Gay Film Fundraiser—The Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be hosting a fundraising party this Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Graze by Jennifer James in Nob Hill. Tickets are $20 or $10 for Closet Cinema 2004 members and volunteers. There will be great Graze food, prizes and lots of local film lovers to rub elbows with. If you aren't already a member of Closet Cinema, the organization (which puts together the SG&LFF) will have membership information on hand. For more details, log on to www.closetcinema.org.
Film Festival Preview
Tromadance New Mexico
When Kurly Tlopoyawa, owner of Albuquerque's only cult video store, Burning Paradise, met Lloyd Kaufman, the notorious president of Troma Films and director of such trash classics as The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo & Juliet, it was a match made in Heaven. Or slightly south of there.
The Road to Albuquerque
An interview with Around the Bend writer/director Jordan Roberts
Around the Bend, an emotional little family drama/comedy being released by the newly formed Warner Independent label, was shot in and around Albuquerque over the course of six weeks last fall. The film, which tells the story of four generations of men (Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, Josh Lucas and young newcomer Jonah Bobo) on a cross-country quest to reconnect with their estranged past, was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Jordan Roberts.
I Heart Huckabees
Philosophical comedy is fundamentally confused
David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees is a parable of orderly excess, of curiosity taken to dire extremes, and, if nothing else, its bravery lies in its blatant disregard for organic deliberation. A mixture of the intellectual and the absurd, the film plays out like some confused, hung-over Sunday morning coffee klatch between Charlie Kaufman and Immanuel Kant.
“Lost” on ABC
Something very strange has happened in the first month of the new fall season. NBC, last season's big network, has taken a huge plunge in ratings. That isn't the shocking part, though; with the loss of “Friends” and “Frasier,” everyone expected a certain decrease in stature for the long-reigning champ. No, the shocking part is the suggestion of who might be the new number one network: ABC.
The Week in Sloth
“True Curse of the Mummy” (TLC 7 p.m.) Turns out most of the people who died mysterious deaths after opening mummy tombs in Egypt croaked from inhaling toxic mold. ... Yeah, its just not as scary.
“Genius: A Night for Ray Charles” (KRQE-13 8 p.m.) No disrespect intended, but Ray's career really seems to be taking off now that he's dead. First, there's this hour-long tribute featuring Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Elton John, B.B. King and Stevie Wonder. Then, there's the feature film biopic starring Jamie Foxx--who, coincidentally is hosting tonight's shindig.