The Navajo Documentary Film Tour makes its way to Albuquerque this Friday, June 23. Head to the historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) to catch two independently produced Native American documentaries. The tour started in Crownpoint earlier this year and will travel all over the Southwest before ending up at the Heard Museum in McKinney, Texas, this October. The tour features two short films directed by two Diné women directors. First up is Ramona Emerson’s “The Mayors of Shiprock,” which focusses on the Northern Diné Youth Committee, a small group of young Navajo leaders who meet to decide the future of their community. That’s followed by Sarah Del Seronde’s “Metal Road,” which explores the history of Navajo men working on building and maintaining our nation’s transcontinental railroads. The films will be broadcast later this year on PBS, but this is an opportunity to see them in a special sneak peek. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30pm. Films start at 7pm.
Cats on the Red Carpet
Love cats? Love movies? The two have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-like relationship in The Third Annual Feline Film Festival, taking place this Saturday, June 24, at Kimo Theatre. Animal Humane New Mexico and the Albuquerque Film Office are presenting this fundraising event featuring an evening of the “cattiest films in ABQ.” This year’s theme is “the Good, the bad and the Cuddly”—which kinda goes without saying. It all boils down to an entire evening of cute cat videos produced and directed by some of your fellow feline-loving New Mexicans. This years’ best films will receive valuable cash and prizes. You’ve got two chances to catch this year’s top entrants: a 2pm matinee and a 7pm evening show. While you’re there, you can meet adorable (not to mention adoptable) kittens, create playful cat crafts and show off in a cat-centric photo booth. Tickets are $10 to $15 and are available, in advance, at kimotickets.com.
Batman With a Plan
Bernalillo County’s Movies in the Park program swoops into Vista Grande Community Center (15 La Madera in Sandia Park) this Satuday, June 24, for a a special outdoor screening of The LEGO Batman Movie. This event is free and open to the public. The film begins at dusk (around 8:30pm). Food trucks are scheduled to be there on site. You can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but please leave all glass bottles, alcohol, smoking accessories and dangerous items at home. For more info feel free to contact the county hotline at 314-0477.
Collaborate and Listen
New Mexico Women in Film is hosting an educational Directors and Editors Panel Discussion this Sunday, June 25, from 2 to 4pm at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (3900 Paseo del Sol in Santa Fe). Six local directors and editors will be on hand to discuss collaboration, film and the importance of the editor/director relationship. This event is designed as lead-up preparation for the upcoming 48 Hour Film Project, taking place in Albuquerque, July 28 through 30. Among the guest speakers are Jon Moritsugu, Shebana Coelho, Shelene Bridge, Holly Adams, Cristina McCandless and Elizabeth Dwyer. Admission is free for NMWIF members and $15 for nonmembers. For more info go to nmwif.com.