EcoNew Mexico is a pilot program promoting, you guessed it, ecotourism in New Mexico. The program teamed up with Green Living Project—a global group “dedicated to educating and inspiring individuals and communities to live a more sustainable lifestyle” through the use of multimedia. Together, they helped create the short film “Ecotourism in New Mexico.” (I sense a theme.) The five-minute short was filmed in Taos and spotlights a number of the city’s eco-friendly businesses, including river rafting, mineral springs spas, rock climbing, ballooning and more. The goal is to promote our state as an ecotourism destination, stealing vacationers away from such exotic locales as Costa Rica and New Zealand. If you’re interested in checking out the video and seeing what sort of outdoorsy goodness our state has to offer, you can check it out online.
Serenity + Charity
It’s time again for the annual “Can’t Stop the Serenity” screening. Every year around this time, dedicated fans of producer/director Joss Whedon (currently in Albuquerque shooting The Avengers) get together to watch the feature film version of his short-lived, cult sci-fi series Serenity. As always, the event is a fundraiser for Equality Now. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $500,000 for the charity. (Excellent work.) The local event, which also benefits UNM Children’s Hospital, will take place at Guild Cinema on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, at noon. Albuquerque Browncoats will be there to present door prizes, raffles, trivia contests, costume contests and more. All seats are $9. Tickets are available in advance through Albuquerque Browncoats or day-of at the Guild box office (3405 Central NE). Seating is limited, so you might want to grab yours now.
Submit to SGLFF
Attention filmmakers: Friday, July 22, is the regular deadline for you to submit your works—both short and feature—to the Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Awards will be given out by the audience to Favorite Feature, Favorite Documentary and Favorite Short Film. Preferred exhibition formats include 35mm, DV Cam and Beta SP. Entries must be postmarked by July 22 and include a $25 per-title fee. For complete information, including an application form, log on to the Closet Cinema website. You can also submit through Without A Box. If you miss the deadline, don’t panic. There’s a late deadline set up for Aug. 1, but the submission fee jumps to $30, so get on the ball. SGLFF will take place Oct. 7 through 13.