Special Events


Feb 24 to Feb 26
Friday to Sunday


The Sin Fronteras Film Festival is a student organized event devoted to films about Latin America and by Latin American filmmakers. Each year the festival is organized by a group of students from various departments who are members of SOLAS. The festival has been generously funded by a variety of UNM groups and academic departments, as well as several local businesses. Thanks to the time and money donated by various students, staff, faculty, and community members, 2015's festival is a COMPLETELY FREE event open to the UNM and greater Albuquerque community. NOTE:  Show up early to get a seat!  For more info & trailers to the movies please visit the SIN FRONTERAS WEBSITE!


7PM  DAUNA. LO QUE ILEVVA EL RIO (Gone with the river)  - "Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. She made decisions which made herself suffer and others as well. Without giving up before defeats and loses, these led her to reconcile and become part of a legend herself."  - Mario Crespo  [Dir. Mario Crespo - 104 m - 2015 - Venezuela] view a trailer


4:30PMCON MI CORAZON EN YAMBO (With my Heart in Yambo) - A documentary is about two young Restrepo brothers in Ecuador and the mystery of their disappearance by the Ecuadorian National Police.   [Dir. María Fernanda Restrepo - 136 min. - 2011 - Ecuador] view a trailer

7PM - NO MANCHES FRIDA - The story of Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail. They return to the site only to find that Frida Kahlo High has built a gymnasium over the loot. To get the money, he poses as a substitute teacher for a school that can't seem to keep any teachers around. Zequi comes in ready to lay down the law- but he quickly finds out that life on the inside may have been easier to deal with than a school full of wild and rebellious teenagers. - Pantelion Films  [Dir. Nacho G. Velilla - 100 m - 2016 - USA] view a trailer


4:30PM - SUNU (Maize) - SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.  [Dir. Teresa Camou - 80 min. - 2015 - México] view a trailer  **Please Join us after the film for a discussion with director Teresa Camou.

Teresa is a critically acclaimed filmmaker.  She directed and produced two short documentaries about issues related to Tarahumara communities and two short animated films “El Entierro” (2008) and “Tewe Chiva Nesero” (2007) which received honorable mention at the Chihuahua International Film Festival.  SUNÚ (2015) is her first feature film.  Teresa is passionate about teaching art at the Center for Education for the Blind (CEIAC).  She recently collaborated with blind artists and installed two art exhibitions, one of which strives to communicate to people what it’s like to be blind in Chihuahua.

7PM - NEON BULL - Iremar works at the "Vaquejadas", a rodeo in the North East of Brazil where two men on horseback try bring down a bull by grabbing its tail. It's dusty and back-breaking work, but Iremar is a natural vaqueiro feeding, prepping and taking care of the bulls. Home is the truck used to transport the animals from show to show which he shares with his coworkers; Galega, an exotic dancer, truck driver and mother to her spirited and cheeky daughter Cacá, and Zé, his rotund compadre in the bull pen. Together they form a makeshift but close-knit family. But Brazil and the Northeast are changing and the region's booming clothing industry has stirred new ambitions in Iremar. Swinging in his hammock in the back of the truck, his head is filled with dreams of pattern cutting, sequins and exquisite fabrics as he mentally assembles his latest sexy fashion designs.  [DIr. Gabriel Mascaro - 101m - 2015 - Brazil] view a trailer



Mom’s Matinee

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

Dir. Chris Noonan - 1995 - 92m - Mom's Matinee bring back a 90s classic!

Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee! 

The inspirational, endearing and fun-filled tale of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be –even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life.

“A terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig.” - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“It's a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult.” - John Ferguson, Radio Times

“For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message.” - Gary Dretzka, Chicago Tribune

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EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - The Vintage Beatles Concert Film! ENCORES!

Feb 27 to Mar 2
Monday to Thursday 3pm, 7:45

Dir. Ron Howard - 2016 - 137m

A new compilation of found footage featuring music, interviews, and stories of The Beatles' 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966!

BONUS!  Featuring over 25 minutes of footage not included in the home streaming releases!!  Plus we've got it in full sound so come see it where it lives best amongst friends & strangers in the dark on the big screen!!

