Special Events

Swim Team

Aug 17
Thursday 3:45, 6pm, 8:15 ONLY!

Dir. Lara Stolman - 2017 - 100m

PLEASE NOTE:  This special event will be "Sensory Friendly Screenings".  The lights will be dimmed but stay on during the screening. The volume will be lowered and viewers can freely move about. This is being allowed for guests and families living with autism or other special needs

Check out a great piece on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on SWIM TEAM here!

A feature documentary chronicling the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. Based in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the cast of SWIM TEAM is largely Latino and Asian, minorities that are underrepresented in competitive swimming and underserved in autism intervention and education. The film follows three of the team's star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood as they face a future of exclusion and dependence. But everything changes when they come together as a team with parent coaches who train them with high expectations and zero pity. As the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, SWIM TEAM captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring." - Hollywood Reporter

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Airplane!

Aug 18
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker - 1980 - 88m - All Seats $8

In honor of National Aviation Day, New Mexico Entertainment is presenting this special screening of the 1980 laugh riot that’ll keep you bowled over in gut busting hahas!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films, the original Airplane! still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the '80s, not to mention of cinema itself (it ranked in the top 5 of Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 funniest movies ever made).  The jokes keep coming at a rapid-fire clip and its targets--primarily the lesser lights of '70s cinema, from disco films to star-studded disaster epics--are more than worthy for send-up. If you've seen even one of the overblown Airport movies then you know the plot: the crew of a filled-to-capacity jetliner is wiped out and it's up to a plucky stewardess and a shell-shocked fighter pilot to land the plane. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty are the heroes who have a history that includes a meet-cute à la Saturday Night Fever, a surf scene right out of From Here to Eternity, a Peace Corps trip to Africa to teach the natives the benefits of Tupperware and basketball, a war-ravaged recovery room with a G.I. who thinks he's Ethel Merman (a hilarious cameo)--and those are just the flashbacks! The jokes gleefully skirt the boundaries of bad taste (pilot Peter Graves to a juvenile cockpit visitor: "Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?"), with the high (low?) point being Hagerty's intimate involvement with the blow-up automatic pilot doll, but they'll have you rolling on the floor. The film launched the careers of collaborators Jim Abrahams (Big Business), David Zucker (Ruthless People), and Jerry Zucker (Ghost), as well as revitalized such B-movie actors as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen, who built a second career on films like this.

“From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.” - Variety

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Live Stand Up Comedy returns!

Aug 19
Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Matt Peterson & friends! - Now - 75m approx. - All Seats just $7 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER

Headliner- Danger K Varoz

Danger K Varoz is the creator, executive producer, head writer and host of New Mexico's only political news satire, The New Mexico Inquisition which airs on UABQ, Comcast Channel 27 and YouTube.  Danger has carted his strange brand of physical storytelling through sixteen cities all across the Southwest including performances at The Improv in Tempe, AZ, The Stage at The Star in Albuquerque, NM and Deer Pile in Denver, CO as well as headlining gigs at Monkey Pants in Tempe, AZ, Skylark Lounge in Denver, CO and Clown House in Los Angeles, CA.  He has opened for Baron Vaughn, Kate Willett, Dave Ross, David Heti and Sam Tallent.  He enjoys playing smooth music and chilling with his cat, Steve.

Featuring

Zack Abeyta

Zach (Bboy Felto) Abeyta is a local Bboy and Comedian from Albuquerque New Mexico. He has been breakin' for seven years and represents the Flava Pheenz Crew est. 2011. With emphasis on expression, his non-traditional dance style blends emphatic movement and energy to the rhythm of the music.  

Straight from the cypher to the stage, Zach also performs stand-up comedy, and can be seen regularly at comedy shows around town. His comedy style is just as expressive as his dance moves, mixing creative wording with heavy physicality. Look out for a chance to watch him perform around town.

