After a successful screening at the state Legislature’s New Mexico Film and Media Day, Brent Morris and David Jean Schweitzer’s Made in New Mexico will be shown at Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 9. The documentary explores the burgeoning film industry in New Mexico and the impact our state’s various tax incentives have had on the business of making movies. In addition to the documentary, there will be several shorts by New Mexico filmmakers. This includes the premiere of Governor’s Cup-winning Director Ramona Emerson’s “Opal,” about an 8-year-old Navajo girl taking on a town bully. A Q & A with filmmakers follows the screenings, which get underway at 7 p.m.
UNM’s Valencia campus in Tome has put together its own New Mexico-only festival. The short film fest will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, in room A 101 of the Academics Building. Admission is free. Starting at 11:15 a.m., there will be a screening of Christopher Coppola’s reality show pilot “The Biker Chef.” Coppola will participate in a Q & A session via Skype after the screening. After that, Dean of Instruction Dr. Richard Sax and Albuquerque Film Office Director Ann Lerner will introduce a selection of movies from students and professionals (including the above-mentioned documentary Made in New Mexico). Things wrap up with a panel discussion at 5 p.m. Check out the film fest website for more details.
It’s All About Water—Films and Conversation is a two-day festival and public forum slated to run Feb. 10 and 11 at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE). Doors open at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. A total of eight films will be shown, covering a range of topical issues—from city water infrastructure to the worldwide privatization of water. Panel discussions are scheduled to follow each screening and will include local officials, film producers and environmental activists. Friday’s lineup is Natural Gas from Shales: Some Myths and Realities, Split Estate and Tipping Point. Saturday’s films are Liquid Assets, American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?, Water for the World Act of 2011, Tapped and Blue Gold.
The New Mexico Centennial Film Series continues this Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque. The historic, shot-in-New-Mexico classic being screened this month is King Vidor’s 1930 Western Billy the Kid. This early talkie features Johnny Mack Brown and Wallace Beery as rivals William H. “Billy the Kid” Bonney and Deputy Sheriff Pat Garrett. It was shot on location in and around Gallup. As Alibi film editor, I’ve been asked to introduce Mr. Vidor’s old-school horse opera to audiences. If you’re a cowboy fan or are just interested in our state’s cinematic history, I hope to see you there. The screening gets underway at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.