The final Civic Plaza Fridays of the season hits downtown Albuquerque this Friday, Sept. 29. It starts at 6pm with a pop-up happy hour featuring food from Tucanos Brazilian Grill and a variety of microbrews from local brewers, including Rio Bravo, Santa Fe Brewing and La Cumbre. The Cali Shaw Band will play its own brand of New Mexico-based folk-Americana until 8pm. As the sun goes down over Civic Plaza, there will be be a free screening of the award-winning historical drama Hidden Figures, which tells the story of three brilliant African-American women whose computing power helped launch NASA’s space program. Feel free to bring your own chairs and/or blankets.
A group of aspiring New Mexico filmmakers, directors, actors, writers and producers have joined forces to showcase their work. “High Desert Indie—New Directors Debut” will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 3pm at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). Among the diverse selection of shorts, trailers and previews you’ll find some retro sci-fi, Southwestern documentary, dramatic narratives, suspenseful thrillers and more. Titles include Christopher Chilton’s “Mistaken,” James Lily’s “Patriot Acts,” Ricky Lee’s “Midnight Shanghai,” Tim McClelland’s “Automated User’s Guide,” Melissa Eslinger’s “The Box” and Anton Kozikowski’s “Runaway.” Admission is free, but seating is limited. So get there early, and help support local filmmaking.
We’ll Fix It In Post
The New Mexico Film Foundation is now taking submissions for the Beau McNicholas Post-Production Grant. The grant is in the amount of $2,000 and will go to one deserving filmmaker to help pay for post-production costs. It can be used for editing, sound mixing, music, color correction, special effects, etc. Only New Mexico residents are eligible for this grant. The submission period runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30. The winner will be announced in January. To be considered you must submit a one-page letter describing your film and why you think you deserve the grant. You will be asked to submit a link to your current project (preferably with a trailer or a teaser), so be prepared. The grant’s kickstarter, Beau McNicholas, is a financial advisor from Taos, NM, who wants to “give back to a filmmaker who is a force for positive change.” For more information, go to nmfilmfoundation.org.
Remembering the Rio
On Oct. 4, New Mexico PBS will host a special sneak preview screening of the locally made documentary Nasario Remembers the Rio Puerco. This hour-long film is a profile of acclaimed New Mexico folklorist Nasario Garcia. It was filmed outside Albuquerque among the ghost towns of the Rio Puerco valley. There will be a brief introduction before the screening and a Q&A afterward. The screening is free and runs from 7 to 9:30pm at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd SE). If you can’t make it, New Mexico PBS stations will broadcast the documentary on Oct. 12 at 7pm.