Director Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) takes a look back at the years when the Beatles were still a touring band, from their early performances in Europe in 1963 to their decision in 1966 to quit playing publicly in order to focus on their work in the studio. This documentary features archival footage of the Beatles' legendary concerts, as well as interviews with surviving band members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and famous fans such as Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver, and Elvis Costello.

“Hugely enjoyable with some remastered live performances that were previously drowned out by screaming girl fans.” - Kate Muir, Times (UK)

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Pan's Labyrinth

Mar 4 to Mar 5
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Guillermo del Toro - 2006 - 119m - All Seats just $5 - Spain/Mexico - In Spanish with English subtitles

An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-presentation!

FOUR STAR REVIEW “One of the greatest of all fantasy films” - Roger Ebert

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. 

“Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.” - David Germain, Associated Press

“This is a fantasy realm so fully and elegantly realized, it might be the adaptation of a classic novel. Yet the source is Del Toro's own capacious imagination.” - Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine

“So breathtaking in its artistic ambition, so technically accomplished, so morally expansive, so fully realized that it defies the usual critical blather. See it, and celebrate that rare occasion when a director has the audacity to commit cinema.” - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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The Big Lebowski

Mar 10
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!



The Coen brothers' irreverent cult hit! This hilariously twisted comedy-thriller stars (of course!) Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians. Enter the visually unique and entertaining world from the creative minds of the Coen brothers and remember: the Dude abides.

“The result is a lot of laughs and a feeling of awe toward the craftsmanship involved. I doubt that there'll be anything else like it the rest of this year.” - Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

“Far from being shallow pastiche, it's actually about something: what it means to be a man, to be a friend, and to be a 'hero' for a particular time and place.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

“[The Coens] rummaged through political and personal history for the underpinnings of this Los Angeles caper, from 1998, sending up, with rueful astonishment, the American way of war.” - Richard Brody, New Yorker

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Comedian Ian Harris Live - The EXTRAORDINARY Tour!!

Mar 11
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

2017 - 75m approx. - Tickets $12 in advance (location t.b.a.), $15 at the door


Comedian Ian Harris comes to Albuquerque for one night only, on tour promoting his second hour long television special "ExtraOrdinary". A fascinating and funny mix of spot-on impressions and clever, cutting-edge comedy, Ian Harris' act has landed him coveted appearances on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, COMEDY CENTRAL, as well as his first hour TV special "CRITICAL & THINKING"" which AXS TVcalled "A truly masterful hour of wit, humor and derisive jabbing." His keen grasp of science, evidenced by his satirical, skeptical take on everything from religion to global warming-deniers and beyond, has also earned him comparisons to favorite thinking-man's comics like Lenny Bruce, Bill Maher and George Carlin. With a unique point of view and an impressive array of comedian talents, Ian delivers a thought provoking style of stand-up all his own. 

Featuring for Ian will be Albuquerque's own Maurice Northup, who was part of The Evolution of Comedy Tour!

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Three Tours

Mar 12
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Betty Yu - 2016 - 50m - All Seats $8


Screening of the film will be followed by a special panel discussion moderated by ACPJ board member Samia Assed with its director Bettty Yu plus featured activist Ramon Mejia and Veterans for Peace member Monique Salhab! 

A 50 minute long documentary film that captures the lives of three U.S. military veterans, Nicole Goodwin, Ramon Mejia & Ryan Holleran, as they work to heal their wounds and battle with PTSD resulting from their deployments in Iraq. The film follows their transformation from U.S. military trained soldiers to agents of change advocating for proper mental health treatment of veterans and an end to unjust wars.

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Greening the Revolution

Mar 18 to Mar 19
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Katie Curran - 2016 - 80m - $5 Students / $10 General

Winner of Best Female Filmmaker at Oaxaca International Film Festival, Best Documentary at Fort Lauderdale IFF and Environmental Series Premiere at the Newport Beach IFF

These special screenings are fundraisers for Anartist Films and its new feature, currently in production, and are supported by Food and Water Watch and the UNM Food Justice Initiative


An independent documentary about food justice filmed in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Kenya, Zambia, India, Brazil and across the United States. This feature film focuses on the unjust politics and economics behind a corrupt food system, while also showing examples of inspiring resistance and the creation of sustainable alternatives by small farmers.

For more info on the film, contact: info@greeningtherevolution.org

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Chasing The Light

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

Dir. Blackhorse Lowe - 2016 - 80m - No Matinees

Shot in black and white the film won Best Photography at Présence Autochtone in Montreal, Quebec.  DIRECTOR & SOME OF THE CAST & CREW IN PERSON!!

