Training for Movies—The Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute Workforce Training Center near I-25 and Alameda will offer a six-hour film industry training workshop in “Production Office Coordination” on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class will offer an overview of filmmaking departments and production office organization from pre-production to shooting through wrap up. Cost of the class is $30. For more information or to register, contact Denise Gardner at 224-5200 or Dgardner4@tvi.edu. Registration needs to be at least two days before the start of class, so hop to it if you want to get your foot in the door of New Mexico's burgeoning film industry.
Deadline Doom—Just a quick reminder that this Friday, May 13, is the final deadline to postmark or drop off entry forms for the upcoming New Mexico Filmmaker's Week at the Guild Cinema. The State Film Office is sponsoring the weeklong (free to enter, free to see) showcase of local talent. Films/videos need to be turned in by May 27. The festival itself will run June 24 through 30. If you have something you want to submit, download the entry form at www.edd.state.nm.us/FILM/. Mailing/drop-off address is: Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87106.
More Deadline Doom—Deadline is a dramatic documentary examining America's capital punishment system. The film follows former Illinois Gov. George Ryan and his decision to grant clemency to 167 people on his state's death row. Deadline premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was eventually picked up by NBC. It was broadcast as a two-hour “Dateline” special last summer. In conjunction with Arts Engine Inc., the film is now screening in seven target states across the United States as part of an outreach initiative to promote broad-based national discussions about capital punishment. As part of this initiative, Deadline will screen at Albuquerque's South Broadway Cultural Center, on Monday, May 16, beginning at 7 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. The audience will be encouraged to participate in an open forum Q&A after the film with a filmmaker as well as key speakers on capital punishment. Check out the film's website at www.deadlinethemovie.com for more info.
SXSW Gets Short—In the wake of a hugely successful 2005 event, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas isn't exactly slowing down. The music/film/interactive festival is launching the second edition of its Web-based multimedia festival this summer. SXSWclick Festival is looking for short (under five minute) pieces of graphic storytelling (from music videos to flash animation) to post on the Internet. Submissions will be accepted at the online festival's website (www.sxsw.com/film/click) through June 10. Final winners will be chosen in July by the general public.