Bettie Page Reveals All
Dec 13 to Dec 16
Friday to Monday 4:45, 8:00
Dir. Mark Mori - 2013 - 101m
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mark Mori’s BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL is an intimate look at one of the world’s most recognized sex symbols, featuring Bettie Page herself telling her story for the first time in her own words.
In Mori’s documentary, the real Bettie Page emerges from the veil of myth and rumor via interviews Mori taped a decade prior to her death in 2008. With earthy, razor sharp wit, Bettie tells her life story -- from humble beginnings as one of six children born to an impoverished southern family, to high school salutatorian, to her career as a scandalous 50s pin-up model. The film also uncovers previously unknown details about Bettie’s many torrid affairs, told from both her and her lovers’ perspectives. We follow her story through her sudden retirement at the peak of her modeling career in 1957, and discover a strange tale of decades of broken marriages, born-again Christianity, and bouts of mental illness, before ultimately resurfacing in the public eye in the early 90’s, unaware of her cult status.
With a stunning array of photographs, archival material and movie footage, BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL shows how Page’s unabashed sexual expression and provocative poses set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution and ushered in a modern era in fashion. The film definitively demonstrates why, for stars like Katy Perry and Beyonce, and for new generations of fans, Bettie remains an irresistible style icon. Revealingly, Forbes in 2012 listed her as one of the top ten posthumous celebrity earners.
"Fascinating! A humanizing portrait of a sex-positive feminist before the classification even existed." - Hubert Vigilla, Flixist
"An intimate look at the rise and fall of one of the world's most recognized and controversial sex symbols." - Robin Leach, Las Vegas Sun
Madoka Magica 3: REBELLION
Dec 13 to Dec 14
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Akiyuki Shinbo - 2013 - 125m approx - Japan - In English - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $15 - Door prizes courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY - plus special promotional giveaways t.b.a. !
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT LOBO ANIME!
SPECIAL BONUS! The first 25 patrons at each screening will get a surprise autographed mini board pertaining to MADOKA MAGICA. These are blind boxed with five different versions so you won't know which one you'll get!
Following Madoka's rewriting of the universe, Homura now lives in a world where witches are no longer born but despair still manifests itself into creatures known as wraiths, which magical girls continue to fight against. As Homura continues to feel the loneliness that has built up since her seperation from Madoka, something mysterious happens, as Madoka, who shouldn't exist in this new world, and Sayaka, who had disappeared after exhausting her magical energy, suddenly appear. Behind this mysterious appearance is a new magical girl named Nagisa Momoe and a new being fighting against God's existence.
Children of Paradise
Dec 14 to Dec 15
Saturday and Sunday 1pm
Dir. Marcel Carne - 1945 - 190m - France - In French with English subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
Actually filmed during the last years of World War II in a German-occupied France and featuring many French resistance fighters! Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with Children of Paradise, the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four different men. Deftly entwining theater, literature, music, and design, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect the tumultuous world of nineteenth-century Paris, teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Janus Films is proud to present this masterpiece – repeatedly declared the greatest French film of all time!
Dec 17 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Friday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Mark Kendall - 2012 - 72m - Guatamela/U.S. - English & Spanish with English subtitles - No Matinees
Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs. LA CAMIONETA follows one such bus on its transformative journey: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.
"An upbeat story of resilience, regeneration and artistic imagination." - Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The film wrings an almost bizarre amount of political, humanistic and spiritual substance out of this limited frame. Kendall's eye for untold stories, as well as his instinct for catching evocatively framed images on the fly, mark him as a name to watch." - Andrew Barker, VARIETY
“A poetic, even dreamy, film." - J. Hoberman, ARTINFO
"Unexpected and fascinating." - Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Remarkable...a brilliant micro-history of our globalized world." - Matt Brennan, THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD
People of A Feather
Dec 17 to Dec 20
Tuesday to Friday 4:30, 8:15
Dir. Joel Heath - 2011 - 92m
Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada's Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.
Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.
"Spectacular... Gorgeous... Genius. Great filmmaking - and not just for the enviro-conscious" - NOW Toronto
"For a movie that starts off talking about ducks, People of a Feather ends up negotiating nothing less than man's place, and our role, in the entire life cycle. It's an undeniably elegant feat, and one that could very well reframe the way you live the rest of your life." - Postmedia News
"Movie poetry at work … Astounding … Compelling … Entertaining" - The Vancouver Observer
"Artful and Meditative...a near mystical mix of time-lapse Arctic landscapes, marine-life photography, and interwoven imagery of present-day and historical Inuit life." - The Georgia Straight
"Painterly images... highly cinematic instances in which traditional ways collide headlong with the modern world" - WE Vancouver
"Beautifully put together with an artistic sensibility often overlooked in the environmental documentary department" - RedWire
"Beautifully shot.. incredible images underwater.. amazing time-lapse.. gives new meaning to the word remote" - Vancouver Sun
"Takes the audience on an arctic adventure for an eye opening look into the intricate symbiosis that exists between environmental change and cultural evolution" - The Source
"People of a Feather is a brilliant visual production, enhanced by an imaginative sound track; it also carries a warning. Heath's stunning photography will impress viewers with the toughness and vulnerability of wildlife and Inuit alike." - David R. Conn, Library Journal
Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites!
