The historic KiMo Theatre is teaming up with the Albuquerque Museum’s new exhibit Route 66: Radiance, Rust and Revival on the Mother Road to present a series of “Mother Road Movies.” Each of the films in this series shines a light on the history and mythology of Route 66 as it crosses our country and passes through our state. The series will start on Thursday, June 2, with the 1940 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Henry Fonda stars as Steinbeck’s hardscrabble hero Tom Joad as he transports his impoverished family to the fabled land of California during the Dust Bowl. The film starts at 7pm. Tickets are a mere $5, and you can snag them in advance at kimotickets.com. Future installments of the Mother Road Movies series include 1951’s Ace in the Hole (June 9), 1969’s Easy Rider (June 30) and 1971’s Two Lane Blacktop (July 7). KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central NW (right on old Route 66).
Where the elite meet
The New Mexico Film Foundation is hosting another of its essential filmmaker mixers. This one will take place at Whole Foods’ new Sandia Saloon Taproom (5815 Wyoming NE) on Thursday, June 2. This is a great opportunity for local people interested in the amateur and professional film industry to meet face-to-face. Find out what other filmmakers are doing. Get the scoop on jobs in our state. Track down that special technician you’ve been looking for to complete a project. Or, you know, just hang out with some cool, like-minded movie people. The event starts at 5:30pm. Admission is free. Discounted drink specials will be available. For more information, head to nmfilmfoundation.org.
Jurassic in the park?
Bernalillo County’s popular summer series Movies in the Park continues this Friday, June 3, with a free public screening of Pixar’s prehistoric animated adventure The Good Dinosaur at Los Vecinos Community Center (478 1/2 Old Highway 66). The show begins at dusk (around 8pm) and food vendors will be on site with some tasty food. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
The Santa Fe Indian Market’s “Classification X: Moving Images” has seen a “substantial increase” in submissions over the last six years. With Class X, Native filmmakers are encouraged to submit work in the following categories: Animated Short, Narrative Short, Music Video, Full-Length Feature, Documentary Short, Youth Short and Experimental Short. Submission will be judged by top people in the film industry and winners will be announced in each category. The public will be able to view the winning entries during the Friday of Indian Market at the Native Cinema Showcase. The Showcase is a collaboration between the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. It’s scheduled to take place August 15 through 21 and will spotlight approximately 10 features and as many as 50 shorts. If you are a Native filmmaker interested in getting your work screened, you have until Friday, June 3, to submit. (Note: At least 50 percent of the principle creative team members must be from a federally recognized US or Canadian tribe.) Entry fee is $25 per film. Download an application.