The fourth annual Native Film Series kicks off this weekend at the El Morro Theatre (207 W. Coal) in Gallup. From Friday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 13, the theater will screen a series of award-winning films from Native American filmmakers. Medicine Woman, a documentary about America’s first Native doctor, Susan La Flesche Picotte, will screen at 7pm on Friday and Saturday. Poet and musician Joy Harjo narrates while actress Irene Bedard (Pocahontas, Smoke Signals) provides the voice of Dr. Susan. Healing the Warrior’s Heart will screen at 9pm on Friday and Saturday. It’s a documentary, narrated by Peter Coyote, examining the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. A matinee of short films (“We Are All Related,” “Language Healers,” “Canyon Song” and “Hover Board”) will screen at 1 and 4pm on Saturday. All films are free and open to the public. Any and all proceeds will be donated to Gallup Solar, Inc. This event takes place during the 95th annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. For more info go to facebook.com/nativefilmseriesnm.
Another weekend, another selection of Movies on the Plaza. This Friday, Aug. 12, you can catch a free screening of Selena, the 1997 biopic about murdered Texas-born Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (played here by Jennifer Lopez). It will take place on the main stage screen at Downtown’s Civic Plaza starting at dusk (around 8:30pm). Show up early (5 to 8pm) and you can grab some food and drink from Slate Street Café courtesy of ABQ Food Fridays. The Cali Shaw Band will play their cross-genre style of Americana-folk-rock before the movie. As always, the event is bike- and dog-friendly and you can park underneath Civic Plaza.
The Albuquerque Film Office, in conjunction with New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts and the New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, is sponsoring a pro bono (that’s lawyer talk for “free”) Film Law Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 13. The clinic will take place in the Andaluz Hotel lobby (125 Second NW) from 10am to 2pm. Professional legal advice will run the gamut from entertainment law to business law and related matters for film and TV producers. Space is limited, and you must reserve your 30-minute consultation block by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dope on Dope
Mayor Richard J. Berry, SafeTeen New Mexico and Christopher Productions are inviting audiences to a premiere screening of the locally produced documentary New Marijuana on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 7:30pm at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). The film hopes to warn young people of the dangers of “new marijuana” in the form of waxes, oils and concentrates. There will be a Q&A and after party (presumably drug-free) following the screening. Admission is free and open to the public.