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Roger Beebe: FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS

Jan 28
Wednesday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Beebe - 2 hours approx - A Basement Films co-presentation! All Seats $8

Best known perhaps for his multiple-projector performances, filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the road in January 2015 for a four-month tour that takes him to three corners of North America with an additional stop off in the Antipodes (Australia/NewZealand). While this tour does feature several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam “Last Light of a Dying Star”), it places those works in the context of a broader practice of appropriation of educational/industrial/mass cultural imagery. These works cover a range of topics from black athletes with Irish surnames (“Famous Irish Americans”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”) to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (“AAAAA Motion Picture”). The program also includes his most recent video, “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game,” (award winner at a number of festivals including Chicago Underground, IC Docs, and Milwaukee Underground), which explores the forbidden pleasures of male tears.

"[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America."--David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly

“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.”--Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Beebe's work is goofy, startling, and important." --Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore

ABOUT ROGER BEEBE:Roger Beebe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art. Recent solo shows of his work include the Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Anthology Film Archives. He has won numerous honors and awards including a 2013 MacDowell Colony residency, a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014.

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Advanced Style

Jan 29
Thursday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lina Plioplyte - 2014 - 72m - All Seats $8 - Special Thanks to Tess Coats and other t.b.a folks & groups for making this happen!

A MAY I HAVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPH PRESENTATION!  FACEBOOK EVENT

ADVANCE TICKETS AT ELSA ROSS BOUTIQUE HAVE SOLD OUT!  THERE WILL BE 20 REMAINING TICKETS SOLD AT OUR BOX OFFICE THE DAY OF STARTING AT 7PM ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS!

SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOR WILL INCLUDE LOCALS ELSA ROSS, DIANE GLENN, ANNE DUNBAR AND PHOENIX FORRESTER. 

The self-styled supermodels of the AARP set!  An examination of the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

"Incredibly warm and life-affirming" 4 – Little White Lies

"Inspirational, touching and absolutely fabulous. " 4 – The Daily Express

"The women make tremendous subjects" – The Independent

"These inspiring women are full of energy and hilarious" – Time Out

"Charming" – New York Mag

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Oscar Nominated Short Films - 2015 !!

Jan 30 to Feb 8
Friday to the following Sunday

It's that time of year again - Academy Award nominated shorts from around the planet:  LIVE ACTION, ANIMATION and DOCUMENTARY!  

Friday January 30 to Monday February 2 @ 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

 ANIMATED: two or three additional shorts to be added; 80 – 85 minutes 

The Bigger Picture (dir. Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/UK/English? - 'You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!' hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

The Dam Keeper (dir. Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue? - An original animated short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. A first-time collaboration between some of the most talented artists in animation, The Dam Keeper made its world premiere as an official selection at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and is slated to make its US premiere at The New York International Children's Film Festival this spring.

Set in a desolate future, one small town's survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting-style to life like never before. The Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television's Forbrydelsen (The Killing), and BBC's Sherlock, narrates this timeless fable. Directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi are known for their art direction on such beloved films as Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters university and Toy Story 3.

Feast (dir. Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue - a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “PAPERMAN”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Me and My Moulton (dir. Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada/English - One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. Me and My Moulton provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”.

A Single Life (dir. Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands/Non-dialogue - When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

Tuesday February 3 to Thursday February 5 @ 3:30, 7pm

DOCUMENTARY: 160 minutes 

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (dir. Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry) – 39 minutes/USA/English? - 

This timely documentary spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of 

service members.

Joanna (dir. Aneta Kopacz) – 40 minutes/Poland/Polish - With great visual poetry, 'Joanna' portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

Our Curse (dir. Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki) – 27 minutes/Poland/Polish? - The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.

The Reaper (La Parka) (dir. Gabriel Serra Arguello) – 29 minutes/Mexico/Spanish - Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.

White Earth (dir. J. Christian Jensen) – 20 minutes/USA/English and Spanish - Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. "White Earth" is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

Friday February 6 to Monday February 8 - 4:30, 7:30

LIVE ACTION: 118 minutes approx. 

Aya (dir. Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel and France/English, Hebrew, Danish? - Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong. 

Boogaloo and Graham (dir. Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/UK/English?Butter - Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, Riley Hamilton and Aaron Lynch. 

Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) (dir. Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France and China/Tibetan? - A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

Parvaneh (dir. Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland/Dari and German? - A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

The Phone Call (dir. Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/UK/English - Heather (played by OSCAR® nominee SALLY HAWKINS) is a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner JIM BROADBENT) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

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Jeff Berg's Made In NM series - Indian Country

Feb 1
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

1897 to 2013 - 100m approx - All Seats $7

Movies tend to show us American Indians that white people have created. Although the people of New Mexico's tribes and pueblos have long been involved in movie-making,  most often these works are ignored or overlooked.  

In over 4000 films (not just those shot in NM), Hollywood has shaped the often negative image of Native Americans. Classic Westerns like They Died with Their Boots On created stereotypes. Later blockbusters like Little Big Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and Dances with Wolves (sort of) began to dispel them. Not until a renaissance in Native American cinema did films like Once Were Warriors and Smoke Signals portray Native people as human beings.

In his newest compilation of film clips from New Mexico made movies, Santa Fe based film historian, Jeff Berg, will take us on a unique 'tour' of New Mexico's 'Indian Country' by showing clips with live narration, of New Mexico made films where  pueblo and tribal people are featured, in both positive ways or in negative ways. 

Included in the screening is information from an interview that Jeff did with director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, A Thief of Time) who is of Cheyenne/Arapaho descent and currently the chair of the film department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The screening contains 17 clips from movies shot at least in part in New Mexico and covers the time period of 1897-2013. The show will last about 100 minutes and audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

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Why Don't You Play In Hell?

Feb 6 to Feb 7
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Sion Sono - 2013 - 126m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - An Alibi Midnight Movie Madness Event - $8 General / $6 Students with ids

Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

There's a war going on, but that won't stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fuck Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The Fuck Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death... on 35mm!

Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is a Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films of yore, and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

"From sudden zooms and abrupt freeze frames to lengthy tracking shots, slow-motion, and CG-enhanced fantasy interludes, Why Don't You Play In Hell? boasts an aesthetic insanity to match its uninhibited narrative." - Nick Schager, AV Club

"A deliriously gaudy celebration of the decline of everything (including Japanese cinema, film as a medium, and any notion of good taste), it plays like the improbable bastard offspring of Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Kill Bill (2003)" - Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound

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The Stuart Hall Project

Feb 7
Saturday 1pm

Dir. John Akomfrah - 2013 - 93m - Special thanks to the Media Literacy Project! All Seats $7

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation. A thinker and commentator, his is one of the intellectual giants of the last sixty years. John Akomfrah's sweeping and majestic feature length documentary THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the most important period of global political change to date. THE STUART HALL PROJECT is a documentary told through the ideas of Stuart Hall and heard through the sonic landscape of the music of Miles Davis.

"Akomfrah finds an imaginative way of telling Hall's story." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall." - David Gritten, Daily Telegraph

"An absorbing account." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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A Place At The Table

Feb 8
Sunday 2pm

Dir. Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - 2013 - 84m - Suggest donations greatly appreciated!

Sponsored by the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee (NMBHOC) building coalitions, leveraging resources and developing programs for the enrichment of African American people. Watch and learn.

“A Place at the Table” illustrates the serious economic, social and cultural implications of hunger in America and the importance of making healthy food available and affordable. As part of a larger program, The Taste of Soul Week, this exhibition and dialogue serves to cultivate innovations in food production, preparation and consumption. 

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

“AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY. It could prove a vital tool in the campaign toward a widespread solution.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“***** TERRIFIC. AS IMPORTANT AND EYE-OPENING A DOCUMENTARY AS YOU’LL SEE THIS YEAR” Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“A valuable documentary. I sat down to watch this film not expecting new insights about a problem that has come to be seen as an intractable constant in American life. I was wrong.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A true companion piece to FOOD, INC. It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children—in short, the American dream.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine

“3½ out of 4 stars—POWERFUL, AND POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE. Advocacy journalism at its best.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“3½ out of 4 stars. IT DELIVERS A POWERFUL PUNCH. Trenchant, intelligent, sharply argued. It deserves to be seen along with FOOD, INC.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“3 ½ out of 4 stars. MOVING. So many of the words spoken will haunt you long after the film is over.

