The story of America is written in its small towns. The Voices of Vail documentary follows Vail, Arizona, The Town Between the Tracks™, through a century of change. It is a celebration of the people, history, and remarkable natural beauty that make Vail special. The film is accompanied by an original overture, written by Tucson Symphony Young Composer, Claire Thai, which will be performed by the Vail Youth Symphony live onstage before the film. A Q&A and casual reception will follow the film.
Understanding our heritage builds vital connections between people and the place they call home. Voices of Vail is produced by Vail Preservation Society and brought to the silver screen by local film makers Dennis Farris and Gerald Lamb with support from Arizona Humanities and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. Special thanks to Tohono O’odham elder Joseph Joaquin and the Tohono O’odham Basket Singers.
Vail is now one of the fastest growing areas in Arizona. But, in 1880, it was a tiny railroad siding serving ranchers and miners whose very existence, like that of the peoples who preceded them, depended on the life-giving waters of Cienega Creek. Rapid recent growth threatens the bonds of community and respect for the land that sustained Vail into the 21st century. Voices of Vail provides a vision for a path forward that acknowledges the need to live harmoniously with the Sonoran Desert and honors the traditions that came before us.