Special Events

EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA v9.72 !!

Apr 19 to Apr 21
Saturday to Monday

2014

Based in Albuquerque, NM, Experiments in Cinema is an annual celebration of international cinematic experimentation. This year, this exciting fest will take place in various venues around Albuquerque, on April 14-21, 2014!  Check their website for additional updates and movie titles with descriptions!  This is a presentation by Basement Films.  This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, The McCune Charitable Foundation, the Albuquerque Community Foundation and The Trust For Mutual Understanding. 

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Prayers of the Ancient Ones - CANCELLED

Apr 19
Saturday 1:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Pema Gellek - 2013 - 71m - A GUNA FOUNDATION PRESENTATION! - Tickets $10 - with Producer Barry Schieber in person

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Media Ecology with Gerry Fialka

Apr 21
Monday 6:00, 8:00

Dir. Gerry Fialka - 2014 - 90m per approx - $7 PER PROGRAM / $10 BOTH

AS PART OF EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA V9.72!

6pm- HOT DOCS AS SUBVERSIVE ART - Filmmaker Gerry Fialka probes the hottest new documentary innovators, including Joshua Oppenheimer, Rodney Ascher, Lucy Walker, Penny Lane, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Barbara Kopple, Aron Ranen, Ondi Timoner, Alex Gibney and more. Why is there such a rise in documentary popularity? How and why are new documentaries generating and reinforcing mistrust in mainstream media? Do they more activate or pacify the audience?  Delve deep into Direct Cinema (Mayles, Leacock, Pennabaker, Wiseman) and Cinema Verite (Vertov, Rouch) by interconnecting the similarities and differences. Sociologist Edgar Morin coined the term "direct cinema" in 1960, and in discussing the difference between direct cinema and cinema verite, wrote, "There are two ways to conceive direct cinema: the first is to pretend that you can present reality to be seen; the second is to pose the problem of reality. In the same way, there are two ways to conceive cinema verite. The first is to pretend that you brought truth. The second is to pose the problem of truth." Investigate how direct cinema and cinema verite reveal underlying truths, ambiguity, mystery and the complexity of the characters. "Chris Marker was quick to rephrase as 'ciné, ma vérité' (cinema, my truth) Rouch and Morin’s quasi-scientific-sounding translation of Dziga Vertov’s kino-pravda, signaling that he had no intention of abandoning personal expression as a means of engaging with the world." - Catherine Lupton. Analyze fly-on-the-wall and fly-in-the-soup approaches. With rare film clips and discussion on how we perceive the world. What is the story, and then, what is the "real" story? How and why are new documentaries generating and reinforcing mistrust in mainstream media? Do they more activate or pacify the audience? 

8pmPORTRAIT OF THE POET AS EXPERIMENTAL FILMMAKER - Historian/Lit Critter Gerry Fialka is joined by Dudeist Priest DON McIVER & local poets (including  Erika T. Wurth, Bill Nevins & Damien Flores) in this fun interactive workshop-film screening examining the interconnections between film and poetry. These artforms expand our notions of reality both inner and outer. How is the interior dialogue (consciousness) the essence of the human condition? How does it inform content vs. form issues? Explore Poe, the Symbolists, Hollis Frampton, Walt Whitman, William Farley, Jack Kerouac, Charles Olson, Henry Ferrini, Robert Creeley, and Beat films up to contemporary New Media makers. Drawing on witty and insightful analysis of poet/experimental filmmakers Jean Cocteau, James Broughton, Maya Deren, Marie Menken, Abigail Child, Bob Branaman, Jack Smith, Yoko Ono and Stan Brakhage, Fialka reviews first-person lyrical visions. This multi-media event includes rare film clips of Diane DiPrima, Amiri Baraka, Bukowski, Beckett, Burroughs and Gary Snyder, as well as live readings accompanied by film projections that stir up new metaphors via self-reflexive synthesis. Come into deeper awareness of synesthesia and the non-physical via spoken word and moving image art. "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." - Oscar Wilde. Radically change the paradigms of sense ratio shifting. Turn the eye into an ear ala McLuhan's percepts. Fialka's observations provoke the rascality retrieval of Man (Cine-poem) Ray and Curtis Harrington, who transformed Poe into cinema. "Poets understand texts better than most information technologists." - Jerome McGann. "You don't have to be a communist to be anti-capitalist. It is enough to be a poet." - Jonas Mekas, seminal experimental filmmaker.

