Special Events

Racing Extinction

Oct 1
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Louie Psihoyos - 2015 - 90m - Suggested ticket donation $7

RGCSL SpiritBound Bookstore SPECIAL PRESENTATION!  AN OPEN POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION WILL BE LED BY LOUIE MARTINEZ!

Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, RACING EXTINCTION reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.  Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve Life as we know it.  

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CHIP LORD: Greetings From Amarillo

Oct 2
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Chip Lord - 2016 - 75m approx. - Chip Lord and Hayden Pedigo in person! in person! All Seats $8

A BASEMENT FILMS PRESENTATION!

Chip Lord has partnered with Hayden Pedigo, a young musician and native of Amarillo, TX, to produce a video portrait of the wind-swept landscape of Amarillo that begins and ends at Cadillac Ranch.

Preceded by Cadillac Ranch 1974-1994, Lord’s own documentary shot at the  20th anniversary party for Cadillac Ranch.

Hayden Pedigo will be playing live accompaniment on acoustic guitar to Greetings from Amarillo.

About Chip Lord -  a media artist who as a member of Ant Farm [1968-1978]  produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame. Since 1980 he has worked independently producing video installations and single channel video art works. His work straddles documentary and experimental genres, often mixing the two, and has been shown widely at film and video festivals and in Museums. In 2005 a survey of his work was shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arts Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. His project Movie Map, which includes photographs of San Francisco neighborhood cinemas was shown at the Rena Bransten Gallery in 2003 and in the group exhibition, AUTO,SUEÑO Y MATERIA in Gijon and Madrid, Spain in 2009. Currently in partnership with Bruce Tomb and Curtis Schreier he has produced a new interactive sculpture, Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule] which was commissioned by SFMOMA and shown there in “The Art Of Participation: 1950 to Now”, 2008. He is Professor Emeratus in Film & Digital Media at U.C. Santa Cruz.

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The 14th Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Oct 7 to Oct 16
Friday to the following Sunday

2016 - A Closet Cinema Production! NO REGULAR GUILD PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT!!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT SELF SERVE TOYS SOON!  STAY TUNED!

NOTE:  "DAY OF" (SAME DAY) ADVANCE TICKETS WILL WILL BE AVAILABLE ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME ON THEIR RESPECTIVE DAYS AT OUR BOX OFFICE OFFICE. 

TICKET ADMISSION - $10 General Admission / $8 SWGLFF members / $35 four movie punch card / $65 eight movie punch card / $100 full movie festival pass for all screenings.  For more info click here

The only event of its kind in New Mexico! Since its founding in 2003 and celebrating its 14th solid year, SWGLFF has presented more than 400 films and has grown to be one of the state's largest festivals, highlighting a rich diversity of gay, lesbian and transgender culture.

CLOSET CINEMA is an Albuquerque based nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing queer cinema in an attempt to highlight the richness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. They serve our diverse communities by producing the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and other events.

FULL LINEUP T.B.A. CHECK WITH THE SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE

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We Are Young, We Are Strong

Oct 17 to Oct 19
Monday to Wednesday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Burhan Qurbani - 2015 - 123m - Germany - In Germany with English subtitles - ALL SEATS ONLY $3

A UNM Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures - German - Sponsored event!  Presented with the support of the Goethe-InstitutGI

BONUS!  DIRECTOR IN PERSON!!

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building containing, among others, more than 120 Vietnamese men, women and children on what has since become known as "The Night of the Fire." The riots became a symbol for xenophobia in the just recently reunited Germany. This film recounts the incident from the perspectives of three very different characters. Lien is a Vietnamese woman who settled in Germany, but at the end of the day she will be fighting for her life wondering if the place she called home could ever be one for her. Stefan and his friends are part of the night's violent turmoil. Young and angry, bored during the daytime, they look forward to the nightly riots and clashes with the police and foreigners. Unable to cope with his grief at the loss of a friend, Stefan gets lost in a circle of violence. Stefan's father Martin is an ambitious local politician, trapped in a dilemma: does he advance his career or stand up for his ideals and take responsibility, which includes that for his son?

“Qurbani’s film is, on the most basic level, a revelatory glimpse of recent history with a strong sense of the sociopolitical setting. He gets the dangerous plasticity of alienated youth.” - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

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The Creeping Garden - special encore hosted by STEM!

