The Human Scale
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.
Knights of Badassdom
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Joe Lynch - 2013 - 85m - A NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presentation! - ALL SEATS $9
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?”
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.
Bolivia Beyond Belief
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
One Million Bones Special Event
Sunday 1 p.m. ONLY!
Dir. Elephant Rider Productions - 2014 - 20m - A Free Event with limited Seating! Doors open at 12:30pm
On June 8, 2013, the Albuquerque based project, One Million Bones, culminated in a three-day event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. After five years of work, 1,018,000 bones were laid out in front of the U.S. Capitol as a visible petition against ongoing genocides and mass atrocities. On May 4th, the One Million Bones team is releasing a short film that captures the project and the National Mall event to honor the over 150,000 participants from around the world who participated in making the project happen. The film will be screened at the Guild Cinema as a thank you to our community in Albuquerque, which supported the project from the beginning. Come, see the film and share your One Million Bones story.
The new 20- minute film from One Million Bones documents the last six months of the project leading up the installation on the National Mall. With scenes from workshops and events around the country to the culminating weekend in Washington, D.C., the film is a tribute to the creative work and dedication of the children, artists, activists and communities across the country that made the project happen.
Shot and directed by the Emmy-award winning team at Elephant Rider Productions, the One Million Bones film captures survivors, students and participants. It follows the project from Seattle to New Orleans, from Albuquerque to New York, and from other places around the country to end up, with the bones and thousands of volunteers, on the National Mall.
Que Viva Mexico - in Celebration of Cinco de Mayo!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
May 24 to May 25
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!
Dir. Adria Garcia and Victor Maldonado - 2007 - 88m - Mom's Matinee continues with outstanding International Animation! Spain/France - In English, Spanish with English subtitles
Visually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
There are hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, dream writers, and a vast herd of guardian cats led by the gigantic Cat Shepherd. Yet this world is in danger: the stars in the sky are disappearing, kids are becoming restless at night, and a mysterious shadow creature is haunting the empty streets, extinguishing anything that gives off light. If Tim and the Cat Shepherd can't set things right, nighttime will never be the same! Bold anime-influenced character design and beautiful, fluid 2D animation help to create a fantastic dream world that balances the magical with a touch of menace. Tim and the audience ultimately learn that the night doesn't have to be so scary after all.
"A real knockout! Tim’s adventure, which involves battling a wraithlike shadow that wants to put out the stars along with all other light, is beautifully, diaphanously drawn in shades of black, yellow, gold and ocher, and mixes tenderness, terror and sly wit. As a bonus, there is the ingenious and amusing Nocturna crew: the tumblers who move us around in our beds, the hair-messers, the cats who purr us to sleep, and the nighttime orchestra that blows into stovepipes, opens and closes shutters and rubs against walls." - The New York Times
"Graceful! Entertaining! Handsomely drawn!" - The Hollywood Reporter
Sunday 1 p.m. ONLY!
Dir. Martha Shane and Lana Wilson - 2013 - 88m - Tickets are only available from the NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice!
Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, was a faithful churchgoer and a father of four. He was also one of the only doctors in the country who performed third-trimester abortions for women. On Sunday, May 31, 2009, he was assassinated while serving as an usher for the morning worship service at his church. He was the eighth American abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since Roe v. Wade. Now there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians. Dr. LeRoy Carhart, in Maryland, Dr. Warren Hern, in Colorado, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella, in Albuquerque, NM They have become the new number one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. The award winning film, After Tiller, weaves together revealing, in-depth interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from their lives and inside their clinics. By sharing the moving stories of several of their patients, they illuminate the experiences of women who seek abortions later in their pregnancy and the reasons why they do so.
Oh! What A Lovely War
Jun 14 to Jun 15
Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. ONLY!
Dir. Richard Attenborough - 1969 - 144m - UK - An Albuquerque Film Club Event! - Only $5 general / $2 AFC members
An every-man-for-himself adaptation of Charles Chilton's 1963 play, as staged in London by Joan Littlewood. The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms, beginning with a verbal free-for-all involving the Crowned Heads of Europe. The war is presented as the "new attraction" at the Brighton Amusement Pier, complete with syrupy cheer-up songs, shooting galleries, free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead. Throughout the proceedings, the camera concentrates on a middle-class family, whose five sons end up as cannon fodder. The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera, one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket. The awesome all-star cast includes Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, John Mills, Susannah York, Dirk Bogarde and Phyllis Calvert. We haven't seen this many Englishmen in one place since the last Wimbledon match. The whole affair was supervised by Richard Attenborough, making his directorial debut.
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A Great Wonder: Lost Children of Sudan
Sunday 12:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Kim Shelton - 2004 - 61m - In honor of World Refugee Day - An American Red Cross in New Mexico presentation
A GREAT WONDER traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans, a fraction of the 17,000 so-called "Lost Boys" of Sudan, who have spent the majority of their lives either in flight from war or in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Northern Kenya. Having navigated the hazards of warfare, disease and starvation, their arrival and resettlement in Seattle, WA, is not your average immigration story.
Over the course of 18 months, these youths have recorded their own experiences through their own eyes and in their own words using digital video cameras. The resulting "diaries" serve as a personal thread throughout the film, incorporating first-hand accounts of their experiences in war with their radically different lives as immigrants in America.
A story of survival in its most elemental form, A GREAT WONDER explores the concepts of loss, faith, community and freedom as it bears witness to the spirit that drives these young people to rebuild their lives.
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.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Edgar Wright - 2010 - 113m - A NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE PRESENTATION - ALL SEATS $10
Based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's Oni Press comic book of the same name, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the eponymous slacker rocker on his colorful quest to defeat his dream girl's seven evil ex-boyfriends. Twenty-two-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) may not have a job, but rocking the bass for his band, Sex Bob-omb, is a tough job unto itself. When Scott locks eyes with Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he knows she's the girl he wants to grow old with. But Ramona has some serious baggage; her supercharged exes rue the thought of her being with another man, and they'll crush any guy who gives her a second glance. Now, in order to win Ramona's heart, Scott will do battle with everyone from vegan-powered rock gods to sinister skateboarders, never losing sight of his gorgeous goal as he pummels his way to victory. Shaun of the Dead's Edgar Wright directs the film from a script he penned with Michael Bacall. Superhero veterans Chris Evans and Brandon Routh co-star in the action comedy as two of the seven ex-boyfriends.
NYICFF (NY Int'l Children's Film Festival) Party Mix 2013/2014
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.