Saturday showtimes t.b.a.
Co-presented by Stranger Factory
The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013. That means this Saturday is the darkest day of the year. Dark Matters Film Festival is celebrating this dark day by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features a shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. Log on to DarkMattersFilmFest.com for a complete listing of films and descriptions.
Stop Making Sense
Dec 22 to Dec 23
Sunday and Monday 4:30, 9:00
Dir. Jonathan Demme - 1984 - 88m - MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN continues! - double featured with THE LAST WALTZ!
Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.
"The GREATEST CONCERT MOVIE OF ALL TIME" - Rolling Stone Magazine
"Talking Heads WILDLY ENTERTAINING concert SPECTACULAR is among the GREATEST music films EVER MADE" - Entertainment Weekly
"The movie rates with Woodstock as the GREATEST ROCK CONCERT FILM one that can be watched as frequently as an aerobics tape." - USA Today
The Last Waltz
Dec 22 to Dec 23
Sunday and Monday 2:00, 6:30
Dir. Martin Scorsese - 1978 - 117m - MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN continues! - double featured with STOP MAKING SENSE!
It started as a concert. It became a celebration. Join an unparalleled lineup of rock superstars as they celebrate The Band's historic 1976 farewell performance. Directed by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull, Goodfellas), The Last Waltz is not only "the most beautiful rock film ever made" (New York Times) it's "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone)!
"The greatest rock concert movie ever made -- and maybe the best rock movie, period." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Seeing The Last Waltz again after many years is like revisiting an old passion and realizing the heat is still there." - Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"It's arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights - 'The Weight' with the Staples Singers, Van Morrison's firebolt 'Caravan', every Levon Helm vocal - still astound." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Herb & Dorothy 50 X 50
Dec 26 to Dec 30
Thursday to Monday 3:15, 5:15, 7:15
Dir. Megumi Sasaki - 2013 - 87m
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states.
This came sixteen years after the Vogels had transferred their entire collection to NGA, the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. During those years at the NGA, the collection had grown to nearly 5,000 pieces, too large for any one museum to contain. As a solution, a national gift project titled The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States was conceived. Though their collection was now worth millions of dollars, the couple did not sell a single piece, instead giving fifty works to one museum in every state. Having worked their whole lives as civil servants, their wish was to give back to the people of the United States.
One year ago, on July 22, 2012, Dorothy declared their collection closed after the passing of her husband Herb. Dorothy works to create a living tribute to their partnership, the collection they created together, and the overwhelmingly positive legacy they have left on the American art world for generations to come.
Maximum Overdrive - as part of our Stephen King X-mas Special!
Dec 27 to Dec 28
Friday and Saturday showtimes 9:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Stephen King - 1986 - 97m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door prizes courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
In partnership with "The Creepshow: A Tribute to Stephen King" group art show at Downtown Contemporary Gallery (105 4th SW)
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH PET SEMATARY!
Stephen King's directorial debut with a killer AC/DC soundtrack! When a mysterious comet passes close within the Earth, machines all over the World come alive and go on homicidal rampages. A group of people in a desolate Truck Stop are held hostage by a gang of homicidal 18-wheelers. The frightened people set out to defeat the killer machines...or be killed by them.
Pet Sematary - as part of our Stephen King X-mas special!
Dec 27 to Dec 28
Friday and Saturday showtimes 11:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Mary Lambert - 1989 - 102m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation! $8 general / $6 students - Door prizes courtesy of STRANGER FACTORY
In partnership with "The Creepshow: A Tribute to Stephen King" group art show at Downtown Contemporary Gallery (105 4th SW)
DOUBLE FEATURED WITH MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE!
After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside life seems perfect for the Creed family...but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle in to a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery - built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) hides the cemetery's darkest secret...until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected. From STEPHEN KING the Master of the Macabre comes a journey that leads to hell and back. Though not everyone survives the trip. For the Creeds home is where the horror is.
Tom Thumb - The 1958 Russ Tamblyn Classic!
Dec 28 to Dec 29
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
Dir. George Pal - 1958 - 98m - MOM'S MATINEE!! - All seats just $5
When the 2-inch-tall Tom Thumb arrives at a childless couple's door, it seems like the perfect family has been created. But a chance meeting with a pair of devious robbers soon has Tom acting as an unwitting accomplice in a robbery, thereby threatening his family's happiness. Only Tom (Russ Tamblyn of West Side Story) and his friend Woody (Alan Young) can prove the innocence of Tom's parents and bring the robbers to justice. This 1958 presentation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale won an Oscar® for its innovative special effects. Timeless scenes include the famous dancing shoes and the painted boy who peels himself off of a pad of paper to dance around the room. Peggy Lee and Fred Spielman provide a wealth of catchy songs that have Tamblyn, Young, and Peter Sellers singing, dancing, and performing impressive gymnastic feats. This fanciful tale will appeal to the entire family.
