The National Hispanic Cultural Center was scheduled to screen the 1971 film version of Red Sky at Morning—based on Richard Bradford’s New Mexico-set, 1968 novel—on Thursday, Jan. 25. But the Jan. 18 screening of Bless Me, Ultima—based on Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic coming-of-age novel—proved so popular that the theater was filled to overflow capacity. As a result, NHCC’s Bank of America Theatre is bringing Bless Me, Ultima back for another screening on Jan. 25. The film, directed by Carl Franklin in 2011, concerns a young boy sent to live in a small New Mexico town in the ’40s. There, he is educated in the ways of spirituality by a mysterious curandera. Tickets to this event are free, but you need to show up at the box office (1701 Fourth Street SW) one hour before showtime to claim them. The box office opens at 6pm; the film screens at 7pm. For more info go to nhccnm.org.
Industry of Film
Eric Witt, executive director of the Santa Fe Film Office, joins the Santa Fe Business Incubator on Tuesday, Jan. 30 for an intensive talk about the history and objectives of the state’s efforts to build up the film industry and support local filmmakers. Witt gives a talk starting at 6pm, followed by an audience Q&A. Obviously, the more input from the local film community, the better this event will be. So, if you’re a part of our state’s film industry—professional or amateur—please consider attending. The Santa Fe Business Incubator is located at 3900 Paseo del Sol in Santa Fe. For more info go to sfbi.net.
Gimme a (Tax) Break
Are you an independent New Mexico filmmaker? Would you like to claim your share of the state’s 25 to 30 percent tax incentive program on all productions? It is actually possible, if you know the ins and outs. The New Mexico Film Incentive is the first topic of the New Mexico Film Office’s free monthly Educational Speaker Series on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Lisa Lucas from the New Mexico Film Office gives you the facts you need to know in order to quality for these State of New Mexico tax credits. Admission is free and open to the public. To attend this event, please RSVP to BarbaraA.Kerford@nmfilm.com. The New Mexico Film Office’s monthly Educational Speaker Series takes place from 6 to 7pm at the Joseph Montoya Building in the Bid Room (1100 S. St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe). For more info go to nmfilm.com/monthly-speaker-series.aspx.
Corpus + Kuchar
Corpus Arts—a member-supported, nonprofit organization aimed fostering queer cultures and literacies by providing “radical library resources” in a safe space—has been hosting some edgy, interesting film events of late. This Wednesday, Jan. 31, for example, Corpus Arts is hooking up with LowLife Vids’n’Vinyl to present “Corpus Movie Night—Hermanos Kuchar!” The Kuchar brothers, George and Mike, were luminaries of the NYC underground film scene in the ’60s and ’70s. The Kuchars made over 200 experimental, “low-fi” films and videos in their career. “Hermanos Kuchar!” features a documentary and other short films by and about George and Michael. The screening runs from 8 to 11pm. Nonmembers are encouraged to contribute a $2 to $5 donation at the door for admission. Corpus Arts is located at 123 Seventh Street NW.