This weekend, Uncanny Entertainment and Third Star Films are proud to present the U.S. premiere of the feature film Jigoku at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. The film is a giant monster movie set in Japan but features a cast and crew of largely New Mexico-based talent. Writer-director Phillip Hughes, formerly of Albuquerque’s Eat Drink and Be Larry comedy troupe, moved to Okinawa, Japan, several years ago and began work on his debut feature. The story concerns a group of international students on a leadership program in Southeast Asia. Stopping in Okinawa in the wake of a sudden typhoon, the group finds the city deserted. But are they truly alone? Not by a long shot. An eclectic group of actors and crew from New Mexico, New Zealand, England, Canada and Okinawa came together to shoot Jigoku in the summer of 2006. Post-production was based out of New York, while the effects work and musical score were completed in New Mexico.
Jigoku’s premiere is a one-time-only screening. It will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $7 general admission.
MIX It Up
This Saturday, Jan. 17, UNM’s ARTS Labs is sponsoring the fifth annual N.M. Media Industries Conference “MIX.” A wide range of sessions, workshops and panel discussions in animation, business, education, film, gaming, web/software and more will be featured during the day-long conference. Ian Bogost, one of the world’s leading video game creators/writers/producers, will be the lead-off speaker for the day. MIX will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building Ballroom B. Price is $50 for the full day (including lunch) or $25 for students. You need to register in advance. You can check out a full schedule of events and download registration forms at nm-mix.org.