By Devin D. O’Leary
Cannes Do Attitude
Trifecta+ Entertainment, writer/director Scotty Milder and the rest of the team behind the multiple award-winning film “Sweetie” are hoping to hit the road, taking their New Mexico-shot short all the way to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The seven-minute thriller, about a creepy dude (Chad Brummett) with a dead body (Emily Villela) in his basement freezer, captured the top spot at the local leg of the 48 Hour Film Project and went on to nab third place in the 48 Hour Film Project’s annual Filmapalooza competition in San Jose, Calif. Now it has been selected to screen in the “Short Film Corner” at Cannes.
The “Sweetie” team is saving up money to travel to the festival and will be hosting a fundraising event this Saturday, April 26, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater and Arts Space (500 Second Street SW). The event will include a screening of the movie, as well as food, drinks and live music by popular Albuquerque band Grand Canyon. A suggested $5 donation gets you in the door, though organizers are happy to take contributions of up to $1,000. Do your part and help bid these Burque filmmakers a bon voyage. For more info, log on to www.trifectaplusentertainment.com.
NM Invades France
Amazingly enough, “Sweetie” isn’t the only New Mexico film jetting off to France this year. “The Decision,” written, produced and directed by Gloria Martinez, has also been invited to appear in this year’s “Short Film Corner.” The 12-minute short relates the odd turn of events surrounding a man’s attempts to come to terms with his mother’s death. For more info on “The Decision,” log on to www.captiveent.com. ... And if you wanna book tickets for the Cannes Film Fest, hurry up--it takes place May 14 through 25.
Becker in Tribeca
The kudos for local filmmakers don’t stop at the coast of France, either. Albuquerque born-and-bred writer/director Nanobah Becker will take part in this year’s distinguished Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Becker’s narrative feature Full, about a queer Navajo boy living it up in the Big Apple, was selected to be part of this year’s Tribeca All Access program. TAA is designed to foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. In addition to screening their films, this year’s 37 specially selected TAA participants will attend one-on-one workshops and meet with potential investors, development executives, producers and agents. Congrats to another NM filmmaker done good. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 23 through May 4.
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