Kevin Kennedy

Bio, short version- Kevin started comedy in 1999 at UNM in the Theatre & Dance department with the late great Digby Wolfe. He hosted the open mic at the ill-fated Laffs Comedy Cafe here in Albuquerque. Kevin also opened for Doug Stanhope at the Launchpad in 2014. Kevin has been producing shows for 8 years now. He produces Headliners Comedy, AnarKomedy & Vagrant Variety. Kevin likes Cats. Kevin can cook Minute Rice in 57 seconds.

Special Guest set

Julian Motton

Host-Matt Peterson

Matt is a comedian and actor from Albuquerque whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh! His quick wit and fun demeanor make him audience favorite. Matt draws from his life experiences and an absurd point of view. Recently turning forty one years old has put absolutely “nothing” into perspective for Matt!

He's performed in comedy clubs, casinos, colleges and theaters all around the southwest and beyond! Matt has worked with Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Dave Ross, Alex Ortiz, Troy Baxley and Steven Michael Quezada!

Matt was voted one of the best comedians in the city in the Albuquerque?s Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014 'Best of Burque' issue and featured in the "Comedy issue" of ABQ the Magazine in 2009! Matt was also voted one of the top comedians in 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Best of the City"

In 2011, he was cast as a lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. In 2014 Matt co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"! He has had roles on In Plain Sight, Netflix series Longmire, ABC?s Killer Women, WGN?s Manhattan and AMC's Preacher and recently in Better Call Saul!  He was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada.

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No Borders: Social Struggles Across the USA

Aug 20
Sunday 11 a.m. only!

Dir. varies - 2017 - 90m approx - No Matinees - Part of the proceeds will go towards the production of the complete web series!

A project by the Sur Negro Collective!  This screening will be followed by a discussion, guest speakers t.b.a.

In 2015, two Chilean anarchists traveled across 12 U.S. cities and filmed 11 episodes of this bilingual (English and Spanish) web series. Each episode features 30 minutes of engaging social and political interviews with organizations, individuals and musicians sharing their histories, practices and insights about the social struggles in their cities. This event will screen one episode from NYC and one from Boston featuring Take Back the Bronx, Noam Chomsky, Eric Garner’s daughter and Occupy Wall Street, to name a few. “No Borders / Sin Fronteras” has completed filming but continues to fundraise for the post-production of the complete series which includes interviews with the Klee Benally, Diné Youth Walkers, Oscar Lopez committee, M1, AK Press, Indymedia, Ovarian Psychos/La Conchx, and many more.

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Empire of The Sun

Mom’s Matinee

Aug 26 to Aug 27
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Steven Spielberg - 1987 - 153m - All Seats just $5 - Mom's Matinee brings back a Spielberg 80s historical epic!

Internationally renowned director Steven Spielberg captures the powerful story of a sheltered young boy separated from his parents and forced to endure the ravages of war. Based on the autobiographical best seller by J.G. Ballard, this epic drama chronicles Ballard's remarkable struggle to survive a childhood filled with betrayal, death and disappointment trapped in Shanghai during the World War II Japanese occupation.

“Spielberg has dreamed of flying before, and this time he earns his wings.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

“A breathtaking movie in its scope and energy.” - Cathy Burke, United Press International

“The best mix in his directorial career between typical Spielbergian flourishes of audience-friendly spectacle and seriousness of intent.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

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Agnes Martin Before the Grid

Aug 29 to Aug 31
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman - 2016 - 56m

DIRECTOR IN PERSON FOR THE THURSDAY 6:30PM SCREENING!

Agnes Martin is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Before she died in 2004 at the age of ninety-two her paintings sold for millions of dollars and were displayed in the world's greatest museums. Martin was respected and achieved the art world’s highest awards. She painted for twenty-three years, until she reached a style she was happy with in 1964. Her time in New York in the early sixties saw her create what are now called her grid paintings. Despite many interviews, very little was known about her life, particularly her life before 1958, the year of her first solo show in New York.

A documentary film, by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman, captures little known stories as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well and give insight into Martin's personality and development of her creative process.