Airplane 2: The Sequel - HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Dec 31 to Jan 1
Tuesday and Wednesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30
Dir. Ken Finkleman - 1983 - 85m
There's a mad bomber on board, the first lunar shuttle is about to self-destruct, the engines are not working, and - worst of all - the flight crew discovers they are completely out of coffee! It's the high flying lunacy of Airplane! all over again as Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty fly totally out of the ozone to recreate their hilarious original roles. The crew of crazies include Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and many others. Can Hays save the day again - without caffeine? Fasten you seatbelts for a ride you'll never forget - Airplane II: The Sequel.
Broken Circle Breakdown
Jan 2 to Jan 4
Thursday to Saturday 2:45, 7:00
Dir. Felix Van Groeningen - 2013 - 112m - Belgium/Netherlands - in Flemish and some English, with English Subtitles
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.
"[FOUR STARS!] ECSTATIC VIEWING… THIS YEAR'S ONCE." – New York Post
“POSSIBLY THE BEST MUSICAL ROMANCE SINCE ONCE . . . the closing minutes mark the strongest instance of a climactic music sequence since All That Jazz.” – Indiewire
"[FOUR STARS!] One of the finest final scenes in a movie this year… if there were any justice, Veerle Baetens would break out as an international star." – New York Daily News
“A vital, electrifying film . . . two of the most moving performances of the year.” – The Telegraph
“Striking lead performances by Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh are delivered with real passion, with Baertens especially showing real star quality.” – Screen Daily
“The two leads bring enormous warmth and integrity to their roles. Baetens, in particular, is tremendously moving.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Heldenbergh owns the role, holding the camera’s gaze with ease . . . the look and sound of him hark back to Kris Kristofferson.” – The New Yorker
"A RICH, RAW, HEARTACHE OF A FILM,
a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music." – RogerEbert.com
“A powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass – a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment.” – The Guardian
"An immaculately observed story of love, loss, and bluegrass music." – The Playlist
"Something of a miracle . . . a gloriously devastating bluegrass masterpiece." – Twitch
“A sure-fire, tear-jerking, audience pleaser, the engaging and moving Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown wears it heart resolutely on its sleeve, blending love, friendship, grief and drama with some romping and rousing bluegrass tunes.” - Screen Daily
"A FILM THAT WILL LIKELY STICK WITH YOU LONG AFTER THE CREDITS ROLL." – The AV Club
The History of Future Folk
Jan 2 to Jan 4
Thursday to Saturday 5:00, 9:30
Dir. Jeremy Kipp Walker & John Mitchell - 2013 - 86m
The citizens of the planet Hondo have sent their most decorated soldier, General Trius, to find a new home... and wipe out the current inhabitants in the process. But when General Trius lands on Earth, he's entranced by a strange and mystical human invention: music. He immediately abandons his mission, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny Brooklyn bar. Years later, a bumbling assassin named Kevin arrives to get the mission back on track. Although Kevin is no match for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind. The only solution is for General Trius and Kevin to join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe's first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk!
"Close encounters of the charming kind infuse The History of Future Folk." - Robert Koehler, Variety
"This is a shaggy, enjoyable, homebrewed sci-fi tale where the costumes and plot resemble one of those lo-fi "sweded" remakes in Be Kind Rewind." - Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of unadulterated escapism in which the craftsmanship lies not in visual polish but the universal appeal of a catchy tune." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"A sci-fi comic thriller folk music musical. Even its genre is a hoot." -Roger Moore, Movie Nation
Inequality for All - ENCORE SCREENING
Saturday 1pm ONLY!
Dir. Jacob Kornbluth - 2013 - 88m - No Matinees
"One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face, is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action. And this movie will do exactly that." - Robert Reich
An Inconvenient Truth for the economy, this Sundance award-winning film introduces former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as an inspirational and humorous guide in exploring the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America.
Jan 5 to Jan 9
Sunday to Thursday 3:00, 8:15
Dir. Costa-Gavras - 2012 - 114m - France - In French with English Subtitles
Special thanks to the ABQ French Meetup Group for helping publicize these screenings!
From legendary Academy Award (R)-winning writer/director Costa-Gavras (Missing, Z) comes CAPITAL, a fast-paced, darkly comic, suspenseful drama set in the high stakes world of global finance. When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh, "Midnight in Paris") is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne, "Vikings," "In Treatment"), erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim (Liya Kebede), and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. CAPITAL is a pointed commentary on how the Darwinian world of contemporary capitalism plays itself out across the global financial stage.
"An intriguing look into the high-level workings of corporate Europe through the eyes of Tourneuil in an effective character study." - Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Gavras never forces the material into allegorical turf; it's a relatively straightforward look at the ramifications of getting blinded by dollar signs, with perhaps one of the most clearly defined visions of economic depravity since "Wall Street." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"… shows an appropriate contempt for the global financial climate without turning its characters into one-dimensional villains." - Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
Touch of Sin
Jan 5 to Jan 9
Sunday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Jia Zhangke - 2013 - 125m - China - In Mandarin with English Subtitles
A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.
Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.
An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.
"This was one film that I gladly wished was longer. It's the best omnibus in quite some time." -- Kent Turner, FilmForward.com
"The horizon-stretching scenery, shimmeringly captured by cinematographer Yu Lik-Wai, will make you draw breath, in awe but also fear." -- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A tragedy with elements of pulpy action and black comedy..." - Dennis Lim, LA Times
Camille Claudel 1915
Jan 10 to Jan 14
Friday to Tuesday 4:00, 8:15
Dir. Bruno Dumont - 2013 - 97m - France - In French with English Subtitles
Special thanks to the ABQ French Meetup Group for helping publicize these screenings!
In CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915, Juliette Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as Auguste Rodin's protégé (and later mistress), and sister of the Christian/mystic poet Paul Claudel. Inspired by the correspondence between Paul and Camille, writer/director Bruno Dumont (Humanité, La Vie de Jesus) focuses on Camille Claudel's struggle to find understanding and recognition as an artist - and the moments before her brother's visit while she is confined to a mental institution.
Shot in a real psychiatric asylum, Bruno Dumont brings together a supporting cast comprised of real-life patients and their actual nurses that, alongside Binoche, create an emotionally intense ensemble - and a rare cinematic experience. While the camera rarely ventures outside of her prison's thick walls, the story of Camille Claudel's 29-year confinement is in itself a tale of defiance against social norms - and a testament to the power of creativity and fortitude.
"Binoche is particularly heartbreaking..." - Guy Lodge, Variety
"It's arguably the writer-director's finest achievement yet..." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out London
"...beautiful...Dumont's craft and Binoche's face somehow achieve transcendence." - Chris Chang, Film Comment
"It's a strong feat of directing and acting, one which confirms Binoche's dedication to difficult and elaborate roles..." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"...an incredibly contained performance that ranks among the best of her career" - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"...intellectually challenging...truly substantial..." - Jonathan Romney, Screen International
Enzo Avitabile Music Life
Jan 10 to Jan 14
Friday to Tuesday 6:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Jonathan Demme - 2013 - 80m
Enzo Avitabile, renowned Neapolitan saxophonist and singer/songwriter, is here filmed by Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, a longtime admirer of Avitabile’s music. This work represents an incredible opportunity as one of the world’s great directors tells us not just about the music of a singular artist in its fusion of Neapolitan, world music (and especially Arab with performances by Naseer Shamma and Palestinian singer Amal Murkus) and jazz but also of a city, Naples, with all of its treasures and contradictions, as Enzo creates amazing new music with collaborators from all over the world, including Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Naseer Shamma, Daby Touré and Trilok Gurtu. Music and a movie you will never forget!
"An engaging portrait of an artist that blends performance and verite footage...should whet your appetite for his music." - Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"A music lover's dream." - Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
Juliet of the Spirits
Jan 11 to Jan 12
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.
Dir. Federico Fellin - 1965 - 137m - Italy - in Italian with English Subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
The fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams! Cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo's masterful use of Technicolor transforms Juliet of the Spirits, Fellini's first color feature, into a kaleidoscope of dreams, spirits, and memories. Giulietta Masina plays a betrayed wife whose inability to come to terms with reality leads her along a hallucinatory journey of self-discovery. The fully restored version of one of Fellini's most dazzling dreams.
"It never less than dazzling to look at." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fellini went deliriously and brilliantly bananas with the color to create a rollicking through-the- looking-glass series of tableaus evoking a woman's troubled psyche." - Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A mad, resplendent peacock of a film, a cinematographic riot of color and sensuality that evokes its era -- the swinging mid-'60s -- as much as any movie made during those giddy years." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
The Selfish Giant
Jan 15 to Jan 19
Wednesday to Sunday 3:00, 6:45
Dir. Clio Barnard - 2013 - 93m - UK - In English Subtitles
Inspired by the Oscar Wilde children's story - A contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer - the Selfish Giant. They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart. Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten - keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded, driving a wedge between the boys. Arbor becomes increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.
"Solidly effective addition to Britain's social realism tradition, elevated by excellent performances by the young leads and some unexpectedly poetic touches." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"… earns all of its emotion the honest way… in the end it gives back much more than it takes. It's generous and steadfast, like true friendship itself." - Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"One of the great modern British films" - Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
These Birds Walk
Jan 15 to Jan 19
Wednesday to Sunday 5:00, 8:15
Dir. Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq - 2012 - 72m - Pakistan/U.S. - Urdu language with English Subtitles
In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.
"These Birds Walk might be the single most beautiful documentary of the year so far." - Daniel Walber, Film.com
"A touching portrait of youthful resilience and displacement set amid the drab backdrop of war-ravaged Karachi, Pakistan." - John Oursler, Village Voice
"The filmmakers record the flash of youth's headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos." - Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Warm, deeply affecting and non-preachy with stunningly beautiful, poetic cinematography." - Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
Saturday 12:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Henry Selick - 2009 - 100m - A Friends For the Public Library & ABC LIBRARIES presentation! Free But Seating is Limited on first-come-first-served basis!
Combining the visionary imaginations of two premier fantasists, director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and author Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Coraline is a wondrous and thrilling, fun and suspenseful adventure that honors and redefines two moviemaking traditions. It is a stop-motion animated feature – and, as the first one to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D, unlike anything moviegoers have ever experienced before.