GERRY FIALKA: Artist, writer, and paramedia ecologist lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art and subversive social media. Fialka has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The LA Weekly proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary." Laughtears.com http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html 

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The Human Scale

Apr 24
Thursday 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Andreas Dalsgaard - 2013 - 77m - An AIA presentation! Architects in Film Series - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

NOTE:  TICKETS FOR THE 6:30pm SCREENING TO BE GIVEN OUT AT 5:30pm, DOORS OPEN AT 6pm.  TICKETS FOR THE 8:30pm SCREENING TO BE GIVEN OUT AT 7:30pm, DOORS OPEN AT 8pm.

TO BE PRECEDED BY ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY INTRODUCTORY VIDEO - 5 min.

THE HUMAN SCALE meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our planning. 50 % of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this will increase to 80%. Life in a mega city is both enchanting and problematic.

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Knights of Badassdom

Apr 26
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Joe Lynch - 2013 - 85m - ANEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presentation!

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell. 

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

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Space Show

Mom’s Matinee

Apr 26 to Apr 27
12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Koji Masunari - 2010 - 136m - Japan - In English - MOM'S MATINEE SCREENS AN ANIMATED STUNNER!

"A big pile of awesome!"  "Evocative of Ghost in the Shell by way of Yellow Submarine. Colors explode and the action is eclectic… Whether you're watching steampunk machinery, huge organic living spaceships, utopian paradises, apocalyptic dormant gods or evil circuses, this galactic tour is engrossing!" - Twitch

"A gorgeous spectacle of a movie!" - Anime News Network

"A sheer abundance of visual invention!"  "An endless succession of strange and wondrous alien creatures...some resemble the creations of Hayao Miyazaki, while others bring to mind the wild cartoonish figures of Satoshi Kon's Paprika." - The New York Times

With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design – in what has to be one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien life forms ever portrayed in cinema. 

It seems like just another lazy summer is in store for Amane and her older cousin Natsuki. Lolling about the Japanese countryside, the days are blithe and boundless. But boredom quickly vanishes when they find an injured dog in the woods and bring him back to the cabin – only to discover that he is not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare and powerful plant called Zughaan (better known to Earthlings as wasabi root). Before long, Pochi has whisked the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar melting pot where we experience a non-stop parade of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and – if that weren’t enough – a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle. (Really? Yes, really.) The plot twists come fast and furious, and with such a glorious barrage of color and invention washing across the screen, you just want to hit pause and gawk at the wonder of what you are seeing. 

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Bolivia Beyond Belief

May 3
Saturday 1pm Only!

Dir. Robert Dunsmore - 2013 - 54m - All Seats $5 - Director in Person for Q&A

Filmed in 2009 this film explores the Bolivian Revolution and events leading to the first indigenous president since conquest. Raphael Puente, Oscar Olivera, Jubenal Quispe and many other speakers tell of the events and speak about the history and values of the Bolivian people.

"According to the ex Governor of the State of Cochabamba in Bolivia ( Where the privitazation of rain water was the final straw) the documentary is "excellent." In a recent letter to the production team and the filming team, he said, "I would not change a thing." "The movie has such importance in vindicating the lives of the fallen in the Democratic Revolution that we want the executive producer to hand deliver it to President Evo Morales. It will serve as a platform for a national reflection on the course of the nation, its achievements and its faults, its dreams of justice and its nefarious dream of becoming a nuclear power." 

"Bolivia Beyond Belief is an inspiration for the North American people to refound the nation placing People Before Profit affirming the founding principles of our ancestors." The Heart Mind Trust" - Bob Dunsmore

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Que Viva Mexico - in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

May 5
Monday 4:00, 6:15, 8:30

Dir. Sergei Eisenstein - 1931 - 85m - Russia - with English Intertitles

FEATURING A LIVE FILM SCORE BY LOCAL DUO LIONHEAD BUNNY AT THE EVENING SHOWS!

