The Fans of Film Festival for Social and Environmental Change starts this Sunday, Nov. 7. From 1 to 6 p.m., the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE) will become ground zero for a collection of films aimed and changing the way you think about life on this planet. (Or so the organizers hope.) Features include the carbon footprint comedy Local Warming, the free speech documentary Speakers’ Corner: You Have the Right to Remain Vocal and the immigration drama Anchor Baby. In addition to the features, a number of shorts will also be screened. A suggested donation of $7 gets you in the door. For a complete rundown of events, log on to fansoffilmfest.com.
The New Mexico Film Office and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce will hold a free forum on business opportunities in the film industry on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). Government representatives will be there, alongside folks from the local film technicians union. The goal is to talk about the needs of film production companies and explore possible business opportunities for New Mexicans. Those involved will explain how the industry utilizes vendors and will provide examples of locals who have adapted their businesses or created new endeavors to meet the needs of production companies. The event is free, but seating is limited. To RSVP, contact Minerva Jurado at firstname.lastname@example.org or 842-9003 ext. 121.
Hannah Macpherson, director of the locally produced “Date Doctor” web series, will host a one-day workshop on “How to Take Direction on Set.” The workshop will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is designed to prepare actors of all skill levels for working on set with various director types. Cost is $100. To reserve a seat, e-mail email@example.com.
Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated writer/producer/director Frederick Marx will be in Albuquerque on Nov. 6 and 7, to introduce his new film Journey From Zanskar. The documentary—narrated by Richard Gere, of course—tells the story of two Buddhist monks charged by the Dalai Lama with building a school to help preserve traditional Zanskari culture. Marx will introduce the film and participate in a post-film Q and A at the Guild Cinema on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there will be a special dinner with the filmmaker on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for that event are $100 or $150 for couples and include dinner, an autographed DVD and passes to the film screening. To reserve tickets, call 410-4440 or log on to journeyfromzanskar.com for more info. The event is a benefit for the RigDzin Dharma Foundation Building Fund.