Alibi V.18 No.3 • Jan 15-21, 2009 

Reel World

Albuquerque-Okinawa Connection

This weekend, Uncanny Entertainment and Third Star Films are proud to present the U.S. premiere of the feature film Jigoku at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. The film is a giant monster movie set in Japan but features a cast and crew of largely New Mexico-based talent. Writer-director Phillip Hughes, formerly of Albuquerque’s Eat Drink and Be Larry comedy troupe, moved to Okinawa, Japan, several years ago and began work on his debut feature. The story concerns a group of international students on a leadership program in Southeast Asia. Stopping in Okinawa in the wake of a sudden typhoon, the group finds the city deserted. But are they truly alone? Not by a long shot. An eclectic group of actors and crew from New Mexico, New Zealand, England, Canada and Okinawa came together to shoot Jigoku in the summer of 2006. Post-production was based out of New York, while the effects work and musical score were completed in New Mexico.

Jigoku’s premiere is a one-time-only screening. It will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $7 general admission.


This Saturday, Jan. 17, UNM’s ARTS Labs is sponsoring the fifth annual N.M. Media Industries Conference “MIX.” A wide range of sessions, workshops and panel discussions in animation, business, education, film, gaming, web/software and more will be featured during the day-long conference. Ian Bogost, one of the world’s leading video game creators/writers/producers, will be the lead-off speaker for the day. MIX will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building Ballroom B. Price is $50 for the full day (including lunch) or $25 for students. You need to register in advance. You can check out a full schedule of events and download registration forms at