Special Events

Human Highway - As Part of a Neil Young double feature!

Jun 30 to Jul 2
Tuesday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Bernard Shakey and Dean Stockwell - 1982 - 88m - All Seats $8 - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT !!

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH RUST NEVER SLEEPSNEWLY RESTORED & FINALLY RE-RELEASED!  

SPECIAL THANKS TO AMP CONCERTS!

Starring Neil Young, Devo, Dennis Hopper, and Russ Tamblyn!  Glowing red flies, an owl, radioactive garbagemen, Booji Boy, a dream sequence, a singing waitress, sausage disputes and more figure into a tale about a group of small-town oddballs in Linear Valley who work at a gas station/diner not far from a nuclear power plant. The one-day adventure is surreal, absurd, slapstick, musical and cryptically ominous.

Now, 32 years after Human Highways' first screening, Bernard Shakey is ready to share it once again!

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Rust Never Sleeps - As Part of a Neil Young double feature!

Jun 30 to Jul 2
Tuesday to Thursday 8:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Neil Young - 1979 - 113m - All Seats $8

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH HUMAN HIGHWAY!  NEWLY RESTORED & FINALLY RE-RELEASED!

SPECIAL THANKS TO AMP CONCERTS!

“Instead of being a straight concert documentary, RUST NEVER SLEEPS calls itself a ‘concert fantasy.’ As he was during last fall’s tour at which this was filmed, Mr. Young is discovered ‘asleep’ on top of one of the loudspeaker banks, which has been disguised as an oversized pirate chest, and ‘wakes up’ to begin the concert.

“The ‘roadies’ who move equipment about have been dressed as ‘roadeyes,’ the little scavengers with brown robes and beady pinpoint eyes from Star Wars. The idea, reinforced by playing tapes of crowd-control announcements from the Woodstock Festival, is to comment on rock’s aging, on the discrepancies between veteran rock performers and their teenage audiences, and on rock’s allegiance to youthful rebellion and innocence…

“Mr. Young is, in the opinion of some of us, the leading creative figure in present-day rock-and-roll, and this film has stirring, even triumphant passages. He writes songs of unsurpassed metaphoric richness with deceptively simple, melodic tunes. He sings with haunting evocativeness and plays guitar with more personality and stark individuality than almost anyone else.

“RUST NEVER SLEEPS offers some of his strongest songs, both new and old, in performances as fine or finer than those on his recent, partly live record album of the same title. The effect here is rougher than the record, less polished with overdubbing; at one point, Mr. Young even mangles the words of one of his own best songs. But the intensity of the singing and the playing of Crazy Horse, Mr. Young’s longtime partners for electric-rock projects, is as moving as rock can offer.” – The New York Times

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2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS

Jul 3 to Jul 6
Friday to Monday 5:00, 7:00

2015 - 85m

CHECK OUT THE NY TIMES' RAVE REVIEW!

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 83-minute theatrical program of six short films that won awards at this year’s Festival, which over the course of its more than 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the distinct 2015 program traverses vibrant styles from wild comedy to quiet poetry. Each breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after it ends.

World of Tomorrow - Short Film Jury Award (Best of Fest) - Written and directed by Don Hertzfeldt. U.S.A., 17 minutes.

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of the distant future.

SMILF - Short Film Jury Prize: US Fiction - Written and directed by Frankie Shaw. USA, 9 minutes.

A young single mother struggles to balance her old life of freedom with her new one as mom. It all comes to a head during one particular nap-time when Bridgette invites an old friend over for a visit.

Oh Lucy! - Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction - Written and directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Japan/Singapore/U.S.A, 22 minutes.

Setsuko, a 55-year-old single so-called office lady in Tokyo, is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her young, unconventional English-language teacher. "Lucy" awakens desires in Setsuko she never knew existed.

The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul - Short Film Jury Prize: Non-Fiction - Written and directed by Kitty Green. Russian and Ukrainian, 7 minutes. 

Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of Olympic champion figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.

Storm hits jacket - Short Film Jury Prize: Animation - Written and directed by Paul Cabon. 2014, France, 13 minutes.

A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.

