Reel World: Eat & Educate

Eat & Educate

Devin D. O'Leary
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New Mexico Women in Film offers up its monthly Brown Bag Lunch & Learn this Thursday, May 10, from 11:45am to 1pm. This informal monthly lunch meeting for film and media professionals spotlights director/producer Erica Nguyen, the NMWIF 2017 Scholarship Grant recipient. Erica shares lessons she learned while making her feature documentary Tejiendo Sombras, filmed in Peru. Organizers are encouraging an open dialogue about international filmmaking and the ethics of transmitting the stories of subject communities. Bring your own lunch and show up at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (7521 Carmel Ave. NE). Admission is free to NMWIF members and $5 to $10 suggested donation for nonmembers. (Money will go toward the group’s scholarship fund.)

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Instituto Cervantes’ Espacio Femenino Film Series presents the romantic comedy Requisitos Para Una Persona Normal. Written and directed by (and starring) Leticia Dolera, this 2015 Spanish film centers on 30-year-old Maria (Dolera) who wants to become a normal person, rather than the peculiar human being she considers herself to be. But first she’s got to figure out what a “normal person” is. The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles and gets underway at 7pm on Thursday, May 10. Admission is free, but tickets need to be picked up starting one hour before showtime at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre (1701 Fourth Street SW).

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The Santa Fe Community College shows off some of its student films with the Smash Bash Film Fest 2018. Smash Bash takes place Thursday, May 10 from 1 to 3pm at SFCC’s TV Studio, Room 563 (6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe). The eight breakout films being screened promise to deliver “horror, surrealism, political resistance, time travel, lust & betrayal.” There will be food, drinks, door prizes and an appearance by punk rock filmmaker Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Terminal USA, Pig Death Machine). This free event is an opportunity for SFCC to show off its small but vibrant film department.

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Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts’ Cinematic Arts and Technology department is in its fifth year, training and inspiring a new generation of Native filmmakers. This Thursday, May 10, the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma St. in Santa Fe) presents the 2018 IAIA Student Filmmaker Showcase. This free screening shows off a mix of new and award-winning past work from current students and recent graduates. Live-action drama, documentary and animation are among the genres covered. Two of the films being screened this year— “Causist” and “The Entrada”—were featured at the Santa Fe Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival and the NM Filmmakers Showcase. The screening takes place from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

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Given the time of year, it’s only natural that universities would be showing off their student work. So it’s no surprise to see the University of New Mexico’s Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media department stepping up next with its Capstone Premiere. This digital, multimedia event takes place Saturday, May 12 from 7 to 9pm at KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). A host of IFDM senior thesis projects, including six short films, one video game and an autobiographical comic book will be showcased. Admission is free.
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