Shorts Head North
The third annual Taos Shortz Film Festival takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5 through 7, at the Best Western Kachina Lodge up in Taos. There are five separate short film blocks screening Friday and Saturday. The weekend gets topped off by an awards ceremony on Sunday. More than 50 short films from New Mexico and beyond will be featured. There’s no overriding theme to the shorts blocks, but they are helpfully separated into ones reserved for mature audiences, ones in which parental guidance is suggested and ones to which kids of all ages are welcome. Individual tickets and all-event passes are available through the festival’s website at taosshortz.com.
The end is nigh! Maybe. Probably. Possibly. ... Or not.
Lurking somewhere between the far-from-overlapping worlds of mesmerizing monologuist Spalding Gray and nutty Internet conspiracy monger Jeff Rense is Michael Ruppert. The retired-police-officer-turned-radical-thinker is the subject of a new documentary by Chris Smith, who has made his career focusing on amusing, out-of-the-mainstream oddballs in films like American Job, American Movie, Home Movie and The Yes Men.
Why the Big Game Matters
“Super Bowl XLIV” on CBS
If you’re any sort of sports fan, you know that this Sunday, Drew Brees and the NFC Champion New Orleans Saints will make the first Super Bowl appearance in team history as they take on Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. If you’re not a sports fan, you probably don’t care. But you should.
The Week in Sloth
“Surviving Survivor” (KRQE-13 7 p.m.) Look back on the greatest moments in “Survivor” history while simultaneously being exposed to a sneak preview of the upcoming season of “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.”
“The Edge of Never” (Showtime 6 p.m.) This one’s described as a coming-of-age extreme skiing documentary about Kye Petersen, whose dad—extreme ski champ Trevor Petersen—died when when his son was only 6 years old. Nine years later, little Kye challenged the very mountain that took his dad’s life. Yeah, screw you, dangerous vertical incline!