The Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe is kicking off Halloween month with a special tribute to the 1979 sci-fi/horror cult classic Phantasm. The film’s writer/director, Don Coscarelli, will be on hand for the screening this Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8pm. He will also be accompanied by actress Kathy “Le Kat” Lester, who plays the seductive and deadly “Lady in Lavender” in the film. Coscarelli and Lester will introduce the movie and participate in a Q&A afterward. Lester, who has been cultivating a musical career in recent years, will also perform a special Phantasm-inspired song live at the theater. Tickets are $15 in advance (at jeancocteaucinema.com) or $20 at the door. The Jean Cocteau is located at 418 Montezuma Ave.
The Italian Festivals of New Mexico is sponsoring a special fundraiser film event this Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 4:30pm at the Hiland Theater (4800 Central SE). The film will be the Texan-Italian cult comedy Tiramisu For Two. This one-night-only screening comes just days after the film’s highly anticipated West Coast premiere at the prestigious San Diego Italian Film Festival. Tiramisu For Two tells the story of Giorgio, a peculiar Italian man who travels to Texas in search of a woman he met and then lost 30 years ago in Rome. Giorgio’s epic romantic plans are turned upside-down, however, when he runs into an infamous phony Italian chef who takes him on the ride of his life. The film will be presented in English and Italian with English subtitles. The screening will also feature a pre-film music video and a live Q&A with the film’s writer-director, Sergio Carvajal. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Proceeds will go to benefit the children of NDI-New Mexico. You can reserve tickets by going to italianfilmfest.org. After the film you can take your ticket stub to Scalo Northern Italian Grill (anytime between Oct. 8 and 17) and exchange it for a complimentary tiramisu for two. Nice! The full Italian Film Festival will return March 13 through 17, 2018.
Do you have burning questions about the art of Hollywood screenwriting? On Tuesday, Oct. 10, The Santa Fe Filmmakers group has organized a Q&A with award-winning screenwriter Danny Rubin. After many years writing and performing with improvisational theater companies as well as scripting industrial films and children’s television, Rubin began writing screenplays. Over the years his screen credits have included Hear No Evil, S.F.W. and his magnum opus, Groundhog Day. That particular 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray landed Rubin a British Academy Award for Screenwriting and the Critics’ Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year, as well as honors from the Writers Guild of America and the American Film Institute. Rubin has taught screenwriting throughout the US and served as the first Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on screenwriting at Harvard University. This informative Q&A will take place at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (3900 Paseo del Sol) from 6 to 8pm. Admission is free.