If Wong Kar-Wai and Tarantino decided to make a stoner comedy for Natives back in 1995 (and set to a drone soundtrack), it probably would've been something like Blackhorse Lowe's CHASING THE LIGHT.  The film follows Riggs, a depressed and struggling screenwriter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who begrudgingly goes with his drug-dealing friend, Many Goats, on a run that goes terribly wrong.  A series of misadventures follows: bar fights, house parties, feuding couples and even a trip on the drug DMT.  But none of these calamities can distract a dejected Riggs from his thoughts of his ex-girlfriend.

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Babe: Pig In The City

Mom’s Matinee

Mar 25 to Mar 26
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon Only!

Dir. George Miller - 1998 - 90m - All Seats just $5 - A MOM'S MATINEE special bringing back a beloved 90s classic!

“More magical than the original! - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In this sequel to the Academy Award -winning hit, everyone's favorite hero, Babe, sets off on a journey that takes him to a far away storybook city where he encounters an incredible assortment of animal friends and learns how a kind and steady heart can heal a sorry world.

“Brilliant!” - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“It's George Miller's masterpiece, maybe even the best commercial film of 1998.” - Pat Graham, Chicago Reader

“Even more fun than the original! - Bob Fenster, Arizona Republic

“A brilliant, grotesquely underrated family film criticised at the time of its release for being too dark for young audiences.” - Luke Buckmaster, Crikey

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Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival

Mar 31 to Apr 1
Friday 7:30pm / Saturday 7:30 and 9:30pm

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m approx - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!!




The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.

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Greatest of Fools - An ABQ FILM CLUB benefit compilation show!

Apr 1
Saturday 1:00, 3:00

Dir. various - varies - 70m approx per - All Seats Just $5 per show!

Some of the funniest SOUND comedy films were shorts.  We team up with the mighty ABQ Film Club to celebrate April Fool's Day with a superior selection of sound shorts of Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, Trixie Friganza, Leon Errol, Clark & McCullough plus Shaw & Lee.  Each program (the 1pm & 3pm) will feature different shorts and both shows will include a different Buster Keaton two-reeler!


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1984 - double featured with V FOR VENDETTA

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 6pm

Dir. Michael Radford - 1984 - 111m - No Matinees


Richard Burton's final film that also features the late great John Hurt!  A fine and stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell's prophetic 1948 novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. 

As part of the National Event Day Screening of “1984” Hosted by Arthouse Theaters Around the Country In Response to The Current Political Climate 

On April 4, 2017, over 90 art house movie theatres across the country in 81 cities and in 35 states, plus one in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80’s movie “1984” (www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803) starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month.  This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.  These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment.  This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.

In a joint statement on behalf of all of the theater chains involved in this event: “Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, national theater chain owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best - showing a movie - the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack.  Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

Participating theaters that charge admission will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or using the proceeds for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming.

Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, and Adam Birnbaum of Nova Theater Circuit, based in Stamford, CT, are spearheading efforts to enlist other theaters to join them.  They can be reached for further statement at UnitedStateOfCinema@gmail.com. 

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Nob Hill Oral History Project - Encore!

Apr 2
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gary Eyster - 2016 - 60m - Only 25 cents!

15 people who were part of Nob Hill in its early days relate their impressions, introductory comments by the film makers!  NEW:  Final three shorts to be screened as well - “Nob Hill Celebrates the Mid-20th Century”, “Nob Hill Celebrates its Renaissance” & “Nob Hill Celebrates its People”

Videography by Joel Derek Ortiz.

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V for Vendetta - double featured with 1984

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. James McTeigue - 2006 - 133m - No Matinees


Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it.

“The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.” - Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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I Look Up Film Series - An AIA free movie night special!

Apr 13
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2015-2016 - 90m approx - Free with limited seating!

The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:3pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

The I Look Up Challenge calls upon filmmakers to share their vision with a 2-3 minute video exploring the power of architecture to create solutions and uplift communities. Take on the competition. Take the challenge!  And many did so here are the results!  

A selection of the 2015/16 submissions!