Oct 20
Thursday 4pm 6pm, 8:15pm

Dir. Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp - 2015 - 82m - UK

A STEM-UNM SPECIAL PRESENTATION!  POSSIBLE PANEL DISCUSSION FOR SELECT SHOWS, MORE DETAILS T.B.A.!

“One of the year’s most original and bizarre documentaries.  A pioneering and at times hypnotic crawl through a largely uncharted realm. Ultimately, the film is as enigmatic, unique and fascinating as its subject matter, almost beyond categorization, but filled with an insatiable child-like sense of wonder.” – James Marsh, Twitchfilm   

A real life science fiction movie exploring a world creeping right beneath our feet, where time and space are magnified and intelligence redefined.

The Creeping Garden is a feature length creative documentary exploring the work of fringe scientists, mycologists and artists, and their relationship with the extraordinary plasmodial slime mould.

The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.

But as well as exploring the slime mould in the lab, the film also travels out into the wild, hunting for the organisms in their natural habitat.

Co-directed by artist film-maker Tim Grabham and writer and film curator Jasper Sharp, the film follows in the unconventional footsteps of Grabham’s previous feature ‘KanZeOn’ and Sharps fascination with the extended world of mycology.

With an original soundtrack composed by celebrated musician and producer Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s ‘Grizzly Man’) this is a unique exploration into a hitherto untapped subject matter, observing and immersing the audience into the worlds of the observers and the observed.

“Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp’s uncanny documentary “The Creeping Garden” has a way of growing on you… a surprising investigation of perception, thought and life itself.” - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

“A highly entertaining film… Bridging the gap between documentary and a genre film, this might be the most fun you’ll have learning all year.’ - Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

“A documentary that successfully challenges everything we thought we knew about life on earth. The result is both fascinating and discomforting.” - Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews

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Time as Money - a doc on time banking!

Oct 22
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Lenore Eklund - 2014 - 71m - No Matinees

AN ABQ HOURS EXCHANGE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

From small town neighborhoods to cities, the shift in the economy and continued financial struggles are having an adverse effect on communities and creating devastating isolation for its inhabitants.

While lying in a hospital bed after a major heart attack, Edgar Cahn, a civil rights lawyer and speech writer for Robert Kennedy, was feeling helpless - similar to the disenfranchised and unemployed. This experience gave him the idea to create a new system of money as a tool to connect people and neighbors called Time Dollars. With this new idea several individuals begin forming time banks in their neighborhoods. The word spreads fast as people are hungry for this new way of exchange that doesn't involve cash, but instead taps into the capacity of their local community. Living with this new complimentary currency, time bankers discover the power of networking with their neighbors. With using the time dollars as currency, members bring improvement to their personal lives. This spirit of improvement grows into the greater community with larger-scaled time bank projects. Time bankers become part of the larger community projects giving them ownership in the effort and empowering them to give direction in their community. City officials and policy makers start to realize the positive differences in their areas and give recognition to the contribution that time banks are making.

With all the popularity that time banks have achieved, the uncertainty of longevity after an economic upturn comes into question on whether or not people still need time banks when money is no longer scarce. However, time bankers have realized the connection to neighbors and the bonds with their community are more valuable than the money saved. Edgar Cahn, in his campaign for a collective force for system change, visits Los Angeles where time bank leaders from across the nation converge to learn from each other and organize a national advocacy voice.

This film was made using no federal dollars.  It was funded with time dollars and the abundance of the time bank community!

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Milking The Rhino

Oct 23
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David E. Simpson - 2008 - 54m

A DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. It is the first major documentary to explore wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals. Shot in some of the world’s most magnificent locales, Rhino offers complex, intimate portraits of rural Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation: a revolution that is turning poachers into preservationists and local people into the stewards of their land.

ALSO! - BioPark staff will be at the Guild before the film starts and then across the street at the Tractor Brewery afterwards to discuss their African wildlife conservation programs. Come have a cold beer, ask questions and learn more!

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Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form - A Free AIA Movie Night Special

Oct 27
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Aimee Madsen - 2014 - 80m - An AIA Albuquerque movie night! Free but seating is limited so you must pick up a ticket first!

FREE Tickets are available at our box office beginning at 6pm the day of - Seating is limited - TWO TICKETS PER PERSON, PLEASE!

