The “Original” (as it’s now being billed) Santa Fe Film Festival gets underway this Wednesday, Dec. 2. Opening night events include Mark Steven Shepherd’s “promenade of public worship” documentary Red Carpet Burn (4pm), the British imperialist drama Mister Johnson starring Pierce Brosnan (6pm), Charlie Kaufman’s very curious stop-motion animated dramedy Anomalisa (7pm and 9pm) and Lisa Law’s Woodstock-era snapshot Flashing on the Sixties (7:30pm). The evening tops off with an opening night party at the Cowgirl (319 S. Guadalupe). Screenings will take place Wednesday through Sunday at Violet Crown (1606 Alcaldesa), The Screen (1600 St. Michaels), Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma), El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia) and the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail). Alibi will have more coverage next week, but if you wanna check out the complete schedule of films and events for this years 15th annual outing, go to santafefilmfestival.com.
The New Mexico Film Foundation is bringing back its annual Actor’s Showcase. This chance for local acting talent to show off its chops live on stage with a director will take place March 26, 2016, at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Video audition submissions will be taken starting Dec. 1. Actors can submit a video of no more than 2 minutes and place themselves in one of four categories (17 and under, beginners with 0 to 10 film or TV roles, intermediate with 11 to 20 roles and advanced with 21-plus roles). Each submission will be judged by local casting directors and talent agents to determine the top five actors in each category. These 20 actors will be invited to do their audition live in March in front of an audience. The best actor from each category will be selected and awarded a number of prizes. For a complete list of rules and contest details, go to nmfilmfoundation.org/nmff-actor-showcase.
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Indie Q, the Albuquerque film community’s quarterly celebration of local indie production, hits the KiMo Theatre again on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Sponsored by the KiMo and the Albuquerque Film Office, this regular event features shorts, trailers and works-in-progress from up-and-coming Albuquerque area filmmakers. Doors open at 6:30pm, screenings start at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The KiMo is located at 423 Central NW.