By Devin D. O'Leary
Calling All Zombies—Necroville, a locally produced, low-budget horror comedy shooting here in Albuquerque, is attempting to film the largest zombie siege ever lensed in the state of New Mexico. Hence, all zombie wannabes are asked to attend the Zombie Siege Day, taking place Saturday, April 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested is asked to lumber their way to the SolArts Theater (712 Central SW) that morning. Pizza and soda will be provided for lunch. The theater will afford adequate shelter, water and bathrooms. C.R. Productions, makers of Necroville, recommend bringing a fold-up chair, a book, a Gameboy and other luxuries to pass the day. Zombie makeup is water soluble, but extras are advised to wear their best beat up/throw away clothing. If you have any questions, you can direct them to director Billy Garberina at firstname.lastname@example.org
SFFF Goes Year-Round—The Cinemacafé in Santa Fe (located at 1616 St. Michael's Drive) has now morphed into the Santa Fe Film Festival's Film Center. With input from the celebrated annual film festival, the Center hopes to become a showcase for local talent as well as a revolving sampler of films series and feature attractions.
Stephen Rubin, who books films for the Lensic, will curate the local showcase on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday nights. Makers of shorts, features and documentaries are encouraged to show off their work at the newly renovated 125-seat theater. Revolving film series will occupy weekend slots as well as Wednesday and Thursday nights. Anna Darrah, acquisitions director for the Spiritual Cinema Circle, will curate one of the theater's first series--a six-week survey of spiritual cinema. The Film Center's feature attractions are scheduled Friday through Sunday and will consist of a broad range of imports, American indies and documentaries. The Center will be dark on Mondays. In the future, the Center hopes to supplement screenings with lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other educational programs.
The Film Center will launch its first screenings April 23 to 24 with the New Mexico-lensed feature Mirage, shot over the course of 10 days this past December. The digital video production tells the story of an old man and the cult-like hold he maintains over a household full of wayward New Age women--that is until a seductive Native American drifter threatens to disrupt his power.
For more info on the Santa Fe Film Festival and other upcoming cinematic events, log on to www.santafefilmfestival.org.
“I Hate Snakes.”—The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe continues its Big Screen Classics series with the adventure favorite Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screening will take place Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are a mere $5. The Lensic is located at 211 W. San Francisco.
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