The Experiments in Cinema film festival (I think the number they're up to in their oddball numbering system is v7.9) will be taking place at UNM in April 2012. This Thursday, Dec. 1, however, is the final deadline for submission. If you’re interested in being a part of Basement Films’ annual celebration of “international, cinematic experimentation,” then you need to log on to the website and submit your mind-bending film or video. Organizers have decided not to charge a late submission fee for submitting work after the original Oct. 15 deadline, so it'll still cost you just $15 to enter your work (or $10 each, if you're submitting more than one film). As always, the five-day event will include film screenings, lectures, workshops, musical performances and “thoughtful dialogue.”
Release The Righteous
The Righteous and the Wicked is a locally shot, low-budget Western that was just released nationwide on DVD by Lionsgate. In celebration, 505 Films and Film!ABQ will be hosting a free screening of the film at the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque on Friday, Dec. 2. There will be an introduction by writer-director Craig A. Butler and a short Q & A after the film with the cast and crew. The cast of The Righteous and the Wicked features local actors Craig Myers (5 Shells), Justin Tade (The Book of Eli), Billy Garberina (Necroville), Jeremy Owen (Paul), Phil Duran (Stiffed), Alexander Thorne (The Bigfoot Election) and A.J. Rome (“Scoundrels”). The film cleverly combines both the Western movie genre and the classic “heist” film. It was shot in and around Santa Fe during the summer of 2009. The screening is free, but DVDs will be for sale at the theater. (You can even get the stars to autograph them for you.) Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30 p.m.
If you’re still in the Western mood after Friday’s R&W screening, KNME is sponsoring a free sneak preview of the new “American Experience” documentary on Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid. The film was shot mostly in New Mexico and includes a large number of New Mexicans both in front of and behind the camera. The director and the executive producer of Billy the Kid will be in town for the screening, which takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 6. In addition to the film, there will be a live panel discussion hosted by occasional Alibi contributor Gene Grant and featuring several noted N.M. historians. Billy the Kid won’t air on PBS until January, so this is a great opportunity to check it out nice and early. If you miss it on Tuesday, there’s a follow-up screening / panel discussion on Wednesday at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Seating for both is first-come, first-served. Please RSVP to one of the following: firstname.lastname@example.org for the Albuquerque event or email@example.com for the Santa Fe event.