The annual 48 Hour Film Project wrapped up last weekend, with nearly 40 crews racing around the city trying to write, direct and edit short films in a mere two days. This year, all filmmakers had to incorporate the character of “Bill or Billie Jean Gecko, an assistant,” a suitcase as a prop and the line of dialogue “When did that happen?” The time has come to see the fruits of their labor. It’s always a treat to see what people can pull off (or not) in just 48 hours. The first group of 12 films screens Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6pm. The second group screens at 8:30pm on Thursday. The third and final group screens Friday, Aug. 2, at 7pm. All screenings take place at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). Admission to each individual screening is $10. If you wanna catch all three screenings, tickets are $29. For more info, including a list of which teams are included in each screening, go to 48hourfilm.com/albuquerque.
WildEarth Guardians Wild Rivers Program and Rio Grande Waterkeeper are hosting the local premiere of the documentary Artifishal. It’s a film about “people, rivers and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them.” The film, produced by the Patagonia outdoor clothing company, exposes the wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms and “our continued loss of faith in nature.” Galen Hecht, Rio Grande Campaigner with WildEarth Guardians, will host a short discussion and Q&A about how to bring America’s rivers back to life after the film. The event takes place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NW) on Saturday, Aug. 3. Doors open at 12:45pm. The films starts at 1pm. A suggested $20 donation gets you a seat. To check out a trailer, go to patagonia.com/artifishal.
On Sunday, Aug. 4, starting at 12:30pm The Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Earth Focus hosts a free screening of the climate change documentary Paris to Pittsburgh at the Unity Spiritual Center of Albuquerque (9800 Candelaria Rd. NE). This National Geographic-produced film, narrated by Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) celebrates how ordinary Americans are developing real solutions in the face of climate change. The screening takes place in the Spiritual Center’s sanctuary.
Everything Is Terrible!, the bizarro media-based comedy-art collective from Chicago, started out as a video blogging site dedicated to found footage. The group’s various members, originally made up of friends from Ohio State University, have combed garage sales, thrift stores and bargain bins for decades, compiling the worst, weirdest and wildest in “dead media.” Over the years, EIT! has assembled the world’s largest collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes (24,000 and counting), made an internet sensation out of an instructional video titled “So Your Cat Wants a Massage” and produced a feature-length horror mockumentary (The Great Satan) by stitching together clips from more than 2,000 old films. Recently, the group has been touring the country, expanding its schtick into performance art, costumes, puppetry and as much digital strangeness as you can fit on one stage. Everything Is Terrible! pulls into Albuquerque’s Sister Bar (407 Central Ave. NW) on Sunday, Aug. 4. From 8pm to 11pm, the group will bend your mind with its EIT! LIVE! tour. Be prepared to expect the unexpected. Tickets are $12 and can be reserved in advance at eventbrite.com.