Attention, comic book fans: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (creators of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) need your help. They’ll be in New Mexico this summer shooting their new film Paul, a comedy about a couple of middle-aged fanboys who road trip back from the San Diego Comic-Con and stumble across a crashed UFO, complete with alien (the titular Paul), in the American Southwest. Producers will hold a casting call for Star Wars, Star Trek, and “other science fiction and Comic-Con” fans and devotees this coming Saturday, May 9, at Far Horizon Studio (304 Washington SE). This casting call will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come in your best superhero or science-fiction costume. (Like you need an excuse to break out your Boba Fett helmet.)
Darrin Martin, UC Davis media arts professor, will pass through town on Friday, May 8, as part of his Inside Out experimental film and video tour. Basement Films will host Martin’s appearance/screening at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE) starting at 8 p.m. More than 70 minutes’ worth of collaborative and solo works from the last five years will be shown. Martin is known for creating videos, sculptures and installations that “explore how technologies are used to attempt to measure and augment our daily perceptions.” His works have exhibited and screened internationally at festivals and museums including the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Pacific Film Archive (California), The European Media Art Festival (Germany), WRO Media Arts Biennale (Poland) and The Impakt Festival (The Netherlands). A mere $5 gets you in the door. For more info, log on to darrinmartin.com or basementfilms.org.
Students of Cinema
Films Collide, a collaborative film festival for middle school students of the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) and Jefferson Middle School, will take place this Saturday, May 9, at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). Come sit in on this world premiere collection of Albuquerque-lensed student shorts from noon to 2 p.m. A mere $1 scores you a ticket. Cash prizes will be awarded to various filmmakers by you, the film-festival-watching public.
Do you love drum corps far, far more than I ever could? Then you might be interested to know that on Wednesday, May 13, Century Downtown 14 and the Cottonwood Starport theaters will screen a one-day-only special digital telecast showcasing six of the top Drum Corps International performances from the recent competitive season. Fans nationwide will vote on the “2009 Countdown Champion.” Tickets for DCI 2009: The Countdown are available online at fathomevents.com.