Freedom Film—The traveling Freedom Film Festival will be making a stop in Albuquerque Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The Hiland Theatre (4804 Central SE) will host four films from the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía including the political thriller Francisca (Sat. 2 p.m.), the drama Ciudades Oscuras (Sat. 4 p.m.), the political drama Pachito Rex (Sun. 2 p.m.) and the comedy Las Caras de la Luna (Sun. 4 p.m.). All four have English subtitles and tickets are a mere $3.50. Assets Grille & Brewing Company (6910 Montgomery NE), meanwhile, will screen a couple cool indie films on an outdoor screen. Films featured there will be the British sports comedy Blackball (Fri. 9 p.m.) and the Scottish/American crime comedy American Cousins (Sat. 9 p.m.). Tickets for the Assets screenings are $5. For more info, log on to www.freedomfilmfest.com
Horrifying Benefit—It was recently announced that the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill would be playing host this October to a spin-off of the Tromadance Film Festival. This local version of the notorious genre film fest will feature both local and national low-budget films. Tromadance founder Lloyd Kaufman will be on hand to check out the festivities. This Friday, Aug. 13, the Guild Cinema has hooked up with the above-mentioned Freedom Film Festival for a special fund-raising screening. At 10:15 p.m., the Guild will screen the Texas-based horror flick Dead & Breakfast. This low-budget splatstick comedy features David Carradine, Ever Carradine, Diedrich Bader, Erik Palladino and Jeremy Sisto in a tale of road trips, rest stops, zombies, severed heads and chainsaws. Tickets are a mere $5.
Native Cinema Sneak—The annual Native Cinema Showcase starts on Wed., Aug. 18, in Santa Fe, but NCS will be giving Albuquerqeans a sneak preview on Sat., Aug 14. Local journalist Conroy Chino will be at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a 7:30 p.m. screening of a one-hour documentary he produced and narrates. Looking Toward Home takes viewers on an exploration of the life and times of urban Indians living in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. For more info, log on to www.ccasantafe.org or call the Indian Cultural Center at 843-7270.
Good Stink—A big “thank you” goes out to all the enthusiastic audience members who came to the four sold-out screenings for The Stink of Flesh last weekend at the Guild Cinema. Audience response to this “world premiere” event was overwhelmingly positive. If you were unable to attend, you can pick up a special, limited-edition prerelease DVD of the film at Burning Paradise (801 Central SW) and Free Radicals (2215 Lead NE) for a mere $15.