Object - Short Film Special Jury Prize for Poetic Vision - Written and directed by Paulina Skibi?ska. Poland, 15 minutes. 

A creative image of an underwater search in the dimensions of two worlds—ice desert and under water—told from the point of view of the rescue team, of the diver, and of the ordinary people waiting on the shore.

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Caddyshack - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 5
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Harold Ramis - 1980 - 99m - ALL SEATS $8 - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH MEATBALLS!

Greenskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) is about to start World War III – against a gopher. Pompous Judge Smalls (Ted Knight) plays to win but his nubile niece Lacey Underall wants to score her own way. Playboy Ty Webb shoots perfect golf by becoming the ball. And country club loudmouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase rounds out the great cast for a tee off of side-splitting fairway foolishness that does for golf what National Lampoon’s Animal House did for fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement. With Harold Ramis (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Analyze This) directing, the virtuoso skills of all four blend into a riotous hole-in-one for comedy fans. 

"Given the short shelf life of many rude 'n' crude Hollywood comedies, it's amazing how well Caddyshack stands up after all these years." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Meatballs - as part of our Bill Murray Independence Day Weekend Double Feature Special!

Jul 5
Sunday 3pm ONLY!

Dir. Ivan Reitman - 1979 - 91m - ALL SEATS $8

You dig WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER?!  Get ready for this 1979 summer camp Bill Murray hit that inspired it!

Set at a low-end summer camp this light screwball comedy features a hilarious Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre.

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The Nightmare - A Documentary/Horror Film on Sleep Paralysis

Jul 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY

Dir. Rodney Asher - 2015 - 94m - All Seats $8 - ALSO PLAYING SATURDAY AUGUST 15

You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It's late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That's when the shadow men come...

Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination.

"The scariest movie of the decade … and it's a documentary!" - Devin Faraci, Birth. Movies. Death

"Ascher’s blend of staged recreations, voiceover and artful composition has secured himself a position as one of the most unique documentarians working today. Moreover, with The Nightmare he’s made a nonfiction film more frightening (yet strangely entertaining) than most of today’s narrative horror films." - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

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A Parisian Trio! TRIP TO THE MOON / MENILMONTANT / THE RED BALLOON

Jul 11 to Jul 12
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

approx. 86m - ALL SEATS $5 - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB CO-PRESENTATION!

TRIP TO THE MOON (1903) - The first film classic !! Georges Melies’ sci-fi fantasy film gloriously restored in the original hand-tinted colors.  Great fun!

MENILMONTANT (1926) - Film critic Pauline Kael claimed her favorite movie was this grim surrealist drama written and directed by Dmitri Kirsanoff.

THE RED BALLOON (1956) - A boy and his balloon explore the byways of Paris’ Menilmontant in Albert Lamorisse’s ever popular and endearing Oscar-winning fantasy.

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NEW MEXICO WOMEN IN FILM 10TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL!

Jul 11
Saturday 5pm to 11pm

2015 - $15 for one block of shorts or all of them!

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of New Mexico Women in Film, the statewide organization of filmmakers has planned a tricity Film Fiesta! in Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, July 1012, 2015. Seventeen of the best films by NMWIF members will be screened in each city to celebrate and showcase the creativity, vision and artistry of the filmmakers. The Film Fiesta! will be presented at the Fountain Theater in Las Cruces, Friday, July 10; Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, Saturday July 11 and Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, Sunday July 12. NMWIF Film Fiesta! screens from 5 to 11pm each day. All Access Tickets for each location are $15. Tickets and more information available at NMWIF.com. New Mexico Women in Film is a branch of Women in Film & Television International, which has over 40 chapters worldwide. By creating a professional alliance with the international force, New Mexico members make a statement of professionalism and intent as filmmakers and film workers.  VIEW A TRAILER 

Films to be screened at the Film Fiesta!

