Special Events

Dark Matters presents: Horror Bites! An Annual Event of Short Movies!

Dec 20
Saturday 4:00, 6:00, 8:00

2014 - CASH ONLY! - Co-presented by Stranger Factory - $7 general / $5 students per block of movies - $15 all day pass

$15 ALL DAY PASS / $7 PER BLOCK OF SHORTS

The Winter Solstice hits on Dec. 21, making it the longest night of 2013.  That means this Saturday is just about the darkest day of the year. Dark Matters Film Festival is celebrating this dark day by presenting another annual installment of Horror Bites! This all-day collection of short films features a shadowy selection of hand-picked horror, science fiction and dark fantasy from around the globe. Shorts are organized into several themed programming blocks, so you can choose your favorite form of darkness. 

SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORTS:   4PM

"Requiem for A Robot", "The Last Halloween", "Little Lamb", "Mr. Dentonn", "Cough"

ANIMATED SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORTS:   6PM

"Don't Fear Death", "A Tale of Moumentum", "Moonshine", "Missing Scarf", "Foxed!", "The Beast", "Imposter", "Broken Face", "Coda"

HORROR SHORTS:   8PM

"Grave Shivers", "The Only Man", "Goat Witch", "Lola", "Foxed!", "Autumn Harvest"

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Dec 21
Sunday 1 pm ONLY!

Dir. Steven Zaillian - 1993 - 109m - A LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY PRESENTATION & BENEFIT! All Seats $8

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE LEARNERS CHESS ACADEMY STARTING THURSDAY OCTOBER 9 !  

An all-star cast shines in this heartwarming story of one family's journey of understanding. Joe Mantegna stars as Fred Waitzkin, a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh (Max Pomeranc), will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother (Joan Allen), Josh displays more than talent - he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher (Oscar r winner Ben Kingsley). But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prices more than winning: his family's love. Costarring Laura Linney and William H. Macy.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer is a movie "not only to enjoy but to cherish"  - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times 

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Monty Python and The Holy Grail - double featured with LIFE OF BRIAN!

Dec 31 to Jan 1
Wednesday and Thursday 4:30, 8:30

Dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - 1975 - 92m - UK

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  GOING OUT WITH LAUGHTER, COMING IN WITH GUFFAWS, KNEE SLAPPERS & GIGGLES ALA MONTY PYTHON MADNESS!

BONUS!   An additional 12 minutes of never-before seen animation!

From its opening multi-language titles (that sure looks like Swedish) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail helped to define "irreverence" and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythonites savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. The Knights of the Round Table set off in search of the Holy Grail on foot, as their lackeys make clippety-clop sounds with coconut shells. A plague-ridden community, ringing with the cry of "bring out your dead," offers its hale and hearty citizens to the body piles. A wedding of convenience is attacked by Arthur's minions while the pasty-faced groom continually attempts to burst into song. The good guys are nearly thwarted by the dreaded, tree-shaped "Knights Who Say Ni!" A feisty enemy warrior, bloodily shorn of his arms and legs in the thick of battle, threatens to bite off his opponent's kneecap. A French military officer shouts such taunts as "I fart in your general direction" and "I wave my private parts at your aunties." Rabbits are a particular obsession of the writers this time around, ranging from the huge Trojan Rabbit to the "killer bunny" that decapitates one of the knights. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin collaborated on the script and assumed most of the onscreen roles, while Gilliam and Jones served as co-directors.

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Remote Area Medical

Weekend Non-Fiction

Jan 3 to Jan 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Farihah Zaman and Jeff Reichert - 2014 - 79m - All Seats $7

During the U.S. debate about healthcare reform, the media—reporters and news crews and filmmakers—failed to put a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare.  REMOTE AREA MEDICAL fills that gap—it is a film about people, not policy. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, REMOTE AREA MEDICAL affords us an insider’s perspective on the ebb and flow of the event—from the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen to the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, to the risky means to which some patients resort for pain relief. We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization’s founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor. But it is the extraordinary stories of the patients, desperate for medical attention, that create a lasting impression about the state of modern health care in America.

