Special Events

Rocky Horror Picture Show - SOLD OUT!

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $20, ($15 for your ticket, $5 for a prop bag)


Another chance to re-live a classic!  PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its fourth year. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda - SOLD OUT!

Weekend Non-Fiction

Oct 25 to Oct 26
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m - All Seats $7


An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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A VOICE IN THE DARK - Svengali (1931) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Thursday and Friday only!

A DOUBLE FEATURE - No matinees!

A happy, harrowing Halloween DOUBLE FEATURE (that's 2 movies for one price!) in old school style!  Two famous horror classics projected from rare film prints!

6PM - Svengali (1931) Directed by Archie Mayo, approx. 78m

George DuMaurier’s supernatural tale of the mysterious Parisian artist who uses his hypnotic powers to transform his untalented model, Trilby, into the singing sensation of Europe, but cannot command her love was the basis for this Pre-Code classic.  And who better to play the title role than the one and only John Barrymore? His performance is supported tremendously by the stunning visual effects and overall expressionist look of the film, courtesy of Art Director Anton Grot and Cinematographer Barney McGill, both of whom were Oscar-nominated for their work. Watch ‘Svengali’ and be amazed!  Approx. 78m  View a clip

8PM - The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Directed by Rupert Julian, approx. 78m

Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, with its crowd-pleasing blend of suspense, romance, and gothic horror, has been filmed numerous times. Yet, for all the subsequent remakes, this original silent gem, starring the great Lon Chaney, Sr., remains the definitive version.

Tony Rayns of “Time Out” put it perfectly: “…Chaney’s best ever phantom, his face scarred to hell by acid, unmasked at the organ by the timorous heroine; the phantom stopping a costume ball when he appears as the Red Death; the phantom shrouded in the most romantic cape ever seen, perched on top of the statue of Apollo to eavesdrop on the lovers. And the sustained crescendo of the end is still unrivalled.”

Presented with a synchronized score of –what else?- organ music!  View a trailer.

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Pizza Girl Massacre - Encore screening!

Oct 30
Thursday 9:45pm

Dir. Jason Witter - 2014 - 79m - All seats just $6 - Cast & crew in person!

Come for the pie, stay for the slice...

In the summer of 2013, a theater troupe from Albuquerque, New Mexico decided to produce William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Since most of the play takes place in a forest, the troupe decided to rehearse in the woods.  They rented a lovely cabin in the middle of the Sandia Mountains.  A documentary team joined them in order to capture the rehearsal process on film.  They ordered pizza.  It was delivered… and then something went horribly wrong.  The theater troupe never returned.  No one had any idea what happened to them... until now!

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Nov 1
Saturday 12pm to 2pm

Free to get a bidder card - lotsa stuff likely to go for cheap!

Time once again because we still have hundreds of movie posters left stretching from last week to 8 years ago!  To mention but a few - HONEYMOON, THE CONGRESS, THE ONE I LOVE, FRANK, WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW, PATEMA INVERTED, CHEAP THRILLS, MS. 45, VENUS IN FUR, FILTH, OMAR, ALAN PARTRIDGE, THE GREAT BEAUTY, MR. NOBODY. FUTURE FOLK and a whole lot more! 

DOORS OPEN AT 11:45 a.m.!  We'll wrap around 2pm.



Nov 2
Sunday 12:30pm

Dir. John Wellington Ennis - 2014 - 86m - All Seats Just $5 !!



PAY 2 PLAY follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play System, where Politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation.  Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

Featuring Robert Reich (Former Secretary of Labor, UC Berkeley Professor), John Nichols (Journalist, Author - Dollarocracy), Mary Bottari (Center For Media and Democracy), Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Professor, Director of Center of Ethics, ROOT$TRIKERS, Author), Noam Chomsky (MIT Professor, Author, Linguist), Marianne Williamson (NY Times Bestselling Author, Speaker), Mark Crispin Miller (NYU Professor, Author) and many more!

