Peace and Security Funders Group is sponsoring an exclusive sneak peek preview this Friday, Oct. 14, of “Peace Unveiled.” The documentary follows three courageous Afghani women—a parliamentarian, a midwife and a young activist—who organize to ensure female rights in their country. Narrated by Tilda Swinton, “Peace Unveiled” is one part of the upcoming five-part documentary series “Women, War & Peace” to be broadcast on PBS this fall. The screening will take place at La Fonda Hotel’s Santa Fe Room and will be followed by a discussion with producer/philanthropist Abigail E. Disney. This screening and discussion is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, however, so you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a seat.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival launches itself boldly into another year starting this coming Wednesday, Oct. 19, with a gala opening night screening featuring N.M. films, past and present. Plus, it’s all free to you! Stop by the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln) starting at 5:15 p.m. for a collection of recent, New Mexico-made shorts and the New Mexico-lensed Billy Wilder classic Ace in The Hole. Wilder’s cynical, sunburned film noir from 1951 stars Kirk Douglas as a manipulative Albuquerque newspaper man who manufactures a media circus out of a man stuck in an abandoned mine. This one grows more prescient every year. The film screening will be followed by a party sponsored by Cowgirl BBQ and Local 480 IATSE. For more info—including a schedule of screenings—go to santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.
Those who missed their chance to see Charlie Minn’s gritty investigative documentary 8 Murders a Day still have a chance. The film is ending its run at the Rio Rancho Premiere Cinema this Thursday, but it will move to the Storyteller Starlight Cinema in Los Lunas starting Friday, Oct. 14. The film investigates the government corruptions that have led to Juárez’ claim as the murder capital of the world. You can learn more about the film at 8murdersaday.com.
This Saturday, Oct. 15, marks the early submission deadline for Basement Films’ annual Experiments in Cinema film festival. You have until then to submit your short or feature-length experimental film or video work for a mere $15. After that, submission cost goes up to $30. There is no fee for artists outside the U.S. or those who have had work shown in previous Experiments in Cinema festivals. If you can’t get it in by Saturday, you have until Dec. 1 to make the late deadline.