It's been a little over a year since the much-loved Taos Talking Picture Film Festival (TTPIX) died and went away. Earlier this month, the Taos Picture Show successfully kept up the tradition, recruiting several key players from TTPIX, including programming director Kelly Clement and artistic director Jason Silverman. Now comes another gang of film lovers dedicated to bringing film back to the streets of Taos. From Wednesday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25, the Taos Vision Quest International Film Festival will bring the spirit of independent filmmaking to Northern New Mexico.
The goal of Vision Quest is to draw industry and public attention to new, cutting-edge independent films, music videos, shorts, documentaries and animation.
The festival opens with two New Mexico premieres, Nancy Hower's improvisational comedy Memron and Phillipe Caland's Hollywood Buddha. Memron introduces us to the high flying executives of the world's greatest corporation who now rule the prison yard golf course, while their laid-off employees debate their nonexistent future in post-corporate America. Hollywood Buddha, meanwhile, is the story of a down-and-out film producer struggling to complete his dream project, who finds new inspiration in a Buddhist guru.
Dear Pillow, a film which sounded controversial, but wound up a crowd favorite at the recent SXSW Film Festival and Conference in Austin will also make its New Mexico debut. This interesting and slightly twisted coming-of-age tale introduces us to a lonely teenager, whose interest in writing is kindled when he meets a neighbor who pens fake letters for an adult magazine.
Other films include the locally produced documentaries Do It For Uncle Graham, about New Mexico's nuclear legacy, and Live River or Dead Ditch, which explains the assorted environmental concerns over water conservation in the Land of Enchantment.
All tolled, more than 50 features, documentaries and shorts will be featured over the five-day festival. (Screenings will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium, the Vision Quest Theater inside Cabot Plaza and at the Fetchin Inn Inner Vision Theater.)
An all-access pass will run you $100. A 20-film punch card is $50. Individual tickets are a mere $5. The presale box office is located at 108 Kit Carson Road in Taos.