Made-Up Movies—On Friday, Nov. 18, Gorilla Tango Theater will present its very first “Cinema Loco” event. Billed as “improv goes to the movie,” the evening will feature a classic Hollywood film (in this case, 1936's Reefer Madness). Audiences are asked to give the film a new title, and it's up to the talented members of Gorilla Tango's improv cast to dub all-new dialogue for the film. None of the players have seen the movie in advance, making each show a never-to-be-repeated comedy event. The show starts at 10 p.m. Gorilla Tango is located at 519 Central NW.
Ape Shoot Ape—Billed as “very possibly the craziest array of films this side of the big mountain,” the 1st annual Gorilla Tango Film Festival will feature everything from drama to comedy to cartoons to trolls. Soliciting short films/videos from Albuquerque's best and brightest filmmakers, the festival features works from the likes of Ryan Denmark (an assistant editor to Spike Lee), Cyndi Trissel (winner of TromaDance New Mexico 2005) and dozens more. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best films, so come root for your favorite. The festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Gorilla Tango Comedy Theater. There will be three different blocks of shorts, one at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ticket cost is a mere $5 per block. For a full schedule listing, go to www.gorillatango.com.
Audio/Visual Assault—From Thursday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 19, Basement Films will present four days of “on the spot” cinema in conjunction with UNM's SouthWest Film Center. Thursday, Friday and Sunday night, the projectionists at Basement Films will be joining forces with some of our state's most unusual and experimental music acts to “explore the realms of audio/visual spectacle.” Each evening is a double feature scheduled to include a screening of short films from Basement's bottomless archive followed by an improvisational audio/visual collaboration. Among the musical acts featured are WWMD, Klabotome, Green Orbit, Fentzel Wisher and The Useless Walkers. On Saturday night, the Audio/Visual Weekend will feature the Gadabout International Film Festival. This annual touring festival features 20+ experimental short films from around the world. Advance tickets are available at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE), Burning Paradise (800 Central SW) and SWFC (UNM's Student Union Building). One night tickets are $5 for students, $7 general admission, or $15 students, $20 general, for a four-night pass. For more info, log on to basementfilms.org.