The University of New Mexico is heading back to class for the fall semester. And that means the ASUNM Southwest Film Center inside the Student Union Building is getting ready to fire up. The regular schedule has yet to be announced, but Mid-Week Movies is welcoming students back with a special free movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron will screen drive-in-style on Sunday, Aug. 16, starting at 8pm at UNM’s Johnson Field. Bring a blanket, and wait for the sun to go down. Passes for the entire semester of Mid-Week Movies (Aug. 18 through Nov. 19) are available for purchase now at the Student Activities Center (SUB room 1018, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm). A mere $15, cash or check, gets you 12 different weekly movies, screened on Tuesdays (8pm), Wednesdays (4 and 7pm) and Thursdays (3:30pm). Among the second-run features being shown this fall are Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Ted 2 and Ant-Man. Regular ticket prices are $2 students and $3 general public. For more info go to movies.unm.edu.
The deadline for submitting short films/videos to this year’s TEDxABQ conference has been extended to Friday, Aug. 14. TED is the annual speakers’ forum that invites people to deliver inspirational/motivational/educational presentations on whatever topic grabs their fancy. This year the Albuquerque chapter is adding a visual element in the form of local shorts. Makers are asked to submit films or videos 2 minutes or less in length. The theme of this year’s TEDx talk is “On Your Mark,” but filmmakers are encouraged to submit work on any subject. Send your video to email@example.com and use the subject line “TEDxABQ Video Contest.” Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number. Submission are due by 5pm on Friday. For more info go to tedxabq.com.
66 in cinema
Local film historian and writer Jeff Berg will be at the Special Collections Library (423 Central NE) on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10:30am to 12pm. Berg will present a brand new screening/lecture titled Made on 66. The presentation will focus on classic Hollywood films shot along historic Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. Clips from a wide variety of films—including The Grapes of Wrath, Rain Man, Damnation Alley, Easy Rider and Starman—will be shown. Berg will provide behind-the-scenes anecdotes and critical insight along the way. Audience participation is encouraged. Admission is free.
Coffee & Conversation
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center will offer a Coffee & Conversation movie screening featuring the short, animated documentary “Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande” this coming Wednesday, Aug., 19. All throughout August, the Cultural Center is commemorating the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, and this 19-minute film by writer-director John Jota Leanos provides a concise primer on the historical event. The movie is free with center admission ($6 adult, $5.50 senior, $4 New Mexico residents, $3 students). The film will start at 5:30pm. and will be followed by a talk and Q&A featuring Lee Moquino, a Santa Clara artist and spiritual leader featured in the film. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is located at 2401 12th NW. Go to indianpueblo.org for more info.