The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and the Albuquerque Film + Music Experience celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing the 1993 rom-com classic Sleepless in Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 14. The film screens at 7pm at the NMMNH’s DynaTheater (located at 1801 Mountain Road NW). Tickets are $10 general admission or $7.50 for museum members and AFME sponsors. For more info, go to naturalhistoryfoundation.org/afmx-movie-series.
New Mexico PBS presents a special screening of the “final release” version of the locally produced documentary film Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story. The event takes place Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7pm at the historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). The film recounts the personal life journey of wealthy writer, salon hostess, arts patroness and champion of women’s and Native American rights Mabel Dodge Luhan. In 1917 the local legend moved from Greenwich Village in New York to Taos, N.M., where she fell in love with full-blooded Tiwa Indian Antonio Luhan and lured luminaries like Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams and D.H. Lawrence to the Land of Enchantment. Actress Ali McGraw, who narrates the documentary, has agreed to participate in a live, post-film Q&A alongside director-producer Mark Gordon and other members of the cast and crew. Before the film Bruce Standing Deer, a Taos Pueblo Native and Tony Luhan’s great-grandson, will perform his own songs accompanied by singer/songwriter John Carey. Tickets for this special event are $20 or $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available now at kimotickets.com. Prior to the 7pm screening, there will be a free preview matinee of the film (starting at 2pm) for students, seniors, Native Americans and the handicapped. Special guests will not be in attendance. To secure one of these free tickets, register at kimotickets.com The film airs on our local PBS stations starting Feb. 28.
Red Door Brewing Company (1001 Candelaria Road NE) presents the first in a new monthly local film screening series starting this Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7pm. Soft Focus Screenings are a way for New Mexico filmmakers to showcase their talents in front of a live audience. Up to 10 shorts films are screened at each monthly event. A short Q&A with the artists involved follows each screening. The “Audience Favorite” award will be chosen by those in attendance, with the favorite films shown at a special “Best of” year-end screening. Films of any genre can be submitted at filmfreeway.com/thesoftfocusscreenings.
ABQ Arts Hub is planning for its first annual Albuquerque Funny Fest this June 14 through 15 at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Producers are currently searching for stand-up comics, improv performers and short films—basically anything that generates a laugh. If you’ve got a locally made short film you’d like to submit (10 minutes max in length), you have between Feb. 15 and March 15 to get it in to the folks at abqartshub.com/funny. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org