The 48 Hour Film Project returns to Albuquerque for another frantic, last-second, cinematic conclusion. Last weekend teams of filmmakers spent just two manic days of blood, sweat and tears writing, directing, shooting and editing a series of short films in and around Albuquerque. Each team was given a different film genre to work with, and all the teams were given a handful of stock elements (a character, a line of dialogue, a prop) to shoehorn into their films. This Thursday and Friday, Aug. 3 and 4, all of the completed films will be screened at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE). Group A (consisting of 14 films) will show Thursday at 6pm. Group B (12 films) will screen Thursday at 8:30pm. The final Group C (13 films) will screen Friday at 7pm. For a complete list of films and their makers, go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm. The best film from the Albuquerque leg of the 48 Hour Film Project will compete globally for the title of Best Film of 2017 against films from cities all over the world. Tickets for each screening are $11 general admission or $10 for students, children and seniors. They’re available, in advance, through holdmyticket.com.
The University of New Mexico’s famed lithography workshop, the Tamarind Institute (founded in 1970), is presenting a special documentary highlighting a series of collaborations with three New Mexico artists. Nina Elder, Tom Miller and Judy Tuwaletstiwa all live within a 66 mile radius of the workshop. Each presents a unique response to New Mexico’s history, landscape and culture. The film 66 Mile Radius will have its first screening in Albuquerque at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 1pm. This event is free and open to the public. Following the screening participants in the project will be available for a question and answer session. The second screening will happen in Santa Fe at the Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail) on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 6pm. This screening is also free and will feature a Q&A with participants. 66 Mile Radius was shot and produced by Melinda Frame, a Regional Emmy Award winner who, for the last three years, has been shooting the travel documentary series “New Mexico True Television.” A concurrent art exhibition, 66 Mile Radius: Three New Mexico Artists at Tamarind, opened at the Tamarind Institute Gallery on June 17 and will run through Sept. 8.
Award-winning screenwriter Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) is coming to Silver City for a special “dinner and a movie” event, screening his new film The Heart Outright on Sunday, Aug. 6. The film’s director, Ross Kagan Marks, will also be on hand. An Italian-themed dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30pm on the patio next to Light Hall on Western New Mexico University’s Silver City campus. Attendees are invited to meet the filmmakers during dinner. Following the meal, starting at 7pm, Medoff and Marks will introduce and screen their film inside historic Light Hall Theater. The film is described as a romantic drama about a man who returns to his small New Mexico hometown following his mother’s death and runs into the girlfriend he left behind 13 years ago. After the showing a VIP reception will be held at Datura Day Spa in downtown Silver City. Tickets for the dinner and movie are $25 per person. Movie-only tickets are $10. The VIP reception with supporters of the local Silver Screen Society are $50. Tickets are available in Silver City at Gila Hike & Bike, Manzanita Ridge and the WNMU Office of Cultural Affairs in Hunter Hall. For additional information contact Mark Richard at (575) 537-5988.