Rural Studio - The AIA presents a short documentary film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s community-oriented, design-build program dedicated to improving the western Alabama region with good design. The Rural Studio film launched the 2016 Film Challenge, inviting filmmakers and architects to tell stories of how architecture is solving a problem facing us today in communities, big or small. 

ARCH 335: Rebuilding Medcamps - This short film showcases the blossoming partnership between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Their projects create one of the most engaging and meaningful learning experiences of these design student's academic careers and the partnership is not only directly benefiting a diverse and underserved user group, but is also allowing the power of public interest design to shape the next generation of architects.  Directed by Brad Deal of Ruston, LA.

20x10 - 20x10 shares the vision for a radical new community for the chronically homeless in Austin, TX. Key architects involved in the project discuss the intention behind their designs, and their efforts to build community through unique 20x10 "micro" homes.  Directed by Patrick Higgins of Austin, Tx.

Build Back Better - In June 2008 a destructive flood swept through Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of homes and businesses were lost including 300 city owned buildings and some of the city’s most prominent public structures. OPN’s own studio was flooded as well. Following the flood, the City of Cedar Rapids a faced an almost overwhelming road to recovery. Civic leaders turned to OPN Architects to help with the analysis of the flooded spaces and to conduct a city-wide public participation process. Truly, architecture has been a solution to our community’s flood recovery. Eight years later, we wanted to tell the story of the role we played in charting a course out of the devastation.  Directed by Carly Weber of Cedar Rapids, IA.

A Home - East Harlem has historically suffered from many issues, including having the highest rates of unemployment, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, homelessness, and violent crime in New York City. In 2015 Harlem RBI opened a multi-purpose building that includes Harlem RBI's offices, DREAM Charter School, a new community center, 89 affordable housing units, and a beautiful public park. "A HOME" tells the story of how this ambitious architecture project has transformed the lives of the residents of East Harlem giving them a place that is fun, hopeful and that creates community.  Directed by Raul Paz Pastrana of New York, NY.

Albizia - A prolific invasive tree specimen in the state of Hawai'i that causes damage to the both the built and natural environment. It is currently an underutilized natural resource that through research and engineering, is being used as a construction material to aid the rising housing crisis. Joey Valenti is spearheading an architectural project to convert this waste material into a solution for socio-economical issues of the community.  Directed by Graham Hart of Honolulu, HI.

Catalyzing Community Revitalization through Architecture - This video focuses on how architecture can provide a solution to a community problem. Augusta Rd at I85 was once a flourishing community in Greenville, South Carolina, but is now abandoned and forgotten. When a local high school buys property in this neglected area, a group of students explores ways in which the future architecture of this property can revitalize the community.  Directed by Emily Gandy of Greenville, SC. 

Celebration - "Celebration" explores the story of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation as they begin to restore and maintain the David Wright House, one of the most unique and architecturally significant designs by American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In the process, an Easter celebration emerges as a signature event for the community and foundation in celebrating the artistic and cultural legacy of Mr. Wright. Directed by Steven Yazzie of Phoenix, AZ.

Claim (Y)our Space - SCADpad micro housing community built in Atlanta.  Directed by Gregory Beck of Savannah, GA.

ELL - "As a young architect living and working in San Francisco, - one of the nation's most condensed and highly competitive markets - Jason Campbell has observed a real need for a new kind of creative exhibition space.  This is the story of ELL - a cross-disciplinary gallery that draws from different facets of the local art, architecture and design communities in an effort to make art more engaging and accessible." Directed by Corey Leavitt.

Envision Ada - When new auto-centric developments threaten the urban core of a community, Ada Village forms a plan to bring back civic spaces. With heavy community involvement, architects and city planners work together to build their home in the walkable, multi-functional way that they envision.  Directed by Alexander Mitchell Striker of Shelby Township, MI.

Experiments in Town Building - In a secluded area of Panama, a group of Americans (mostly from Atlanta area) are working to build a town from the ground up. This short film highlights Kalu Yala Institute, a civic institute, and it's iterative human-centered process as it builds, under mentorship of accomplished architects in the USA, a new way to live.  Directed by Esteban Gast of Chicago, IL.

Precipitating Change - Architect, David Hertz, has integrated an air to water technology called 'Skysource' producing up to 300 gallons of water per day. The water is offered to the the public of Venice for free as well as to a local NGO, Community Healing Gardens.  Directed by David Hertz.

