On Thursday, Nov. 5, starting at 6pm, the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE) will offer a free family film in Spanish. The Pixar animated favorite Toy Story will be presented en Español with English subtitles. It’s perfect for Spanish-speaking audiences, those trying to learn another language or anyone curious what Buzz Lightyear sounds like with a Latin accent. Admission and popcorn are free. Seating is, of course, limited—so get there early.
The Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque in Santa Fe (1050 Old Pecos Trail) is presenting a “Day of Latino Cinema” to support Somos Un Pueblo Unido. The invaluable community-based, immigrant-led organization is celebrating 20 years of organizing for worker and civil rights in New Mexico. To honor the occasion and to raise money for their work, CCA is co-presenting American Dreams/Border Realities. This four-program film event will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 11am. First up is Alex Rivera’s award-winning undocumented worker/food industry documentary The Hand That Feeds. At 2pm it’s Gregory Nava’s landmark border-crossing drama El Norte from 1983. Closing out the night at 7pm is Bernardo Ruiz’ unflinching new look at the cost of the US/Mexico drug war, Kingdom of Shadows. In between the second and third screening, at 5:30pm, the CCA will host a benefit reception and discussion featuring filmmakers Rivera, Nava and Ruiz. The topic of the discussion is “Lessons from the Border.” The three directors will also be on hand throughout the day to participate in post-film discussions. Individual film tickets are $20. The reception/discussion will run you $50. An all-day pass including films and reception is $75. For more info on the event, go to ccasantafe.org.
The deadline to enter the New Mexico Film Foundation’s “Life in New Mexico” media project has been extended to Nov. 15. If you’ve got some fantastic film/video footage of New Mexico—up to three minutes in length—send it in to this contest, co-sponsored by the New Mexico Tourism Department’s New Mexico True campaign. For stage two of the media project, assorted post-production professionals (film editors, color correctors, sound editors, animators, special effects techs) will get a crack at all the raw material people have sent in. The goal is to re-purpose the footage into a brand new New Mexico True video using the various clips supplied by the general public. One editor will win the best video, and the person who sent in the footage used by the most editors in the media project will win a prize. For more information on how to be a part of the “Life in New Mexico” media project, go to the website.