"This deeply compassionate, quietly furious documentary ... highlights, in dramatic detail, the woeful lack of medical care available to residents of one Appalachian community-and, by extension, to many Americans." - Richard Brody, New Yorker

"Stirringly conveys how a truly productive healthcare system-one that seriously addresses the ailments of the needy-would prize compassion, efficiency, and availability as highly as it does profit." - Nick Schager, AV Club

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The Albuquerque Film Festival

Jan 8
Thursday 5:15, 7pm, 9pm

ADDITIONAL SHOW OF NEW WORK ON SUNDAY JANUARY 11 !

ABOUT THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM FESTIVAL - "We believe in social profit and leverage our resources to that end. We believe in cooperation and collaboration and recognize that our mission cannot be accomplished without the synergy of shared visionaries. Whether helping a screenwriter understand the craft or introducing filmmakers to finance and distribution resources, all of our efforts ultimately aim to bring audiences to the theater to experience the wonder of humanity. By bringing people together – who are often strangers at the start, but soon become friends, neighbors and engaged participants by the end- we create unique events that build community in support of the power we call story.

Mission - We are a community of storytellers. We bring storytellers and filmmakers together to support, encourage and share the stories that connect us to the world around us and to each other. We believe stories and the filmmakers who reveal them on screen have the ability to shape our world for the better through original voices and visions." - Festival Director Rich Henrich

For full lineup of the 2015 ALBUQUERQUE FILM FESTIVAL please visit here!

5:15pm - SHORT FILM PROGRAM:  ALIENS AND OUTLAWS 1

The Stomach / Free Monkeys / Extreme Pinocchio / Too Bad / Hyena's Blood

7pm - Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back

An unlikely and surprisingly personal narrative to conquer the loss of a friend emerges from an odyssey about the rise, fall and resurrection of an 80's metal band. The career of Frankie Banali, drummer of Quiet Riot, took a major sideswipe when his singer and best friend Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. In 2010 and at a cross roads in his life, Banali has to forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter. At times both utterly tragic, and downright hilarious, the film follows him going through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by Kevin and get the band back together one more time.

The 109-minute character-driven documentary goes beyond the guts and glory of the common getting the band back together tale. "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back" reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, adaptability, relentless determination and principle to navigate through a business.

9PM - SHORT FILM PROGRAM: ALIENS AND OUTLAWS 2

Looking Planet / Martian American / Flutter / Void

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The Thief of Baghdad (1940)

Jan 10 to Jan 11
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger and Tim Whelan - 1940 - 106m - AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB co-presentation! All Seats Just $5

Legendary producer Alexander Korda’s marvel The Thief of Bagdad, inspired by The Arabian Nights, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades.

"One of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects." - Don Macpherson, Time Out

"Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season." - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

"A great classic fantasy for the whole family." - Luke Y. Thompson, New Times

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The Albuquerque Film Festival

Jan 11
Sunday

ABOUT THE ALBUQUERQUE FILM FESTIVAL - "We believe in social profit and leverage our resources to that end. We believe in cooperation and collaboration and recognize that our mission cannot be accomplished without the synergy of shared visionaries. Whether helping a screenwriter understand the craft or introducing filmmakers to finance and distribution resources, all of our efforts ultimately aim to bring audiences to the theater to experience the wonder of humanity. By bringing people together – who are often strangers at the start, but soon become friends, neighbors and engaged participants by the end- we create unique events that build community in support of the power we call story.

Mission - We are a community of storytellers. We bring storytellers and filmmakers together to support, encourage and share the stories that connect us to the world around us and to each other. We believe stories and the filmmakers who reveal them on screen have the ability to shape our world for the better through original voices and visions." - Festival Director Rich Henrich

 

Dog Days Of Winter

"Dog Days Of Winter" is a retrospective on the start up of organized freestyle skiing during the early 1970's in America. Told from the point of view of some of the most influential pioneers of the sport, "Dog Days" tells the story of key people and events that set the stage for the birth of the sport, the spirit that freestyle is rooted in, factors that took the "free" out of freestyle and reflections on what has become of the sport today.  View a trailer.

