By Devin D. O’Leary
Smothered in Celluloid
From the vast basement and back alley of New York City’s Anthology Film Archives comes “Smother This, New Mexico,” a self-described “panoramic journey through the very bowels of one of America’s foremost film dumping grounds.” Founded in 1968 by critic and filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Anthology is an international center for the preservation, promotion and presentation of experimental, independent and avant-garde cinema. Now Anthology is hitting the road with some of the unknown, unfinished and unwanted 16mm productions that have been collected from “trash cans, widowers, bankrupt laboratories and total weirdos.” Basement Films alumnus Emily Davis and Anthology dude Andrew Lampert will host this evening of recently unearthed weirdness. Possible film titles might include: “F’ed up Food,” “Student Film Trilogy,” “Child with Goat,” “Hellish Hippie Wedding,” “33 YoYo Tricks” and “Orgy at Grandma’s House.” Experimental, local audio/visual band Our Years With Light will open the show. “Smother This, New Mexico” will take place on Friday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. at Stove (112 Morningside NE). Tickets are a mere $5.
Learn Film in Your Spare Time!
Veteran film writer-producer-director Frank Zúñiga will conduct a series of hands-on film workshops starting in September. Zúñiga has been in the film business for more than 40 years, working on projects for Walt Disney and other companies. He is also attached to Divided Loyalties, a feature film to be produced in Connecticut and Puerto Rico. Sept. 4 through Nov. 20, Zúñiga will host a Film Acting Workshop every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The workshop will focus on developing and mastering advanced techniques to enhance performance and confidence. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 6 through Nov. 22, Zúñiga will lead a Film Direction Workshop. Team management, set management, time-saving techniques and crew motivation will all be discussed in-depth. Participants will shoot a short film, PSA or commercial as part of this workshop. Each workshop is limited to 24 participants. For more information, log on to frankzunigaworkshops.com.
Be the First on Your Block
Local horror fans, log on to necroville.com right now and you can order your copy of the award-winning horror-comedy Necroville a full month before it hits DVD outlets. The Albuquerque-lensed film is being relased nationwide on Sept. 30 by Shock-O-Rama Cinema. But the filmmakers have secured a limited quantity of advanced discs and are offering them for exclusive sale online. The price is a mere $19.95 plus shipping and handling. What are you waiting for? Add to cart now!
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