“A masterpiece…The talking points in this film are bladed lasers.” — OpEd News Review

“PAY 2 PLAY lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech…Researched, sourced and interviewed exhaustively." — LA Times

“Ennis is an optimist at heart, and his belief that one person can make a difference is infectious…The difference with this movie is that it actually means to inspire hope.”— Washington Post

“He tells his story with humor and the film is an empowering call to action”  — Cinema Assassin

“Full of energy and intelligence and a heartfelt and necessary message…We can only laugh -- and hope. PAY 2 PLAY is actually a very heartening movie.” — TrustMovies

“A stirring plea to level the playing field in our political system.” — UTNE

“A must-watch film!” — DAILY KOS

“A must-watch…a vital film for our democracy.” — Mudflats

“Follows politicians, lobbyists and activists, taking you through a roller coaster of controversy.”  —  ABC7 Eyewitness News, LA 

“Tightly sewn in its approach and intent as a primer for understanding … PAY 2 PLAY argues that everyone, regardless of political position, should have an equal say in who represents him or her in the government…a compelling reason to reexamine the way our political world works.”  — Brightest Young Things

“Makes a very persuasive argument…Ennis wisely incorporates some humor to balance the heavy, frightening insights. One of the most important facts that he sheds light on is one that hasn't been exposed in a documentary before…Much more illuminating and thorough than Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story.” — NYC Movie Guru

“Surprisingly optimistic…Tells a very clear and easily understandable tale…Delightful…A joyous, hopeful and inspirational statement…The harder and much more important job is to tell a complex tale in a straight-forward, compelling and easy to understand way.  Which PAY 2 PLAY does beautifully.” — Firedoglake

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Bjork: Biophilia Live

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland - 2014 - 97m


A concert film that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. Recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia.'


"A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . . . there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein." - The Hollywood Reporter

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

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Trouble In Paradise

Nov 8 to Nov 9
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch - 1932 - 82m - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

When thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets his true love in pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), they embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized and Gaston is forced to choose between two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower in Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of the sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention.

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Pornotopia Returns Uncensored!

Nov 13 to Nov 16
Thursday to Sunday show times t.b.a.

Albuquerque's only independent erotic film festival returns for a full weekend! Still reeling from the monumental decision by the State Supreme Court to allow the festival to proceed at the Guild Cinema, Self Serve and the Pornotopia community are beyond excited to present this year's films. With sensuous new material from festival-favorite directors Erika Lust, Tristan Taormino, and Shine Louise Houston, as well as titillating scenes from Pink and White Productions and Heavenly Spire, viewers are promised material that is sex-positive, inclusive, and most of all, incredibly hot. And get ready for the return of Bike Smut, a rollicking good time for those who get their kicks on two wheels! The festival starts on Thursday, Nov. 13, with a live show of the internationally lauded and loved podcast, Risk!, and the films commence Friday evening. Get a sitter and a safe word, and come have some fun!

More info to be revealed shortly, stay tuned & check back soon!

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Behind the Blue Veil

Nov 19
Wednesday 7pm

Dir. Robyn Symon - 2014 - 62m - All Seats $8

A feature documentary film about one of the oldest cultures in the world on the verge of extinction. The nomadic Tuareg, known as the "blue people of the Sahara" because of the traditional indigo robes and veils worn by men, were once noble warriors and herdsman but after years of drought and lack of government support, the ancient Berber tribe, now divided among five countries in North Africa, is struggling to survive.

The recent military takeover of the Malian government and rebel conflict have forced thousands of Tuareg to flee the country, including the subjects of our documentary. Innocent people are being displaced as Islamic extremists and rebels battle over the Sahara. Many Tuareg have abandoned their homes and fled to neighboring countries. Refugee numbers are rising and their is a severe shortage of water, food and clothing. The current situation challenges the region's stability as well as our own national security.

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Nov 19
Wednesday 9pm ONLY!

Dir. Florian Habicht - 2014 - 90m - UK - All Seats $8

Though culminating with the farewell concert the band played to thousands of adoring fans in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves exclusive concert footage with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, moving, and life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

"I felt that the film was a triumph—moving, funny, sweet, eccentric—and the reaction from the audience, well, it’s the kind of thing that makes you feel like you are smiling with your heart. Two people who I spoke with were moved to tears. How many rock docs can you say that about?" - DANGEROUS MINDS

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Alice's Restaurant - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Thursday and Friday - 5:00, 7:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1969 - 119m

"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie" (Time Magazine) than this critically acclaimed chronicle of hippie life during the late 1960s, which garnered the acclaimed director of Bonnie and Clyde his second Oscar(r) nomination*. Based on the song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie, son of legendary "Dust Bowl" balladeer Woody Guthrie, this tribute film to "the lost generation" features memorable scenes with other folk artists like Pete Seeger, who join Arlo in song to make a profound statement about war, protest and change. In the late '60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to create a lifestyle outside of the mainstream. Twenty-two year-old Arlo's journey to find a place for himself and his music includes a visit to his dying father in the hospital, gigs in New York and romps with his friends Alice and Ray, who run a small restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. And when an incident at Alice's Restaurant plays a pivotal role inArlo's avoidance of the draft, it sends him down a road that he will consider a small price to pay to keep his freedom and his beliefs.  Directed by Arthur Penn(Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Night Moves) 

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Christmas with the Dead - A Partial Benefit for the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation

Nov 28 to Nov 29
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Terrill Lee Lankford - 2011 - 96m - A BUBONICON 47 PRESENTATION! All seats $8


Part of the proceeds will benefit the ABQ Public Library Foundation

Follow the merry madness of Joe R. Lansdale's CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD movie from start to finish to sharing it with your family this holiday!