Narrative: 

#nightslikethes , Hannah Macpherson 

Maribella , Julia Romero Older Ladies , Christine McHugh

A Piece of Pie , Janet Davidson Lost Angeles Rain , Lara Dale

Debt to Society , Bradd Hopkins

Leverage , Vivian Nesbitt 

Documentary:

The Young Ancestors , Aimee Barry Broustra Experimental:

A Thousand Voices , Lisa Lucas Steam Machines , Melissa Edmon

Pie Lady of Pie Town , Jane Rosemont

A Tale of Two Poets , Jean Stevens Animation:

Poison Wind , Jenny Pond The Astronomer's Sun , Peter Kershaw

Peggy's Story , JoAnne Tucker

Music Video:

Heart of Steel , Brandy N. Rodke

Older Ladies , Christine McHugh

Lost Angeles Rain , Lara Dale

Commercial:

Ysabel LeMay/Portrait , Genevieve Russell

Experimental:

Steam Machines , Melissa Edmon

Animation:

The Astronomer's Sun , Peter Kershaw

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Our Twelfth Annual Festival of Film Noir !!

Jul 17 to Jul 26
Friday to the following Sunday!

1940s to 1990s - 10 days of 5 double features in the dark amongst friends & strangers!

It's 12 years now since our first foray into this enticing darkened corner of film fests! For ten amazing nights the Guild Cinema will host a most exciting film noir program that spans 50 years of choice tales on being sly, lowdown and not quite on the level! 

BONUS!  LOCAL FILM WRITER/JOURNALIST HISTORIAN JEFF BERG WILL INTRODUCE THE OPENING NIGHT 6PM & 8:15PM WITH SOME GREAT INTERESTING INFO ON THE MOVIES!

Fri & Sat July 17 & 18:  NEW MEXICO NOIR!

RIDE THE PINK HORSE  (3:45, 8:15)

Hollywood actor turned idiosyncratic auteur Robert Montgomery directs and stars in this striking crime drama based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. He plays a tough-talking former GI who comes to a small New Mexico town to shake down a gangster who killed his best friend; things quickly turn nasty. Ride the Pink Horse features standout supporting performances by Fred Clark, Wanda Hendrix, and especially Thomas Gomez, who became the first Hispanic actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role here. With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir. Directed by Robert Montgomery. In B&W. 101 mins. 1947.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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ACE IN THE HOLE  (6pm)

Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. Directed by Billy Wilder. In B&W. 111 mins. 1951.  VIEW A TRAILER.

 

Sun & Mon July 19 & 20:  JAPANESE NOIR!!

STRAY DOG  (3:30, 8:15)

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takashi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray Dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. In B&W. 122 mins.  1949.  Japan.  In Japanese with English subtitles.

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DRAGNET GIRL (6pm)

This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko. With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. In B&W. 100 mins. 1933. VIEW A CLIP.


Tues & Wed July 21 & 22:  THE LIGHTER SIDE OF NOIR!!

DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (4pm, 8pm)

This is one of the best parodies of the '40s hardboiled detective genre, with a very clever conceit: weaving the plot and production design around memorable movie clips (The Killers, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, White Heat, This Gun for Hire, Sorry, Wrong Number, Notorious). Steve Martin plays the cool Rigby Reardon, who tries solving an incomprehensible mystery with the assistance of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Burt Lancaster, Fred MacMurray, Ingrid Bergman, and Ray Milland, among others. It's all silly hokum with Rachel Ward as the pretty moll and director-cowriter Carl Reiner as the nefarious villain. Miklos Rozsa takes us back to yesteryear with his lush score, and, fittingly, Edith Head handles the period costumes in her final production. Directed by Carl Reiner. In B&W and some color. 88 mins. 1982. VIEW A TRAILER.

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PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM  (6pm)

Woody Allen's play makes a successful leap to the big screen in this hilarious romp, directed by Herbert Ross (THE SUNSHINE BOYS, STEEL MAGNOLIAS). Allen has never been better as Allan Felix, a neurotic New York film critic who has just broken up with his wife, Nancy (Susan Anspach). This devastating event has caused him to spiral into a deep depression and look for solace in the classic movies that he loves, particularly the romantic saga CASABLANCA. Allan begins to have conversations with the fantasy ghost of his film idol, Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy), who gives him advice on romance and masculinity. Worried about their insecure friend, Linda and Dick (Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts) spark Allan into action, which leads to a series of disastrously funny blind dates in which Allan tries, but fails, to be as cool as Bogie. Allan's love life is clearly going nowhere, until his quest for romance unexpectedly leads him into the arms of Linda. Directed by Herbert Ross. 85 mins. 1972.  VIEW A TRAILER

 

Thurs & Fri July 23 & 24:  DESERT NOIR WITH IDA LUPINO!!