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

A uniquely talented collective of musicians emerged, quite unsuspectingly, from Bakersfield, California in the 1950s and 60s. They birthed a genre that lyrically and sonically indexed their particular life experience, challenged the established tastes of the Nashville scene, and permanently altered the landscape of Country music. They called it the Bakersfield Sound. Artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens rode the movement to national fame, but Billy Mize, a singer-songwriter and original founder of the Sound who gave Buck and Merle their starts, found touring to be incompatible with the only thing he loved more than music: his family. But the deaths of two children, divorce, and hard living tore that family apart, and when a stroke took Billy’s voice, he hit rock bottom. After relearning how to talk in an intensive brain rehabilitation, Billy’s birthday approaches, for which the city of Bakersfield has thrown a huge concert event, and at which Billy is determined to take back the mic and end his 20 years of silence.  View a trailer

L.A. Slasher

Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. A biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous, "L.A. Slasher" explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.  View a trailer.

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Revenge of Bath Salts: A Manson Musical

Jan 16 to Jan 17
Friday and Saturday 11pm

Dir. Charles Vick Duncan - 2014 - 75m - Double Featured with GIUSEPPE MAKES A MOVIE

the trash horror guru of abq is back with a sequel to end an era to N/A film crews contribution to new mexico filth  ... "jesus christ super star meets the texas chainsaw massacre while john waters masterbates in the corner" the official sequel to : bath salts the musical

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Shamans of the Blind Country

Weekend Non-Fiction

Jan 17
Saturday 12 Noon

Dir. Michael Oppitz - 1981 - 221m - All Seats $5

Narrated by Wiliam Burroughs and Victor Bertini

A remarkable documentary epic on magical healing in the Himalayas. The film explores in fascinating detail the Great Inner Asian Tradition of shamanism, as preserved in the secluded society of the Northern Magar in Central West Nepal. Part One focuses on the sumptuous rituals performed by the Magar shamans during their night-long seances. Their methods of diagnosis and treatment, their techniques of possession and their ritual journeys, undertaken to recover the fugitive souls of their patients, are all encoded in a rich, symbolic language of signs and gestures. Part Two concentrates on the transmission of the shaman's profession; following successive tests of aptitude and initiation rites, a shaman (male or female) is born on a conifer tree, the tree of life, during a lavish three-day ceremony. West German filmmaker Michael Oppitz (who dedicates his film to Maya Deren) attempts to recreate the ethnographer's experience visually: what are at first seemingly incomprehensible images and sequences gradually take on meaning as the takes become longer and the film approaches real time. Mythical songs, in which all present-day activities of Magar healers are codified, are at the core of Magar religious life and determine its ethos, which in essence is epic. 

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Roger Beebe: FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS

Jan 28
Wednesday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Roger Beebe - 2 hours approx - A Basement Films co-presentation! All Seats $8

Best known perhaps for his multiple-projector performances, filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe returns to the road in January 2015 for a four-month tour that takes him to three corners of North America with an additional stop off in the Antipodes (Australia/NewZealand). While this tour does feature several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam “Last Light of a Dying Star”), it places those works in the context of a broader practice of appropriation of educational/industrial/mass cultural imagery. These works cover a range of topics from black athletes with Irish surnames (“Famous Irish Americans”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”) to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (“AAAAA Motion Picture”). The program also includes his most recent video, “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game,” (award winner at a number of festivals including Chicago Underground, IC Docs, and Milwaukee Underground), which explores the forbidden pleasures of male tears.

"[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America."--David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly

“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.”--Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)

"Beebe's work is goofy, startling, and important." --Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore

ABOUT ROGER BEEBE:Roger Beebe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art. Recent solo shows of his work include the Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and Anthology Film Archives. He has won numerous honors and awards including a 2013 MacDowell Colony residency, a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, and a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014.

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Advanced Style

Jan 29
Thursday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Lina Plioplyte - 2014 - 72m - All Seats $8 - Special Thanks to Tess Coats and other t.b.a folks & groups for making this happen!

The self-styled supermodels of the AARP set!