Having revolutionized film editing through such masterworks of montage as Potemkin and Strike, Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein emigrated west in hopes of testing the capabilities of the American film industry. Quickly ostracized from Hollywood, Eisenstein, Grigory Alexandrov and photographer Eduard Tisse (at the urging of author Upton Sinclair) wandered south of the border where they began filming a highly stylized documentary on the people and volatile social climate of Mexico. Unfortunately, a lack of funds prohibited the film's completion and the famed director was unable to edit the film. In 1979, by referring to Eisenstein's extensive notes and sketches, Alexandrov assembled the most definitive version of the film; as close to Eisenstein's vision as one is ever likely to see.  A blend of the ethnographic, the political, the scenic and the surreal, Qué Viva México! is nothing short of brilliant and remains a contender to the legion of films it strongly influenced: Orson Welles' It's All True, Allejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo and the works of Sergio Leone. With sequences devoted to the Eden-like land of Tehuantepec, the savage majesty of the bullfight, the struggles of the noble peasant and the hypnotic imagery of the Day of the Dead, Qué Viva México! is a vivid tapestry of Mexican life which, thanks to Alexandrov's careful restoration, takes its rightful place alongside Eisenstein's other legendary works.

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The Incredible Shrinking Man

May 10 to May 11
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.

Dir. Jack Arnold - 1957 - 81m - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!

The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (the inevitable William Schallert), Scott is losing an inch's worth of height with each passing day. It is finally determined that he has developed an "anti-cancer," a by-product of a new strain of insecticide. By the time he's reached the size of a small boy, Scott has become world-famous. But the phenomenon has adversely affected his personality, turning him into a tyrant, lashing out at the world in general and his faithful wife in particular. An anti-toxin briefly halts the shrinking process, whereupon Scott joins a midget troupe, where he is briefly "accepted" for what he has become. But before long he's shrinking again, becoming so tiny that he is forced to live in a dollhouse. When Scott is attacked by his pet cat, his wife assumes that he's been killed; in fact, Scott, by now so minuscule that even a garden-variety spider poses a deadly threat to him, is hiding in his cellar. By film's end, Scott is no larger than an atom. Uncertain of what is in store for him, he steps out into the mists, summing up his newfound philosophy: "Smaller than smallest, I meant something too. To God there is no zero. I still exist!" Adapted by Richard Matheson from his own novel, The Incredible Shrinking Man is enhanced by its superb special effects. 

"The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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Harold & Maude - the classic for Mother's Day!

May 11 to May 12
Sunday and Monday 4:30, 6:30, 8:30

Dir. Hal Ashby - 1971 - 91m

With the idiosyncratic American fable Harold and Maude, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

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Young Lakota

May 17
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt - 2012 - 83m - A STRONG FAMILIES NEW MEXICO & INCITE PICTURES PRESENTATION!

A FREE EVENT BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, challenges a South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion and ignites a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they are becoming. 

The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their 

tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. 

This is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way, as the film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion and a divisive tribal election. Young Lakota tells the tale of the diverging paths Brandon and Sunny begin to take. Ultimately it is the complex interplay of personal choice, cultural, economic and political circumstance that defines who they are and what kind of adults they are becoming. Beyond the divisiveness and turmoil, the stark disappointments and heady triumphs, Sunny’s courage and 

Cecelia Fire Thunder’s wisdom gives Young Lakota a sense of enduring possibility and of life being lived deeply that will resonate with any audience.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

May 23 to May 24
Friday and Saturday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Stephen Herek - 1989 - 90m - A BUBONICON 46 PRESENTATION - A PARTIAL BENEFIT FOR THE ABC LIBRARIES! ALL SEATS $8

Door Prizes from Bubonicon 46 and Stranger Factory!  Plus limited-Edition Poster on Sale by Jon Sanchez!

With only a few days before their high-school graduation, it looks like airheaded rock star wannabes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are doomed to flunk all their finals. The boys' long-suffering teacher (Bernie Casey) gives them one more chance. If they can ace a presentation on the topic of how a famous historical personality might react to modern times, they will be allowed to pass. If not, Ted's dad will plunk the boy into military school, thereby breaking up the boys' garage band permanently. Bill and Ted receive unexpected aid from a very unexpected source: Rufus (George Carlin), an Emissary from the Future. It seems that in Rufus's time, Bill and Ted's rock music is the basis of all society-and if their band is aborted, Rufus's world will no longer exist. Thus, Bill and Ted are whisked off in a time machine (actually a telephone booth) to retrieve a few historical characters--including Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln, Napoleon and Beethoven--as "eyewitnesses" for their crucial oral exam. 

"Still funny after all these years, this is the rare kind of movie that you could watch along with your kids and actually feel like you're teaching them something." - Larry Carroll, Countingdown.com

"Silly time-travel teen flick succeeds due to the goofball leads and a surprisingly clever concept." - Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com

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The Lab

Jun 24 to Jun 26
Tuesday to Thursday 6:30 only!

