TEDxABQ returns this Thursday, Feb. 12, for another great “Salon” talk. “It’s All About the E!” will concentrate on the creative forces behind TV, movies and independent documentaries here in New Mexico. What does the “E” stand for? Entertainment, excitement, education, effects, economic development—whatever you like. A series of live speakers will be there to offer short, conversational presentations “connecting the art of storytelling, technology and conceptualization.” Light snacks and a cash bar will be provided by Slate Street Café. The event will take place at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (2000 Mountain NW) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Space is limited, and tickets ($20 general admission, $10 students) are on sale now.
Reel NM, Santa Fe’s only monthly independent film series, will present the 1971 drama Red Sky at Morning this Thursday, Feb. 12. The film was shot mostly in Santa Fe, Galisteo and Truchas. It’s based on the novel by Richard Bradford and relates a quiet coming-of-age tale that takes place in the early days of World War II. The film stars Richard Thomas, Richard Crenna, Claire Bloom and Desi Arnaz Jr. (who was nominated for a Golden Globe). A $5 suggested donation gets you in the door. The screening gets underway at 7pm at the La Tienda Performance Space in Eldorado.
New Mexico Women in Film is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a tri-city film fiesta, July 10 through 12 in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Each one-day screening will “honor past and present members by showcasing the creativity, vision and artistry of their work.” To qualify, entrants must be or have been a member of NMWIF between 2005 and 2015. If you’ve never been a member and still want to participate, you can apply for membership before you begin the submission process by going to nmwif.com. This Sunday, Feb. 15, is the early bird deadline. Submission is $10 per film. Categories include Documentary, Narrative, Animation, New Media, Experimental, Webisodes, Commercial, Corporate, Promotional and Music Video.
Albuquerque arts org Basement Films is heading north to Santa Fe this month to kick off a special exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts. From Feb. 13 through May 25, Happiness Is a Warm Projector will feature an installation of dead technology that “both celebrates the heady Cold War days (from which much of BF’s archive of 8,000 educational films and projectors originated) and a protracted exorcism of the strict morality that permeates this media.” The show will include unique screenings, hands-on workshops and performances. The CCA is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail.
The younger demographic
Warehouse 508’s fourth annual Film or Flight youth film contest starts up this weekend. The kickoff takes place Friday, Feb. 13, at Warehouse 508 (508 First Street NW) at 4pm. High school and college-age students (25 and under) will be given just 72 hours to shoot their short films. The resulting digital movies will be screened to the public on Friday, March 13, at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). To register, contact email@example.com or call 296-2738.