Reel World: “Man-App” fundraiser, local vet talks Korengal, Chickasaw Nation casts biopic
 Alibi V.23 No.28 • July 10-16, 2014 

Reel World


“The Man-App”

Local filmmaker Holly Adams is still working on turning her web series “The Man-App” into a full-fledged feature film. This sexy comedy/fantasy concerns a “technophile bombshell” who creates a smartphone application that instantly delivers the man of her dreams at the touch of a button. To help speed the plow, there will be a benefit screening of “The Man-App” episodes and other Holly Adams short films. The event will take place Thursday, July 10, at the Ryde Shack (101 Bryn Mawr SE). The screening starts at 8pm. A suggested $5 donation gets you in the door for “a romping good time.”

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War stories


Korengal, the follow-up to Sebastian Junger’s Academy Award-nominated Afghan war documentary Restrepo, will open this Friday in Albuquerque at the High Ridge Theater (12921 Indian School NE). Korengal focuses on the men of the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s Battle Company as they defend a hand-built plywood outpost in the remote mountains of Afghanistan against enemy forces. The film will play all week, but on Friday night there will be a special Q&A with Staff Sergeant (ret.) Eric Ortegren of Battle Company. After being seriously injured in Afghanistan, Ortegren moved to Albuquerque and got his master’s in social work. He now works with veterans. Ortegren will head up to Santa Fe on Saturday, July 12, to the DeVargas Mall Cinema 6 for another Q&A. Show times at both theaters begin around 7pm. (Check individual theater listings for exact times.)

Budget conscious

On Saturday, July 12, Jilann Spitzmiller of DocuMentors and Philomath Films will conduct a Documentary Budgeting Workshop in Santa Fe. The class will take place from 1 to 5pm in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Tr.). This half-day workshop covers the basics of budgeting for documentaries of all sizes. Spitzmiller promises “you will walk away with budget templates, sample budgets, going rates for vendors and crew, and a good working knowledge of how to approach accurate budgeting for any project.” Cost is $40 and includes paperwork. Space is limited.

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Casting call

Mary Francis Thompson (Te Ata) herself
Mary Francis Thompson (Te Ata) herself

Producers of the upcoming film Te Ata are searching for Native American actors. An open casting call will take place from 9:30am to 2pm on Saturday, July 12, at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North (5151 San Francisco NE). Produced by the Chickasaw Nation, Te Ata is a feature-length film based on “the remarkable life and legacy of Chickasaw performer Mary Frances Thompson.” Individuals interested in auditioning are urged to bring an 8-by-10 portrait and a résumé. Auditions will consist of a 2-minute reading before a casting committee. For additional information, including a list of available roles, email or visit

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