If you’re in the mood to make a short film, but are looking for an excuse not to spend a lot of time on it, I suggest getting your application in for this year’s 48 Hour Film Science Fiction Project. Assemble your all-star local team of writers, producers, directors, actors, editors, musicians—whatever you need—and be ready for the kickoff event this Friday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7pm at Nob Hill Studios (4401 Central NE). You need to be registered by then. You can do that by heading to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm/scifi and paying the $175 registration fee. On Friday each team will be assigned a line of dialogue, a character, a prop and a sub-genre (aliens? time travel?) to incorporate into their final product. Drop-off of completed films will take place Sunday, Oct. 18. at 7:30pm at Kelly’s Brew Pub (3222 Central SE). The premiere screenings will happen Saturday, Oct. 24, starting at 6pm at KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Get moving, time is short!
Esteemed actress Gena Rowlands (Minnie and Moskowitz, Gloria, Night on Earth, The Notebook) is this year’s special guest of honor at the 2015 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. She’ll be accepting the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Lensic Performing Ats Center (211 W. San Francisco). The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the 1974 film A Woman Under the Influence—for which Rowlands received a Best Actress nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tickets for that (likely to sell out) event are available at ticketssantafe.org ($12 to $150) . Of course that’s not the only thing happening at this year’s SFIFF. The seventh annual event, taking place Oct. 14 through 18 in Santa Fe, features more than 100 films, educational panels, discussions and—of course—parties. It all comes to an end on Sunday at 6:30pm with the Closing Night Film, Jay Craven’s period drama Peter and John, based on the 1887 novel by Guy de Maupassant. To see a complete schedule, check out santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.
Albuquerque microcine organization Basement Films welcomes Vancouver’s Iris Film Collective to town this Sunday, Oct. 18, to present its new traveling exhibit “The End of The World.” This experimental, analog celluloid collection consists of eight “hand-processed, black and white 16mm films” representing eight “unique perspectives on the idea of the end of the world.” The apocalyptic event will take place at GRAFT Art Space (1415 Fourth Street SW) starting at 7pm. Admission is a mere $5. For more details, go to experimentsincinema.org or irisfilmcollective.com.
Andy Weir (best-selling author of The Martian) and George R.R. Martin (best-selling author of ... aw, you should know by now) will be doing an on-stage discussion and book signing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma) in Santa Fe on Monday, Oct. 19, starting at 7pm. There will be a screening of director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard’s hit adaptation of The Martian immediately following at 9:30pm at Violet Crown Cinema (1606 Alcaldesa). Admission to the Jean Cocteau discussion is $22.81 (including book purchase) or $10 (admission only). Tickets for the movie screening at Violet Crown are separate. For more info, go to jeancocteaucinema.com or santafe.violetcrowncinema.com.