Dir. Yotam Feldman - 2013 - 60m - Israel - In Hebrew with English subtitles - All Seats $6

Since 9/11, the Israeli arms industries are doing bigger business than ever before. Large Israeli companies develop and test the vessels of future warfare, which is then sold worldwide by private Israeli agents, who manipulate a network of Israeli politicians and army commanders, while Israeli theoreticians explain to various foreign countries how to defeat civil and para-military resistance. All based on the extensive Israeli experience. The film reveals The Lab, which has transformed the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank from a burden to a marketable, highly profitable, national asset.   

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NYICFF (NY Int'l Children's Film Festival) Party Mix 2013/2014

Mom’s Matinee

Jun 28 to Jun 29
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

68m - Mom's Matinee brings a festival! Only $5

The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival presents a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 to 18, including festival award-winners and audience favorites. Shorts come from Latvia, Argentina, France, Colombia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.

Alimation - France, Experimental, Alexandre Dubosc, 2011, 3 min

Spinning cakes create zoetrope animation effects – giving viewers new insight into the origins of cameras, projectors and animation…as well as a major craving for dessert!

At the Opera - Argentina, Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2011, 1 min 

Juan Pablo Zaramella (creator of last year’s Luminaris) brings us his new film about a particularly moving night at the opera. Guaranteed to move you to tears!

Choir Tour - Latvia, Animation, Edmunds Jansons, 2012, 5 min 

It’s a wild free-for-all when a famous boys’ choir breaks away from their conductor while on tour in Seoul and causes mayhem in the hotel. Cool graphic design, wonderful visual humor and music, beautiful music!

TheFox and the Chickadee - Canada, Animation, Evan DelRushie, 2012, 7.5 min

Mr. Fox thinks he has Chickadee right where he wants her: trapped and ready to be eaten. But the cunning little Chickadee knows where the farmer hides the key to the chicken coop. If only Mr. Fox will cooperate, the two can work together to steal that much larger and more delicious feast.

Fresh Guacamole - USA , Animation, PES, 2012, 1.5 min

PES is back with this latest (and Oscar®-nominated!) take on the culinary arts. pass the chips! From the creator of past NYICFF favorites Western Spaghetti, The Deep, and Game Over.

Grandmother - Colombia, Animation, Carlos Smith Rovira, 2012, 8 min 

When sleeping at her grandmother’s house in the countryside, a little city girl becomes spooked by the wrinkled, weather-worn old woman and the unfamiliar surroundings. In this beautifully animated fable she learns that it is our roots that give us strength.

I’m Going to Mums - New Zealand, Live Action, Lauren Jackson, 2012, 13 min

Poor Jacob. His newly divorced parents insist on dressing him in ridiculous clothes to spite each other – and the continual changing of outfits becomes a parade of absurdity. With his parents’ feuding getting worse by the day, Jacob resorts to desperate fashion measures to assert his identity. 

Lola - France, Animation, Franck Janin, 2011, 6 min 

Two dolls in a toy store are separated when a customer decides to buy one of them. In search of his lost partner, the other embarks on an emotional journey around the world.

Paper Touch - Taiwan, Animation, Hui-ching Tseng, 2011, 5 min

Paper cutouts and corrugated cardboard burst into origami action to create a hybrid pinball-pachinko machine in this gorgeous and highly imaginative stop-motion short. 

Snack Attack - USA, Animation, Andrew Cadelago, 2012, 4. 5 min

Waiting to board the train, an old lady just wants to eat her cookies in peace. But the young punk on the platform next to her seems intent on sharing her snack… or is something else going on here?

Subway Train - USA, Animation, Garrett Davis, 2011, 4 min 

Set to the funky beats of the pop Ups, this music video features oddly morphing animals on their morning commute – and one epic pan-flute solo!

Summer Bummer - USA, Animation, Bill Plympton, 2011, 1.5 min 

From world-renowned animator and friend-of-the-festival Bill Plympton, a man with a case of shark paranoia has second thoughts before diving into his pool, reminding us that the greatest fear is fear itself…right?

The Vacuum Kid - USA, Documentary, Katharine Mahalic, 2011, 10 min 

A charming 12-year old boy shares his unusual passion for vacuum cleaners.

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