Your Chance to Show Off
Gov. Richardson sent out his annual call for entries to the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase. The 2009 showcase is a series of free public screenings designed to expose and celebrate the work of New Mexico filmmakers. This four-day event offers local writers and directors a chance to have their short or feature-length film shown publicly on the big screen at Guild Cinema in Albuquerque. Screenings will be free to the public, and there is no entry fee to submit. Narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films are welcome. The Guild will accept a total of 30 hours of films on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 3. Entry forms are available at the Guild Cinema box office (3405 Central NE) or online at nmfilm.com. The showcase will take place May 14 through 17. If you’re a filmmaker looking to get some exposure, here’s your chance. Get on it!
Wendy and Lucy
Small character study offers big rewards
Directory Kelly Reichardt follows last year’s much-praised indie Old Joy with the tonally similar Wendy and Lucy. Like Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy is a contemplative tale of relationships. Though the former film told the story of two out-of-touch friends reunited for a camping trip, the latter explores the connection between a rambling woman and her loyal pooch.
Nonsensical thriller mixes supernatural, science, science fiction, religious prophecy, Nicolas Cage, whatever was on hand
Warning: This review contains spoilers. Seriously. Lots of them. I don’t normally give out spoilers. Studios hate when reviewers do that. So do a lot of moviegoers. But I simply can’t insult the new techno-supernatural-whatsis thriller Knowing without giving away its few meager secrets. If you really want to see Knowing, I suggest you spend your 10 bucks on 10 Big Beef Burritos at Taco Bell or give it to charity or throw it in a wishing well—something useful instead. If you really, really want to see Knowing, I suggest you stop reading this review right now.
“Who’s Got the Pilot?”
Stars line up for 2009 season
Last year’s crippling Writers Guild strike signaled an end to TV’s traditional pilot season. Stuck with sagging ratings and crummy shows, however, the networks are scrambling to come up with new product for fall 2009. It’s hard to guess which of these shows will actually make it onto the air, but here’s a quick sampling of the star-studded series pilots shooting in Hollywood (and elsewhere).
The Week in Sloth
“The Office” (KOB-4 8 p.m.) Apparently, Michael has been at Dunder Mifflin for 15 years, and he’s got big plans for his anniversary.
“Taking the Stage” (MTV 11 p.m.) Ten students at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts get their own reality show. ... Hey, it beats giving more exposure to Playboy models, filthy-rich housewives and people who have at least eight kids.
“Battlestar Galactica” (Sci-Fi 7 p.m.) I don’t wanna jinx it. But given that tonight’s two-hour series-ending finale is titled “Daybreak,” I’m gonna go out on a limb and say something remotely hopeful might actually happen.