”A film that should make you furious.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“COMPELLING. The focus is on people, who make the statistics painfully real.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

‘The documentary proves its worth most by how it treats the moral and political issues around the hunger crisis.” – Tomas Hachard, Slant

“POWERFUL. More than an eye-opening portrayal of hunger in America, it’s also a call to action.” – Boston Globe

“A BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, POIGNANT FILM.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune

“Makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.” – Billy Tatum, Paste

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The 2015 New Mexico Italian Film Festival

Feb 9 to Feb 15
Monday to Friday & Sunday

2015 - An Italian Festivals of New Mexico Presentation

To purchase advance tickets, visit here.  For a full schedule of events & screenings, visit here.

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four day celebration of Italian film as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community.

When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the nonprofit organization he established a year before. Members of that organization, all dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue and expand the festival.

Now in its 8th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. 

Italian Festivals of New Mexico proudly celebrates the 8th edition of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival with a dynamic program of contemporary Italian cinema and special events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of Italian cinema, food, music, wine and tradition. Italian hospitality is legendary. And so, to one and all we extend a warm invitation to join us. The Consul General of Italy also sends his warm welcome from Los Angeles.

FESTIVAL TICKETS GO ON SALE DEC. 15

AT THE GUILD CINEMA - 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9 at 7pmChe Strano Chiamarsi Federico

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm - The Red and the Blue (Il Rosso e il Blu)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm - Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 7pm - Out Of The Blue (Buongiorno Papà)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm - Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 12 NOON - We Can Do That (Si Può Fare)

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Nightmare in Las Cruces Part 2

Feb 10
Tuesday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Charlie Minn - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees

A newly finished & updated documentary marking the 25 year memorial on the unsolved tragic mass murders 

On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled. Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran, and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head, which saved three lives.  Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.

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Bonnie & Clyde - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Feb 14
Saturday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1967 - 111m

The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s!

Starring a great Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, directed by Arthur Penn, this is one of the sixties' most talked-about, volatile, controversial crime/gangster films combining comedy, terror, love, and ferocious violence.  The story of Clyde's rise and self-destructive fall as an anti-authoritarian criminal gangster is clearly depicted. Both tragic outlaw figures exemplify 'innocents on the run' who cling to each other and try to function as a family. The film, with many opposing moods and shifts in tone (from serious to comical), is a cross between a gangster film, tragic-romantic traditions, a road film and buddy film, and screwball comedy. It exemplified many of the characteristics of experimental film-making from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) movement. [Originally, the film was intended to be directed by Jean-Luc Godard or Francois Truffaut, who opted out and made Fahrenheit 451 (1966) instead.] The film's major poster about the infamous couple romanticized violence and proclaimed: "They're young...they're in love...and they kill people."

"The most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry - Valentine's Day Encore Screening!

Feb 14
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Mary Dore - 2014 - 92m - No Matinees

“Brilliant!!!  The most powerful and definitive documentary of the modern women's movement.” - Ruth Rosen, author of “The World Split Open” 

The buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation;  from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). 

Remarkably, there has never been a theatrical documentary about the early days of women’s liberation. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL aims not to romanticize the early movement, but to dramatize it in its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory.

The film does not shy away from the controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement.  SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious.

Produced and Directed by MARY DORE, maker of the award-winning film The Good Fight-The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and NY Film Fest premiere Children of Labor.

“ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST FILMS.  An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She's Beautiful When She's Angry is THE BEST FILMED ACCOUNT OF HOW THAT HAPPENED YOU COULD EVER EXPECT TO SEE.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“I LOVED IT.  I watched it with my daughter. Thank you so much for this film because it manages to do all the history but also be fun. Provides historical context for today’s push for gender equality.” – Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC

“This STIRRING and INFORMATIVE documentary about the rise of the women’s movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. There’s a WARM, WISE, PASSIONATE GLOW to … a great political success story. VISIONARY and HEROIC.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Amira & Sam

Feb 16 to Feb 19
Monday to Thursday 3:45, 8:15

Dir. Sean Mullin - 2014 - 88m

Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more.

Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together.

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The Organizer

Feb 16 to Feb 19
Monday to Thursday 5:45pm ONLY!

