The award-winning documentary film LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 will screen this Thursday, March 19, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW). Harris herself, a well-known Comanche social activist and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, will appear alongside the film’s producer, Julianna Brannum, for a post-film Q&A. Admission is free.
Like clockwork, the Taos Shortz Film Festival returns to offer a smorgasbord of short film delights up in the cool environs of northern New Mexico. This year’s eighth annual festival will start on Thursday, March 19, and run through Sunday, March 22. Over that time period, attendees will be exposed to more than 150 global shorts from 34 different countries. Programs range from “NM High School Shortz” to “Family Friendly Shortz” to “IAIA Native American Shortz” to “Global Shortz.” There will also be a handful of workshops, parties and mixers. As always the festival’s award ceremony is followed by a “Best of Fest” screening (Sunday, 7 to 9pm). Individual tickets run $5 to $12—or you can pick up a full-festival “Hummm” pass for $122. Organizers expect many of the screenings to sell out, so attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.
This spring and summer, the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its “Movies That Matter” series. The globally and environmentally conscious film series continues this Saturday, March 21 (2pm), and Wednesday, March 25 (6:45pm), with Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds. This documentary explains how one of the world’s most precious resources—the very seeds that grow our food—is at risk. The film profiles farmers, renegade gardeners and “seed activists” trying to preserve our traditional foodstuffs before they’re lost to time and genetic modification. The film will screen at Santa Fe’s Jean Cocteau Cinema. Tickets are available at the Jean Cocteau box office (418 Montezuma Ave.).
In honor of National Women’s Day, New Mexico Women in Film is proud to present the Women in Film and TV International Short Film Showcase. This event will take place Monday, March 23, at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). The films being screened were all made by members from Women in Film & Television chapters around the world. Out of 869 submissions (from 58 countries and 26 WIFTI chapters), 30 finalists were chosen. Kicking off the showcase is a short documentary titled “Mbeti: The Road to Kisesni” by NMWIF member Ann Bromberg. Her film was chosen as one of the top four New Mexico films submitted. She will be present to discuss her experience shooting the film on location in Africa. The show starts at 6:30pm. Admission is free to NMWIF members or $15 for guests.