THE HITCH HIKER (4:15, 8:00)

A tense film directed by the great Ida Lupino that never lets up for a minute. Clocking in at only 71 minutes, the film is about three men. A crazy killer on the lam (a terrifically menancing William Talman) and the two men (D.O.A. star Edmund O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) he's taken along for the ride.  Directed by Ida Lupino. In B&W. 71 mins. 1953. VIEW A TEASER CLIP.

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HIGH SIERRA  (6pm)

An early heist noir written by W.R. Burnett and John Huston from the novel by Burnett. The movie features Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart and was directed by Raoul Walsh on location at Whitney Portal, halfway up Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada of California.   Bogart and Lupino star in this tragic study of an American gangster whose hard-boiled persona finds itself at war with his compassionate side--a side that will ultimately be his downfall. Directed by Raoul Walsh. In B&W. 100 mins. 1950. VIEW A TRAILER.  

 

Sat & Sun July 25 & 26:  JIM THOMPSON NOIR

THE GRIFTERS  (3:30, 8:15)

Beautifully adapted by Donald E. Westlake from a novel by Jim Thompson is a superlative, psychological drama and one of the finest film noir of the decade. In contemporary Los Angeles, Roy Dillon (John Cusack), a cynical con artist makes his living by small-time hustling. His trampy, deceptively empty-headed girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening) has bigger plans for him. These plans are foiled when Roy is badly hurt by a bartender he is attempting to cheat and is desperately in need of medical attention. He is aided by his estranged mother, Lily (Angelica Huston), an experienced professional con-artist who works for the mob. Directed by Stephen Frears. 114 mins. 1998.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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AFTER DARK MY SWEET (6pm) **to be shown on 35mm!!

One heck of a tale concerning a one-time boxer (an excellent Jason Patric) turned drifter being sucked into a kidnapping plot, thanks to his involvement with a sultry but troubled widow played by Rachel Ward. The scheme goes horribly awry, and the drifter and his cohorts are forced to resort to desperate measures in this existential film noir based on a Jim Thompson novel. Directed by James Foley.  114 mins. 1990.  VIEW A TRAILER.

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Deli Man

Jul 18
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou - 2015 - 91m - ALL SEATS $7

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NEIGHBORS NOSH JEWISH DELI !

For  some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. A tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices. A full-bodied garlic dill pickle. Spicy brown mustard with grain. A blintz that melts in your mouth like a creamsicle on a summer’s day. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania that flowed into late 19th and early 20th century America and soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular – Deli.

Deli Man is a documentary film produced and directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou; the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. The celebrated preceding films are “A Cantor’s Tale” and “The Klezmatics - On Holy Ground,” which have to date screened at more than two hundred international film festivals and have been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Canada and Poland. The principal guide of Deli Man is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in Houston. Kenny and Ziggy’s has been touted in press reviews ranging from “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to the L.A. Daily News.

“Texas?” you ask.   Shalom, y’all. Because the story of the American deli is the story of Jews – their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. New York may always be the most populous, celebrated and redolent Jewish node. But substantial and influential Jewish tides also flowed from Chicago to Detroit, San Francisco to L.A., and Galveston to Houston and Dallas. How this burgeoning tribe moved and thrived from city to suburb and from suburb to strip mall, and in the process created a legacy and new generations of wealth, is the sunny topside of the Jewish-American journey. The shadowy understory is how that very success engendered the deterioration of the old, traditional urban block and neighborhood – the epic synagogues, Mom and Pop storefronts, and nucleus of Jewish cultural life at which deli was the succulent heart.

