Last weekend a whole mess of filmmakers spent a frantic 48 hours racing around Albuquerque trying to complete short films as part of the annual 48 Hour Film Project. The filmmakers were each given the same character name, line of dialogue and prop and assigned a random genre. They then had two short days in which to write, cast, shoot, edit and score their films. Now it’s our chance to see the fruits of their labor. This weekend the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) is hosting two nights of 48 Hour Film premieres. The completed films have been divided into three blocks. The first block screens Thursday, July 21, at 7pm. The second block takes place Friday, July 22, at 6pm. The final block gets underway at 8:30pm on Friday. Each programming block contains approximately 14 different short films—all shot right here in Albuquerque and coming hot and fresh off the editing computers of the many participating filmmakers. Individual blocks will run you $11 general admission or $10 students/seniors. A pass to all three screenings will set you back $29. You can get those in advance at kimotickets.com. A select committee of judges will be choosing the best films, and winners will be participating in a special screening tour of the state. For more details go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm.
Family Film Fun
Bernalillo County Parks & Recreation offers up another weekend of free, family Movies in the Park. This Friday, July 22, at the Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center (9800 Fourth Street NW) you can catch The animated film Hotel Transylvania 2. On Saturday, July 23, you can watch Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella at the North Domingo Baca Community Center (7521 Carmel NE). Films start at dusk (8:30pm). Feel free to bring chairs or blankets. Some food vendors will be on-site with drinks and snacks. No glass, alcohol or sharp objects are allowed.
It’s a Zoo
If you’re looking for even more free, family movie fun from the city, you can also go check out ABQ Food Fridays and Movies on the Plaza this July 22. Starting at 5pm, there will be food (from JR’s Ranch House BBQ), a fine selection of local craft beers for purchase (courtesy of La Cumbre, Rio Bravo Brewing and Santa Fe Brewing), live music (from hometown rock and blues hero Alex Maryol) and a screening of Disney’s recent animated smash Zootopia. The screening will get underway around 8:30pm. This is a family-friendly/bike-friendly/dog-friendly event. It all takes place at the Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza in Downtown.
A Night in Casablanca
The New Mexico Film Foundation, a local arts organization dedicated to growing and promoting the art of independent filmmaking in our state, is hosting its big Summer Soiree Fundraiser this Sunday, July 24, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe (463 Paseo de Peralta). Join scores of local film industry peeps at the historic, Moroccan-inspired Scottish Rite Temple for an evening of “film noir-themed events.” There will be a special presentation in the building’s late-1800s theater, live music and an auction in the magnificent ballroom. Food and drinks will be served in the Moorish interior gardens, courtesy of Cowgirl BBQ, Casa Nova Custom Catering, Outback Steakhouse and Jinja Bar & Bistro. Attendees can also take a tour of the Temple’s costume room from the 1930s. Don’t forget to dress in your best film noir/Casablanca stylings. Tickets for the evening are $60, and a portion of the proceeds will be returned to the local filmmaking community in the forms of grants, workshops and more. To get your tickets, go to nmfilmfoundation.org.