The National Hispanic Cultural Center will feature a free, public screening of the 2005 documentary The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo on Thursday, Oct. 12, starting at 7pm. The film explores the ancient culture of Mexico, the Mexican Revolution and the rise of communism throughout Latin America—as seen through the prism of Kahlo’s life and art. It is narrated by award-winning actress Rita Moreno. The film is being presented as part of the unveiling for the new Frida Kahlo piñata by the NHCC’s Art Museum, which will be on display through the spring of 2018. Tickets can be picked up at the Bank of America Theatre box office (1701 Fourth Street NW) starting one hour before showtime.
The Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe (418 Montezuma Ave) will host a special screening of the 1996 film The Whole Wide World on Sunday, Oct. 15. The film relates the story of small-town Texas author Robert E. Howard (Vincent D’Onofrio), who created pulp hero Conan the Barbarian. The story concerns the budding romance between the larger-than-life dreamer and a feisty young schoolteacher (played by Renée Zellweger). Vincent D’Onofrio (who also starred in Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Daredevil”) will be on hand for this one-time-only screening. The Jean Cocteau’s owner and renowned author George R.R. Martin will conduct a one-on-one Q&A with D’Onofrio after the screening. The event starts at 4:30pm. Tickets are free and can be picked up at the Jean Cocteau’s box office starting at 4pm on the day of show. Seating is limited. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Depend on Independents
Speaking of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will return to the City Different starting this coming Wednesday, Oct. 18. This year’s ninth annual outing will take over the Jean Cocteau Cinema, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Violet Crown Cinema, the Santa Fe Playhouse and The Screen at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The mad rush of features, documentaries, shorts, panel discussions and parties starts on Wednesday with the Opening Night Film, Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s The Square, a much-praised satire of art, commerce and political correctness. Featuring appearances by Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Dominic West (“The Wire”), the film concerns a respected and highly liberal museum curator whose next show—an installation art exhibit about altruism—sends him into an existential crisis. The film starts at 6:30pm at Violet Crown. It’s proceeded by an opening night champagne toast at 6pm and an afterparty starting at 8:45pm. This years’ special SFIFF guests are cult director John Waters (who will be performing his one-man show John Waters Live on Saturday, Oct. 21.) and the husband-and-wife filmmaking team of John Sayles and Maggie Renzi (who will be receiving the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, Oct. 20). Individual tickets to films are $13 each. A 6-pack of tickets costs $70. An 8-pack of tickets costs $90. Full-festival passes run $399 and will get you into all 5 days and nights of the festival, featuring more than 100 films.