Bathrooms by Size - this short piece suggests that dividing bathrooms by gender does not work for anyone. As an architect Esther Sperber believes it is our duty to find new design solutions that function better for everyone including the spectrum of gender identities that do not fit into the male/female binary.  Directed by Esther Sperber of New York, NY. 

The Beast - Deep Ellum is a beloved historic neighborhood in Dallas in a current state of urban renewal, with a rich character and culture shaped by the creative community at its heart. Home to local artists, music venues, bars, and eclectic restaurants, the neighborhood thrives with visitor activity, yet lacks a safe public gathering space – like the rest of Dallas, it is dominated by cars. In February 2016, Design Future Dallas – a nonprofit collective of creative thinkers passionate about urban development – hosted an international design competition that challenged designers to transform Crowdus Street into a street for people. This is a story of the coalescence of the community with dedicated organizations to turn this vision into a reality.  Directed by Ryan Conway of Dallas, Tx.

The Conchs - In beach towns, architecture determines the fate of several key factors in the local environment. 'The Conchs' is the story of two houses made out of refurbished shipping containers in Carolina Beach, NC and their goal to achieve a more sustainable community.  Directed by Camille Bourne of Wilmington, NC.  

The Guard - An Architect and a Surfer discuss how an innovative Lifeguard Tower can protect the beach in a beautiful way.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.  Directed by Jeff Durkin of San Diego, CA.

Trailhead Center - The launching point for high risk, high adventure, outdoor activities at Kansas City’s Prairie Schooner Girl Scout Camp. This lively and innovative building was a product of a long relationship between the architect and the Girl Scouts. The center is particularly appreciated by new scouts who are intimidated by the outdoors. It becomes a safe place to begin their adventures and lose their fear.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.

An Architect's Story: Chris Downey - The American Institute of Architects presents a short documentary about Chris Downey, an inspiring architect in San Francisco who is pioneering design for the blind.

Mixed Plate Hawaii - The winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Look Up Film Challenge: “Mixed Plate Hawaii” and trio team Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao, the film  captures the dramatic landscape of Hawaii and how it ties together the multi­cultural architecture of the island. The “Mixed Plate Hawaii” team also won the Third Place award and the Diversity and Inclusion recognition award.

My City Listens - Shot in just 16 days, the winner of the 2015 I Look Up Film Challenge Presenting the winner of the AIA film challenge.  Directed by Soha Momeni of Los Angeles, CA

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The Blues Brothers - the original 1980 classic!

Apr 14
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Landis - 1980 - 148m - All Seats $8


Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren't swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film's legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg!

“The Blues Brothers is, by any objective standard, a messy wreck... That this is so does not in anyway change that it is an absolutely wonderful movie.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi's easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences.” - Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

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Experiments in Cinema v12.3 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 18 to Apr 23
Tuesday to Sunday

2017 - ONLY $8 per day !!

Each year Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. 

In many ways EIC likes to think of itself as a micro-community rather than a festival, in that we are proudly and defiantly non-competitive—no pretentious red carpets, arbitrary prizes or VIP passes at our event. Everyone who participates wins!. EIC is about sharing and nurturing, as we truly believe that the community of media un-dependents are modern day traveling troubadours, sharing their news of the day (from personal, un-embedded perspectives) with colleagues and friends from around the world.  

"Experiments in Cinema serves as a reminder that filmmaking has a responsibility that transcends the pathetically produced popcorn poo-poo that we have come to know as "going to the movies." 

EIC believes in the meat-space of our event and that as useful as Youtube, Vimeo and other interfaces are, there is still nothing that replaces the emotional bandwidth (Gene Yougblood’s phrase) of face-to-face interactions amongst like-minded people inventing and imagining through the power of dialogue.

Each year, in addition to presenting a wide range of international screenings, EIC also hosts live multi-media performances, interactive projects, lectures, discussion groups, hands-on workshops and a program of films produced by New Mexican Middle and High School students.

Our annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991." - Bryan Konefsky, EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA FESTIVAL DIRECTOR


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School of Rock

Mom’s Matinee

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

Dir. Richard Linklater - 2003 - 109m - All Seat just $5 - Mom's Matinee jams out with a 2003 smash hit!

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies' staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC -- with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school's stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands' promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned.

“School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.” - David Ansen, Newsweek

“A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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