He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)--OK, so that unforgettable Alice Cooper tune was actually the theme song to Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives. Only a hardcore horror film afficionado would know that, of course. And if you’re one of those, you need to get out to the Cottonwood Starport Theater this week for a special presentation of the original Nightmare on Elm Street. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 21, a brand-new, remastered cut of the film will screen in 124 select movie theaters across the country. The screening is a prerelease teaser for the spiffed-up special edition Infinifilm DVD version. In addition to the thrill of seeing this horror classic on the big screen in High-Definition and cinema surround sound, fans will also be treated to a new exclusive feature--“Freddy's Best Kills,” a montage of Freddy Krueger’s gruesome kills throughout the rest of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, including sequels 2 through 6, plus Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason--that can be seen only in theaters during this special event. Screenings start at 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets are available online at www.bigscreenboxoffice.com or at the box offices for $10.
East Meets West--There will be an open casting call for the Western 3:10 To Yuma on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 302 Washington SE from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. James Mangold (Walk the Line) will direct, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale will star. Principal photography begins in Santa Fe Oct. 23. Part of the film will recreate construction of the transcontinental railroad. Asian workers were the railroad’s primary labor force, and producers are looking for local Asian-Americans with special parts for Asian children and an Asian grandmother.
Phone In Your Film--The sixth annual Taos Mountain Film Festival is set to run Oct. 6-8 in the picturesque northern New Mexico town of Taos. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, you may think it’s too late to get one of your cinematic creations into this celebration of mountain living, culture, sports and environs. But you’d be wrong. The “Cell.us.short” contest will be presented in conjunction with this year’s TMFF and has announced an open call for entries for short films shot completely on cell phones. Films must be five minutes or less and need to be sent in by Oct. 1, 2006. Awards and prizes will be given in the following categories: Best Overall Short, Best Short of New Mexico, Best Mountain Short, Best Innovative Use of Technological Media, Best Storytelling Short. The top 10 films will be screened at Taos. What are you waiting for? Whip out those cell phones and start shooting! To download submission forms, log on to www.mountainfilm.net/cell.us.short.