The historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) launches another classic film series this week. In conjunction with the Friends for the Public Library, KiMo will present the Thin Man movie series, based on the books by Dashiell Hammett. It all starts on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7pm with 1934’s The Thin Man starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as married detective duo Nick and Nora Charles. Loy and Powell played the martini-drinking, deco-era detectives in a number of successful films—all of which you’ll have an opportunity to see on the KiMo’s big screen. After the Thin Man from 1936 plays Friday, Jan. 23, at 8pm. Another Thin Man from 1939 plays Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2pm. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) follows on Saturday at 7pm. The cocktail party wraps up on Sunday, Jan. 25, with The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) at 2pm and Song of the Thin Man (1946) at 5pm. It’s all part of ABC Library’s “Books to the Big Screen” celebration. Admission to all screenings is free to the general public, and tickets are not required.
The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase will hit the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave. in Santa Fe) this weekend. Some 43 independently produced films from Albuquerque, Sandia Park, Santa Fe, Portales, Farmington, Capitan, Clovis, Las Cruces and Roswell will be featured. On Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 4pm, there will be the “Best of Category” screening, a 132-minute block of the winning films from this year’s entries. That’s followed at 6:30pm by a networking event hosted by the theater. On Sunday, Jan. 25, you’ll get a chance to see all the films submitted this year, starting at 10am with the animation block. That’s followed at 10:15am by the comedy category, at 11:20am by the documentary category, at 12:50pm by the drama category, at 2:20pm by the experimental category and at 3:30pm by the horror/sci-fi category. Admission to all screenings is free, but seating is limited. Following the showcase, winning films will travel New Mexico throughout the year in collaboration with local film festivals and theaters. For more information, including a complete schedule of films, go to nmfilm.com.
If you’re in the mood to head out of town for a little film action, the fourth annual Backcountry Film Fest will hit the Reel Deal Theater (2551 Central Ave. in Los Alamos) this Thursday, Jan. 22. Presented by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, Backcountry Film Festival aims at “entertaining while raising funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands, a nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves winter wildlands and snow sports experiences on public lands.” Nine independent, grassroots films inspiring winter adventurers to seek “the snow less traveled” will be screened in two separate screenings beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, visit fyilosalamos.com/event/backcountry-film-festival or call (505) 662-0460.