Coraline Jones (voiced by Dakota Fanning) is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents (Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. She is befriended – or, as she sees it, is annoyed – by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.); and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Forcible (Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French) as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian Mr. Bobinsky (Ian McShane). After these encounters, Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her…
…but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence. On the surface, this parallel reality is similar to her real life – only much better. The adults, including the solicitous Other Mother (also voiced by Teri Hatcher), seem much more welcoming to her. Coraline is more the center of attention there – even from the mysterious Cat (Keith David). She begins to think that this Other World might be where she belongs. But when her wondrously off-kilter, fantastical visit turns dangerous and Other Mother schemes to keep her there, Coraline musters all of her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home – and save her family.
Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Shira & Yoav Potash - 2013 - 62m - A NM Food & Water Watch Presentation! FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!
NOTE: To be followed by a discussion on the efforts to pass a resolution to support labeling of genetically modified foods in Albuquerque!
Food Stamped is an informative and humorous documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s broken food system.
Winner, Jury Feature Prize – San Francisco Independent Film Festival Winner, Best Documentary – Lighthouse International Film Festival
“Informative… Entertaining… Inspiring.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Food Stamped is a warm, delightful, and entertaining film with a serious message: it’s really difficult to eat healthfully on food stamp (SNAP) benefits even if you are educated, savvy, live near a decent grocery store or farmers’ market, have plenty of time and energy, and are a great cook. Everyone should see this film, especially those who complain about how low-income people use their benefits.” – Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, and author of “Food Politics.”
“I love this film! It is eye-opening and sobering, yet delivers its message with a warm heart and terrific spirit. One comes away inspired by our potential for inventiveness, and motivated to activism, rather than feeling defeated.” – Mollie Katzen, Best-Selling Cookbook Author
“Food Stamped should be seen by anyone and everyone. A surprisingly delightful film given the toughness of the subject.” - Deborah Madison, Best-Selling Author
In Remembrance of Martin
Jan 20 to Jan 21
Monday and Tuesday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kell Kearns - 1986 - 60m - IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH & DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING'S BIRTHDAY
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER KELL KEARNS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE FILM AND THE NAACP OF ALBUQUERQUE PRESIDENT DR. HAROLD BAILEY!! DVDS FOR SALE!
This PBS documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King provides important biographical information about his life. Those who knew the man best, as well as a number of his most accomplished admirers, appear on camera to discuss King's extraordinary life and civil rights achievements. His widow, Coretta Scott King, and Ralph Abernathy talk about this exceptional man who was once a part of their lives. Former Senator Julian Bond, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and former President Jimmy Carter also share their thoughts about King's incredible courage and crucial efforts to improve race relations in America.
"A genuine jewel that ought to be shown regularly in every home and school." - The Washington Post
"Makes you proud to be an American." NY Daily News
"A compelling documentary" The Atlanta Constitution
"A well made wreath for his tomb." Newsday
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Jan 20 to Jan 21
Monday and Tuesday 4:30, 8:15
Dir. Bill Siegel - 2013 - 94m - IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
No conventional sports documentary, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI investigates its extraordinary and often complex subject's life outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. From Kartemquin Films - makers of such acclaimed documentaries as HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS - and Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
"The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen and - dare I say - I've seen 'em all." - Dave Zirin, The Nation.
"An invigorating doc brings the long-forgotten controversy to life... captures the thrill of Ali's personality even for viewers with little interest in the sweet science." - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"In its portrayal of a hyper-confident motormouth, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" leaves a clear impression. The fighter shook up America--and its assumptions about race--by being the opposite of Jackie [Robinson]: always talking, always reacting, always provoking." - Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
"If you weren't there at the time, it's hard to believe American celebrities ever burned this bright." - Time Out New York
"...a wholly illuminating look at Muhammad Ali...surprisingly fresh and vivid..." - Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist/IndieWire
"...the terrific 'Trials' is required watching." - Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
Jeff Berg's Made in New Mexico Movies - Series 9
Wednesday 7:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Various - 1912 to present - 100m approx. - ALL SEATS $7
Since Thomas Edison stopped at Isleta Pueblo in 1898 and filmed a one minute loop segment of some children entering and exiting the Isleta Day School, movie-making in New Mexico has been a constant. One can now look at the states vivid film history which includes nearly 700 feature films, television episodes, and made for cable/TV movies and only begin to imagine the history of the movies made in New Mexico.
With that in mind, Jeff Berg, a New Mexico film historian, will return to The Guild with the 9th episode of all new Made in New Mexico Film Clips, on Wednesday, January 22 at 7.30 PM.
Thus far, the ongoing series has screened clips from over 100 films that were at shot in part in New Mexico, along with a few television clips as well. In this show, snippets will be shown starting with a rare 1912 piece from a boxing match between Joe Louis and Jack Johnson that took place in Las Vegas, NM and continuing on until present day with stops in Raton with John Wayne, Carlsbad Caverns to see the ‘cyclotram’ at work, a former adult model in a battle of big trucks in Hatch, three pieces of noted New Mexico literature on film and to see if that really is Jesus on that tortilla up in Dixon.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky
Jan 23 to Jan 26
Thursday to Sunday 6pm ONLY!
Dir. Michel Gondry - 2013 - 90m - NO MATINEES
From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.
