Bernalillo County’s Movies in the Park heads to Los Vecinos Community Center this Saturday, July 11, with an outdoor screening of the animated musical Sing. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and Jennifer Hudson provide the voices for a cast of animal characters recruited into a singing talent competition. The film starts at dusk (around 8:15pm), Admission is free. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Glass bottles and dangerous items are not allowed. Los Vecinos is located at 478 NM-333 in Tijeras.
The New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference will take place Friday, Aug. 25, through Saturday, Aug. 26. This two-day conference features panel discussions, workshops, guest speakers, get-togethers and more for people interested in acting, writing, producing, directing or working crew in New Mexico’s professional film industry. Monday, July 24, is the last day you can purchase tickets for this event at the early bird price. You have until then to get full-conference passes for $55 ($35 with student ID). The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque. To register in advance, or to lean more about what this year’s conference will feature, go to nmfilm.com/film-media-industry-conference.aspx.
The fourth annual Albuquerque Jewish Film Festival runs Thursday, July 20, through Tuesday, July 25. It’s set to showcase five acclaimed, recently released films from the US, Israel and Italy. The Women’s Balcony screens Thursday at 7pm at high Ridge Theater (12921 Indian School NE). It’s a comedy-drama about a group of women who try to reform their synagogue after a fundamentalist rabbi takes over. It was Israel’s no. 1 movie of 2016. Body & Soul: An American Bridge is a documentary detailing how jazz connects African-Americans and American Jews. It screens Saturday at 7:30pm at the Jewish Community Center (5520 Wyoming NE). Welcome to Kutcher’s is a historical look back at one of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels and shows at the JCC on Sunday at 2pm. Let Yourself Go! will show at High Ridge on Monday at 7pm. This quirky Italian comedy tells the story of a middle-aged Jewish psychoanalyst who lives next door to his ex-wife—and is awakened from his unhealthy lifestyle by an offbeat personal trainer. The fest closes out with Carvalho’s Journey, a biographical documentary about 19th century Jewish atist/pioneer Solomon Nunes Carvalho. Catch it at the JCC Tuesday at 7pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for each film. The Body & Soul screening includes a jazz concert, wine and snacks, and will cost $20 in advance ($25 at the door). A full-festival pass is $50. For more info go to jccabq.org.