Yes, it’s true: The Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe (which just happens to be owned by fantasy titan George R.R. Martin) will be hosting a sneak preview of season 4 of “Game of Thrones” this Saturday, March 29. That’s a full week before it airs on HBO. The Spanish language dub will start at 10:30am (doors at 10am). The English language version will start at 1:30pm (doors at 1pm). This is a free event, but seating is extremely limited, and tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The line cannot be formed until 24 hours before the showing. You are not allowed to camp in tents. Guests must remain in line. No cutting or saving places. Excited by the prospect of a new “Thrones” season, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has declared Saturday, March 29, George R.R. Martin Day. There will be a special presentation at the Sanbusco Market Center (500 Montezuma Ave.) featuring the mayor, Martin and new “Game of Thrones” cast member Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell). As a special bonus, the actual “Iron Throne” will be on display at Sanbusco from 9:30am to 5pm, which should make for a fine fanboy/girl photo op. The Jean Cocteau is located at 418 Montezuma Ave., across the street from Sanbusco Market Center.
Albuquerque’s very first transgender film festival will get underway early next month with an opening night party on Friday, April 4, at ArtBar (119 Gold SW) followed by a full day of films at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Saturday, April 5. If you wanna beat the box-office rush, pre-sale tickets and passes for Transtastic! are up for grabs right now at the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (120 Morningside NE). Full Festival passes will run you $35; general admission is $10 per screening. Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival members get a $2 per ticket discount.
Despite the fact that “Breaking Bad” has ended (and “Killer Women” has been canceled), it looks like New Mexico is once again flush with television productions. The New Mexico Film Office says at least two TV series and one prospective TV pilot are slated to shoot here over the summer. “Hieroglyph” is a fantasy adventure set in ancient Egypt, which will shoot 13 episodes for 20th Century Fox Television. “Manhattan” is an hour-long historical drama for WGN and is based on the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos. Most recently it was announced that “The Messengers” would begin shooting soon for The CW. The series focuses on a mysterious object which crashes to Earth, killing a number of unconnected strangers—but the strangers are soon resurrected with a mission to prevent the impending Apocalypse. So, from the looks of it, we’ll be seeing a lot of New Mexico on the fall TV schedule.
Don’t Bogart that popcorn
The African Queen
The KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) closes out its tribute to Humphrey Bogart with 1951’s The African Queen. Bogart teamed up with the legendary Katharine Hepburn for this spirited adventure yarn, and it remains a Golden Era Hollywood favorite. The screening will start at 7pm on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors.