The Albuquerque Film Festival returns January 7 through 10. Screenings will take place at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) and the Aux Dog Theatre (3011 Monte Vista NE). There will be blocks of short films (Dramatic Shorts, Student Shorts, Horror Shorts, Sci-Fi Shorts and Superhero/Fantasy Shorts) as well as narrative features and documentaries. Among the local features is Dead River, shot in the Santa Fe area with a New Mexico cast and crew including Morse Bicknell, Ed Lottimer, Lora Martinez Cunningham and Victor Talmadge. The film, written and directed by Jason DeBoer, is described as an “intellectual mystery set in the literary world.” It will screen Thursday, Jan. 7, 8pm, at Guild Cinema. Another film with a strong local connection is Pin Up! The Movie, a documentary which follows a group of women drawn to the “retro lifestyle.” Director Kathleen Ryan worked with KOAT-TV and KOB radio, while producer David Stanton is a former arts reporter at the Albuquerque Journal. Pin Up! will screen Sunday, Jan. 10, 2pm, at Aux Dog. Other films of note include Under the Lights in Thailand (a documentary about the World MuayThai Championship), Non-Stop to Comic-Con (a comedy about three geeky friends on a quest to attend the legendary San Diego Comic-Con) and Star Leaf (a psychedelic horror film in which stoners battle aliens in the woods). Individual tickets are $10. Festival passes are a mere $20. To check out a complete schedule of films and times, go to abqfilmfestival.com.
Are you a local filmmaker struggling to complete a nearly done project? The New Mexico Film Foundation is still taking submissions for the Beau McNicholas Post Production Grant. Interested filmmakers could land $1,500 to pay for sound, editing, color correction, special effects or other post-production work. You must be a New Mexico resident to apply. Applications will be taken through January 15. The award is scheduled be handed out in February. To fill out the application, go to nmfilmfoundation.org. You’ll need to include a one-page resumé and a document explaining what area of post production you will use the money for. Those in the final running for the grant will have to submit a rough copy of their film for consideration.