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To The Ends Of The Earth

Sep 3
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Lavallee - 2016 - 82m - $5 suggested donation!

A LOS ALAMOS STUDY GROUP SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

This documentary follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.

The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters.

"To the Ends of the Earth" brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.

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Throne of Blood

Sep 9 to Sep 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm only!

Dir. Akira Kurosawa - 1957 - 109 - Japan - in Japanese with English subtitles

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.

“No doubt about it now: Japan's Akira Kurosawa must be numbered with Sergei Eisenstein and D. W. Griffith among the supreme creators of cinema.” - TIME Magazine

“No stage production could match Kurosawa's Birnam Wood, and, in his final framing of the hero -- a human hedgehog, stuck with arrows -- he conjures a tragedy not laden with grandeur but pierced, like a dream, by the absurd.” - Anthony Lane, New Yorker

“Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

Sep 12 to Sep 14
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Corbett Redford - 2017 - 155m - No Matinees

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TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley's inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. Directed by Corbett Redford, narrated by Iggy Pop and executive produced by Green Day, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk is a sprawling telling of this vibrant story, drawing from a wide variety of voices and viewpoints and featuring the music of many of the most famous and infamous punk bands ever.

Those participating in the documentary include past and current members of: 924 Gilman, Maximumrocknroll, Lookout Records, Green Day, Rancid, Neurosis, Operation Ivy, Crimpshrine, Yeastie Girlz, Stikky, Samiam, Jawbreaker, Isocracy, Kamala and the Karnivores, Beatnigs, NOFX, Primus, Metallica, Bikini Kill, Bad Religion, Soup, Sweet Baby, Special Forces, Deadly Reign, Christ On Parade, Corrupted Morals, Mr. T Experience, Victims Family, The Lookouts, Monsula, Cringer, Spitboy, Blatz, Filth, Econochrist, Fifteen, Pinhead Gunpowder, Tilt, Pansy Division, Dead Kennedys, Avengers, Fugazi, Flipper, 7 Seconds, Fang, Angry Samoans, Nuisance, Screeching Weasel, Engage, Dicks, Subhumans, The Tubes, Boo Hss Pfft, Verbal Abuse, The Vagrants, Schlong, The Gr'ups, The Tourettes, Pinhead Gunpowder, Tribe 8, Kwik Way, Social Unrest, White Trash Debutantes, Outpunk, DMR, Psycotic Pineapple, Black Fork, Sawhorse, The Skinflutes, The List, Sacrilege BC, No Dogs, Gag Order and more.

“A stimulating enough to appeal to non-punk rock fans as well. Definitely give it a watch.” - Anthony Ray Bench, Film Threat

“It is also significant to note that it places a deserved recurring spotlight onto the scene's women and LGBTQ punk artists, as well as the inclusive attitudes of those who found themselves building a flourishing punk scene…” -  Glenn Dunks, Film Experience

“Channels and sustains the energy of restless youth while communicating the distinctive qualities of a community that carried collectivist 1960s ideals into a new generation, even as it rejected any vestige of their hippie parents' music.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

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!CINE MAGNIFICO! LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Sep 15 to Sep 17
Friday to Sunday

2017 - In Spanish with English subtitles - $10 General / $8 Students & Seniors

Welcome/Bienvenido to the 5th Annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque Latino Film Festival!

Instituto Cervantes is proud to present ¡Cine Magnífico! to the New Mexican community.

¡Cine Magnífico!'s vision is to present the newest films by and about Latinos to promote our culture through film and enrich our local art community. We showcase a diverse set of films, from award-winning to local and up-and-coming filmmakers. We also offer year round film programming.

New Mexico also represents with a set of four quality short films that highlight the works of some of our local artists. 

This year, our team has selected a lineup of films which perfectly illustrates enriching points of view about emerging issues and topics that shape the current Hispanic-Latino cultures and landscapes both here in New Mexico, and beyond. This years’ screenings will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, The Guild Cinema and UNM.  Central themes include immigration, a family film, as well as New Mexico short films. This year’s festival features films from Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Honduras, Chile, México, Venezuela, Brazil and USA.

