Way OUT West, Albuquerque’s annual gay and lesbian film festival, returns for its 17th annual outing, starting this Friday, Oct. 11. Taking place at Nob Hill’s Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE) and UNM’s Rodey Theatre (located at the UNM Center for the Arts), the fest is 10 days worth of of features, shorts and documentaries, all focused on LGBTQ subjects. Opening night kicks off with Gay Chorus Deep South (7pm, Guild Cinema), a documentary about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarking on a tour of the American South in the wake of the divisive 2016 presidential election. That’s followed by Copa 181 (9:30pm, Guild Cinema), a Brazilian drama about a diverse group of strangers looking for love and sex at a legendary gay sauna in Rio de Janeiro. Be sure to look up the full schedule online (wayoutwestfilmfest.com), because there are 24 more features and a whole mess of short films continuing through Oct. 20. This year’s special guest of honor is comedian Kathy Griffin, who will be here for a screening of her documentary/concert film Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story on Oct. 19. (Pick up next week’s Alibi for more info and an interview with the controversy-courting funnywoman.) Individual tickets are $11 general admission. Four-movie punch cards cost $40. Eight-movie punchcards cost $75. A full-festival pass will set you back $125.
Fans of Netflix’s Burque-lensed crime series “Breaking Bad” are rejoicing now that the feature-length sequel El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is hitting the streaming service starting this Friday. The film takes place immediately after the show’s explosive series finale and follows poor chemist Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as he goes on the run from criminals and cops alike. If you’re not a Netflix subscriber, don’t worry. Netflix is sneaking the film into “select” theaters for a three-day run. Locally, you can catch it at Icon Cinema (13120 Central Ave. SE) and at the historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown (423 Central Ave. NW). The film screens Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. Check individual theater websites (albuquerque.iconcinemas.com or kimotickets.com) for ticket prices and start times.
The South Broadway Library (1025 Broadway Blvd. SE) gets into the holiday spirit on Saturday, Oct. 12 with a screening of Disney’s Halloween fave Hocus Pocus. The 1993 comedy/fantasy stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as a trio of 17th century witches who return to modern-day Salem to bedevil the modern residents. The film is rated PG and starts at 1pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
Italian Festivals of New Mexico and The Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles are presenting a special benefit movie screening on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7pm at the Hiland Theater (4820 Central Ave. SE). Being Leonardo da Vinci: An Impossible Interview is written and directed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory. To commemorate the 500th year since da Vinci’s death, the fictional film follows two journalists as they visit the great thinker’s final resting place and score an “interview” with da Vinci himself (played by the film’s writer-director Massimiliano Finazzer Flory). The film is presented in Italian with English subtitles. Tickets are $10 in advance (at holdmyticket.com) or $12 at the door. Proceeds from this event will benefit the children at the Hiland’s National Dance Institute (NDI) of New Mexico.