By Devin D. O'Leary
Academy Awards in Albuquerque—Congratulations are in order for Bill Tondreau of Albuquerque-based Kuper Controls. Tondreau is scheduled to receive an Oscar this year at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards. The scientific awards are announced and handed out earlier than the regular awards (which will take place this year on Feb. 29). Tondreau will be honored for his significant advances with robotic camera systems. The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards will be presented at a dinner on Feb. 14.
The International Communist Conspiracy to Sap and Impurify All of Our Precious Bodily Fluids—The Lensic Performing Arts Center's Big Screen Classics series presents a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1965 masterwork Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. Frighteningly timely and still freakishly funny, this irreverent satire about war was nominated for four Academy Awards. Tickets are a mere $5 and are available at the Lensic box office (211 West San Francisco) or online at www.tickets.com.
Mountainous Movies—The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival has been thrilling audiences for over 20 years. For a mere two years, audiences in New Mexico have been able to sample the festival thanks to Telluride Mountainfilm in Santa Fe. This Tuesday, Jan. 27, Forest Guardians—a Santa Fe-based non-profit environmental group—is proud to present the second annual offshoot in the City Different. This year's Telluride Mountainfilm in Santa Fe will feature the best of Mountainfilm 2003. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Lensic Performing Arts Center will play host to eight short films from as far away as Russia, Germany, Sweden and France. The films all concentrate on mountaineering, high altitude culture and important environmental and social messages. Snowboarding, river rafting, mountain climbing and the reintroduction of wolves into Idaho wilderness are just a sampling of the night's topics. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Lensic box office. Call (505) 988-1234 for more info or log on to the Mountainfilm website at www.mountainfilm.org.
Movie Work—With all the films coming to shoot on New Mexico soil, there's a huge demand now for production assistants to work on movie sets. If you're interested in getting in on the ground floor of the movie industry, here's your chance. The New Mexico Film Office and Santa Fe Community College are offering training for people aspiring to become movie PAs. The two-day session on Jan. 24 and 31 is free and no experience is necessary. Students will learn set etiquette, how to read call sheets and how to operate a two-way radio on set. Deadline for registration is Jan. 23. For information or to register, call 827-0025 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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