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Spirited Scripts

Devin D. O'Leary
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InterTribal Entertainment, Southern California Indian Center, Inc. and VSA Arts of New Mexico are inviting Native American storytellers to submit a 10-page screenplay in any genre that reflects the American Indian experience. The fourth annual Creative Spirit Script-To-Screen Initiative is designed to provide employment and training opportunities for American Indians in film production. Two winning 10-page scripts will be chosen by a panel of judges from the entertainment industry and the Native American community. One script will be produced and screened as part of the second annual Two Worlds Festival of Native Film and Theater in Albuquerque this September. The other script will be produced by InterTribal Entertainment in Los Angeles sometime in the fall of 2009. Visit to view trailers of previous Creative Spirit productions and to download guidelines and submission forms. There is no entry fee, but scripts must be postmarked by Friday, June 26.

Reel World Nmwif Gets Connected

New Mexico Women in Film will have its next meeting on Saturday, June 27, at the Film Museum (formerly the Jean Cocteau Theater at 418 Montezuma in Santa Fe). This month’s meeting will include a screening of Shirley Clarke’s 1961 film The Connection , followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker’s daughter, Wendy Clarke. Born in New York in 1919, Shirley Clarke first started making films in the ’50s. Many of her films were considered to be artistic breakthroughs, and Clarke became a major leader in the emergence of an American independent filmmaking movement in New York. The Connection is a black-and-white drama about heroin-addicted jazz musicians. It won the Critic’s Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Shirley’s daughter Wendy is an artist and filmmaker in her own right and lives in Taos. The screening/Q&A will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost for members is free. Nonmembers will have to fork over $15—a bargain given the rarity of this particular piece of cinema history.

Reel World Pray, Tell

Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South Inc. presents a screening of the documentary film Meinrad Craighead: Praying With Images at the KiMo Theatre on Sunday, June 28, beginning at 2 p.m. Meinrad Craighead is described as “an inveterate storyteller whose tales refer to incidents in her childhood all the way up to her present experiences of daily prayer and reflection in the New Mexican desert.” Praying With Images is an hour-long documentary offering an introduction to her lifelong pilgrimage and mystical encounters with the Divine Feminine. Admission is by donation. The KiMo is located at 423 Central NW.
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