Walt Disney Pictures is in town, shooting the first season of its new live-action TV series “Stargirl.” The show, based on the DC comics superhero of the same name, will air on the new DC Universe streaming service—which launched earlier this month with “Titans.” Producers are currently looking for “high school-looking children” between the ages of 16 and 23. All types and ethnicities are needed. If you or someone in your family might be interested, you need to go to sandealessicasting.com to register your information. You can also email the casting company directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a selfie and a cell phone number, and they could find work for you. “Stargirl” shoots through mid-November in Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences.
Halloween and Day of the Dead are just around the corner, so the National Hispanic Cultural Center is celebrating by screening Disney Pixar’s South of the Border hit Coco. This colorful and heartwarming CGI toon tells the story of a young Mexican boy named Miguel, who defies his family’s generations-long ban on music to pursue his dream of becoming a singing guitar player. Miguel’s quest leads him to the Land of the Dead in pursuit of his musical idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), and some long-buried family secrets. The film screens Thursday, Oct. 11 (in English), Thursday, Oct. 18 (in Spanish), Thursday Oct. 25 (in English) and Thursday, Nov. 1 (in Spanish). Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets can be picked up at the NHCC’s Bank of America Theater box office (1701 Fourth Street SW) starting one hour before showtime (tickets at 6pm, movie at 7).
The Way OUT West Film Festival returns to Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 18. Formerly known as the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, this international showcase for features, documentaries and shorts has been running since 2003. The opening night Showcase Film (playing Oct. 12 at 7pm) is Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Studio 54, which charts the rise and fall of New York’s legendarily hedonistic disco hotspot Studio 54. That’s followed (at 9:30pm) by a screening of John Waters’ 1981 cult film Polyester, starring Divine and Tab Hunter. The closing night film (Oct. 18 at 8:45pm) is Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethrope, starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In between you can choose international dramas like Eva + Candela (Cómo te Llamas?) from Colombia, documentaries like the feminist filmmaker chronicle Dykes, Camera, Action! and queer comedies such as the French rom-com Kiss Me! The popular shorts compilations “Fun in Girl’s Shorts” and “Where the Boys Are” also make a return appearance. Tickets are $11 per film or $9 for Way OUT West members. Four-film punchcards run $40, eight-film punchcards are $75, and $125 gets you a full festival pass. All screenings take place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). For a complete schedule of films and times, go to wayoutwestfilmfest.com.
The South Broadway Cultural Center hosts a free public screening of “Villains and Monsters,” the newest episode of PBS’ “The Great American Read” on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 7pm. The series examines America’s most beloved books. This episode concentrates, obviously, on scary/fantastical stuff (Frankenstein, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Stand, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Game of Thrones). Wear your scariest outfit and participate in a costume contest for prizes. Bookworks will be on hand, selling your favorite books from the episode. The SBCC is located at 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE.