“Help!!! Hollywood I’m Trapped in New Mexico” is a locally made web series that follows the story of a New Mexican born and raised singer who, after being left homeless, is forced to move back home with his mom in small-town New Mexico. The “inspired by true life” comedy series premieres on YouTube on Thursday, May 30. But locals can check it out on the big screen when writer-director-star Evan Safford hosts a premiere party at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE) on Thursday starting at 10:30pm. Admission is free. For more info go to facebook.com/HelpHollywoodimTrappedinNewMexicoTheWebSeries.
Following a daylong sketch-writing workshop by “Kids in the Hall” cofounder Kevin McDonald (see “Event Horizon” for more on that), the writer-actor-comedian is sticking around at the Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre (100 Gold Ave. SW) to host a screening of the 1996 cult comedy Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. McDonald stars in and cowrote the film alongside fellow members of the legendary Canadian sketch comedy troupe Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson. The film finds the five funnymen portraying a variety of characters, all connected to a pharmaceutical company that creates a pill to make people happy. The film screening starts at 10:15pm on Saturday, May 29. Doors open at 9:45pm. McDonald will be at the theatre after the film for a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at holdmyticket.com. Seating is extremely limited; so do not hesitate to purchase your ticket, comedy fans!
This Monday, June 3, is the late deadline to submit your work to the 2019 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. In addition to the artisan-made SFIFF statue award, filmmakers will compete for cash prizes, ranging from $500 for Best Animation Short or Best Documentary Short to $1,000 for Best Documentary Feature and Best Narrative Feature. Submission fees are now $55 for Short Films, $65 for VR Shorts or $75 for Features. SFIFF has been consistently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” So what are you waiting for? You can submit your work through Film Freeway or Without a Box. For complete info, go to santafeindependentfilmfestival.com/submit-a-film. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place this Oct. 16 through 20.
A movie premiere and reception for the new documentary The Brill Building Movie hits Santa Fe’s Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta) on Monday, June 3 starting at 6pm. The film, directed by Santa Fe filmmaker/musician Jim Terr, takes a look and a listen at New York’s legendary Brill Building, the office complex on Broadway that became a songwriting hub in the early 1960s. Burt Bacharach, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Neil Sedaka and Lieiber and Stoller are just some of the famous names who took up residence at that storied address. “Be My Baby,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Sweet Caroline” “It’s My Party,” “The Loco-Motion,” “Then He Kissed Me” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” are just some of the famed “Brill Building Sound” songs. Admission to this premiere screening event is $12. Reservations via PayPal are recommended. To learn more go to brillbuildingmovie.com.