New Mexico film historian and author Jeff Berg (writer of—what else?—New Mexico Filmmaking) hosts a night of films and discussions. Fascinating film clips of major motion pictures shot right here in New Mexico are the highlight while Berg shares his knowledge of local film history. The event takes place this Thursday, June 28, at the La Sala de Galisteo Arts Center (5637 State Highway 41 in Galisteo, just outside Santa Fe) starting at 7pm. Admission is free. For more information go to lasaladegalisteo.org.
The New Mexico Natural History Foundation brings back Family Movie Night at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s DynaTheater on Friday, June 29. The film this time around is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will look nifty as heck on the DynaTheater’s towering movie screen. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the film begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 3 to 12. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History is located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW. For more info go to naturalhistoryfoundation.org/family-movie-night.
Submit Down South!
Attention, filmmakers! Saturday, June 30 is the early bird deadline to submit your work to next year’s Las Cruces International Film Festival. The fourth annual festival takes place Feb. 20 through 24, 2019 and features five days’ worth of films, workshops, parties and panel discussions. Festival organizers hand out a number of awards, including Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation, Best Student Film, Best Music Video, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Early bird submission costs are $30 for features, $25 for shorts, $20 for music videos and $15 for student films. Submit your work now through filmfreeway.com. For more information on the festival itself, go to lascrucesfilmfest.com.
Read & Watch
The Great American Read, which celebrates America’s 100 most-loved novels, comes to Albuquerque this Monday, July 2. The Patrick J. Baca Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) gets in on the fun with a screening of the 2001 movie Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone from 5:15 to 7:15pm. The movie is, of course, adapted from J.K. Rowling’s much-loved 1997 book. Here’s a chance to watch the film and vote for your own favorite reads. This event is free and open to the public.
If you’re a filmmaker itching to make a short film, you should know that Monday, July 2 is the early bird deadline to become a part of this year’s 48 Hour Film Project here in Albuquerque. From July 27 through 29, teams of filmmakers will be given a film genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue and will have just 48 hours to write, cast, direct, shoot, edit, score and premiere their short masterpieces. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2019 for a chance to win the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2019’s Short Film Corner. Early bird registration is $148 per team. The regular deadline ends July 17 and the late registration ends July 27. To sign up or to check out all the details for yourself, go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque-nm.