Local Short Goes Far
Congratulations are in order for everyone at Fat Man Media, the New Mexico-based film production company behind the short film “On the Bus.” The film received five awards at the Indie Distribution Festival, a virtual film festival based out of La Jolla, Calif., earlier this year. Late last month (Feb. 21-24), the short was screened at MAGA, the Macon Film & Video Festival in Georgia. The dramatic short, about a mentally disturbed man riding a city bus, was written and produced by Jonathan Harnisch & Maureen Cooke and was directed by Willie Ford. For more info on the production, log on to fatman.net.
Other Cinema DVD Warmup
Local theater teams with national arts org to take viewers on a tour of the underground
The Guild Cinema, with its mixture of award-winning documentaries, acclaimed foreign cinema, cutting-edge indie films and cult midnight movies, continues to expand Albuquerque’s viewing options. This month, the venerable Nob Hill theater joins forces with a number of under-the-radar arts organizations to bring the multi-week Other Cinema DVD Warmup series to town. Covering nine flicks in just three weekends, this series of “engaging, lively, provocative and darn interesting movies” aims to expose viewers to a wide range of filmic arts. These subculture-minded documentaries, inventive experimental films and assorted cinematic miscellany are intended as a warm-up/teaser/background education to the upcoming appearance of noted underground filmmaker Craig Baldwin, who will be at the Guild for a three-day festival in April.
Waltz With Bashir
Animated documentary paints awful memories with artistic brush
It’s rare in this day and age of instantaneous remakes and endless rip-offs to encounter something even remotely fresh in the film industry. At the very least (and there is quite a bit more to it), Ari Folman’s Academy Award-nominated Israeli film Waltz With Bashir introduces us to an untapped, perhaps wholly original genre: the animated documentary.
He’s Famous in England
“Russell Brand in New York City” on Comedy Central
Russell Brand admits he thrives on fame. Without it, the stand-up comedian concedes, “This haircut comes across as mental illness.”
The Week in Sloth
“Burn Notice” (USA 8 p.m.) USA’s fun spy crime fighting series comes to the end of its second season. Here’s hoping it comes back for a third. Any show that provides gainful employment for both Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless is a necessity.
“20/20” (KOAT-7 8 p.m.) Tonight, it’s a one-hour special: “Siegfried and Roy: The Magic Returns.” Yup, they’re propping Roy back up on stage and making him do magic with tigers. Unlike in baseball, people are betting on the tigers to win here.