Reel World: The Decline Of Western Civilization, Chasing Shadows And The Pueblo Film Festival

Decline Again

Devin D. O'Leary
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For three weekends in a row, Alibi’s Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema[xurl] (3405 Central NE) will present director Penelope Spheeris’ groundbreaking musical documentary series The Decline of Western Civilization. Part I will screen Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, at 10:30pm. With historic concert footage from pioneering groups like the Germs, Black Flag, X, Fear, TSOL and the Circle Jerks, The Decline of Western Civilization remains one of the greatest cinematic looks at LA’s burgeoning punk scene, circa 1980. Part II: The Metal Years, a tragically hilarious look at the heavy metal scene in the mid-’80s (including Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Poison, Faster Pussycat, Alice Cooper and Megadeth), will screen Nov. 27 and 28 at 10:30pm. The final, largely unreleased film The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III returns to LA almost 20 years later to see what the city’s young, largely homeless punk population looks like today. Live performances in this one include underground bands Final Conflict, Litmus Green and Naked Aggression. It will screen Dec. 4 and 5 at 10:30pm. Admission to each film is $8 at the Guild box office. But you can purchase special $20 passes for all three films in advance at Astro-Zombies (3100 Central SE). Go to for more info.

Reel World: Fresh Powder Fresh Powder

Every winter, like clockwork, extreme sports enthusiast Warren Miller shows up with a brand new documentary about skiing and snowboarding. This year’s “66th annual feature” (holy cow!) is titled Chasing Shadows. The globe-hopping winter sports doc—which travels from Utah’s Wasatch mountains to Alaska’s Chugach all the way to the Himalayas—will hit Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) on Friday, Nov. 20. The screening starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Doorprizes include High Performance ski rentals, Millennium ski passes and Peak Plus cards. To grab those tickets in advance, go to

Reel World: Screening The Pueblo Screening The Pueblo

Native American filmmakers from across New Mexico are coming together for the 2nd Annual Pueblo Film Festival, hitting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (2401 12th NW) Nov. 21 and 22. The two-day event is part of Native American Heritage Month and provides a forum for emerging filmmakers from Pueblo communities to connect with more established filmmakers as well as audiences. Film screenings, presentations and discussions are all part of the showcase. This year’s festival includes film series focused on environmental issues and Pueblo women in film. Each film screening will be followed by an open discussion with a filmmaker, artist or expert to “encourage and educate all aspiring filmmakers.” Guests of honor include renowned Pueblo filmmakers Beverly Singer (Santa Clara/Diné) and Diane Reyna (Taos). Among the titles this year are Singer’s documentary The Answers Lie Within (about a historic exchange between Native American artists and artists from southern African communities) and Reyna’s Gathering Up Again: Fiestas in Santa Fe (a portrait of the Pueblo people as they participate in the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe). The full schedule is available at All events are free with museum admission.
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