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Young Voices

Devin D. O'Leary
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Youth Development Inc.’s Mi Voz program is a free after-school program that allows middle school students to learn “above the line” video production. That means tweens get to write, produce, direct and star in their own short video projects. The most recent season of Mi Voz just wrapped up and YDI is celebrating by screening a series of youth-made shorts. This season’s shorts center around the theme of “The Zia’s Heart” and had students finding and documenting the lives and inspirations of New Mexican artists. Musicians, painters, woodworkers and candle makers are among the people profiled in this selection of mini-documentaries. The Mi Voz screening will take place on Friday, June 19, at Wool Warehouse (516 First Street NW) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Six short films will be presented. A suggested $5 donation gets you in the door.

Reel World Natives On Set

The New Mexico Film Office and the IATSE Local 480 Film Technicians Union invite you to hear professional Native American film technicians speak about their personal experiences this Friday, June 19, at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street NW) starting at 3 p.m. If you’re interested (Native American or not), you can learn about training and other opportunities available in the New Mexico film industry. This lecture/Q&A is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Bonus!

Reel World Write Now

Matthew McDuffie, an instructor in the Dramatic Writing Program at UNM and a professional screenwriter ( A Cool, Dry Place ), will lead two intensive and intimate workshops for filmmakers determined to create stronger stories and characters. The first class, on June 20 and 21, will be for adult writers who wish to make their own work more dynamic and powerful. The second weekend, June 27 and 28, is intended for kids and young people interested in the foundations of film writing. The workshops will be held on UNM campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $200. Lunch will be served. Bonus! Space is, of course, limited. If you’re interested, call 385-1323 or write to for more information and reservations.

Reel World Serenity For Equality

A charity screening of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” spin-off movie Serenity will take place this Saturday, June 20. (That’s Joss’ birthday, don’t you know.) The sci-fi screening starts at 12:30 p.m. at Guild Cinema in Nob Hill. Festivities include a costume contest, a trivia contest and raffle prizes. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at This special event is part of a worldwide charity drive called “Can’t Stop the Serenity.” All money raised goes to benefit Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now. For more info on the big day, log on to
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