Late, lamented son of Albuquerque Johnny Tapia is returning to the Duke City, courtesy of the long-awaited documentary Tapia. The hard-hitting film by director Eddie Alcazar premiered at last year’s Santa Fe Independent Film Festival where it captured the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was also named one of the Top 10 Documentaries of 2013 by FilmPulse.net. The film “takes us inside the tortured soul of Johnny Tapia, the five-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by drug addiction brought on by the brutal rape and murder of his mother when he was only 8 years old.” Alcazar’s film uses intimate interviews, archival footage and family photographs to explore the life, career and personality of the notoriously troubled sports figure. The film will have its Albuquerque premiere on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre (1701 4th SW). The film shows at 7pm. Tickets are $12, $17 and $22 and are available now through Vendini.
The New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice is urging you to “share responsible love with your nearest neighbors” this Valentine’s Day with its local premiere screening of The Second Cooler. The prize-winning film, narrated by Martin Sheen, asks the question, “Who benefits from illegal immigration?” By examining the United States’ role in creating Latin America’s extreme economic inequality, the devastating impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the militarization of the US/Mexico border and so many more issues, The Second Cooler documents how “illegal” immigration impacts people on both sides of our international divide. The film’s writer-director-producer Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson is an ordained Baptist minister and holds multiple degrees in Southern History, US History and Theological Studies. She will be in Albuquerque to present the film and participate in a post-film Q&A. The film will screen Friday, Feb. 14, at 4 and 6:15pm at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. A suggested $10 donation gets you in the door. If you can’t make it on Friday, the film will screen again on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1pm at St. Pius X Fine Arts Theatre (5301 St. Josephs NW).
Movies on TV
Your well-informed pals here at the Alibi have joined forces with those cool kids over at our local FOX station’s newly revamped morning show “2 KASA Style.” Your friendly neighborhood film critic (that’s me) now has a gig every Friday morning, chatting about the weekend’s big movie releases with host Chad Brummett. We screen trailers, talk stars and give you the lowdown about what to see (and what not to see) at the cinema. The show runs from 9 to 10am. The weekend movie segments usually air around the 9:30 to 9:45am mark. Starting this week we’ll begin posting the segments to our Alibi website so you can view them after the show airs. What are you waiting for? Get watching!