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By Devin D. O’Leary

Shootout: Take Two--The Duke City Shootout continues into this weekend. Last Saturday’s shotgun start launched seven teams of filmmakers on a weeklong race to cast, shoot and edit seven short films. The films will premiere at this weekend’s gala final event. Until then, however, the Shootout still has a few surprises up its sleeves. For a complete listing of events, log on to www.dukecityshootout.com.

Thursday, July 25--Beginning at 10 a.m., the Insomnia Lounge, located in the ABQ Hyatt’s Atrium Ballroom, will start demonstrating various new technologies in the fields of animation and digital filmmaking. At 3 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on “Women in Entertainment.” Ellen Sandler (writer/producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Tracy Mercer (VP of development for Morgan Freeman’s Relations Entertainment) and Liz Langston (cofounder of the 48-Hour Film Festival) will be in attendance. The panel will take place in the Insomnia Lounge. At 7 p.m., filmmaker Joe Conti will premiere his New Mexico-shot horror/adventure film Army of the Dead. This free event takes place at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.

Friday, July 26--From 1 to 3 p.m. in the Hyatt’s Insomnia Lounge, there will be a presentation on “The State of Animation in New Mexico.” Animators Jonas Diamond (Smiley Guy Studios), Steve Hoban (CopperHeart Animation), Chris Landreth (director of Academy Award-winning short “Ryan”), Chris Keintz (writer/producer/director of “Raven Tales”), Torin Lucas (CEO of Thunderbird games), Gerald McDermott (animator of “Arrow to the Sun”) and Jeff Hobbs (animator and rotoshop creator) will be in attendance. At 3 p.m., Insomnia will host a Ralph Bakshi showcase, honoring the noted animator behind Wizards, Fritz the Cat and American Pop. Bakshi himself will be at the National Hispanic Cultural Center at 7 p.m. to accept the newly minted Cine-Spirit Award. A Q&A session with the filmmaker will be followed by the debut screening of the first animated work created specifically for the Duke City Shootout by a team of award-winning animators. Tickets for this special event are on sale at the NHCC box office (1701 Fourth Street NW) for $13.

Saturday, July 29--Panel discussions continue at the Insomnia Lounge with a look at “The Future of Distribution” at 10 a.m. and “Making No Money Look Good” at 1 p.m. The Shootout’s Gala Premiere Night wraps up the festival at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center’s Kiva Auditorium. All seven films from the Duke City Shootout will be screened, along with the local winner of the 48-Hour Film Project. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.

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