On Saturday, April 8, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe will host a special screening of the incredible and vaguely traumatizing 1978 adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic societal allegory Watership Down. The animated film, featuring the voices of John Hurt and Ralph Richardson, concerns a young rabbit named Fiver who has a prophetic vision that his warren will soon be destroyed. With the help of a few friends and believers, he sets off on a dangerous quest to locate a safe new home. The screening takes place at 4pm and will serve as a fundraiser for New Mexico House Rabbit Society, a rescue, adoption, education and advocacy center for our furry friends in the Leporidae family. NMHRS volunteers Criss Starr and Margo DeMello, Ph.D, will make a special presentation beforehand. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($9 adults, $8 students and seniors) by going to jeancocteaucinema.com. The Jean Cocteau is located at 418 Montezuma in Santa Fe.
Build It and They Will Come
The American Institute of Architects, New Mexico Chapter, will present another free movie night at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Thursday, April 13. AIA movie nights are free with ticket. Tickets are distributed at the box office on a “first come, first served” basis beginning at 5pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and the film will start at 7pm with introductions. This time around the group is screening selections from the “I Look Up” Film Challenge. Filmmakers around the world were asked to share their visions with a 2-to-3-minute video exploring the power of architecture to create solutions and uplift communities. A total of 21 shorts from the 2015/16 Challenge will be shown at this local premiere. Among the architecture-minded films are a look at a “micro” housing community for the homeless in Austin, an introduction to Auburn University’s community-oriented Rural Studio, a method for turning invasive trees in Hawaii into a construction material and a new way of envisioning gender-binary bathrooms. Total run time for all the films is approximately 90 minutes.
The Dude Abides
The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience won’t return until June, but tickets are already on sale for one of AFME’s main fundraising events. On Saturday, June 10, there will be a special screening of the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski. The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, will be on hand to present musician/songwriter/producer T Bone Burnett—who assembled the film’s eclectic soundtrack—with the 2017 AFME Music Award. This is a “themed” event, and audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite Big Lebowski character. Tickets are $20 apiece and can be purchased now by going to kimotickets.com. This one is guaranteed to sell out long before June, so get hopping. For more info about this event and other upcoming AFME events, go to abqfilmx.com.