Reel World: Meditate On Meaning

Meditate On Meaning

Devin D. O'Leary
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The third annual Movies & Meaning festival returns to KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) April 27 through 30. The Porch Magazine and FilmABQ present this art-and-activism-minded lineup of “films that awaken the spirit” and “community rituals that renew joy.” The four-day festival is described by organizers as being part of “the global movement for healing, justice and reconciliation.” Among the films being screened this year are the 2016 remake of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, the Camino de Santiago documentary I’ll Push You, the 2015 Academy Award-nominated Amazon epic Embrace of the Serpent, Warren Beatty’s 1981 political drama Reds and Steven Spielberg’s 1982 adaptation of The Color Purple. Special guest speakers for this year’s festival include Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), Brian McLaren (author, activist and “public theologian”), Malidoma Somé (West African elder and world-renowned teacher), Mona Haydar (poet and “sacred activist”) and Gareth Higgins (film critic and author). Four-day passes are available for between $189 and $399 at For a complete lineup of films, speakers and events, go to

Reel World: Tour The Set Tour The Set

As part of its ongoing Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film & Television exhibit, the Albuquerque Museum is inviting folks to climb aboard a “completely custom, uniquely Albuquerque, open-air trolley” and embark on a two-hour tour of locations from movies made here in Albuquerque. The Trollywood Tour will take place Saturday, April 29, from 3 to 5pm. It all starts at the Albuquerque Musuem (2000 Mountain NW). Tickets are $50 and are available, in advance, at

Reel World: Submit, Human! Submit, Human!

This Monday, May 1, is the deadline to submit films to the Roswell Galacticon and Sci-Fi Film Festival. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the infamous Roswell UFO crash. The comic book, movie and science-fiction festival will take place June 29 through July 1, and organizers are looking for short and feature-length films in the sci-fi and fantasy categories to showcase. You can submit your work through For more details go to

Reel World: Submit More! Submit More!

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival—named for the fourth year in a row one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 50 “Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”—is accepting submissions for its ninth annual outing. Monday, May 1, is the “Regular Deadline” for submission—meaning it’s your last chance to send in shorts for $45 or features for $60 (student shorts $25, student features $30). The late deadline, which features a jump in submission prices, is July 3. Organizers are looking for films in the following categories: Animated, Documentary, Experimental Shorts, International, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Indigenous, New Mexican and Student Film. All submissions can be sent through For more details go to This year’s SFIFF is scheduled to take place Oct. 18 through 22.
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