The deadline for the 2008 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is Friday, July 18. Films can be of any length as long as they pertain to LGBT issues, and entry is only $15. Visit closetcinema.org for submission guidelines. Mail your entries to: Closet Cinema, 2008 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 1807 Gabaldon NW, Albuquerque, N.M. 87104.
Now in its sixth year, the SGLFF has become the fastest-growing festival in the Southwest and will span both Albuquerque and Santa Fe from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Audience awards will be handed out on closing night for best feature, best documentary, and best boys and girls shorts. For more information, call 243-1870 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is also looking for volunteers. Positions are unpaid, but they can be a great way to boost your résumé if you're starting out in the business. Available positions include: sponsor/ad sales coordinator, community outreach coordinator, web coordinator, volunteer coordinator, volunteer coordinator assistant, PR/marketing coordinator and box office manager. For job descriptions, visit closetcinema.org. For more information, call 453-3592 or e-mail email@example.com.
Local filmmakers Chris Walsh and Matt Garcia embarked into the Mongolian Steppe with a camera in hand. They competed in Mongolian wrestling tournaments, sought Taimen (the world's biggest breed of salmon) and generally tried to adapt to a strange new culture. The result is their feature-length documentary, Off the Beaten Path, which will screen at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) this weekend and next. Showtimes are as follows: Friday, July 18, 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m.; Friday, July 25, 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 1 p.m. Admission is only $5 and goes to supporting local, independent film. It's also worth noting that the soundtrack to Off the Beaten Path features music by acclaimed Albuquerque band Ya Ya Boom (of which Alibi News Editor Marisa Demarco is the lead singer). For more information, visit myspace.com/amigopro or call the Guild at 255-1848.