48 Hours Is Nigh
The annual 48 Hour Film Fest will take over Albuquerque on July 12 through 14. Teams of filmmakers will have just two days to write, direct, edit and premiere shorts based on a few simple guidelines (a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, a genre). Space is limited and teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early bird registration ends on Monday, June 17. You have until then to register for the low price of $140. After that the price goes up. If you’d like to be involved, gather your cohorts and get over to 48hourfilm.com/
Poetry in Motion Pictures
Reel New Mexico, Santa Fe’s only monthly independent film series, returns on Thursday, June 13. This time around, organizers will be screening the award-winning drama Becoming Eduardo, Las Cruces director Rod McCall’s story about a juvenile delinquent attending an alternative high school in small-town New Mexico who meets and falls in love with a poetry-writing, college-bound girl. The film is based on the novel Alternative Ed by LouAnne Johnson and won three awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2009. McCall, an instructor at New Mexico State University, will take questions from the audience following the screening. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. in the performance space at La Tienda Center off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. A contribution of $5 at the door is suggested. For more info, including directions to the venue, go to reelnewmexico.com.
Living For 32, a Sundance Film Festival selected documentary about the Virginia Tech shootings will be shown on Friday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. at La Mesa Presbyterian Church (7401 Copper NE). Director Colin Goddard, a survivor of the massacre, used this hidden-camera documentary to expose the ease of purchasing high-powered weapons at national gun shows. The film is being screened on the 6-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings. Families4Peace will host an anti-violence vigil prior to the screening.
KiMo Theater is adding another great classic film series to its nostalgic lineup. Starting June 16 at 2 p.m., KiMo will host Summer Sunday Movie Musicals. The series kicks off in high style with 1935’s Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Among the unforgettable tunes it features is the Irving Berlin/Max Steiner song “Cheek to Cheek.” Future films in the series include 1949’s On the Town (June 23), 1952’s Singin’ In the Rain (July 7), 1961’s West Side Story (July 14), 1968’s Funny Girl (July 21) and 1972’s 1776 (July 28). General admission tickets for all films is $7 for adults or $5 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Kimo box office or through kimotickets.com.
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