"A magnificently quizzical diagram of two ceaselessly inquiring minds in perfect tandem, like a raw X-ray of atomized creativity." - Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine
"Gondry's eccentric look at Chomsky's intellectual proclivities leads to a thoughtful examination of both director and star." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen Hanna
Jan 23 to Jan 26
Thursday to Sunday 4:00, 8:00
Dir. Sini Anderson - 2013 - 80m
Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why.
Through 20 years of archival footage and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
"A stylish, energetic account of Hanna's career to date and the impact it has had on a generation of women." - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"'The Punk Singer' demonstrates that neither Hanna's cause nor her musical ambition have started to wane." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"This is a woman who has been through hell and come out kicking, and the result is as much a celebration as it is a documentary." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"As moving a documentary as you are likely to see in your lifetime, Sini Anderson's filmic telling of Kathleen Hanna's story really packs a punch." - Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
Adam Horovitz (The Beastie Boys), Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre, Artforum), JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, "Portlandia"), Joan Jett (The Runaways), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin), Tobi Vail (Bikini Kill, Jigsaw), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Partyline), Lynn Breedlove (Tribe 8, Godspeed), Tavi Gevinson (Style Rookie, Rookie Mag)
Let the Fire Burn
Jan 27 to Jan 30
Monday to Thursday 4:30, 8:30
Dir. Jason Osder - 2013 - 95m
In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
Winner - Best Editing in a Documentary Feature - Tribeca Film Festival
Special Jury Mention - Best New Documentary Director - Tribeca Film Festival
Terms & Conditions May Apply
Jan 27 to Jan 30
Monday to Wednesday 6:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Cullen Hoback - 2013 - 80m - NO MATINEES
Admit it: you don't really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets, and they're not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but also sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. This disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us is incrementally opting-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what you can do about it.
"The content of this quietly blistering documentary should rile even the most passive viewer." - Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"One of the most important and eye-opening films of the year, a brisk compendium of the ways the websites and web businesses we all use exploit our personal data." - Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"This film makes you understand why a whistle-blower like Edward Snowden emerged. The incestuous relationship between the Facebooks of the world and the NSA will certainly lead to a Stasi-like police state unless an aroused population takes action." - Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
How I Live Now
Jan 31 to Feb 3
Friday to Monday 3:45, 6:00
Dir. Kevin Macdonald - 2013 - 101m - UK
Set in the near-future UK, Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.
“3½ out of 4 stars. MAGICAL AND APOCALYPTIC, directed with pulsing verve. Ronan is riveting.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
“BREATHTAKING. It’s much like the first teenage love it portrays: by turns high-spirited, visceral, tragic and absurd, hitting with the impact of a meteorite. With its intelligent energy and standout lead performance, it takes its place alongside this season’s strong gallery of survival-against-all-odds movies.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The movie is grab-you-by-the-back-of-the-neck immediate; the bite-your-lip moments of suspense and tension mount to the extent that you may well draw blood.” – Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“RONAN IS A FORCE OF NATURE.” – Mark Jenkins, NPR
“Fascinating. The splendid Ronan skillfully handles Daisy’s arc, from self-involved and delicate to steely, and ferociously committed to this family she just met.” – Roger Moore, Dallas Morning News
“The actors and director Kevin Macdonald create moments that are charged with reckless passion.” Chris Hewitt, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“It generates a haunting ambiance and develops a cumulative power.” – Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
“Ronan is never less than completely compelling.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“A SOPHISTICATED DELIGHT.” – Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
“Owes more to Cormac McCarthy than to Stephenie Meyer.” – A.A. Dowd, The Onion AV Club
“GRIPPING” - Marc Mohan, The Oregonian
“Ronan is quite good.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“STUNNING. A thrilling genre entry that stands firmly alongside its contemporaries in terms of quality.” – Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
“Saoirse Ronan is very good, and the direction by Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland") is dreamily intense and often inspired.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“Steadily captivating-- a story of young love that quickens into a harrowing survival thriller. Ronan gives flesh, ferocity and weight to the character’s many transformations, from passionate lover to Katniss Everdeen-style heroine.” – Justin Chang, Variety
Jan 31 to Feb 3
Friday to Monday 8:15pm ONLY!
Dir. Jaco Van Dormael - 2010 - 157m - NO MATINEES - France / Germany / Canada / Belgium /
Finally released in the U.S. starring Jared Leto and Sarah Polley! A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived.
“There is plenty to love here… the film leaves you with a feeling of having watched something very special. Definitely recommended!” – Niels Matthijs, Twitch
“A film that has a beating heart underneath its messy — though breathtakingly designed — exterior.” – Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
“Dazzling, intriguing, a cult movie in the truest sense of the word.” – Damon Wise, Empire
“Something quite extraordinary” – Film Buff
“The film is ravishing, incisive and relevant. It offers quite a ride.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
“A stunning portrayal of the consequence of chance.” – El Harris, The Film Review
Speciesism: The Movie
Dir. Mark Devries - 2013 - 90m - An Animal Compassion in Action & Animal Rights Mobilization (ARM!) Presentation - FREE to the public BUT SEATING WILL BE LIMITED, plus vegan food offerings and Q & A session
DOORS OPEN AT NOON! SEATING IS LIMITED!
Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: TheMovie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.
Pig Death Machine
Tuesday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 ONLY!
