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Like clockwork, local arts org Basement Films will sponsor its annual Audio/Visual Show at UNM’s Southwest Film Center this coming November. In the past, they’ve screened all sorts of insane/awesome/experimental examples of live music and moving image art. Last year, for example, quirky Albuquerque instrumentalists A Hawk & A Hacksaw performed a live score to “the most swimmingly bizarre film from Eastern Europe you’ve never seen” (as the event coordinators put it). This year, Basement Films is looking to expand its horizons even wider. Organizers are on the hunt for “musicians, filmmakers, celluloid manipulators and sonic outlaws” who want to contribute. Teams and individuals are encouraged to contact Basement Films. Deadline to submit proposals is more or less Oct. 15. There is no entry fee and there’s even the likelihood of compensation if you become one of the performers. If you’re interested, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to basementfilms.org for more details.
Speaking of music and film, Gov. Richardson has announced that the 2010 New Mexico Music in Film Summit will take place Friday, Sept. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. This free, second annual event is co-hosted by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the New Mexico Film Office and the New Mexico Tourism Department. Music, television and film professionals from around the country will be there to speak with locals about scoring, soundtracks, music licensing, working in the industry, contracts and more. The five panelists scheduled to appear include Mike Knobloch (president, film music and publishing at Universal Pictures), Julia Michels (music supervisor, Format Entertainment), Lizzy Moore (west regional director, The Recording Academy), Alexandra Patsavas (president/CEO, Chop Shop Music) and Randy Spendlove (president, motion picture music at Paramount Pictures). The summit will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but it should fill up fast. So get there early. If you need more info, you can log on to newmexicomusic.org or visit nmfilm.com.
Wild Bill’s Crazy Film Festival is returning to The Box Performance Space to showcase Albuquerque’s “most dangerous” short films. Comedy, drama, horror, experimental, home movies: Anything goes with Wild Bill. Film are given a two-minute grace period at this “Gong Show”-style screening. After that, it’s up to the audience whether they want to continue watching. If the audience likes what it sees, filmmakers can win cash prizes and world fame. If the audience doesn’t like it, Wild Bill will put the film out of its misery with his handy six-shooters! Go to amigo-pro.com to download a submission form. You have until 5 p.m. the day of the show (Saturday, Oct. 2) to get your entries in.