Put a Tiger in Your Television—Innovative indie media personality Carlos Pareja from New York-based Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) will be at the University of New Mexico on Thursday, April 22, to present a special video screening/lecture. PTTV is a non-profit, volunteer-based video collective founded in 1981. The purpose of PTTV is to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media and to involve people in the process of making their own media. Locally, PTTV programming can be seen on Albuquerque Public Access channel 27. Pareja will be in the Lobo Room on the top floor of UNM's Student Union Building to discuss 20 years of media repair and to screen examples of Paper Tiger's ongoing media literacy projects. The screening/lecture is sponsored by UNM's P.L.A.C.E. program (Partnership in Learning through the Arts, Culture and Environment) and gets underway at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Sin Fronteras Flies Again
Film festival from across the Americas returns to ABQ
The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is a media festival created to showcase the works of socially conscious independent video and filmmakers from across the Americas. For the second year in a row, it is sponsored by UNM's Student Organization for Latin American Studies and the Latin American and Iberian Institute. This Saturday, April 24, Sin Fronteras will fill the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill with comedy, drama, documentary, animation and experimental films.
Taos Vision Quest
A second film fest rises to replace TTPIX
It's been a little over a year since the much-loved Taos Talking Picture Film Festival (TTPIX) died and went away. Earlier this month, the Taos Picture Show successfully kept up the tradition, recruiting several key players from TTPIX, including programming director Kelly Clement and artistic director Jason Silverman. Now comes another gang of film lovers dedicated to bringing film back to the streets of Taos. From Wednesday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, the Taos Vision Quest International Film Festival will bring the spirit of independent filmmaking to Northern New Mexico.
13 Going on 30
Derivative body swap comedy needs to do a little growing up
Body swap comedies were a (thankfully) short-lived trend of the '80s. The success of Tom Hanks in Big led to a string of pale imitations like 18 Again, Vice Versa, 14 Going on 30 and Like Father, Like Son--all of which featured kids suddenly trapped in the bodies of adults. It didn't take long after the teenybopper success of Disney's Freaky Friday remake for Hollywood to jump back on the trend, however.
“Pimp My Ride” on MTV
Although most of America seems adverse to the idea of actually cleaning, renovating and decorating their houses, they are quite happy to watch TV shows about other people performing those same activities. Having burned through every variation of home trading, sweeping, monsterizing and making over, television has turned to our next most cherished possession: the American automobile. Leading the charge in the vehicular renovation movement (followed closely by TLC's “Overhaulin'”) is MTV's hilariously titled “Pimp My Ride.”
“Most Extreme Elimination Challenge” (Spike 8 p.m.) Spike TV kicks off a new season of its hilariously violent and dubbed for the sake of comedy Japanese game show with a one-hour “almost live” special.
“Just the Facts” (Court TV 8 p.m.) Real life police detectives, federal agents and private investigators rate their TV counterparts. Surprisingly, the most accurate TV cop show turns out to be “Baywatch Nights.” Who knew?
The Devil's Rain (AMC 8:30 p.m.) This 1975 schlockfest about a gang of Satanists in the American Southwest is notable mostly for its bizarre cast. Poseidon Adventurer Ernest Borgnine, “Green Acres” resident Eddie Albert, Poltergeist dad Tom Skerritt, “Star Trek” overactor William Shatner, '30s idol Ida Lupino, character actor Keenan Wynn, real-life Satanist Anton LaVey and a very young John Travolta (in his very first role) are among the devil worshippers and their victims.