An examination of the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

"Incredibly warm and life-affirming" 4 – Little White Lies

"Inspirational, touching and absolutely fabulous. " 4 – The Daily Express

"The women make tremendous subjects" – The Independent

"These inspiring women are full of energy and hilarious" – Time Out

"Charming" – New York Mag

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Jeff Berg's Made In NM series - Indian Country

Feb 1
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

1897 to 2013 - 100m approx - All Seats $7

Movies tend to show us American Indians that white people have created. Although the people of New Mexico's tribes and pueblos have long been involved in movie-making,  most often these works are ignored or overlooked.  

In over 4000 films (not just those shot in NM), Hollywood has shaped the often negative image of Native Americans. Classic Westerns like They Died with Their Boots On created stereotypes. Later blockbusters like Little Big Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest and Dances with Wolves (sort of) began to dispel them. Not until a renaissance in Native American cinema did films like Once Were Warriors and Smoke Signals portray Native people as human beings.

In his newest compilation of film clips from New Mexico made movies, Santa Fe based film historian, Jeff Berg, will take us on a unique 'tour' of New Mexico's 'Indian Country' by showing clips with live narration, of New Mexico made films where  pueblo and tribal people are featured, in both positive ways or in negative ways. 

The screening contains 17 clips from movies shot at least in part in New Mexico and covers the time period of 1897-2013. The show will last about 100 minutes and audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

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The Stuart Hall Project

Feb 7
Saturday 1pm

Dir. John Akomfrah - 2013 - 93m - Special thanks to the Media Literacy Project! All Seats $7

Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation. A thinker and commentator, his is one of the intellectual giants of the last sixty years. John Akomfrah's sweeping and majestic feature length documentary THE STUART HALL PROJECT takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the upheavals, struggles and turning points that made the 20th century the most important period of global political change to date. THE STUART HALL PROJECT is a documentary told through the ideas of Stuart Hall and heard through the sonic landscape of the music of Miles Davis.

"Akomfrah finds an imaginative way of telling Hall's story." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"It's a rare and welcome film that devotes itself to the life of a British public intellectual, especially a man as intriguing as Hall." - David Gritten, Daily Telegraph

"An absorbing account." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

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A Place At The Table

Feb 8
Sunday 2pm

Dir. Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush - 2013 - 84m - Suggest donations greatly appreciated!

Sponsored by the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee (NMBHOC) building coalitions, leveraging resources and developing programs for the enrichment of African American people. Watch and learn.

“A Place at the Table” illustrates the serious economic, social and cultural implications of hunger in America and the importance of making healthy food available and affordable. As part of a larger program, The Taste of Soul Week, this exhibition and dialogue serves to cultivate innovations in food production, preparation and consumption. 

50 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscar®-winning actor Jeff Bridges.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides—as they have in the past—that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

“AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY. It could prove a vital tool in the campaign toward a widespread solution.” – Gary Goldstein, LA Times

“***** TERRIFIC. AS IMPORTANT AND EYE-OPENING A DOCUMENTARY AS YOU’LL SEE THIS YEAR” Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“A valuable documentary. I sat down to watch this film not expecting new insights about a problem that has come to be seen as an intractable constant in American life. I was wrong.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A true companion piece to FOOD, INC. It specifically addresses our country’s hunger crisis, but also speaks to larger hungers. Hungers for independence, a dignified life, a better chance for ones children—in short, the American dream.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine

“3½ out of 4 stars—POWERFUL, AND POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE. Advocacy journalism at its best.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“3½ out of 4 stars. IT DELIVERS A POWERFUL PUNCH. Trenchant, intelligent, sharply argued. It deserves to be seen along with FOOD, INC.” – Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“3 ½ out of 4 stars. MOVING. So many of the words spoken will haunt you long after the film is over.

”A film that should make you furious.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post

“COMPELLING. The focus is on people, who make the statistics painfully real.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

‘The documentary proves its worth most by how it treats the moral and political issues around the hunger crisis.” – Tomas Hachard, Slant

“POWERFUL. More than an eye-opening portrayal of hunger in America, it’s also a call to action.” – Boston Globe

“A BEAUTIFULLY SHOT, POIGNANT FILM.” – Roger Moore, Chicago Tribune

“Makes a strong case that hunger for one is a problem for all.” – Billy Tatum, Paste

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The 2015 New Mexico Italian Film Festival

Feb 9 to Feb 15
Monday to Friday & Sunday

2015 - An Italian Festivals of New Mexico Presentation

To purchase advance tickets, visit here.  For a full schedule of events & screenings, visit here.