Dir. Mario Monicelli - 1963 - 130m - No matinees

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ITALIAN FESTIVALS OF NEW MEXICO (NM ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS)

Sponsored in part by the Central New Mexico Employees Union New Mexico Central Labor Committee 

In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it’s not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (Marcello Mastroianni) that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli, brimming with humor and honesty, is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, and features engaging, naturalistic performances; cinematography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno; and a multilayered, Oscar-nominated screenplay by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci, and Furio Scarpelli.

"A nearly forgotten near-great movie, with one of Marcello Mastroianni's classic tragicomic performances." - Michael Sragow, New Yorker

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SIN FRONTERAS FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 20 to Feb 22
Friday to Sunday

FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED - ARRIVE EARLY!

An Annual Latin American Film Festival hosted by the student organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) on the University of New Mexico Campus.   Reserve tickets online here!

Friday February 20th

5:30    El vals de los inútiles - The tale of two parallel stories narrates the student movement in Chile. A teenager immersed in the political climate in his school and a former political prisoner of the Pinochet dictatorship find in the social and student's movement the sense to their own history. Darío (17) and Miguel Ángel (58) both join the “1800 hours for free education”- marathon, one of the most important expressions of the Chilean student movement in the past years. Together with the viewer they share their different experiences and points of view, connecting history with the current capital of Chile

8:00    O palhaço - In this lighthearted and nostalgic tale, Valdemar and Benjamin are the fabulous father/son clown duo of Puro Sangue (Thoroughbred) and Pangaré (Mangy Horse). They make their living travelling the Brazilian countryside with the Circo Esperança (Hope Circus). They have no fixed address. Benjamin begins to grow tired of the road and worries he is no longer funny. With only his birth certificate in hand, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to claim a life he has for so long only dreamed of knowing. Brazil’s submission to the 2013 Oscar’s.  (Brazil, 2011, 90m)

Saturday February 21st

1:00    Sigo SiendoMore than a celebration of Peru’s rich musical heritage. Through these musicians’ personal stories (some of them filmed for the first time) and their music, Corcuera explores issues of identity and nationality. Divided in three parts –Lima, Ayacucho and the Amazon– “I’m Still (Kachkaniraqmi)” captures the country’s most beautiful and distant spots without turning its back to some of its most pressing social and economic problems.  (Peru, 2013, 120m)

3:30    Mosquita y Mari - This coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of East L.A. When straight A student Yolanda aka Mosquita decides to help struggling tough girl Mari with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces.  (USA, 2012, 86m)

5:30    Un asunto de tierras - In 2011, the armed conflict in Colombia entered a new phase with the creation of the Land Restitution Law. The law provides for the return of millions of hectares of land stolen mainly by paramilitary groups, sometimes with the complicity of the security forces. With hope and a certain distrust a community fights to assert their right in the fight towards justice and reparation.  (Columbia, 2012, 80m)

7:30    Heli - *This film contains graphic violence and nudity* Heli is 20 and has sister Estela, twelve-year old girl who fell crazy in love with seventeen-year old Beta. They live in Guanahuatu, where the majority of citizens work in a factory or in a local drug cartel. Guanahuatu is ruled by corrupt police officers, sexual exploitation, guilt and revenge. Estela and Beto want to run away and get married. In an attempt to fulfill a dream, they start a chain of violence that will have immense consequences. “Heli” is the firsthand story about the society in which rule endemic violence, institutionalized crime and corruption. 

Sunday February 22nd

1:00    Defensora - A documentary about a Mayan Q'eqchi' resistance against mining in Guatemala. The story is set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community of El Estor where a nickel mining company has operated for over 50 years. Tensions run high against a backdrop of pro and anti-mining camps, violence and forced evictions. The film takes audiences into the lives of defenders in the resistance who struggle to reclaim their ancestral lands and seek justice in Canadian courts for alleged human rights violations.  (Guatemela, 2013, 39m)

2:00    Cidade CinzaA new way of painting graffiti was born in São Paulo. Hip Hop was replaced by Brazilian regional culture and OsGemeos’ crew works were spread to galleries around the world. However, a new visual pollution combat act made the City Hall cover their paintings in grey in their hometown.  (Brazil, 2013, 80m)

