Premieres x 2
It’s rare that we see a genuine, homegrown, independent film here in New Mexico. Rarer still is the projectification of two locally made features in one weekend. And yet, that’s exactly the case at Guild Cinema. On Friday, July 29, it’ll be the Albuquerque premiere of The Bigfoot Election, an offbeat comedy shot up in Angel Fire. The film is written by Marc Shuter and B.J. Schmidt and is directed by Ryan Turri. The story concerns a boozy, unreliable small-town deputy (Shuter) who is talked into running for sheriff. With the help of a dimwitted friend (Matt Peterson), our protagonist concocts a Sasquatch-related hoax to garner attention and wrangle votes. Naturally, things spin out of control when the hoax takes on a life of its own. Cast and crew will be in attendance at the screenings, which will take place at 5 and 7 p.m.
As if that isn’t enough, the Albuquerque-lensed crime dramedy Bad Posture can be seen on Saturday and Sunday at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. The film is directed by Malcolm Murray and features “an entirely New Mexican cast composed mainly of real people people playing versions of themselves in fictional situations.” The film revolves around a broke-ass hustler’s mad vision quest to track down the dream girl whose car his friend stole. The film played to receptive audiences at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was named one of the fest’s “Ten to Watch: Best of IFFR 2011.” Like the Bigfoot Election screenings, cast and crew will be on hand.
KiMo Cinema Continues
In case you haven’t been keeping up, the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown is still screening weekend movies. Friday Nite Features hits us on July 29 with Inside Job, Charles Ferguson’s eye-opening documentary about what brought about the catastrophic meltdown of America’s financial institutions. The film will get underway at 8 p.m. If you’re in the mood for something a little more lighthearted, you can drop by the theater on Saturday for the latest installment of the KiMo Charlie Chaplin Festival. On July 30, they’ll be presenting the Chaplin classic The Great Dictator at 4 and 7 p.m. If you want, you can pick up advance tickets online.