“A Fascinating and Charming Film.” - Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan

“A Crowd Pleaser! Full of laughs and kitchen kitsch. Deli Man wraps itself around your heart and holds tight.” - The Huffington Post

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Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Jul 19
Sunday 1pm

Dir. Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn - 2014 - 90m - A WILDEARTH GUARDIANS PRESENTATION! ALL SEATS $5

Admission includes snacks and Q&A with guest speakers after the film. All proceeds go to Santuario de Karuna and Animal Protection of New Mexico (apnm.org).

Special guest speakers: Rae Sikora and JC Corcoran of plantpeacedaily.org and Bryan Bird from Wild Earth Guardians

A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet."

"Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet" - Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of "The Cove"

"A documentary that will rock and inspire the environmental movement." - Darren Aronofsky, Director of "Noah"

"(Andersen) pulls no punches and makes no apologies: 'The future of our planet is being destroyed by this industry.' Hard to argue with the data." - The Huffington Post

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7 Minutes

Jul 24 to Jul 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jay Martin - 2015 - 84m - ALL SEATS $8

After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery.What begins as a simple plan - 'in and out in seven minutes' - quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life-or-death. As each minute of the heist ticks by, true motives are revealed and unexpected twists ratchet up the stakes to a thrilling crescendo. The feature film debut from celebrated music video director Jay Martin, this stylish and fast-paced crime thriller stars Luke Mitchell (TV's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D), Jason Ritter (TV's GIRLS), Leven Rambin (TV's TRUE DETECTIVE), Kris Kristofferson (BLADE FRANCHISE, WATCHMEN), Zane Holtz (TV's FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), and Joel Murray (GOD BLESS AMERICA).

"Veteran music video director Jay Martin makes a highly impressive feature debut with his engrossing crime drama about a trio of desperate young men committing an ill-fated robbery. Featuring intricate, non-linear storytelling and an uncommon emotional pungency, 7 Minutes is a taut, tightly controlled exercise that should spell bigger and better things for its tyro director/screenwriter.” - Hollywood Reporter

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A Town Called Panic

Mom’s Matinee

Jul 25 to Jul 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar - 2009 - 75m - MOM'S MATINEE returns with something really ZANY & FUN !! France - In French with English subtitles - ALL SEATS JUST $5

Hilarious and frequently surreal, the stop-motion extravaganza A Town Called Panic has endless charms and raucous laughs for children from eight to eighty. Based on the Belgian animated cult TV series (which was released by Wallace & Gromit’s Aardman Studios), Panic stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the weirdest events.

Cowboy and Indian’s plan to gift Horse with a homemade barbeque backfires when they accidentally buy 50 million bricks. Whoops! This sets off a perilously wacky chain of events as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe of pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures. Each speedy character is voiced—and animated—as if they are filled with laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-mâché burg, will Horse and his equine paramour—flame-tressed music teacher Madame Longray (Jeanne Balibar)—ever find a quiet moment alone? A sort of Gallic Monty Python crossed with Art Clokey on acid, A Town Called Panic is zany, brainy and altogether insane-y!

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Satyajit Ray's debut Pather Panchali - the first in the APU Trilogy!

Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1955 - 125m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles

RESTORED & NEWLY RE-RELEASED!

The release in 1955 of Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, introduced to the world an eloquent and important new cinematic voice. A depiction of rural Bengali life in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, this naturalistic but poetic evocation of a number of years in the life of a family introduces us to both little Apu and, just as essentially, the women who will help shape him: his independent older sister, Durga; his harried mother, Sarbajaya, who, with her husband often away, must hold the family together; and his kindly and mischievous elderly “auntie,“ Indir—vivid, multifaceted characters all. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, the Cannes-awarded Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

“NEVER HAVING SEEN A SATYAJIT RAY FILM IS LIKE NEVER HAVING SEEN THE SUN OR THE MOON.” — AKIRA KUROSAWA

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

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Satyajit Ray's second in the APU Trilogy - Aparajito

Jul 27 to Jul 30
Monday to Thursday 5:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1956 - 109m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles - No Matinees

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Satyajit Ray had not planned to make a sequel to Pather Panchali, but after the film’s international success, he decided to continue Apu’s narrative. Aparajito picks up where the first film leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi (then known as Benares). As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, eventually studying in Kolkata, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.

