By Devin D. O'Leary
More Film, Please—The deadline for submitting film to the 10th Annual Alibi Short Film Fiesta is almost upon us. Films must be in our grubby little hands by this Saturday, Sept. 18.
This year, in case you didn't know, we have hooked up with the State Film Office to become part of the Governor's Cup Film Challenge. For purposes of the Challenge, the state of New Mexico has been divided up into five different regions. Each region will solicit films from filmmakers and hold a local screening of selected entries. The Alibi Film Fiesta is serving as the Central Region film festival, covering Albuquerque, Santa Fe and the surrounding area. That means that all films that make it into this year's Film Fiesta will be eligible for the prestigious Governor's Cup. There are three categories in which you can enter: Narrative, Documentary and Student (high school or under). The top three films in each of the five regions will go on to the Final Governor's Cup screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival in December. There, Gov. Richardson will hand out the inaugural Governor's Cup Award. There will be many prizes awarded (cash and otherwise) along the way. You can log on to www.alibi.com/filmfest for complete rules and entry forms.
The Alibi Film Fiesta/Governor's Cup Challenge screening will be held Oct. 8 and 9 at the historic Lobo Theater in Nob Hill. The public is heartily encouraged to attend what is sure to be the state's largest display of homegrown filmmaking talent.
Catch a Streetcar—The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center, will present a screening of the 1951 classic A Streetcar Named Desire on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The film is being shown as a tribute to late, great actor Marlon Brando and is part of the Lensic's ongoing “Big Screen Classics” series. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Lensic box office (211 West San Francisco).
Brown Road Benefit—Though it came out right after the legendary Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's 1951 film Ace in the Hole is practically an undiscovered gem. Shot entirely in New Mexico, the film tells of a cynical newspaperman (Kirk Douglas) who stumbles across a thrill-seeker trapped in a mine shaft. Thinking he's found the story of the year, our protagonist turns the entire rescue operation into a media circus. Guild Cinema will be screening the film starting on Friday. Rather appropriately, part of the proceeds will go to benefit the Brown Road Fire Relief Fund, aimed at helping those who lost property in this summer's Bosque fire. Several Bosque residents found themselves demonized after the fire when Bernalillo County Sheriff Daren White rushed to declare their home a “laboratory” filled with “suspicious devices”--a charge that proved quite false.
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