The 48 Hour Film Project saw nearly 50 filmmaking teams racing around Albuquerque last weekend trying to write, shoot and edit short films in a mere two days. Each team was assigned a different genre, but all teams were given the same character, prop and line of dialogue to work into their cinematic creation. This weekend Albuquerque gets to see the fruits of those labors. The 48 Hour Film Project will screen every one of the finished films at KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) on Thursday and Friday. Thursday from 7 to 9pm, we get Film Block A. Friday from 6 to 8pm, we get Film Block B. Friday from 8:30 to 10:30pm, we get Film Block C. Each block consists of 14 films. Go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm to see if any of your favorite local filmmakers are in the lineup. Blocks are $10 each or $25 for all three. If you don’t have time to see all of the premieres, you can return on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7pm for a “Best Of” screening featuring all of the award-winning films. Tickets are available in advance at kimotickets.com.
TEDxABQ is hitting town on Sept. 12. For its fifth local outing, the popular speakers’ forum is adding a visual element. The first annual TEDxABQ Video Contest asks New Mexico makers to send in a 2-minute or less video. No questionable subject matter (weapons, tobacco, nudity, adult subjects) will be accepted. The theme of this year’s TEDx talks is “On Your Mark,” but filmmakers are encouraged to submit work on any subject. Send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line “TEDxABQ Video Contest.” Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number. Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday, July 31. So get editing! For more info go to tedxabq.com.
Wild Wild Bill
Blackout Theatre is back with another installment of Wild Bill’s Crazy Film Festival. The festival is an anything goes, “Gong Show”-style film fest in which all submissions will be shown—for a guaranteed total of two minutes. After that, it’s up to the mercy of the audience. If they like it, they’ll keep watching it. If they don’t host/Old West gunslinger Wild Bill will show up to put the film out of its misery with his six shooters. If a film makes it to the end credits, it’s got a shot at a cash prize and world fame (world fame not guaranteed). All films must be ten minutes or less, and filmmakers must be present for their film to be screened. Go to blackouttheatre.com for more info and to download the submission form. Submission price is $10 per film. You have until Monday, Aug. 3, at 5pm to get your submission in. Wild Bill’s Crazy Film Festival will take place Monday, Aug. 3, starting at 7pm at Tractor Brewery Company in Wells Park (1800 4th NW).