By Devin D. O’Leary
This Thursday, Jan. 10, the Guild Cinema will open its doors to the San Francisco-based UnderSkatement Film Festival. This annual touring film fest is entering its fourth year on the road, bringing edgy skateboard shorts to audiences across America and Canada. Among this year’s lineup of films/videos are Mike Maniglia’s “Gusto: Grindline,” Rory Sheridan’s “Behind the Griptape,” Mike Wilson’s “Skate Song” and Dan Wolfe’s “Lost in the Fog.” Hellz yeah! The show runs approximately an hour and 45 minutes and gets grinding at 8:30 p.m.
Media, Industry and You
What the heck’s going on with New Mexico’s burgeoning media industry (films, television, animation, games, education, research and technology development), and how do you (yes, you) fit into it? UNM’s ARTS Lab wants to know the same thing and will be bringing its fourth annual New Mexico Media Industry Conference to town on Jan. 12 to answer those very questions.
This year’s conference features multiple presentations and workshops to choose from, including Digital Media 101, Indie Filmmaking Essentials, Making New Mexico’s Incentives Work For You, Animation and Game Development, along with a special presentation from symbol and design expert Maggie Macnab of Macnab Design. The conference takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNM’s Student Union Building. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Log on to artslab.unm.edu to sign up now.
This April, University of New Mexico Media Arts instructor Bryan Konefsky will present Experiments in Cinema V3.0, an around-the-globe collection of visionary cinema and “un-dependent” moving image art. Konefsky’s third annual exhibition highlights short, unclassifiable, low-budget experimental film and video work from as far away as Hong Kong and as close to home as downtown Albuquerque. The event will take place at UNM’s Southwest Film Center and at the Guild Cinema on April 18, 19 and 20.
Experiments in Cinema V3.0 is on the lookout for innovative and challenging film/video work. Old and new works are welcome. Maximum running time for submissions is 40 minutes. Acceptable prescreening formats include DVD and MiniDV. For the actual festival, organizers have the capability to screen 16mm, 35mm, DVD and MiniDV (NTSC only). Entry fees are $15 per entry. If you are submitting three or more works, the entry fee is reduced to $10 per work. Multiple entries must be submitted on separate discs/tapes. Artists who have submitted work in past years can waive all entry fees.
So if you’ve got something you think might just boggle Konefsky’s senses, get cracking. All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 15. For complete info, including entry forms, log on to www.basementfilms.org.
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