BONUS!  THE DIRECTOR & ONE OF THE PRODUCERS WILL BE IN PERSON FOR TALK & DISCUSSION!

“Genre and ground-breaking architect Paolo Soleri remains largely unknown outside of architectural circles, but his legacy as an artist, builder and urban theorist is staggering. Narrated by actor-activist Peter Coyote, Aimee Madsen’s documentary takes a close look at Soleri’s origins and lifelong labor of love–the futuristic city of Arcosanti which Soleri sets in the unforgiving desert outside Phoenix, Arizona. Inspiring a near cultlike following rivaled only by the passionate devotees of the architectural giant Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri’s city continues to grow piece-by-piece long after the death of its creator. Soleri is the most interesting architect you’ve never heard of.” - Herb Stratford (program director Napa Valley Film Festival

“Soleri’s life and work have been memorialized in a beautiful and soulful film.” - Taz Loomans

“The film has humor, beauty and spectacular cinematography!” - Steve Weiss

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Porches and Private Eyes

Oct 27
Thursday 4:30, 9:15 ONLY!

Dir. Travis Mills - 2016 - 90m - DIRECTOR IN PERSON!

PORCHES AND PRIVATE EYES tells the story of three women in the small town of Brookhaven, Mississippi whose gossip circle turns to amateur detective work when an old man in town disappears. The film is a comedy/murder-mystery in the style of The Burbs or Clue dipped in Southern culture like Fried Green Tomatoes or Steel Magnolias. 

The film features actors Lynn Forney, Marlene Cupit and Elise McMurry.

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The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck

Oct 28 to Oct 31
Friday to Monday 6pm, 8:15

Dir. Roman Polanski - 1967 - 107m - HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Who says Vampires are no laughing matter? Director Roman Polanski hilariously spoofs the horror genre with this tale of bumbling vampire hunters and the beautiful young object of their rescue attempts--who is quite happy being undead.

“The film amiably runs through all the standbys associated with vampire movies, putting a personal and goofy spin on most of them.” - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Funny and scary, this is vintage Polanski.” - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

“Lustrous caricature of Hammer frights.” - Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion

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Bride Of Frankenstein

Oct 29 to Oct 30
Saturday and Sunday 4pm ONLY!

Dir. James Whale - 1935 - 75m - ALL SEATS JUST $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB EVENT!  A HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY FRANK CULLEN!!

In one of the most popular horror films of all time, The Bride of Frankenstein, Boris Karloff reprises his role as the silver screen’s most misunderstood monster who now longs for a mate. Continuing exactly where the original left off, the critically acclaimed sequel introduces Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) as a deranged scientist who forces Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) to help him create a companion for the monster. Once again directed by James Whale and adapted from Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the sequel features outstanding makeup and special effects, instantly making the Bride of Frankenstein (Elsa Lanchester) one of the most recognizable monsters of all time.

“Whale's most perfectly realised movie, a delight from start to finish.” - Geoff Andrew. Time Out

“Another astonishing chapter in the career of the Monster.” - Frank S. Nugent, New York Times

“A must for anyone with even a passing interest in horror, this not only confirms Karloff as a master of the genre, but also shows, more than any of Whale's subsequent films, the influence of his vision.” - Film4

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I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity

Nov 29
Tuesday

2016 - 42m approx - FREE

A NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES OF CARE, SOUTHWEST GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL AND NEW MEXICO SAFE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

An educational training video that explores the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies.  

The 42-minute video defines the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, and provides an in-depth picture of how LGBTQ+ young people are marginalized in their everyday lives and the serious outcomes they face as a result. With personal stories from LGBTQ+ young people and adult advocates woven throughout, the main theme of adult allyship is exemplified through LGBTQ+ youth sharing how they need to be supported, as well as a helpful checklist at the end of the video on how to participate in acts of allyship for LGBTQ+ youth. 

As a companion to the video, a 36-page LGBTQ+ Resource Guide provides further information on concepts covered in the video, as well as local, national, and online resources. Additionally, the accompanying Screening Toolkit guides individuals wanting to screen this educational resource in their workplaces and communities

I Am Me and the accompanying toolkits were created by Communities of Care, a project of the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department, in partnership with 12fps and Prevention at Play.

The I Am Me video, LGBTQ+ Resource Guide, and Screening Toolkit are available FREE online at http://www.nmsoc.org/cocvideos.html. 

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