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 V.16 No.8 | February 22 - 28, 2007 

Reel World

Africa in America--The fifth edition of the African Effect Film Festival comes to the CCA Cinematheque (1050 Old Pecos Trail) in Santa Fe this weekend. From Friday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 25, the CCA will host a series of films, lectures and concerts, all centered on African culture and the African diaspora. Six films will be featured, spanning the globe from Senegal to South Africa, from Kenya and the United States. Subjects range from a South African adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen to a documentary about New York teens who use hip-hop as a vehicle for self-development. This year’s special guest is legendary Senegalese musician/film composer Lamine Konte. For a complete schedule of films and events, log on to www.ccasantafe.org. Tickets are $8.50 general admission/$7 members, students and seniors. Festival passes are available for $45/$30 members.

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Michael (he’s the one on the right) and Mark Polish (he’s the one on the left) discuss business on the set of   The Astronaut Farmer

Film Review

Prepare to Launch

An interview with the writer, producer and star of The Astronaut Farmer

Twin brothers Mark and Michael Polish burst onto the indie film scene in flamboyant fashion, writing, producing and starring in the 1999 drama Twin Falls Idaho. That off-kilter film fest hit focused its cracked lens on a pair of Siamese twins (Mark and Mike, who are not quite joined at the hip in real life) falling in love with a hooker. Following that freshman effort (cranked out for around $500,000), the Polish brothers produced another couple cult-leaning ensemble films, 2001’s gambling comedy Jackpot and 2003’s biblical allegory Northfork.

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“Please, sir, thrill me again with talk of the democratic parliamentary system of governance.”

Film Review

Amazing Grace

Costume drama makes Abolitionist movement sexy (not really)

Amazing Grace is a spectacularly well-intentioned film. So selfless are its motivations, though, that it threatens on multiple occasions to degenerate from movie to outright moralizing. Fortunately, helmer Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough and the Seven Up! series) is on hand to keep things from crossing the line between story and sermon.

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Idiot Box

Award Weary

The 79th Annual Academy Awards on ABC

Why do we watch the Oscars? It’s a valid question. The telecast itself is rarely riveting television. The opening monologue is sometimes funny. The “who died last year” tribute is always worth a look. But aside from that, there isn’t a whole lot of entertainment to be found. Not even the red carpet arrivals are particularly interesting, as stars gave up wearing crazy crap years ago.

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Week in Sloth

The Week in Sloth

Highlights from around the dial. Except no one has dials anymore.

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Thursday

The Piano in a Factory at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Friday

Friday Filmmakers Coffee at Jean Cocteau Cinema

Friday Filmmakers Coffee

A get-together for professional filmmakers who are actively working in the industry in New Mexico.

Saturday

The New Mexico Edit at CCA Cinematheque

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