Stone Age Climbing Gym, REI and New Mexico Kayak presents the 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour as it swings through Albuquerque this Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at the KiMo Theatre. This annual collection of adventure-driven short documentaries is aimed at igniting your passion for the great outdoors. Mountain biking, skiing, canoeing, climbing, biking and running are among the sports spotlighted in this look at high-altitude mountain life and culture. Doors open at 6pm. Films start at 7. A two-day pass will run you $28, while a single-day pass is $16. A share of the admission cost goes to benefit the Access Fund, NM Wilderness Alliance and the Mountain Fund. For complete details on films, or to reserve tickets in advance, go to kimotickets.com.
Join the New Mexico Film Foundation this Saturday, March 9, from 6:30 to 9pm for a screening of local filmmakers’ short films and trailers. This event takes place at UNM Conference Center Auditorium on the Continuing Education Campus (1634 University Blvd. NE). This event is open to the public and intended to bring attention to our state’s local filmmakers and “above the line” talent (writers, directors, producers). Admission to the March Indie Screening is $5.
Do you love cats? Like, really love cats? The Violet Crown Theater in Santa Fe (1606 Alcaldesa St.) is hosting CatVideoFest 2019 this Sunday, March 10, at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:20pm. The feline-centric clip compilation is made up of “the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos and, of course, internet powerhouses.” This year’s family-friendly, 70-minute show is a fundraiser for Española Humane. Tickets are $9.50 children and seniors or $10.50 adults. For more info go to santafe.violetcrown.com.
Eat & Watch
The Italian Film & Culture Festival 2019 kicks off Tuesday, March 12 in Nob Hill, bringing six days’ worth of film, food and festivities. This year’s opening night film is Benedetta Follia. This 2018 comedy centers on a middle-aged shop owner, dedicated to his religion and faithful to his wife, who suddenly finds himself single and overwhelmed by an energetic new assistant. Join opening night crowds on the red carpet for this grand festival launch. You can sample an Italian buffet courtesy of Torinos’ @ Home and a wine bar courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Sounds of Italian film music and some traditional Italian favorites are performed live and there is a special pre-show performance by NDI New Mexico dancers. Tickets for this opening night extravaganza, taking place at the Hiland Theater (4800 Central Ave. SE) at 6:45pm, are $45. Tickets for the “movie only” can be purchased for $10 in advance. Events continue through Sunday, March 17 and include some other fine food/film pairings. All films, of course, are screening in Italian with English subtitles. All-festival passes are $115. All-film passes are $60. Tickets to individual events are $10 online or $12 at the door. For a complete listing of films, events and times, go to italianfilmfest.org.