The Taos Shortz Film Fest—recently named one to the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine—is looking for films to fill its 2015 schedule. This Thursday, Sept. 11, is the early deadline. Get your short film in by then and you’ll only have to pay a $22 entry fee ($15 for students or $11.44 for Taoseños). If you can’t get it in by then, the official deadline is Nov. 11, and the late deadline is Dec. 2. Films must be between 2 and 28 minutes in length. Categories include Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation and Out of the Ordinary. Taos Shortz will take place March 19 through 22.
Globalquerque and the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s International Cinema Series remember the 9/11 anniversary with a special screening of Seen But Not Heard: Four Love Stories. This moving 2002 documentary by Calogero Salvo follows the lives of four Mexican women whose husbands and partners worked in the World Trade Center and lost their lives on the tragic day in question. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the issue of immigration. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7pm in the NHCC’s Bank of America Theatre (1701 Fourth Street SW). Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets will be handed out starting one hour before showtime.
Cine Magnífico, Albuquerque’s Latino film festival, returns for its second jam-packed year this weekend. From Sept. 12 through 14, more than 15 features, documentaries and shorts will be screened. The opening night film (Friday, 7pm) is the smash hit comedy Spanish Affair (Ocho Apellidos Vascos), about an Andalusian ladies man who meets his match in a beguiling Basque woman and ends up pursuing her to a tiny mountain town. That will be proceeded by an opening night fiesta featuring pre-screening tapas and a cash bar. The closing night film (Sunday, 7pm) is We Are the Nobles (Nosotros los Nobles), a Mexican comedy about a rich entrepreneur who decides to teach his lazy offspring a lesson by staging a financial scandal. In between, films range from a family matinee of the charming Uruguayan animated tale Anina (Saturday, 11am) to a screening of the rural Nicaraguan education documentary School Days (Saturday, 2pm). Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 students/seniors. For $30 you can purchase a four-movie punch card, and for $50 you get the full-festival pass. All screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW).
Local film historian/writer Jeff Berg returns with a new event, adding a twist to his longtime “Made in New Mexico” film/lecture series. “Made on Route 66” is a brand new movie clip compilation highlighting films that take viewers on a virtual road trip along historic Route 66. The show will screen clips from beloved movies such as The Grapes of Wrath and How the West Was Won, as well as B-movie treasures like Damnation Alley and Two-Lane Blacktop. Berg provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes and some tongue-in-cheek critical insight along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles. After debuting at Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) this Saturday, Sept. 13, Berg will take the show on the road to other historic Route 66 theaters in Winslow, Holbrook and Sedona, Ariz. The show starts at 4pm. All seats are $7.