In honor of Veteran’s Day New Mexico PBS will be screening an excerpt of Ken Burn’s recent documentary “The Vietnam War.” On Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 9pm, you can catch this special screening at the Bank of America Theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). The screening will be followed by small group dialogues facilitated by the Albuquerque Vet Center. This is a free, ticketed event. Tickets are available at the Bank of America Theater box office, starting at 6pm. For more info go to nhccnm.org/events.
The Patrick J. Baca Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) is hosting a free family movie screening this Sunday, Nov. 12. Starting at 1:30pm, you can catch Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This 2017 film is rated PG-13 and stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem. Seating is limited, so get there early.
Students Should Submit
The 15th annual Desert Light Film Festival—which will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Alamogordo—is now accepting submissions for its student film competition. The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. It is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students—including those who attend public, private or charter school, or are home schooled. Categories include: Comedy/Drama, Animation, Music Video, Documentary, Experimental and 30-Second Commercial. Cable, phone and internet company TDS is sponsoring the competition and is offering prizes in each category. First place will take home $100. Honorable mention awards will get $50 each. The Otero County Hunger Coalition, meanwhile, is offering up a $150 prize for the best documentary film on the topic of “Hunger or Homelessness in New Mexico.” You have from now until March 16, 2018 to submit your film. Each entry requires a $5 submission fee, which should be mailed along with your entry form to “Otero County Film Office, 1301 White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM, 88310.” For more information on the contest, contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County film liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan Griggs at email@example.com.
The weekend after Halloween the 48 Hour Film Project returned to Albuquerque for its annual “Horror Project” challenge. Some 24 teams of filmmakers raced around Albuquerque for 2 days straight trying to write, direct and edit short horror films. On Wednesday, Nov. 15 you can check out all of this year’s submissions. There will be two blocks of screenings. Block A will start at 5:30pm, and Block B will start at 7:45pm. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers. Tickets are $10 for each block of shorts or $17 for both. You can purchase tickets now, in advance, at kimotickets.com.