Experiments in Cinema v6.3—Basement Films and the UNM Department of Cinematic Arts’ annual celebration of all things filmy and mind-bending—gets underway in earnest April 13 through 17. There will be a sneak peek this Sunday, April 3, however, at the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque. This one-off screening from 1 to 3 p.m. will feature regional youth films. Artistic director Bryan Konefsky has chosen a selection of experimental student shorts to kick off this year’s festivities. Admission for this special pre-fest event is free. Log on to the Experiments website for information on all the upcoming films, workshops and parties.
Shearer Is Here
Harry Shearer, best known for his humorous work on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Simpsons” and This Is Spinal Tap, is getting serious with his latest filmic effort. Shearer wrote and directed the new documentary feature The Big Uneasy. The film profiles the leaders of two scientific investigation teams and one whistleblower from the Army Corps of Engineers, who reveal the true story of how New Orleans flooded in the wake of Katrina and why it could happen again. The film plays April 2 through 6 at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Shearer will be in Albuquerque on Sunday, April 3, to introduce the film and to participate in a post-film Q and A. Sounds like a can’t-miss opportunity to chat with a passionate show biz vet.
Building an Audience
Speaking of shows at Guild Cinema: The theater will host another American Institute of Architects screening on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The 2010 film Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio will be screened. The film profiles radical Alabama educator/architect/artist Samuel Mockbee. Tickets are free and available by RSVPing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the AIA office at 242-9800. Seating is extremely limited, so act quickly if you want to go. Any unclaimed “will call” tickets will be distributed to the public at the Guild box office after 6:30 p.m. on the night of the screening.
Social Justice Cinema
The People Before Profit films series continues on Monday, April 4, with a free screening of the 1971 film The Murder of Fred Hampton. The notorious social justice documentary started out as a profile of Illinois Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and ended up chronicling his murder at the hands of the Chicago Police Department. Screenings get underway at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Theater at UNM. To keep up with People Before Profit films series, be sure and friend the group on Facebook.