The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th Street NW) presents a special movie screening of Holt Hamilton’s Native American mockumentary More Than Frybread on Thursday, Aug. 16. You can catch it under the stars in the mural-lined IPCC courtyard starting at 8:30pm. The film—starring Tatanka Means, Greg Fernandez and May Kim Titla—follows the inter-tribal chaos that erupts when representatives from Navajo, Tohono O’odham, Yavapai-Apache, Hopi and Hualapai nations gather in Flagstaff to compete in the first State of Arizona frybread cooking competition. Appropriately enough, frybread is available for sale in the courtyard during the screening. This is a fundraising event benefitting the 2018 Pueblo Film Fest, hitting the Cultural Center this Nov. 16 through 18. A $5 suggested donation gets you in the door. For more info go to indianpueblo.org.
The New Mexico Humanities Council’s film/discussion series “Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood” returns Sunday, Aug. 19 to the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). This month the film screening will be 2015’s Spotlight. The Academy Award-nominated film tells the true life story of Boston Globe investigative journalists who reported on cases of widespread and systemic child abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. In 2003 the “Spotlight” reporters earned The Globe a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The film features an ensemble cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci. Following the film there will be an on-stage panel discussion about the state of modern journalism involving Alibi film editor Devin D. O’Leary (that’s me), award-winning journalist Erin Berkovitch, state editor for the Albuquerque Journal Bruce Daniels and UNM’s department chair in Communication & Journalism David Weiss. Sponsored in conjunction with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes, “Journalism Goes to Hollywood” is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative. The initiative is aimed at deepening the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the interconnections joining democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry. The screening starts at 2pm. Admission is free.
The locally made indie comedy The Merry Maids of Madness has been making the film festival rounds since serving as Opening Night Film at the 2016 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. “Inspired by the women of Shakespeare,” the film follows stressed-out Beatrice (Jenn Daugherty) as she checks herself into the Stratford Home for Rest and Rehabilitiation and runs into other troubled ladies such as Tonya (Amy Baklini), Viola (Rebekah Wiggins), Kate (Sarah Minnich), Juliet (Madi Frost) and Ophelia (Amy Bourque). The award-winning film, which was written by Jenn Daugherty and directed by Phillip Hughes, is finally available for streaming. You can check it out yourself by renting or buying it right now on Amazon or Vimeo. What are you waiting for? Get out there and support local film. For more details go to facebook.com/merrymaidsofmadness.