The NM Italian Film & Culture Festival has been delighting audiences and gathering fans since 2007 when its founder, Ronaldo Patrizio-Steiner staged a four day celebration of Italian film as a benefit for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. That first festival featured 12 films and a buffet. It was declared a huge success both as an artistic and a fundraising endeavor. It became Ronaldo’s passion and his annual gift to the community.

When Ronaldo moved out of state after the 2012 festival, he left it in the hands of Italian Festivals of New Mexico, the nonprofit organization he established a year before. Members of that organization, all dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico, stepped forward to continue and expand the festival.

Now in its 8th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. 

Italian Festivals of New Mexico proudly celebrates the 8th edition of the NM Italian Film & Culture Festival with a dynamic program of contemporary Italian cinema and special events in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of Italian cinema, food, music, wine and tradition. Italian hospitality is legendary. And so, to one and all we extend a warm invitation to join us. The Consul General of Italy also sends his warm welcome from Los Angeles.

FESTIVAL TICKETS GO ON SALE DEC. 15

AT THE GUILD CINEMA - 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9 at 7pmChe Strano Chiamarsi Federico

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10 at 7pm - The Red and the Blue (Il Rosso e il Blu)

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11 at 7pm - Balancing Act (Gli Equilibristi)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12 at 7pm - Out Of The Blue (Buongiorno Papà)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13 at 7pm - Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15 at 12 NOON - We Can Do That (Si Può Fare)

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Nightmare in Las Cruces Part 2

Feb 10
Tuesday 4:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Charlie Minn - 2015 - 80m - No Matinees

A newly finished & updated documentary marking the 25 year memorial on the unsolved tragic mass murders 

On February 10, 1990 two cowards walked into the Las Cruces Bowl and changed the lives of many people. Seven people inside the bowling alley were forced at gunpoint to the floor and told to put their heads down. After stealing thousands of dollars from the safe, the killers shot all seven multiple times at close range, execution-style. The shooters then started a fire on the desk and fled. Dead at the scene were Amy Houser, Steven Teran, and his step-daughter Paula. Steven's daughter Valerie died 45 minutes later at the hospital. Incredibly, Melissia Repass, Stephanie C. Senac, and Ida Holguin survived the brutal attack. Repass, just twelve at the time, made the heroic 911 call despite being shot in the head, which saved three lives.  Four out of the seven shot were children, including a two and six year old. For almost twenty years, the two remaining survivors (Senac died in 1999), family members, and friends have had to live with this unspeakable event. The case is unsolved after twenty years and the Las Cruces Police Dept., the FBI, and Crimestoppers plead for your help.

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Bonnie & Clyde - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Feb 14
Saturday 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Dir. Arthur Penn - 1967 - 111m

The legendary bank robbers run riot in the South of the 1930s!

Starring a great Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, directed by Arthur Penn, this is one of the sixties' most talked-about, volatile, controversial crime/gangster films combining comedy, terror, love, and ferocious violence.  The story of Clyde's rise and self-destructive fall as an anti-authoritarian criminal gangster is clearly depicted. Both tragic outlaw figures exemplify 'innocents on the run' who cling to each other and try to function as a family. The film, with many opposing moods and shifts in tone (from serious to comical), is a cross between a gangster film, tragic-romantic traditions, a road film and buddy film, and screwball comedy. It exemplified many of the characteristics of experimental film-making from the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) movement. [Originally, the film was intended to be directed by Jean-Luc Godard or Francois Truffaut, who opted out and made Fahrenheit 451 (1966) instead.] The film's major poster about the infamous couple romanticized violence and proclaimed: "They're young...they're in love...and they kill people."

"The most excitingly American American movie since The Manchurian Candidate. The audience is alive to it." - Pauline Kael, New Yorker

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