Sponsors and Grants by:

Bernalillo County, The Atrisco Companies, ABQFilm, IATSE Local 480, NM Dual Education, The Guild Cinema, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, UNM, Latin American and Iberian Institute, Don Mickey Designs, Felicia Designs, NM Arts.

PLAYING AT THE GUILD CINEMA 

**ADMISSION:  $10 GENERAL / $ 8 SENIORS & STUDENTS**

Friday, September 15th

6:00 PM – Somos Lengua (México)  FREE!

Saturday, September 16th

2:00 PM – Qué Dios nos Perdone/May God Save Us (Spain) 

4:15 PM – Esteban (Cuba)

6:30 PM – El Jugador de Ajedrez/The Chess Player (Spain) 

Sunday, September 17th

2:00 PM – Mala Junta/Bad Influence  (Chile) 

4:15 PM – Tamara (Venezuela) 

6:30 PM – El Revenge (Brazil)

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The Goonies

Sep 15
Friday 10:30pm

Dir. Richard Donner - 1985 - 114m

In honor of "International Talk Like A Pirate Day," New Mexico Entertainment Magazine is excited to present The Goonies.  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and bring some friends along to find it. They are all out looking for the "X" and trying to get away from a group of bad guys who also want the treasure.

“A smooth mixture of the usual ingredients from Steven Spielberg action movies, made special because of the high-energy performances of the kids who have the adventures.”  - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Has every imaginable funhouse flourish. It has crooks, bats, cobwebs, skeletons, a lovable monster, an underground grotto and a treasure hidden by some of the most considerate, clue-loving pirates who ever lived.” - Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Through The Repellent Fence

Sep 16 to Sep 17
Saturday & Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. Sam Wainwright Douglas - 2017 - 74m - No Matinees

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE follows art collective Postcommodity as they strive to construct Repellent Fence, a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. Postcommodity consists of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context.” Aided by the communities on both sides of the border in 2015 the artists installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in Indigenous cultures from South America to Canada for thousands of years. The spheres were evenly spaced apart and extended north and south of the border a mile in each direction. “It’s a metaphorical suture stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders were drawn.”

The film provides an intimate glimpse into the arduous process behind creating an ambitious artwork that will give voice to the shared history and enduring culture of Indigenous societies that have made the region their home for thousands of years before a border ever divided it. Woven throughout this narrative thread are lush scenes using stunning cinematography to absorb viewers into striking land art environments that have preceded Post Commodity’s work. Scenes with other artists and intellectuals working in the land art realm provide context and insight as well. These include scenes with Chris Taylor of Texas Tech University’s Land Arts of the American West program, writer Lucy Lippard and Matt Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE is an adventure in the artistic process blended with a road trip of discovery visiting sites and diverse perspectives to explore how land art can generate community interaction and perceptual shifts in how we interpret, engage and draw inspiration from our natural world.

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The New York Dog Film Festival

Mom’s Matinee

Sep 23 to Sep 24
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon

Dir. various - 2016-2017 - 71m & 68m - ONLY A $5 ADMISSION!

The NY Dog Film Festival is a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people, offering dog lovers a shared audience experience of canine-themed films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain about the human-canine bond. With a New York City premiere every fall, the Festival then travels around the country, supporting local animal welfare groups which bring people and pets together, along with our national partner and beneficiary, Dogs Playing for Life.