In his quest to fulfill a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever. If only it weren't June, and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn't returned from the dead as flesh-eating snappers in search of hot human lunches, he'd be in pretty good shape. 

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calvin teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It's Christmas in June. And snappers be damned... The lights and decorations are going up.

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Forbidden Planet - double featured with THIS ISLAND EARTH

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 4:00, 8:00

Dir. Fred McLeod Wilcox - 1956 - 98m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!


Film in CinemaScope and Metrocolor!

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and obedient robot Robby. There the good doctor is plagued by his mad quest for knowledge through his "brain booster" machine, and by Freudian "monsters from the id" as his daughter discovers other men and learns to kiss.

"An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner." - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category." - Variety Staff

"MGM's full color, 'Scope production looks amazing, and Robby the Robot steals the show." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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This Island Earth - double featured with FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Nov 29 to Nov 30
Saturday and Sunday 2:00, 6:00

Dir. Joseph M. Newman - 1955 - 86m - A 50s SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE! C'MON, BRING THE FAMILY!


In a ‘close encounter,’  two Earthling scientists (Rex Reason and Faith Domergue) are “recruited” by the inhabitants of the planet Metaluna to aid them in a desperate effort to defend their world from a ruthless, all-out attack by alien invaders, the Zagons.

Well-directed and photographed, “This Island Earth” is “…done with a grandiose solemnity that makes it worthy of the name of space opera. The settings, in particular, are brilliantly imaginative, with superb use of color in conjuring the almost surrealistic landscape of Metaluna, a cratered wasteland concealing the labyrinthine underground city soon to be overrun by a hideous race of insect-like mutants with exposed brains and dead eyes, originally bred by the Metalunians for menial work.”-Tom Milne, “Time Out”

"Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color." - Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television

"Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic." - Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan

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Tokyo Story

Dec 13 to Dec 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Yasujiro Ozu - 1953 - 137m - Japan - In Japanese with English Subtitles - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT! $5 General / $2 AFC Members

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

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50 YEARS OF POSTERS FOR JUSTICE! The Allen Cooper Digitized Archive!

Dec 20
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

60s to Now! - 90m approx - Only $5

A viewing, narration, talk and discussion with local justice man Allen Cooper and his collection of rebel righteous posters!

Allen Cooper began his work as an activist in 1959, just after he left the U.S. Navy. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he says the Navy opened his eyes. He learned about racism and sexism and began to rethink his original intention to become an Episcopal priest.

“It was like I woke up,” he said. “My head began working for itself and I started seeing things and feeling things.

He came back to Albuquerque after he was released from the service and became part of sit-in demonstrations against world war at the old Woolworth building at 4th and Central. Cooper also attended the University of New Mexico – until he was expelled after a protest against the war in Vietnam.

“They threw me out because I was trying to stop the war," Cooper said. "We disrupted basketball games at The Pit and I thought we were going to get murdered.”

Cooper took his passion to Mississippi where he became a freedom rider. His first boss was John Lewis, who is now a congressman from Georgia. Those were dark days for Cooper who worked with dozens of others to try to register black voters. He suffered a skull fracture and lost his right kidney at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, but stayed in Mississippi for three years.

As he moved around, he began collecting posters from the protest actions. The Center for Southwest Research now has more than 100 of the posters. They have been digitized and are available online as the Allen Cooper papers. Most are in English, although some are in Spanish. The original posters are available for review at the Anderson Reading Room.

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Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites! An Annual Event of Short Movies!

Dec 20
Saturday times t.b.a.

2014 - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013.  That means this Saturday is just about 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. 

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Dec 21
Sunday 11 am ONLY!

Dir. Steven Zaillian - 1993 - 109m - A LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY PRESENTATION & BENEFIT! All Seats $8


An all-star cast shines in this heartwarming story of one family's journey of understanding. Joe Mantegna stars as Fred Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar r winner Ben Kingsley). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prices more than winning: his family's love. Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish"  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

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Monty Python and The Holy Grail - double featured with LIFE OF BRIAN!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - 1975 - 92m - UK


BONUS!   An additional 12 minutes of never-before seen animation!

From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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