Salvage – the Book and the Doc.