Reel New Mexico, Santa Fe’s only monthly independent film series, returns Thursday, Nov. 13, with a screening of Bagdad Café. This comic fable from 1987 teams Marianne Sagebrecht and C.C.H. Pounder as two women from wildly different cultures who meet at a ramshackle motel-restaurant on the edge of the Mojave Desert. The screening starts at 7pm at the Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado (7 Caliente Rd.). A $5 suggested donation gets you in the door.
The sex-positive Pornotopia Film Festival returns to Guild Cinema in Nob Hill (3405 Central NE) this Thursday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 16. This annual, adults-only celebration of “real bodies, real pleasure, real sex” kicks off with a live storytelling show featuring the hit podcast “RISK!” Host Kevin Allison will be on hand to guide audience members through a “dark, hilarious and sexy forest of true stories about the moment when life appears a bit like porn.” The show will be recorded live, and the stories audience members share could potentially be aired internationally on Allison’s weekly “RISK!” podcast. The rest of the weekend features a collection of shorts, features and documentaries, all centered around various sexual proclivities, identities and explorations. It all closes out on Sunday night with a selection of shorts from Portland’s 8th annual international Bike Smut Film Festival. Yup, it’s a bunch of erotic films made by inspired cyclists from all over the world. Opening night tickets are $15. Individual tickets are $10. Full festival passes are $80.
The modern struggles of native peoples in Mexico’s remote Sierra Madre Occidental range get the documentary treatment in Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians. According to the filmmakers, the film presents “the emblematic case of the defense of Wirikuta, sacred territory to the Wixárika people, against the threat of transnational mining corporations.” The award-winning film will be shown in Albuquerque on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 12pm at La Plazita Institute (831 Isleta SW) and Sunday, Nov. 16, at 12:30pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW). A suggested $10 donation gets you in the door, and a panel discussion will follow each screening.