A one-hour documentary, titled Paper Lanterns, on a Hiroshima survivor’s quest to identify the 12 American POWs killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima screens this Saturday, May 5. As part of their annual convention, the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society present this event, taking place at the Hotel Albuquerque (800 Rio Grande NW) starting at 2:30pm. Admission is free. For more information on the Paper Lanterns project, go to paperlanternfilm.com.
The Patrick J. Baca/Central & Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) presents Sunday Movies this Sunday, May 6. This week’s free family movie is Wonder. Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by R.J. Palacio, Wonder relates the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay from Room), a young boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play the concerned but loving parents. This film is rated PG. As advertised, admission is free to the public. Screening starts at 1:30pm.
Cinema From Space
The 8th Annual Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival and Galacticon, taking place during Roswell’s citywide Roswell UFO Festival (July 6 through 8), is on the hunt for feature-length and short films that fit into the sci-fi/fantasy genre. The extended deadline for submission runs out on June 2. You have until then to fill out the application and get your film in to filmfreeway.com/RoswellScififilmfestival. Short films cost $45 to submit ($40 for students). Feature films cost $65 ($50 for students). Awards will be handed out in a variety of categories. For more info on the event itself, go to roswellfilmcon.com.
No Bacon for New Mexico
In October of last year, Kevin Bacon came to New Mexico to shoot a pilot for a new TV series spinoff of the long-running Tremors film franchise. The timing seemed good. Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, the sixth film in the monstrous series, was just released on video and streaming. Michael Gross, as the doomsday prepper Burt Gummer, has appeared in all of the films—and even headlined a short-lived, 13-episode Syfy TV series based on the franchise. The new TV series, produced by Universal Television and Blumhouse Productions, was to be the first Tremors vehicle since the 1990 original to star Kevin Bacon as hard-luck handyman Val McKee, stuck defending poor Perfection, Nev., from an invasion of worm-like monsters known as “Graboids.” Sadly, the new series was axed by Syfy before it even aired. Back in November, Bacon posted on Twitter, “So long to N.M. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots. #Tremors.” Unfortunately, on April 27, Bacon followed up with another Tweet: “Sad to report that my dream of revisiting the world of Perfection will not become a reality. Although we made a fantastic pilot (IMHO) the network has decided not to move forward. Thanks to our killer cast and everyone behind the scenes who worked so hard.” Looks like the Graboids won’t be returning to New Mexico any time soon.