As part of La Sala de Galisteo Art Center’s summer exhibit Under the Influences—New Mexico Artists: Their Work & Influences, the center has invited local artist and filmmaker Patrick Mehaffy to screen three of his award-winning short films. In addition to showing off the film “Cowboys and Indians,” “Heat Lightning” and “The Lark Snare,” Mehaffy will discuss his various influences during the creative process, starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 13. La Sala de Galisteo is located at 5637 NM-41 in Galisteo, south of Santa Fe. For more info go to lasaladegalisteo.org.
The Santa Fe Institute’s InterPlanetary Festival (June 14 through 16) is a free, public event that “combines an exploration of complexity science and technological innovation with a summer festival full of music, art, food, drinks and more.” Several major film screenings are part of the fun. On Friday at the outdoor main stage in Santa Fe Railyard Park, you can catch the 1968 sci-fi film Planet of the Apes with a special introduction by Jonathan Rinzler, New York Times best-selling author of the critically acclaimed book TheMaking of Planet of the Apes. Seems like he might know a thing or two about the film. That takes place starting at 7pm. On Saturday, June 15 local sci-fi writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (better known as James SA Corey, author of The Expanse series) introduce a screening of the 1979 film Alien—a very apt precursor to the sort of hard sci-fi that they write. That starts at 5:30pm at SITE Santa Fe Auditorium. The films close out on Sunday, June 16 with a screening of the 2019 documentary Apollo 11 at the SITE Auditorium starting at 5:45pm. That’s followed by a presentation by Berkeley Center for New Media Director Nicholas de Monchaux (and author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo) on the making of NASA’s Moonsuit. Admission to these events is free, but seating is limited. For a complete schedule of events, go to interplanetaryfest.org.
¡Cine Magnífico!, Albuquerque’s homegrown Latino film festival, takes place this coming Sept. 4 through 8. The regular deadline for filmmakers to submit their work for possible inclusion in this year’s event is Friday, June 14. Regular deadline submission fees are $40 per film, and certain discounts are available for students and New Mexico filmmakers. Festival organizers are looking for features, shorts and documentaries. All films must be in English/Spanish/Portuguese and have English subtitles (if appropriate) . Submissions are accepted through filmfreeway.com. For more details go to cinemagnifico.com.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience film series continues this Saturday, June 15 at 7pm at the NMMNH’s DynaTheater with a screening of the 1990 film Awakenings. Based on the book by Oliver Sacks, the film dramatizes the efforts of Dr. Malcolm Sayer to test the effects of the drug L-Dopa on catatonic survivors of an encephalitis epidemic. Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Penelope Ann Miller star. The film is being screened in conjunction with the museum’s “Brain: The Inside Story” exhibit. Admission is $10 or $7.50 for Foundation members and AFME sponsors. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History is located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW.