Perhaps you heard the rumor that George Lucas had given his approval for an official Navajo language dub of the classic Star Wars: Episode 1—A New Hope. That dub—coordinated by the Navajo Nation Museum and recorded at Knifewing Studios in Gallup—was completed earlier this year. So far the new version has only played on or near Navajo lands. This Friday, Oct. 11, we here in the Duke City will get the opportunity to view it as it premieres at the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque. The film starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. The screening is free, but seating is limited to 550 seats—so plan on getting there early. You already know all the dialogue by heart, so even if you don’t speak Navajo, this should be a real treat for movie fans.
The anniversary party
Fans of Film has been serving the international indie film community since 2008, delivering news to Albuquerque filmmakers and lovers of cinema. In 2012 founder Michael Palombo branched out, starting the Fans of Film Cinema Cafe and Coffee House. The University-area coffee joint (located at 504 Yale SE) has helped raise awareness of our state’s growing independent film community, has hosted numerous art openings and film screenings, and it pours a mean cup of joe. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the venue will celebrate its one-year anniversary. You’ll get to see the all new FoF Cafe, phase 2—including the new used book section, with a special emphasis on cinema books. Starting at 6:30pm there will be a special screening of the documentary Bomb It 2. This sequel to the 2007 film goes global, celebrating graffiti and street art from around the world—including artists in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. For more info, go to fansoffilm.tv or check ’em out on Facebook.
The fifth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival gets underway this coming Wednesday, Oct. 16. The fest continues through Sunday, Oct. 20, with dozens of exciting features, documentaries and shorts. Wednesday opens the fest strong starting at 6:30pm with the feature Go for Sisters. In this dramatic thriller, directed by indie auteur John Sayles (Matewan, Eight Men Out, Lone Star, Passion Fish, Sunshine State), two childhood friends cross paths years later under undesirable circumstances. Actor Yolonda Ross will be in attendance. That’s followed at 9pm with an incredible collection of New Mexico-lensed shorts. Ten short films are included in this lineup, and many of the cast and crew members will be in attendance. Tickets are $10 per screening and are available now through ticketssantafe.org. Wednesday’s screenings are both at the Center for Contemporary Arts Main Theater (1050 Old Pecos Trail). Other events will take place at the CCA Studio, the Jean Cocteau Cinema and The Lensic Performing Arts Center. We’ll have plenty more coverage of the SFIFF in next week’s Alibi. In the meantime check out the festival’s full lineup at santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.