YEAR ONE PROGRAM #1 "SECOND CHANCES" (71 Minutes) - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23

HARVEY & HARMONY (1:00) is indescribable!; THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MOLLY (7:00) First time British director Sue Carpenter's love tribute to her black Lab Molly; 989 MILES HOME (15:00) Laurence Alexander's student film depicting discarded dogs in South Carolina being transported by volunteers to welcoming adoptive homes in the Northeast; GAME OF BONES (10:30) Director Blaire Dobiecki (Melbourne, Australia) re-imagines the popular television series with a similar name, starring her own rescued Lab, Helen, as the heroine;  CONVERSATION WITH MY DOGS (3:00)  Humorist Merrill Markoe questions why her dogs follow her everywhere;  DAVID & GOLIATH (12:00)  Director George Zaverdas based his period film on a true story of a Jewish resistance fighter fleeing from the Nazis, who takes refuge in a dog house where the German shepherd saves his life; LE SAUVETAGE (6:00)  Peter Mcevilley's faux-French tale of how dogs view us and bring us together –  promoting adoption with the rescued performing Olate dogs. (in French with subtitles); USEFUL DOG TRICKS (4:00) Heather Brook's Terrier Jesse embodies “multi-tasking;” A BOY AND HIS DOG (9:30) Jonna Mciver 's documentary features Owen - a very little boy - whose family adopts Haatchi - a very big dog - and how they make each other whole;  

YEAR ONE PROGRAM #2 "LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING" (65 Minutes) - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24

HARVEY DOGS HOME (1:00) indescribably delightful; FOG OF COURAGE (7:30)  John R. Dilworth (an Academy Award nominee) made this animated horror/comedy about a cowardly dog named Courage; LOOKING FOR LOVE (3:00) Australian director Blaire Dobiecki stars her rescued black Lab, Helen, in a cautionary tale about looking for love online; THE LEWIS LECTURES (7:30) Merrill Markoe's animated depiction of what dogs actually think and do when we leave the house; DOG YEARS (4:00) Director Sam Hearn's voice-over of a dog who questions his relationship with his frequently absent owner;  VALENTINA (9:30) Spanish directors Crespo and Romera's tale of an estranged couple and their Pug Valentina, who brings them back together. (in Spanish, sub-titled); THE POODLE TRAINER (8:00)  Vance Malone's character study of a circus trainer, whose performing poodles are the center of her universe (in Russian, sub-titled);  DINE IN THE DARK (:30)  Jake Shannon, an Australian student, made this PSA for Guide Dogs for the Blind to create empathy for living with vision-impairment; SECOND CHANCES (20:00)  Director Steven Latham's film about female prisoners who train dogs from shelters, changing lives on both ends of the leash; PETCO ADOPTION STORY (3:00) with roller blader Bonnie Thunder.

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Walking Into History: Thru-hiking the Grand Canyon

Sep 27
Wednesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Elyssa Shalla and Matt Jenkins - 2017 - 60m - All Seats $10

A NEW MEXICO WILDERNESS ALLIANCE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

In the winter of 2015-16 Elyssa Shalla and Matt Jenkins completed an historic 700-mile journey hiking the length of the Grand Canyon. Elyssa is the first woman to thru-hike the Grand Canyon in a single trip, and they are the first couple to thru-hike the canyon in a single trip. They will describe their epic adventure in a one-hour program, followed by Q&A with the audience. This event is a fundraiser for New Mexico Wild!

About the Presenters

Elyssa Shalla and Matt Jenkins are drawn to protecting and exploring the wild places of the American West. After completing Master's degrees in music performance, the couple moved to northern Arizona in 2009, where they are now backcountry rangers for Grand Canyon National Park, specializing in resource education and resource protection, respectively. In 2013, they completed Graduate Certificates in Wilderness Management from the University of Montana. Their research pertaining to resource management below the rim of Grand Canyon will appear in the forthcoming issue of Park Science, the research journal of the National Park Service. Matt has also contributed articles and/or images to publications such as Percussive Notes, Perspectives of New Music, Backpacker, and contributes to the Hyperlite Mountain Gear blog. Backpacking, climbing, rafting, and photography are the modes through which they continue their pursuit to understand the vast landscapes outside their back door. Their goal is to share their experiences in those wild places with friends, family, and the public.

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Pay2Play

Sep 30
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. John Wellington Ennis - 2014 - 86m - FREE but seating is limited so get here early!

A Common Cause New Mexico Special!

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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