Native New Mexico
Chasing the Light has been described as “if Wong Kar-Wai and Quentin Tarantino decided to make a stoner comedy for Natives back in 1995.” Shot in black and white, the film won Best Photography at the Festival Présence Autochtone in Montreal, Quebec. The comedy-drama tells the story of Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, who begrudgingly goes along with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that does terribly wrong. Writer-director-actor Blackhorse Lowe was named one of the top 25 faces of indie film by Filmmaker magazine back in 2004. Lowe and some of the cast and crew will attend a screening of the film this Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). The screenings get underway at 10:30pm. For more info go to guildcinema.com.
Cats on Camera
Cat-owning and cat-loving filmmakers have until midnight, Sunday, April 30, to submit their “cattiest films” to Animal Humane New Mexico and the Albuquerque Film Office’s 3rd Annual Feline Film Festival. The festival, taking place on Saturday, June 24, is a chance for pet lovers to share stories of their favorite felines and to raise funds for homeless pets. The Best in Show winner at the festival will receive a $1,000 cash prize and an opportunity to name a litter of kittens at Animal Humane. The theme of this year’s festival is “The Good, the Bad & The Cuddly.” Filmmakers are encouraged to use this theme as a jumping off point to get their creative juices flowing. All films need to be five minutes or less in length. For complete details go to animalhumanenm.org/events-ahnm/feline-film-festival.
Sexism in Spain
The social documentary Excluidas del Paraíso will screen this Thursday, March 23, at the Bank of America Theatre inside the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fouth Street SW). The film explores the “mechanisms that maintain patriarchal systems and perpetuate economic, cultural and social inequality and imbalances of power in the 21st century.” The film concentrates on the West in general, and Spain in particular. Feminist thinkers interviewed include Ana de Miguel, Ochy Curiel, Pablo Llamas, Pilar Aguilar, Rosa Cobo and Yayo Herrero. The film is presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes and will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. This is a free event, slated to begin at 7pm—but seating is limited, so tickets need to be picked up, in advance, at the theater box office starting one hour before showtime.