The South Broadway Library (located inside the South Broadway Cultural Center at 1025 Broadway SE) presents a free family film screening on Saturday, April 27. Starting at 1pm, Disney’s 2009 fable The Princess and the Frog screens in the library’s youth section. The animated musical tells the story of a poor waitress (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) in 1920s New Orleans who tries to help a prince who has been turned into a frog by an evil voodoo witch doctor. This screening is free and open to the public.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience join forces for another feature film screening on the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s DynaTheater screen. This Saturday, April 27, starting at 3pm, the DynaTheater brings the lights down on director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman’s mind-bending 2004 sci-fi-tinged romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The film follows a shy man named Joel (Jim Carrey) and a free-spirited woman named Clementine (Kate Winslet) who suffer a terrible breakup and undergo a cutting-edge medical procedure to have their memories erased. But as Joel’s past starts to crumble away, he finds himself trapped in his own mind, unwilling to let go of memories both beautiful and painful. Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission or $7.50 for Museum Foundation members and AFME sponsors. For more info, or to order tickets in advance, go to naturalhistoryfoundation.org/afmx-movie-series
The 2018 comedy Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, is scheduled to show at the Central & Unser Library Children’s Activity Room (8081 Central Ave. NW) from 1:30 to 3:30pm on Sunday, April 28. The PG-13 feature centers on a couple who find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. The family comedy is loosely based on the real-life experiences of director and co-writer Sean Anders. Admission is free and open to the public.
A locally made short film is attracting national attention, having captured a top film festival award on the way to Oscar recognition. “Pozole,” directed by Jessica Mendez Sisqueiros and produced by Jenn Garcia, is a dark comedy about a young “mixed-race Latina woman” who accidentally kills her grandmother, rather ironically, on the woman’s 100th birthday. It was shot on location in Albuquerque and in Phoenix, utilizing a $25,000 grant from online data transfer company WeTransfer. The film captured the Best Narrative Short Film award at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in San Jose, Calif. earlier this month, where it screened alongside 132 other world and US premieres. Cinequest is an Academy-qualifying festival, meaning the “Pozole” team can now submit the film for Oscar consideration. It’s a long shot, of course. Of the roughly 100,000 short films made every year, less than 150 qualify for nomination. (That part’s over with.) Of those 150 or so, only 10 make the cut for the Academy Awards’ Best Short Film (Narrative) category. Best of luck, of course, to Sisqueiros and the rest of the cast and crew of “Pozole.” Head to pozolefilm.com for more info, including any future screenings of the short.