AWARDS:  Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / FIPRESCI Prize, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / New Cinema Award, Venice Film Festival, 1957 / Best director, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1958

"THE MOST IMPORTANT REVIVAL OF THE YEAR! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"ALL THE EXPLOSIONS OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT THEY DETONATE IN THE HEART. If you've never seen an Indian film, clear out your schedule pronto. Wonderstruck and attuned to the smallest details.... Ray's trilogy is quiet and concentrated. THESE FILMS WILL LIFT YOU UP." – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"THE BEST BINGE-VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR! Ray's Apu Trilogy remains singular and unique – one of the great achievements of film history." – Shelley Farmer, Indiewire

"A gift to movie lovers.... In the scrupulous restoration, the ravishing beauty of Ray's vision shines through." – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"What makes it almost unparalleled in cinema is its fusion of poignancy, humor and poetry.... It concerns a poor boy growing up in India nearly a century ago – and yet, miraculously, it concerns us all." – Andrew Robinson, New York Times

"MOVIES DON'T GET ANY MORE SOUL-STIRRING THAN THE FILMS IN THE APU TRILOGY." – Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"RAVISHING! ... Ray makes us feel the magic of feathery reeds in the sunlight, the terrible beauty of a monsoon deluge hitting dirty stone streets, the exultation of love, and the inescapability of loss." – John Powers, Vogue

"THE GREATEST EXTENDED ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE HISTORY." – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A SUMMIT OF WORLD CINEMA." – James Quandt, ArtForum

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The Mama Sherpas

Aug 1
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Brigid Maher - 2015 - 76m - All Seats $8

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From executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born), this topical new documentary, directed by Brigid Maher, examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process.

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BABA and Buster! - Live Soundtrackin' to Buster Keaton Silent Shorts!

Aug 5
Wednesday 8pm ONLY!

100m approx - ALL SEATS JUST $5 - WHAT A DEAL!

CO-SPONSORED BY AMP CONCERTS!

Banjo and tuba duo Baba (www.planetbaba.com) perform original live soundtracks to screenings of three Buster Keaton shorts from the 1920s — "The Goat," "The Scarecrow" and "The Boat” — interspersed with a handful of songs from the band's repertoire. BaBa performed their soundtrack to “The Goat” in 2014 at the Guild. Their accompaniment to the other two films are new to the theater. (In fact, this show will be the world premiere of BaBa’s live soundtrack to “The Boat”.) You won’t want to miss this evening of laughter and eccentricity combining the golden age of silent cinema with one of Albuquerque’s most inventive musical acts.

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Stand Up Comedy Live with Aarona Lopez!

Aug 14
Friday 10:30pm ONLY

2015 - 90 approx. - $10 in advance / $15 at the door

MORE INFO ON ADVANCE TICKETS PLUS THE OPENING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!  CHECK BACK HERE SHORTLY!

Aarona Lopez was born and raised in Chicago. She is the creator/host of Velvet Circus - a live comedy show that fuses stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Aarona is working her way to become America's favorite funny-girl with her storytelling, observational humor and musical comedy talent.

Aarona started comedy in 2006. She perfected her improv skills at Second City-Chicago, The Annoyance Theater and iO West in Los Angeles, CA. Less than six months after she began stand-up comedy, she became a working comic and was selected as a "New Face" in Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. In 2008, Aarona performed stand-up in the United Kingdom at The Drum Centre (Birmingham), Jonguleurs (Birmingham) and The Bernie Arts Centre (London). She also appeared in Season 5 of Martin Lawrence's First Amendment Stand-up (2010), the film, Lord All Men Can't Be Dogs (2011). She also was a punch-up writer for MTV2's Hip-Hop Squares (2012) and the NEWEST cast member of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N Out on MTV2 (2015).

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The Nightmare - A Documentary/Horror Film on Sleep Paralysis

Aug 15
Saturday 1pm, 10:30pm

Dir. Rodney Asher - 2015 - 94m

You are very tired. The pillow is soft. It's late at night, and you start to drift off in your bed. Snap—your body locks up, totally frozen. But you are not asleep. You can see and hear everything. That's when the shadow men come...

