¡Cine Magnífico!, Albuquerque’s celebration of Latin American culture through the medium of modern cinema, won’t hit our city until Sept. 14 through 17. But organizers are currently looking for locally made features, documentaries and short films to round out their program. All films must be in Spanish/Portuguese/English and have English subtitles. Films shot in “Indigenous language with the purpose of raising awareness about a social subject” are also permitted. Friday, June 30, is the regular deadline to submit. Features and documentaries have a submission fee of $30, while short films will set New Mexico residents back $15. You can submit your work though filmfreeway.com. For complete information, including rules and regulations, go to cinemagnifico.com/film-submissions.
The Big Picture
The Institute of American Indian Arts is hosting a free, introductory storyboarding workshop in partnership with Stagecoach Foundation. Highly regarded Hollywood artist J. Todd Anderson (who worked on Miller’s Crossing, Twister, The Addams Family, Nadja, Fargo, The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men, to name a few) will teach students how to draw and create storyboards for use in filmmaking. Storyboards are visual depictions of a screenplay and are an essential tool for explaining action, camera movement and shot composition. This 4-hour workshop is open to students age 10 to 21. Only 20 seats are available at each workshop and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to reserve a seat, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and age of the student and the session date requested. There is a session Saturday, July 1, from 10am to 2pm and another session on Sunday, July 2, from 10am to 2pm. The IAIA is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road in Santa Fe.
Margaritas and a Musical
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s DynaTheater will launch its new Margarita & a Movie promotion this Thursday, June 29. They’re starting things off with the 2007 musical remake of John Waters’ 1988 cult classic Hairspray. John Travolta stars as the mother (yup!) of a 1960s Baltimore teen trying to end racial prejudice on a local TV dance show. Doors open at 6pm, the movie begins at 7:15pm. Tickets for moviegoers are $18 and include one Margarita, plus chips, salsa and queso. Additional Margaritas and beer can be purchased. Designated driver tickets go for $15 and include two nonalcoholic beverages, plus chips, salsa and queso. For more information, visit naturalhistoryfoundation.org.
Woody en España
On Thursday, June 29, at 7pm the National Hispanic Cultural Center will present a free, public screening of Woody Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The sexually charged romantic comedy concerns a pair of Americans, Vicky and Cristina (Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson), spending a summer abroad in Spain where they meet a charming Cassanova (Javier Bardem) and his emotionally unstable ex-wife (Penélope Cruz). The film won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award. The film will be screened in English and Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets are available for pick up at the Bank of America Theater box office at NHCC (1701 Fourth SW) one hour before showtime.