New Mexico PBS, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and The Lensic Performing Arts Center present a special screening in celebration of International Women’s Day. On Thursday, March 7, The Lensic will screen 40 minutes of the PBS documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” Inspired by the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the film focuses on women’s economic empowerment around the globe. The segment featured on Thursday has actress Olivia Wilde visiting with Santa Fe Folk Art Market artist Rebecca Lolosoli in Kenya. The screening will be followed by a panel presentation moderated by actress and Santa Fe resident Ali MacGraw. The event is free, and tickets are not required.
Movie fans with short attention spans are invited to gorge themselves at the sixth annual Taos Shortz Film Fest. This annual smorgasbord of short films runs March 7 through 10 and features more than 88 selections from around the world—not to mention parties, panel discussions and a New Mexican Filmmakers Showcase. You can feast your eyes on everything from Hungarian comedies to Moldavian cartoons to Japanese experimental films, all under 20 minutes in length. Screenings take place at the Taos Center for the Arts. Individual tickets run from $5 to $15 with full-fest passes available for $100.
If you can’t make the trip to Taos, you might want to check out Filmstock at the KiMo Theatre this weekend. Founded in the Phoenix Valley in 2009, the Filmstock festival was designed as an outlet for short-form filmmakers in the Southwest region. Now events are held in each of the Four Corners states—New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Four award-winning films are chosen from each of these events and sent along to the subsequent festivals, exposing filmmakers and their work to four sets of audiences and industry professionals. One dollar out of every ticket sold is also donated to a local film project that will “have the greatest local economic impact.” On Friday, March 8, Albuquerque will be the first of four stops for this year’s Filmstock. The local screening will include 10 Official Selection short films, as well as four award-winning shorts from previous Filmstock events. Four winning films will be chosen (by audience vote) at Filmstock New Mexico and will be eligible to move on to Filmstock Colorado, Utah and Arizona later this year. So get out there and cheer on the 505 filmmakers. Filmstock New Mexico starts at 5:30 p.m. with a filmmaker’s panel on “Getting Your Work More Exposure.” The film screening starts at 7 p.m. Awards will be handed out at 10 p.m. with an after party to follow at Hotel Andaluz. Tickets are $10 to $15 and are available through Kimo Tickets.