The 48 Hour Film Project is returning to New Mexico. Your chance to register a filmmaking team is rapidly dwindling. Teams are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As of July 1, registration costs have jumped. But organizers are offering a 4th of July special. You can save $35 per team by registering for the early bird price of $140 using the code ABQEXTEND. The actual event takes place July 11 through 13. Filmmakers from all over the state will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
Can’t Stop the Serenity, the annual global charity event built around Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series “Firefly,” will take place this Saturday, July 5, at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Thanks to the Albuquerque Browncoats, doors open at 2pm. Local comedians will take the stage at 3pm. At 3:30pm, self-proclaimed “geek, fanboy, comedy rock star” Mikey Mason will perform songs from his sci-fi/fantasy-based comedy albums. There will be a dinner break at 5:30pm. The action picks up again at 7pm with a screening of Whedon’s 2005 “Firefly” feature Serenity. An all-out party rounds out the night at 9pm. Throughout the evening there will be raffles, an auction, merchandise booths and costume contests. Tickets are $10 apiece and are on sale now through kimotickets.com. Money raised goes to benefit Equality Now and the UNM Children’s Hospital.
Albuquerque is positively awash in free summer family movies. On Wednesday, July 9, the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE) will screen the excellent 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Matilda is the story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be gifted with telekinetic powers, who joins up with an empathetic teacher to battle the world’s worst parents and the world’s meanest school principal. The PG-rated fantasy screens from 2pm to 4pm in the Cultural Center’s John Lewis Theatre. Admission is free. Future installments of SBCC’s Free Summer Movies include Ratatouille (July 16) and The Incredibles (July 23).
A “major network reality show” is looking for local production assistants to work in Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 15. Prior television production experience is not required, but producers are looking for people who are ready to work 12 or more hours a day on a network show. Responsibilities will include setup and maintenance of production office, contestant registration, runs and transportation and “various tasks.” A clean driving record and reliable transportation is “preferred but not required.” Pay rate is $9.29 for the first 8 hours and $13.93 thereafter. If you’re interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “PA Albuquerque, NM.”