The National Hispanic Cultural Center continues to gift us with modern Spanish cinema this Thursday, May 29. Starting at 7pm the NHCC’s Bank of America Theatre (1701 Fourth Street SW) will screen the 2003 comedy Días de Fútbol. Hoping to improve his depressing life, middle-aged loser Jorge (Alberto San Juan) joins forces with an ex-convict named Antonio (Ernesto Alterio) to resurrect the soccer team they were a part of in their youth. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets will be handed out one hour prior to showtime. The film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles, allowing two different monolingual audiences to enjoy.
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Just a reminder that the second annual New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference (no relation to the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience) will kick off this weekend, May 30 and 31, with a broad range of panels, presentations, vendor exhibits and networking opportunities. The conference, hosted by the New Mexico Film Office, is aimed at film and media professionals as well as up-and-comers. Admission is free, but you do need to be pre-registered. Hopefully you’ve already done that. Get on over to the Hotel Albuquerque (800 Rio Grande NW) this weekend and learn something!
The South Broadway Cultural Center will host a couple of local film screenings this weekend. On Friday, May 30, at 7pm, it’s Lean Like a Gangster (aka The Price of the American Dream II). Director Michael Amundsen and his local cast tell the story of a single mother of four who loses her job, moves from LA to small-town New Mexico and nearly loses her son to gang activity. There will be a cast and crew reception at 6:30pm. Admission is free. Amundsen is using this event to launch his newest project, Cat and the Trolls, described as “a Christmas tale of a faithful young girl and a terrible blizzard.” The following night, Saturday, May 31, at 7pm, SBCC will host The ASH Project, a “collaborative film that uses the medium of dance and film to explore a young generation’s response to the Holocaust.” The film was shot inside Albuquerque’s historic Rail Yards by UNM’s Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media students. Admission is $10 general admission or $20 reserved seating. The South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE.
The Sky City Cultural Center at Acoma Pueblo continues to present Haak’u Museum Movie Nights. On Friday, May 30, from 6 to 7:30pm, the Haak’u Museum will screen the groundbreaking 1929 Western Redskin starring Richard Dix as a Navajo abducted to a government boarding school as a child. Trapped between cultures, he tries to navigate two different worlds—neither of which he truly belongs to. Shot at Acoma and surprisingly complex for its time, Redskin examines racism and prejudice between and among Indians and non-Indians. New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg will be on hand to introduce the silent film classic.
Filmstock is a short film festival taking place in each of the Four Corners states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah every December. Four award-winning films from each state’s Filmstock event will advance to screen at the next three state’s events, putting the filmmakers’ work in front of audiences around the Southwest. May 31 is the final, drop-dead deadline to submit your film for consideration. Each submission will set you back $20. Films can be of any genre but need to be no longer than 44 minutes in length.