Tractor Brewing in Wells Park is celebrating the release of Season 3 of “Stranger Things” this Thursday, July 4, with a marathon screening at the brewery (located at 1800 Fourth Street NW). Not only can you catch Netflix’s retro horror series on Tractor’s big screen: There will also be two special 4th of July-themed cocktails and Eggo waffle sandwiches! The event runs from 1pm to 9pm. For more info go to getplowed.com.
Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival, ¡Cine Magnifico!, is looking for films by and about Latinos and “the Hispanic cultural background as a symbol of unity, richness and a particular way of life.” The last day to submit films for consideration is this Friday, July 5. Submission fees for features, documentaries and short films are $55 standard and $50 for students. New Mexico-made short films may apply using the student fee. Winners whose films have been selected for inclusion in this year’s festival will be notified by July 31. The festival itself takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Guild Cinema this coming Sept. 4 through 8. To submit your work, go to filmfreeway.com, or head to cinemagnifico.com for more information.
In only slightly belated celebration of the July 4th holiday, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience are sponsoring a screening of the 1996 sci-fi action hit Independence Day. Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum lead a ragtag attack force against giant alien spaceships that are wrecking up our planet’s most Instagram-worthy tourist sites. The film screens Saturday, July 6 starting at 7pm inside the NMNH’s DynaTheater (1801 Mountain Rd. NW). Tickets are $10 general admission or $7.50 for Museum Foundation members and AFME sponsors. To grab your tickets in advance (or to check out the schedule of future screenings), go to naturalhistoryfoundation.org/afmx-movie-series.
Skateway Massacre is a low-budget, shot-in-Albuquerque slasher film premiering Saturday, July 6 at 10:30pm at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE). The film concerns the closing staff at a roller skating rink who are shutting the facility down for the night, only to find themselves stalked and murdered by “a mysterious figure in their midst.” Much of the film’s cast and crew, including writer-director Daniel Zubiate, are on hand for the screening. Get on out to the Guild and support local filmmaking. All seats are $8. For more info go to facebook.com/skatewaymassacre.
The filmmakers behind the indie comedy Phoenix, Oregon are on a nationwide tour (in their own specially branded RV). They pass through Albuquerque on Wednesday, July 10 for some screenings of the film at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE). The film stars James LeGros (Drugstore Cowboy, Point Break) and Jesse Borrego (Blood In, Blood Out; Con Air) as a couple of pals in the midst of mid-life crises who seize on a ridiculous but life-changing quest: to quit their terrible jobs, renovate an old bowling alley and serve up “the world’s greatest pizza.” Writer-director Gary Lundgren is on hand to introduce the film and participate in a little Q&A action. The film screens at 3:30, 6 and 8:30pm. To learn more about the film, go to phoenixoregonmovie.com.