Summertime often leaves people at a difficult crossroads: Go inside and watch a movie, or hang out in the warm outdoors? Thanks to Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, you won’t have to choose this summer. Starting Friday, June 20, the city will kick off its annual “Civic Cinema” series. Burque residents were asked to vote on which classic films they wanted to see this summer for free on Civic Plaza. The votes are in and the movies start off on a high note this weekend with Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. Upcoming films will include Vertigo (June 27), Rebel Without a Cause (July 18), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (July 25) and Young Frankenstein (Aug. 1). All movies start at approximately 8:30 p.m. at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza Downtown. Bring some friends, some snacks and maybe a lawn chair.
This Friday, the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill begins its Fifth Annual Festival of Film Noir. For nearly three weeks, the venue will unspool rare back-to-back pairings of classic Hollywood crime films from the ’40s and ’50s. Owners/programmers Peter Conheim and Keif Henley have dug deep into the vaults, pulling out all sorts of obscure treasures for our entertainment. A cursory glance at the schedule finds three films starring singer-turned-tough-guy John Payne, the original 1956 television version of Rod Serling’s Requiem for a Heavyweight (starring Jack Palance), a taboo-smashing interracial romance/cop drama from Sam Fuller (1959’s Crimson Kimono), the “strange on the range” Western noir Terror in a Texas Town, a primo Richard Widmark double feature (Night and the City and Road House) and even Mickey Rooney trying his hand at crime drama (1949’s Quicksand). All told, there are 20 films over the course of 20 days. Fans of classic Hollywood are advised to watch as many as humanly possible. You can find a full schedule online at guildcinema.com.
If you work in the film industry in New Mexico or are interested in advertising your business to Hollywood, it’s time to renew your listing in the New Mexico Online Film Crew and Resource Directory. Current listings will expire on June 30. Everything from acting coaches to hairdressers to caterers to limousine services to costume designers to dry cleaning to hotels to set medics to special effects makeup artists are listed in the online directory. To renew a previously printed listing costs $5. New listings are $10. To download an application, log on to the New Mexico Film Office website at nmfilm.org.