This Thursday, Aug. 28, has been declared National Ghostbusters Day. That night, Sony Pictures will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters with a theatrical re-release of the 1984 blockbuster. The original film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be hitting theaters for a one-night screening. You can find it at the Century Downtown (100 Central SW) at 7pm and Century Rio (4901 Pan American Fwy. NE) at 7 and 10pm. A new Blu-ray release, piles of toys and a collection of vinyl soundtrack albums will follow soon after.
Who doesn’t love pandas? I mean, even the Communist Party leaders over in China love pandas. Starting this Friday, Aug. 29, the Lockheed Martin DynaTheater at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW) will feed your own personal fuzzy love with “Pandas: The Journey Home.” This 3D, large-format documentary was produced for National Geographic and was made in conjunction with the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association. Narrated by actress Joely Richardson, this 40-minute film follows the pandas at a significant milestone in their history. After decades of captive breeding, the Wolong National Nature Reserve has its largest number of giant pandas. “Pandas: The Journey Home” follows naturalists and biologists as they attempt to reintroduce breeding populations of the species into the wild. Yes, there will be baby pandas! The film will screen daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.
The Lobo Anime Club meets every Saturday at 4pm in the University of New Mexico Student Union Building’s Fiesta and Lobo rooms. This Saturday, Aug. 30, the theme is “The Soundtrack of our Lives.” The concentration will be on the world of anime music videos. They’ll screen four episodes of the music school romance “Nodame Cantabile” as well as segments of the coming-of-age musical “Kids on the Slope.” Gaming, giveaways, discussions and other special surprises will also take place. Admission is free, and it is open to the public.
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 3, the 10th annual White Sands International Film Festival gets underway in Las Cruces. A collection of films from all genres, including a special focus on Latino and New Mexican films, will be screened through Sunday, Sept. 7. Events include a 48-hour film shootout, a student short film promotional contest, workshops, gala parties and screenings of more than 40 short and feature-length films. The opening night film is the shot-in-New-Mexico indie The Odd Way Home starring Rumer Willis, Chris Marquette and Brendan Sexton III. The film, directed by New Mexico State University instructor Rajeev Nirmalakhandan, is about a young runaway who teams up with an autistic man for an “inspirational journey.” Everything takes place at the Allen Cineport 10 in Las Cruces (700 S. Telshor). Festival tickets are $25 for students, $50 for general admission passes and $75 for VIP all-access passes.