The Albuquerque Film Office, along with the Stagecoach Foundation, is offering a free screening of the 2005 comedy Are We There Yet? The film stars Ice Cube as a man trying to win the favor of a newly divorced mother by accompanying her kids on a flight from Portland to Canada. A mishap at the airport forces them to embark on a road trip instead in our protagonist’s prized Lincoln Navigator. The film was directed by Brian Levant, who graduated from the University of New Mexico in the early ’70s and went on to make such Hollywood hits as Beethoven, The Flintstones, Jingle All the Way and Snow Dogs. Levant has returned to Albuquerque over the years to teach a string of film and TV classes at UNM. Levant will attend the screening, taking place this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12:30pm at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway Blvd. SE). He will participate in a post-film Q&A, discussing his long history in the film biz. Admission is free, but you need to register in advance to assure yourself a seat. You can do that by going to southbroadwaytickets.com.
Dinner and a Movie closes out this month at O’Neill’s Nob Hill (4310 Central Ave. SE) with the last John Hughes film of February. On Wednesday, Feb. 26 swing by O’Neill’s for Hughes’ 1985 hit The Breakfast Club starring Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall and Emilio Estevez. The screening takes place inside O’Neill’s private event space. Seating begins at 6pm, film starts at 7pm. The film is free, but the evening’s food and drink specials will cost ya.
During the 2019 New Mexico legislative session, a grant fund was established by Sen. John Pinto to support local Native American filmmakers. The John Pinto Native Filmmakers Memorial Fund makes available resources for educational and financial support to Native filmmakers for the purpose of making films or creating film programs for their communities. Upwards of $100,000 is available through this grant program. Applicants must be a registered member of one of the tribes or pueblos in New Mexico—including Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owhingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zia, Zuni, Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache and the Navajo Nation. Funds can be used to study film at an approved New Mexico college or to start a film or multimedia program at one of these universities. They can also be put toward preproduction, production or post-production expenses for a specific film project. Grants will be awarded though an application process which includes a project description and budget explaining how the awards would be used. Applications, resumes and other material can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A selection committee will judge the applications and choose where this year’s money is allocated. For more details go to nmfilm.com/senator-john-pinto-native-filmmakers-memorial-fund.