Writing and Film--“1000 Palabras,” a film screening/discussion, will kick off the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Women & Creativity festival (a collection of films, concerts, dance performances, book readings, panel discussions and more running March 1-11). “1000 Palabras” is an attempt to interrelate the fields of film and literature. Venezuelan writer Silda Cordoliani (Babilonia, Simon Bolivar: Un Relato Ilustrado) will speak about how the classic 1945 Mexican film Canaima, directed by Juan Bustillo Orohas, influenced her creative process and shaped her work. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. at the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW). Discussion to follow. For complete information on Women & Creativity, log on to www.nhccnm.org.
Short is Sweet--The annual 3 Minute Film Festival is returning to The Screen in Santa Fe. Entries are being accepted from “all over the freakin’ world” but need to be postmarked by this Friday, March 2. If you haven’t started shooting, now would be a good time, Bucky. Films need to be 3 minutes or shorter, credits and all--no exceptions. There is a $15 entry fee per film. Entries will only be accepted on DVD or Mini-DV. A selected 90-minute program will be exhibited daily, April 20 though 22, exclusively at The Screen. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Film, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, Audience Prize and Jury Prize. Entries should be sent to: “Mission Control, Inc. 1660 Cerro Gordo, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501.” For more info, call (505) 820-1301 or log on to www.3mff.com.
Hearts for Charity--Albuquerque’s own Crone Productions will be screening a special presentation of the romantic drama Desert Hearts at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill on Sunday, March 4. Desert Hearts, starring Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau and Denise Crosby, made its debut in 1985 and remains the classic lesbian film against which all others are measured. A portion of the proceeds from this screening will be donated to charity in the names of Nancy Parker Davidson and Linda Gilkey, the victims of a tragic double homicide on Jan. 3. Screenings will take place at noon and 2 p.m. Ticket price is $7 per person.