New Mexico PBS presents a reception and preview screening of the new documentary Secrets of Spanish Florida—A Secrets of the Dead Special. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Hibben Center Auditorium at UNM’s Maxwell Museum of Anthropology (500 University Blvd. NE). The documentary follows a team of archeologists, scientists and historians as they reveal the history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, long before Jamestown or Plymouth were founded. The opening reception starts at 6pm. A 60-minute preview of the documentary special will be shown starting at 7pm. A post-film discussion follows, featuring Dr. Kathleen Deagan (Distinguished Research Curator of Archeology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History) and Dr. Aimee Villareal (Director of Comparative Mexican American Studies at Our Lady of the Lake University). Admission is free but a reservation is required. To reserve your seat, go to nmpbs-spanishflorida-120717.eventbirte.com.
Free Thursday Film
The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Free Thursday Film Series continues this Thursday, Dec. 7, with writer-director Salvatore Stabile’s 2007 drama Where God Left His Shoes. The film stars John Leguizamo as a New York City boxer struggling to find a job and an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve. The event is free, but you need to have a ticket to guarantee a seat. Tickets can be picked up at the Bank of America Theatre box office (1701 Fourth Street SW) one hour before showtime. Box ofice opens at 6pm, film starts at 7pm. For more info go to nhccnm.org.
Santa Fe Fundraiser
The Santa Fe Film Festival is holding its Winter Fundraiser this Saturday, Dec. 9, with a special 25th anniversary screening of Ron Fricke’s non-narrative documentary Baraka. Shot like a wordless tone poem—in the manner of Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking Koyannisquatsi—the film travels the world to photograph stunning natural and human sights. From a solar eclipse to the burning oil fields of Kuwait, from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to scavengers swarming the garbage dumps of Calcutta, the film revels in eye-popping 70mm imagery. After the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring guests David Aubry (the film’s editor), Bruce Simballa (a camera assistant on the film), Alton Walpol (who served as supervising producer) and David Brownlow (who was a location sound recordist). A reception will follow featuring the reveal of the 17th annual Santa Fe Film Festival poster by artist Curtis Wade. The event will take place from 2 to 8pm at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe (1050 Old Pecos Trail). Tickets are $25 and are available in advance though ccasantafe.org. The 17th annual Santa Fe Film Festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 7 through 11, 2018.