It’s all over but the crying. Or the cheering. Or the laughing. Depends on what kind of film they were trying to make. A grand total of 40 filmmaking teams raced around Albuquerque last weekend trying to write, direct and edit short films in just two days as part of the annual 48 Hour Film Project. All teams were required to include the same three things: a character (a gardener named Jay or Julie Michaels), a prop (a bag) and a line of dialogue (“It works for me.”). In addition, each team was given a specific genre in which their film was supposed to fit (horror, film noir, Western, romance, comedy, etc.). Now the films are done and it’s time to see what our local teams were able to come up with. On Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 16, at 6 and 8:15 p.m., and on Sunday, July 18, at 6 p.m. blocks of completed 48 Hour films will be screened at the KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque. It’ll cost you $10 a screening, $17 for two separate screenings or $30 for all four screenings. Judges will pick the best films to represent Albuquerque at the national 48 Hour Film competition later this year. For a complete rundown of the screening schedule, log on to the 48 Hour homepage. ... And congrats to all the weary teams who braved the two-day challenge!
Attention, filmmakers: Slacking time is over! Thursday, July 15, is the last day you can submit your film (short or feature) to the upcoming Albuquerque Film Festival. Log on to the film festival submission site withoutabox.com to jump through all the necessary hoops. Submission fee for features is now $50. Fee for shorts is $25. If you have questions, log on to albuquerquefilmfestival.org. The second annual film fest is slated for Aug. 25 through 29 and is promising to be a star-studded affair. American auteur Monte Hellman (The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) is the scheduled guest of honor. See you there in August.
Albuquerque-based indie filmmaker Nina Knapp is the owner of Crone Productions, which specializes in film projects about women, LGBT issues and stories, and other gender-related educational projects. This month, however, Knapp jumps into the publishing realm, organizing and editing Reel Food From Reel Women, a cookbook featuring recipes from women in the entertainment industry. Among the contributors are Katherine Fugate (creator of “Army Wives,” writer for “Xena: Warrior Princess”), Stacy Codikow (Itty Bitty Titty Committee), Kelli Herd (It’s in the Water), Nisha Ganatra (Chutney Popcorn), Claudia Christian (“Babylon 5”) and many more. Knapp will be at a book launch party on Saturday, July 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Exhale Bar and Grill (6132 Fourth Street NW). If you’re lucky, there might be food samples. Log on to reelrecipes.com for more info.