By Devin D. O’Leary
NM Overdose—This weekend is your chance to check out dozens of films shot by fellow New Mexicans. The third annual New Mexico Filmmakers week is sponsored by the New Mexico Film Office and takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Not only can you catch four days worth of cinematic goodness, but all the screenings are 100 percent free.
Things start off on Thursday night with a “Meet the Filmmakers” gathering at Laru (3413 Central NE) from 5 to 7 p.m. After shaking hands and snacking on fine Cuban treats, you can pop a few doors down to the Guild and start watching films from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Tesuque, Cedar Crest, Las Cruces and more. At 7 p.m., the first batch of films out of the gate is a collection of shorts running the gamut from an animated piece by a freshman at Bosque School to a documentary about the Siberian surf-punk band The Red Elvises. At 8:40 p.m., it’s Ausangate, a feature documentary about the indigenous Quechuas people who reside on the highest mountain peak in Peru.
Screenings pick up again at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Films are organized in blocks of approximately two hours each. Having seen the lineup, I must say this is an impressive year, with a whopping 11 features and dozens of shorts. A full list of films and times can be found by visiting www.nmfilm.com. What are you waiting for, New Mexicans? Get watching!
Shot By Students—The Santa Fe Community College will present Student Video Night, a selection of digital film shorts created and produced by students in the college’s media arts program on Thursday, May 17. The screening will take place at the Film Center (1616 St. Michael’s) beginning at 6:30 p.m. This diverse selection of films was juried by peer review and selected on the basis of concept, execution and production values. The event is free and open to the public.
Well-Choreographed Cinema—On Friday, May 18, selections from New York’s Dance on Camera Film Festival return to cake performance space (4011 Silver SE). Jury finalist “Minotaur-Ex,” choreographed by Philippe Combes, and “Revolution Africa,” featuring eight African choreographers will be shown beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $7 general admission.
Green Screen—As part of the 8th annual Green Built Tour’s Sustainability Week, there will be a free screening of An Inconvenient Truth presented by Lisa Hummon of the Defenders of Wildlife on Friday, May 18, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at UNM’s SouthWest Film Center. A Q&A will follow. Seating is limited. Please call Phyllis Kaplan at 856-7185 for reservations.
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