The upcoming Santa Fe Film Festival will present a special “sneak preview” night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque this Thursday, Nov. 15. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the NHCC (1701 Fourth Street SW) will screen the Spanish-language (with English subtitles) film August Evening. Filmmaker Chris Eska will be present and SFFF director Stephen Rubin will introduce the program. August Evening tells the story of an aging, undocumented farm worker named Jaime (Pedro Castaneda) and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe (Veronica Loren), as they struggle to survive and find love in Mexico. Tickets go on sale the day of for $10 each. For more information, visit www.santafefilmfestival.com.
Do Your Doc
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers is conducting a three-day workshop called “Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Story consultant Fernanda Rossi, author of the book Trailer Mechanics, will be on hand to mentor participants on proposals, trailers or documentary ideas. The workshop is open to filmmakers from the diverse communities of New Mexico, whether you’re just beginning, have already shot footage or are seeking finishing funds. If this sounds like just the thing to kickstart your project, you can dig up more info online at www.nalip.org. Registration is $100 or $50 with valid student ID. Prices include lunches, workshop materials and books and jump by 25 bucks if you register at the door on the day of.
This Saturday, Nov. 17, the Taos Shortz Film Festival will spotlight 28 short films from around the globe. India, Spain, Switzerland and New Zealand are all represented, as is the good old United States. Animation, romance, drama, comedy and documentary are just a few of the genres that crop up. The films are broken up into three seperate screening blocks, all of which will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium. Showtimes are 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for each program or $25 for an all-festival “In and Out” pass. If you’re looking for more, check out www.taosshortz.com.
You heard right, the 2007 TromaDance New Mexico film festival gets underway this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. In addition to the piles of crazed local, national and international flix being screened, Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman will be in town to observe the insanity. On Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at noon, the infamous director (creator of The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High and the brand-new Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead) will host a two-hour “Make Your Own Damn Movie” crash course. Learn all the secrets of low-to-no-budget filmmaking at the feet of the master. Price of admission is a mere $10. Log on to www.burningparadise.net for more info.