4:00   El evangelio de la carne - Peru's submission to the 2015 Oscars. Three lives in search of redemption intersect in the streets of Lima: undercover cop Gamarra's desperate attempts to save his wife from a terminal illness get him into trouble; bus driver Felix wants to be accepted into a religious sect after his involvement in a tragic traffic accident; and imperiled soccer club leader Narciso tries to secure his younger brother's release from prison. The Gospel of the Flesh does for Lima what Amores Perros did for Mexico City: to present a complex portrait of a socially and financially precarious world.  (Peru, 2013, 110m)

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The Last: Naruto The Movie

Feb 20 to Feb 21
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Tsuneo Kobayashi - 2014 - 114m - Japan - In Japanese with English subtitles - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS presentation - All seats $15

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Based on the internationally bestselling Naruto manga (graphic novel) series created by Masashi Kishimoto! 

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis?

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The Vessel

Feb 22
Sunday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Diana Whitten - 2014 - 86m - All Seats $8

Beginning with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea, Rebecca Gomperts is horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world and felt compelled to challenge this.  Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.

Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades.  But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.

We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

“Vessel” is a fascinating film, by turns happy and sad, optimistic and pessimistic and very moving throughout." - NETTA AHITUV, HAARETZ

“Shows a big idea can become something even bigger” - JAMIE WINSTON, SALT LAKE CITY MAGAZINE

“A nuanced, educational and powerful film about activism and its ability to change the world” - CHRIS BINDING, FLICKFEAST

"A fast-paced, heart-thumping adventure... a must see" - EZRA WINTON, ART THREAT

“Vessel tells an extraordinary tale that needs to be seen and discussed” - COURTNEY SMALL, CINEMAAXIS

“Intense, emotional, and inspiring” - JESSICA LUTHER, BITCH MAGAZINE

“A powerful, knock-your-socks-off documentary that will strike fear in your hearts and remind you to get out and fight for what’s right!” - MICHAEL LAVINE, BUST MAGAZINE 

“An intriguing story passionately told, shot through and through with activist zeal” - NDREW BARKER, VARIETY

“Judging by the screaming “Bravos!” at Vessel’s premiere, the SXSW crowd was hungry for a commonsense documentary showing women taking back control of their own health care choices.” - AMY NICHOLSON, LA WEEKLY

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Human Capital

Feb 23 to Feb 26
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 5:30, 8:00

Dir. Paolo Virzi - 2014 - 110m - Italy - In Italian with English subtitles

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ITALIAN FESTIVALS OF NEW MEXICO (NM ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS)

HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.

"A chic thriller! A top-flight cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Perfectly cast! This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors.” – Jay Weissberg, Variety

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Beloved Sisters

Feb 27 to Mar 3
Friday to Tuesday 12:30, 7:45

Dir. Dominik Graf - 2014 - 170m - Germany, Austria - In German with English subtitles

The unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century.  As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius).  When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity.  Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménage à trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed.   In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature’s most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy.

“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted. An unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” - Scott Foundas, Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

“Pushes heritage cinema in new, aesthetically bold directions. Beloved Sisters is the modern film about the German enlightenment...Graf has created nothing less than a romantic national epic. - Olaf Moller, Film Comment

“Lush, riveting...a fascinating ménage a trois...a heady portrait of women who flout the strictures of their time to become agents of their own destiny.” - Erica Abeel, Huffington Post

“Think of it as Graf's The Age of Innocence, a sumptuous phasing through the textures that entrap those unfit for times defined by emotional repression. See it when you most need it and this film might change your life.” - Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

Awards & Festivals:

Winner! Bavarian Film Awards 2014 - Best Cinematography, Michael Wiesweg

Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Golden Berlin Bear Nominee - Director, Dominik Graf

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Song of the Sea

Feb 27 to Mar 3
Friday to Tuesday 3:45, 5:45

Dir. Tomm Moore - 2014 - 93m - Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark

From the filmaker of THE SECRET OF KELLS!

The story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells.

Song of the Sea was produced by Cartoon Saloon in co-production with European partners Melusine Productions (Luxembourg), The Big Farm (Belgium), Nørlum (Denmark) and Superprod (France), with the support of The Irish Film Board, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, TG4, Section 481, Eurimages, Luxembourg Film Fund, Wallimages, Centre du cinema et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Danish Film Institute, West Danish Film Fund and Danish Radio.

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