Curious what New Mexico’s homegrown filmmakers are up to? Friends of Film, Video and Arts will present an evening of short films by professional New Mexico film artists on Friday, Feb. 29. Among the films scheduled to be shown on the big screen are “Director’s Cut New Mexico: The Art of Storytelling” produced by Rebecca Dakota, “Susan Klebanoff--Waves” produced by Anton Kozikowski, “Black Eagle Flying Free” produced by Brad Stoddard, “Cycling” produced by Ken Knoll, “The Truth About Walden Matussey” produced by Tim Boughn, “Climate Change: What It Means for New Mexico” produced by Anton Kozikowski and “Teardrop” produced by Fritz Eberle. Following the screening will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers. This event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at UNM’s Continuing Ed North Building (1634 University). Admission is $19 or $10 for Friends of Film, Video and Arts members. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FoFVA, a local organization working in conjunction with Harwood Arts to support local, grassroots filmmakers. For more information on the event or the organization, log on to www.filmvideoarts.org.
Angels in America
The newest Hollywood film to land in New Mexico looks to be the supernatural thriller Legion. Special effects guru-turned-filmmaker Scott Charles Stewart will make his directing debut with this apocalyptic tale about a legion of angels sent by an angry God to wipe out mankind. The only thing standing between the Heavenly horde and the end of the human race is the archangel Michael (played by Paul Bettany, The Da Vinci Code’s murderous albino). The film is set to be distributed by Sony’s Screen Gems imprint. It will be shot in and around Santa Fe from March 31 through early May and expects to hire approximately 134 New Mexico crew members and 433 actors, including background talent.
Like hammers? Like movies? Jim TwoCrow of Tetuwan Construction will be head facilitator of a one-day pre-employment training program titled “Film Construction 101: Prop Making, Carpentry for Set Builds.” The objective of this course is to help experienced New Mexico tradespersons transition into the growing film industry. Attendees will learn the basics of below-the-line film crew lifestyle, the role of film unions and the difference between film construction and general contracting. Interested attendees must be New Mexico residents and have experience in the construction industry. The class will take place Sunday, March 9, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Santa Fe. A prerequisite class on “General Safety and Power Tool Certification” (scheduled to take place Saturday, March 8) is mandatory. Cost is $25, and you must register by e-mailing name and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, please contact Jim TwoCrow at (505) 410-9576.