There are two things the internet does well: anonymous hate speech and cat videos. Animal Humane New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque are organizing their first annual ABQ Internet Cat Video Festival, a screening of “fantastic feline films” set to take place June 26 and 27. The competition is open to all filmmakers and pet lovers age 18 and up. The “Best in Show” winner will receive a $250 cash prize, an “hour of cuddles with a litter of kittens” at a shelter and the opportunity to name the entire litter. There is no limitation on what filmmakers can send in—it just has to be “pet positive,” contain at least one cat and be four minutes or less in length. No entry fee is required. Simply send your kitty vids to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is midnight, May 15.
Cine Magnifico, Albuquerque’s homegrown Latino film festival, will take place Sept. 18 through 20. Organizers have been on the hunt for a local artist to craft this year’s poster image. The artist of the winning poster will receive $200 and two passes admitting four people to the festival. The deadline for submitting your work is this Friday, May 15, at 5pm—so get that sucker done! Send a digital image of your final poster art to email@example.com (attn: Milly, subject: Poster Contest Entry). For more info, and to view images of last year’s poster art, go to to the festival’s webiste.
The Movies That Matter Film Series returns as part of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute this Saturday, May 16. This “thought-provoking, action-inspiring” series of documentaries takes place at the Violet Crown Cinema (1606 Alcaldesa St.) on Saturdays and Wednesdays. This Saturday at 2pm (and the following Wednesday at 6:45pm), organizers will be screening the documentary Growing Cities. This 97-minute feature examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. Tickets are $7 general admission, $6 seniors and $5 children for the Saturday afternoon show and $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $6 children for the Wednesday evening show (which will be followed by a Q&A session).
What with all the Hollywood productions flooding into New Mexico of late (yes, that was sexy ex-vampire Alexander Skarsgård you saw lurking Downtown), it’s always a major treat to see an honest-to-goodness local film—one that was born and bred right here in our state. On Saturday, May 16, Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) will be screening the psychological thriller Truth. It was produced by Las Cruces-based PRC Productions and directed by Michael J. Cramer. Shot in and around Silver City, the low-budget film follows a group of college students who stumble across an abandoned government research facility that was used to create a groundbreaking, nanotechnology-based “truth” serum. Seems that things went a wee bit wrong, and now—a decade later—something dangerous is lurking in the dark. The film will screen at 1pm only.