The New Mexico Film Office, in partnership with the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts, kicks off the New Mexico Filmmakers Experience this Sunday, Feb. 17. This program of film screenings and panel discussions is intended to explore various aspects of the moviemaking experience among New Mexico filmmakers. The program starts off with a timely topic: Black History Month. This is a rare opportunity to see the work of local African-American filmmakers and to hear their views, opinions and experiences. Panelists include (filmmaker, journalist and television host) Gene Grant, (actress, producer and filmmaker) Diana Gaitirira, (actor, producer and filmmaker) Allan Gaitirira, (certified engineer and talk show host with uPUBLIC) Shaun Scott and (actor, writer, producer and assistant director) Sandi K. Shelby. This event is free and open to the public. Screenings and discussion will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to www.ccasantafe.org for more info.
Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, “Taxi,” Back to the Future) headlines a pair of acting workshops this weekend in New Mexico. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Lloyd will be at the Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 17, he’ll be at The Source in Albuquerque from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $150 for on camera scene-work with direction and insights from Mr. Lloyd or $50 to sit in and audit the class. Seating is extremely limited (20 scene students, 30 auditors), so act quickly if you want to get involved. Contact Eb Lottimer at (505) 310-871 or Ebalinefilms@aol.com to register.
Friends of Film, Video & Arts is hosting another knowledge-dropping get together. On Sunday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m., the organization will host its monthly meeting. Following the requisite networking and screening of new work by members, there will be a panel discussion led by John Maio (professional photographer and post-production video and sound editor). The subject is “Shooting for Editing.” Maio asked about this topic in an online editor’s group and received great response. He’ll offer tons of tips and suggestions from professional editors (CHS News, PBS’ “Frontline” and others) on filming to make a better edit. This event will take place at Reel to Reel Productions (428 Louisiana SE). Cost is free to FoFVA members and $10 to nonmembers. For more info, go to www.filmvideoarts.org
New Mexico Women in Film, IATSE 480 and the Santa Fe Community College Film Department are bringing British screenwriter and story consultant Dr. Helen Jacey to Santa Fe for a pair of special seminars. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, she’ll host “Writing the Heroine’s Story” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community College (room 216). Cost is $50. Registration starts at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 21, she’ll discuss “Gender Politics in Film: Finding the Woman’s Voice” starting at 7 p.m. at 410-A Old Santa Fe Trail. Cost for this lecture is $15 for guests or free to NMWIF members. For more details on both, go to www.nmwif.com.