Reel World: Funding Micro Budget Films, Hula Documentary, Footaball Documentary

Micro Scope

Devin D. O'Leary
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The Men of Hula
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New Mexico Post Alliance, Invest New Mexico and the Albuquerque Film Office are presenting a workshop on “How to Fund/Make the Micro Budget Movie.” John Putch and Kenneth Segura Knoll will be teaching this workshop on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the South Broadway Cultural Center (1025 Broadway SE). Putch is billed as a “maverick independent filmmaker” who has worked on more than 50 TV shows (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and movies (American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike). Segura, meanwhile, is a local producer and founder of the crowdfunding portal Their info-packed seminar goes from 5 to 9pm and will be followed by a networking gathering at Rio Bravo Brewing (1912 Second Street NW) starting at 9:15pm. NMPA members get in free. General admission tickets are $26.62. To ensure yourself a seat, you need to pre-register at For more details got to

Reel World: Hukilau At Hiland Hukilau At Hiland

The Men of Hula
Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula is an award-winning documentary film capturing the journey of legendary master dance teacher Robert Cazimero and the only all-male hula school in Hawai’i as they prepare to compete at the world’s largest hula festival. The documentary is the work of filmmaker and hula dancer Lisette Marie Flanary. The film received a CINE Golden Eagle Award when it aired on PBS’ critically acclaimed series “P.O.V.” several years ago. Flanary will be in Albuquerque on Saturday, Jan. 23, as part of a special fundraising event for National Dance Institute of New Mexico at the Hiland Theatre (4800 Central SE). From 4:30 to 5:30pm, the Hiland will host a free hula dance class. From 6 to 7pm, there will be a VIP reception with Flanary. Starting at 7pm the theater will screen Flanery’s Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula, which will be followed by a panel discussion led by the filmmaker herself. Tickets are $5 students/seniors and $7 general admission for the film/discussion. For $13 students/seniors and $15 general admission, you get the VIP reception and movie experience. For more info, go to

Reel World: Team Spirit Team Spirit

In Football We Trust
PBS New Mexico’s Indie Lens Pop-Up! returns to the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with the sporting documentary In Football We Trust. Directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, the film follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures and poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting. The film starts at 7pm and admission is free. As always concessions are available, and there will be a post-film discussion covering the social and cultural issues raised by the film. For more information visit
In Football We Trust

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