UNM is back in session, and that means the Student Union Building theater is back in business. The student-run Southwest Film Center is kicking off its fall semester this Thursday, Aug. 27, with a double-feature tribute to the late, great actor Karl Malden. A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront (both directed by Elia Kazan) will screen Thursday through Sunday. Upcoming films include the Best Director winner at the 2009 Cannes Festival (Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys), a return visit for The Best of the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Peter Jackson’s 1992 horror comedy Dead-Alive. Log on to unm.edu/~swfc for the complete fall 2009 schedule.
Bubonicon Is Dead
Bubonicon, New Mexico’s oldest science fiction and fantasy convention, gets underway this weekend at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel. The 41st annual convention runs Friday through Sunday. Saturday’s theme is the inspired (and demonstrably true) “Everything’s Better With Zombies!” Come celebrate the undead’s influence on film, books and comics with a “Zombies in Cinema” talk, a “Popularity of Zombies” panel discussion, a zombie makeup demonstration in the morning and a screening of the classic B&W creature feature Zombies of Mora Tau in the evening. The day rounds out at 11 p.m. with a late-night screening of the locally shot zombie comedy Necroville. For complete schedule and registration info, log on to bubonicon.com.
TCA Paints a Picture
On Sunday, Aug. 30, the Taos Community Auditorium will host a free screening of the one-hour KNME documentary “Painting Taos.” The film explores the colorful history that allowed six relatively unknown painters, known as the Taos Society of Artists, to turn a small mountain village into a premier American art destination. The screening starts at 3 p.m. Log on to tcataos.org for directions.
The Aldo Leopold Legacy Film Competition is looking for short films with a message of environmental stewardship, sustainability, environmental justice, wilderness management, living with nature and related subjects. The competition is open to filmmakers of all ages. There are two categories: five minutes or less and 15 to 20 minutes. The deadline for submission is Monday, Aug. 31. Competition screening will be at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House Alliance on Sept. 11. Send your submission on DVD or Blu-Ray to: “Bernalillo Open Space, Attn: Colleen Langan, 111 Union Square SE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102.” For more information, call 314-0398.
Looking for even more outlets for your environmental-based film? Not to worry. Tuesday, Sept. 1, is the deadline for RioFest Environmental Film Festival. Filmmakers are invited to submit features, shorts, animation, documentaries, kids’ films, whatever—so long as it has a positive, inspirational environmental message. If your film is chosen, you’ll be invited to be a guest of the festival, scheduled for Jan. 28 through 30 in Socorro. You'll have the opportunity to introduce your film, speak at filmmaker forums, attend parties, sell your film and “enjoy a variety of VIP benefits.” For more information, call Frances Deters at (575) 312-1730 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete call-for-entry details are available at riofilmfest.com.