Following his exploration on the deep effects of cinema in his feature Room 237, director Rodney Ascher now investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. In this documentary-horror film, we experience the terror that a surprisingly large number of people suffer when they find themselves trapped between the sleeping and waking worlds every night. What should be explained by science gets complicated as sufferers from random backgrounds have very similar visions. The Nightmare enhances the stories with eerie dramatizations of what (and who) the subjects see. Ascher, who has also experienced the condition, treats the subject with respect, combining a primal horror movie with an existential terror in the lines between reality and the imagination.

"The scariest movie of the decade … and it's a documentary!" - Devin Faraci, Birth. Movies. Death

"Ascher’s blend of staged recreations, voiceover and artful composition has secured himself a position as one of the most unique documentarians working today. Moreover, with The Nightmare he’s made a nonfiction film more frightening (yet strangely entertaining) than most of today’s narrative horror films." - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

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The World Of Apu - the final chapter in the APU trilogy - restored!

Aug 17 to Aug 20
Monday to Thursday 3:00, 8:00

Dir. Satyajit Ray - 1959 - 105m - India - In Bengali with English subtitles

“NEVER HAVING SEEN A SATYAJIT RAY FILM IS LIKE NEVER HAVING SEEN THE SUN OR THE MOON.”  —AKIRA KUROSAWA

By the time Apur Sansar (The World Of Apu) was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room, and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening, which occurs as the result of a most unlikely turn of events, and his eventual, fraught fatherhood. Featuring soon to be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and demonstrating Ray’s ever-more-impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy.

Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. These delicate masterworks—Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)—based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years, and each stands on its own as a tender, visually radiant journey. They are among the most achingly beautiful, richly humane movies ever made—essential works for any film lover.

"THE MOST IMPORTANT REVIVAL OF THE YEAR! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"ALL THE EXPLOSIONS OF A BLOCKBUSTER, BUT THEY DETONATE IN THE HEART. If you've never seen an Indian film, clear out your schedule pronto. Wonderstruck and attuned to the smallest details.... Ray's trilogy is quiet and concentrated. THESE FILMS WILL LIFT YOU UP." – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

"THE BEST BINGE-VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR! Ray's Apu Trilogy remains singular and unique – one of the great achievements of film history." – Shelley Farmer, Indiewire

"A gift to movie lovers.... In the scrupulous restoration, the ravishing beauty of Ray's vision shines through." – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

"What makes it almost unparalleled in cinema is its fusion of poignancy, humor and poetry.... It concerns a poor boy growing up in India nearly a century ago – and yet, miraculously, it concerns us all." – Andrew Robinson, New York Times

"MOVIES DON'T GET ANY MORE SOUL-STIRRING THAN THE FILMS IN THE APU TRILOGY." – Sean P. Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"RAVISHING! ... Ray makes us feel the magic of feathery reeds in the sunlight, the terrible beauty of a monsoon deluge hitting dirty stone streets, the exultation of love, and the inescapability of loss." – John Powers, Vogue

"THE GREATEST EXTENDED ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIE HISTORY." – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A SUMMIT OF WORLD CINEMA." – James Quandt, ArtForum

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Redeemer

Aug 21 to Aug 22
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Ernesto Diaz Espinoza - 2014 - 88m - Chile - in Spanish with English subtitles - All Seats $8

After years in isolation, Pardo (martial arts legend Marko Zaror), a vigilante desperate for redemption and earning it by offering criminals the chance to ask forgiveness for their crimes or pay the ultimate price, returns to the streets to mete out his unique form of justice. When his bloody path crosses that of would-be drug lord Braddock (Noah Segan, Looper, Deadgirl) he must fight an entire criminal organization while also protecting the woman he loves. 

Director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza (The ABCs of Death, Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman) and Zaror team up once again to provide a jaw-dropping action spectacle with genre-savvy humor that offers an impossibly violent, often humorous and thrilling take on the action film.

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The Blob - the original as part of our "Invasion" double feature!

Aug 22 to Aug 23
Saturday and Sunday 2pm ONLY!

Dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. - 1958 - 82m - ALL SEATS $7

WELCOME BACK COLLEGE STUDENTS!  NOW PREPARE FOR THE INVASION!  A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH THE ORIGINAL THE THING (1951)!!

