Movies on the Plaza hits the Harry Kinney Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque this Friday, July 8, with a screening of the 1985 adventure comedy The Goonies. The film will be shown, drive-in style, on the big outdoor screen near the Civic Plaza West Stage. Admission is free to the public. It’s also ABQ Food Fridays at Civic Plaza, so a variety of food trucks and a selection of microbrew beers will be available for you to peruse from 5 to 8pm. The movie starts at dusk (around 8:30pm). Some chairs will be set up, but people are encouraged to bring their own seating. This is a dog- and bike-friendly event. Parking is available underneath Civic Plaza. And if you’re in the mood for more ’80s action, come back on Wednesday, July 13, for a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1882 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. That one’s also free and starting at dusk. For more upcoming movies and events, check out albuquerquecc.com/civicplazapresents.
State of Filmmaking
The 2016 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase will take place Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theater (1701 Fourth Street SW). Earlier this year, the New Mexico Film Office put out a call to all filmmakers in our state, looking for submissions in the following categories: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Comedy, Documentary, Animation and Music Video. On Friday, starting at 6pm, there will be an Awards Ceremony and a screening of the top films from each of this year’s categories. This will be followed by a networking mixer for local film talent. On Saturday, starting at 11am, join organizers for a “cream of the crop” event featuring the top three films in each of the seven category. Admission to both days is free. Winning films will get to tour New Mexico later this year, in conjunction with local theaters and state film festivals.
Serenity + Charity
The Albuquerque Browncoats are proud to bring the annual Can’t Stop the Serenity event to KiMo Theater (423 Central NW) this Saturday, July 9. This global sci-fi charity film screening and geek chic shindig was started back in 2006 by Hollywood writer-director-producer Joss Whedon and fans of his cult TV show “Firefly.” Every year this event raises money for Equality Now and other select local charities around the world. Doors open at the KiMo at 5pm. Costumes are, of course, encouraged. Pre-show starts at 6pm with comedians, short films and more. The main event is at 7:30pm, a screening of Whedon’s “Firefly” spin-off feature film Serenity. Charity auctions, doorprizes, raffles and more will be woven throughout the evening. The ever-popular Big Damn Swag Packs (full of exclusive pins, stickers, postcards and more) are available to the first 200 advanced ticket buyers. You can get your tickets ($10 each) online at kimotickets.com. All proceeds will go to benefit Equality Now and UNM Children’s Hospital. For more into go to cantstoptheserenity.com.