Dir. Jon Moritsugu - 2013 - 84m - DIRECTOR PLUS THE STAR IN PERSON!! ALL SEATS $7
Punk rocking cinema is here!
"Overflowing with eye-popping production design, eardrum-destroying rock 'n' roll, gross-outs aplenty and deadpan one-liners you'll be quoting for weeks." - Wall Street Journal
"A sci-fi/psychological horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle)... From 1985, Moritsugu has been creating a body of work that is absolutely brilliant and utterly repellant." - RAFU SHIMPO
"Pig Death Machine does have many beautiful images and a sense of self-aware humor about itself... imagine "Charly" directed by David Chronenberg." - THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, Burl Burlingame
"Thank god the kids are continuing the punk legacy." - PAPER MAGAZINE, Kim Hastreiter
"One of the best films we've seen... hilarious, edgy, gorgeous... a standout science-fiction mystery film of IDEAS, not just spectacle." - RE/SEARCH, V. Vale
"As scuzzy, schizoid and defiantly lo-fi as ever, punk-rock auteur Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Scumrock) proves with his Kickstarter-funded first feature in over a decade that there's still a cinematic underground in the post-Internet world." - LA WEEKLY, Aaron Hillis
Fossil-Free Film Festival
Feb 5 to Feb 6
Thursday and Friday 2pm to 7pm each day
FREE but seating is limited to a first-come-first-served basis
Twelve New Mexico non-profit and student organizations have joined together to sponsor a two-day Fossil Free Film Festival at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque next February 5 and 6. The festival will offer the best new films on climate change and what can be done about it. One afternoon and one evening session is planned for each of the two days (start times: 2PM and 7PM). There will be a mix of feature length and shorter films. Speakers will provide an overview and brief commentary, but most of the sessions will be devoted to the films. There will be no admission fee. “The word ‘free’ is in the name of our film festival for two reasons,” explains Ken Bergeron, leader of the planning committee, “first, because the world needs to free itself of its fossil fuel addiction and second, because admission will be free.”
The films selected for the community-wide event will be the highest quality national releases. Some will be about the causes and consequences of climate change. For example, “A Fierce Green Fire,” a 2013 release narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd and other well-known stars, is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Other films will address solutions, such as the potential for transitioning to renewable energy and a sustainable economy. “We think this is the first film festival in New Mexico dedicated to this important issue,” says planner Glen Salas, “and we try to cover not only the problem, but also some good news, some solutions to the problem.” For example, the film “Carbon Nation” lays out in an entertaining manner a variety of practical ways that we can curtail greenhouse gas emissions and thereby avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Its producers call it an “optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment.”
Feb 7 to Feb 10
Friday to Monday 4:15, 8:30
Dir. Kim Mordaunt - 2013 - 92m - Laos - Laotian w/English subtitles
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival.
"Endearing, gripping and heartwarming...the picture is crowd pleasing and enjoyable, but admiringly respectful and carefully considered."- Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire
"If you aren't moved by the THE ROCKET your heart is defective."- Jordan Hoffman, Film.com
"A kid-centric slice of intractable humanism in the mode of THE KITE RUNNER, TSOTSI, WHALE RIDER, or BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD." - Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Best Narrative Feature & Audience Award Winner at Tribeca! & Best First Feature Winner at Berlin!
In The Mood For Love
Feb 8 to Feb 9
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.
Dir. Wong Kar Wai - 2000 - 98m - Hong Kong / France - Cantonese, Shanghainese, French with English Subtitles - $5 General / $2 for ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB MEMBERS
AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT!
Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching musical soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping-bin, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past decade of cinema, and is a milestone in Wong’s redoubtable career.
"Every charged frame of the film pulses with the central contradiction between repression and emotional abandon; the formalism and sensuality are inextricable." - Time Out
"The film is gorgeous, dripping with texture and sensuality and, well, mood." - Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Cheung and Leung give the most subtle performances of their careers here." - Amy Taubin, Sight and Sound
"Stylized, set-designed to the last hair wisp, the film is a mixture of bold devices with delicate understatement that leave a remarkable aftereffect." - Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
The Second Cooler
Friday 4:00, 6:15
Dir. Ellin Jimmerson - 2013 - 90m - A New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice (NMFCIJ) Presentation! $10 Suggested Donation
This Valentine’s Day share Responsible Love with your nearest neighbors! Help us help them: New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice (NMFCIJ)
Bonus: Director/Writer/Producer Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson will address the audience for a Q&A following the 90m documentary. Jimmerson is an award winning filmmaker. She has an MA in Southern History from Samford University in Birmingham, AL; a Ph.D. in 20th Century US History from University of Houston, TX; and an MA in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in Latin American Liberation Theology. Jimmerson served as prime witness for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent victory against the restrictive anti-immigrant law in Alabama.
The prize-winning documentary explores the origins of Latino immigration into the U.S. -- narrated by Martin Sheen. The Second Cooler asks, 'Who benefits?' from illegal immigration while bringing major systemic issues into focus. Those issues include US complicity in creating Latin America's extreme inequality, the officially anticipated, devastating impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on millions of Mexican peasants, the militarization of the US/MEX border in anticipation of those displacements, the US's socially-encoded dual legal entry system that discriminates against poor and/or indigenous people, the legal exception of the guest worker program which is a system of indentured servitude, and the deaths of thousands of illegally-crossing migrants along our southwestern border. Rare interviews with illegal immigrants are conducted, including children, and guest workers in ongoing lawsuits. Original art, music, and score. Fully subtitled.