A BUBONICON 47 SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

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The Thing From Another World (1951) - the original as part of our

Aug 22 to Aug 23
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby - 1951 - 87m - ALL SEATS $7

WELCOME BACK COLLEGE STUDENTS!  NOW PREPARE FOR THE INVASION!  A DOUBLE FEATURE WITH THE ORIGINAL THE BLOB (1958)!!

A BUBONICON 47 SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

One of the screen's finest science-fiction films!  

The scene is a distant Arctic research station, where a UFO has crashed. The investigating scientists discover that the circular craft has melted its way into the ice, which has frozen up again. While attempting to recover the ship, Captain Patrick Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) accidentally explodes the vessel, but the pilot -- at least, what seems to be the pilot -- remains frozen in a block of ice. The body is taken to base headquarters, where it is inadvertently thawed out by an electric blanket. The alien attacks the soldier guarding him and escapes into the snowy wastes. An attack dog rips off the alien's arm, whereupon Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) discerns that "The Thing" (played by future Gunsmoke star James Arness!) is not animal but a member of the carrot family, subsisting on blood. While the misguided Carrington attempts to spawn baby "Things" with the severed arm, the parent creature wreaks murderous havoc all over the base. 

Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan and Robert Cornwaithe. Former editor Christian Nyby received his first directorial credit for the film, although he readily admitted in interviews that Hawks -- for whom Nyby worked as editor on RED RIVER (1948) -- was the film's "guiding hand". Though James Arness played the title creature, it was stuntman Tom Steele who doubled for him in the film's memorable fire scene.  

A superior blend of science fiction, horror, naturalistic dialogue, and flesh-and-blood characterizations, The Thing is a model of its kind!

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Fantastic Journey: Animated Shorts - Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015

Mom’s Matinee

Aug 29 to Aug 30
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

2015 - 65m - MOM'S MATINEE brings an Albuquerque premiere of quality kid's shorts! - ALL SEATS JUST $5

Zip around the world with our dazzling selection of high-energy, high-imagination shorts. Join a space-alien potato on his zany adventures, witness the creation of the alphabet, sing along with a brave little octopus, and grow up along with a rebellious daughter made of frosting, in this vibrant celebration of creativity.   

Zebra - (Julia Ocker, Germany, 2:45 min) Nonverbal - See how a zebra changes his stripes!

Wombo - (Daniel Acht, Germany, 8:02 min) Mostly nonverbal - An alien lands on earth and is chased by a dog, ends up in a vegetable basket, and nearly gets cooked for dinner! Why? Because he just happens to look like a potato! 

The Numberlys - (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, 11:23 min) In English - Friends 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity, and jellybeans to their world. Winner of the CFFS Seattle Children's Hospital Jury Prize for Best Animated Film.  View a trailer.

Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant - (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5:51 min) In English - An octopus sings about overfishing and inspires Papa Cloudy to make sustainable dishes with love. Winner of the CFFS Children's Jury Prize for Best Animated Short. View a trailer.

Anatole’s Little Saucepan - (Eric Montchaud, France, 5:47 min) In English - Little Anatole is always dragging his saucepan behind him. It fell on him one day and nobody knows why.

Visitor - (Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, 4:08 min) Nonverbal - A stuffed tiger from a faraway world drops in on a snowy day to play with dogs.  View a trailer.

The Magic Time - (Kine Aune, Norway, 9:16 min) Nonverbal - Adapted from Sami legends, this is the story of a reindeer-calf and his journey to become a grown white buck.  View a trailer.

The New Species - (Katerina Karhánková, Czech Republic, 6:18 min) Nonverbal - Some children come across an old bone and try to imagine what kind of animal it might have belonged to.

Trampoline - (Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, 2:29 min) Nonverbal - Imagine that the movie screen is a big trampoline. Can you see a family of ducks walking across it? How about people? Or a cow?

Decorations - (Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 7 min) Nonverbal. - Growing up is literally the icing on the cake for a mother and daughter. View a trailer.

Traditional Healing - (Raymond Caplin, Canada, 2:24 min) Nonverbal - A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs. 

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