Awards: 2013 Best Feature Documentary at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago; official selection of the Arizona International Film Festival with invitational encore; Manhattan Film Festival; AMFM Fest, Cathedral City, CA; top award at Film 4 Change where they also gave Jimmerson a humanitarian award for her activism work; and recently a Dominican Republic film award.
Feb 17 to Feb 19
Monday to Wednesday 7pm ONLY!
Dir. Jeffrey Karoff - 2013 - 30m - ALL SEATS $5
ON THE SHORT LIST TO POSSIBLY BEING NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR DOCUMENTARY SHORT!
Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.
Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.
Flies and Angels: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Feb 17 to Feb 19
Monday to Wednesday 5:00, 8:00
Dir. Kerstin Stutterheim and Niels-Christian Bolbrinker - 2010 - 92m - Germany - In Russian & German & English with English Subtitles
"…so utopia, as a project, only seems good to me if implemented in artistic form." – Ilya Kabakov
"the late 20th Century’s most important Russian artist." - Phaidon
Ilya Kabakov was born in the Ukraine in 1933. Today he is considered one of the most important contemporary artists worldwide, and there is practically no significant museum of contemporary art around the world that doesn’t show at least one of his installations. With his etchings, paintings and particularly with these installations he has for decades now created a phantastic world that serves as a counterpoint to the brutal reality and its many failed visions. These installations, executed with exquisite detail, are strange and enchanted spaces. They are like film sets telling life histories, touching emotions and memories held by people everywhere. But his stories are more than personal dramas: Kabakov is one of the last great utopists, he looks disenchantedly at the debris of the 20th century but at the same time, with human warmth and a distinct imagination, he is able to envision other worlds.
Thollem with the films of Manucinema
Thursday 7pm ONLY!
2 hours total - ALL SEATS $8 FOR THIS SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY COMPOSER IN PERSON PERFORMANCE & SCREENING!
Thollem and Tuia Cherici (Manucinema) have been collaborating together for several years now on numerous projects. The first half will be a screening of the documentary by Tuia about Thollem's concert with the great Italian contrabassist Stefano Scodanibbio on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. After a brief intermission Thollem will play live to films Tuia made specifically for him and his various projects including Tsgioti and Band News From Houston. Two extremely different approaches to film and music!
1.) About the documentary -
On Debussy's piano And... Includes interviews and live concert footage from Sept. 29th and 30th, 2008 at Musee Labenche in Brive-la-Gaillarde with Thollem McDonas and Stefano Scodanibbio on the only piano Claude Debussy owned the last 14 years of his life. Interviews with Terry Riley, Joan Jeanrenaud, Maurice Rousteau, Claire Moser, Stefano Scodanibbio, Thollem McDonas, Edoardo Ricci, and Jacopo Andreini. Also includes short films to the music of Thollem, Scodanibbio by David Latreille and Peter Sparling.
2.) Short intermission
3.) Thollem/Manucinema - Live score performance
Thollem is known around the world as a wildly eclectic improvising piano player. With electric piano and analog effects, Thollem Electric forges colossal sonic machinations, all to the backdrop of the exquisitely twisted stop-motion films and videos of Tuia Cherici. The show is an irreverent spectacle “clawing at musical and socio-political borders” (Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes) and "unreal linear explosions". (Greg Burk, LA Weekly)
ABOUT THE DUO
Tuia Cherici (Italy/Germany) - MANUCINEMA - develops filmed stories made by recycling, animating and recording available materials in the moment (stop-motion, collage, animated sculpture, mixed techniques). Aesthetically intriguing, most of her works come out by observing and molding the materials discovered in her daily life.
Thollem McDonas - "A fresh, disciplined avant-pianist with an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Weekly), Thollem travels perpetually as a performer, comproviser, activist and teacher, covering much of the North American continent and Europe. He performs as a soloist as well as in collaboration with many divergent artists in wildly contrasting directions. In the past 8 years, he has added 32 albums to his discography on 15 different vanguard labels in 5 different countries. “An intense and virtuosic keyboardist" (Time Out New York).
SIN FRONTERAS FILM FESTIVAL
Feb 21 to Feb 22
Friday and Saturday
Oscar Nominated Short Films - 2014 !!
Feb 23 to Mar 2
Sunday to the following Sunday
It's that time of year again - Academy Award nominated shorts from around the planet in various genres!
LIVE ACTION - SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22 to TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25
DOCUMENTARY - WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26 & THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27
ANIMATION - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 29 to SUNDAY MARCH 2
NOTE: NOMINATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 16, 2014. A FULL LINEUP SHOULD BE LISTED BY JANUARY 25, 2014. CHECK BACK THEN!
Sunday 12 Noon
Dir. Josh Fox - 2013 - 125m - A NM Food & Water Watch Presentation! FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!
NOTE: To be followed by a discussion on fracking in New Mexico
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".