Special Events

2014 Sundance Film Festival Shorts

Aug 29 to Sep 4
Friday to Thursday 4:30, 6:30

Dir. Various - 2014 - 94m

Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 94-minute theatrical program of eight short films from the 2014 edition of the January Festival, which over the course of its 30-year history has been widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for careers of many now-prominent independent filmmakers. With both fiction and documentary, the diverse 2014 program ranges from beautiful insight and the struggle to understand the meaning of life to a hilarious, all-too familiar government deposition.

Afronauts - It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.  Written and directed by Frances Bodomo. USA, 12 minutes.

The Cut - Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction - The Cut tells the story of a father and a daughter, whose relationship fluctuates between proximity and detachment, at the moment of a haircut.  Written and directed by Geneviève Dulude-Decelles. Canada, 15 minutes.

Dawn - A quiet young teenager who longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life.  Directed by Rose McGowan, Written by M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. USA, 17 minutes.

I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked - Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - A man with poor means recreates a lost memory of the last day with his mom. Objects come to life in a desperate struggle to produce a single moment that is gone.  Directed by Yuval Hameiri, Co-Director: Michal Vaknin. Israel, 9 minutes.

I'm a Mitzvah - A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.  Directed by Ben Berman, Written by Ben Berman, Josh Cohen. USA, 19 minutes.

Love. Love. Love. - Short Film Special Jury Award: Non-fiction - Every year, through the endless winters, her love takes new shapes and forms.  Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia, 12 minutes.

MeTube: August Sings Carmen “Habanera” - George Bizet`s "Habanera" from Carmen has been reinterpreted and enhanced with electronic sounds for MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, and gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet.  Written and directed by Daniel Moshel. Austria, 5 minutes.

Verbatim - A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.  Directed by Brett Weiner, Screenwriter: Court Document. USA, 7 minutes.

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Sign Painters

Sep 6
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon - 2014 - 80m - $5 AIGA Members / $10 General


There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.

“Through the individual stories, a larger narrative surfaces about this art form and its fate over time... It is a cautionary tale about the head-long rush into a technology-driven time and a meditation on what’s lost along the way. It is a reminder to look around and recognize the physical history in our presence every day.” —Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Sep 7
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. James Erskine - 2014 - 96m - No Matinees


In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself.

"Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man…" - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher

"James Erskine crafts an empathetic portrait of the athlete, who came from nothing to gain everything and then lose it all." -  Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian

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AIA MOVIE NIGHT! - 16 Acres & How Much Does Your Building Weigh Mr. Foster?

Sep 11
Thursday 6:30pm

2010 & 2012 - 173m total - An AIA presentation! Architects in Film Series - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!


16 ACRES (6:30pm) - The rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion.  [Dir. Richard Hankin - 2012 - 95m]  View a trailer.

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH MR. FOSTER? (8:15pm) - A portrait of one of the world's premier architects, this documentary follows Norman Foster's unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. By investigating his origins to how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the world's largest building to its tallest bridge, Foster offers some striking solutions to humanity's increasing demand on urban centers.  [Dir. Carlos Carcas, Norberto López Amado - 2010 - 78m]  View a trailer.

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Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Sep 11
Thursday 10:15pm ONLY!

Dir. James Erskine - 2014 - 96m - No Matinees

In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man versus mountain, athlete versus addiction, Marco Pantani versus himself.

"Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man…" - MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher

"James Erskine crafts an empathetic portrait of the athlete, who came from nothing to gain everything and then lose it all." -  Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian

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Rich Hill

Sep 12 to Sep 14
Friday to Sunday 7:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo - 2014 - 91m - No Matinees

"12 Must See Sundance Successes" - Rolling Stone Magazine

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that hard work will be rewarded and even they can live the American dream. Spending a year with these boys and their families, homegrown Missouri filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo craft a tale that is cinematically rich and exquisitely intimate, and put a human face on rural poverty in a respectful and artistic way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.

"Often heartbreaking, Rich Hill presents real-life as few filmgoers know it." - The Hollywood Reporter

"The type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." - The Playlist

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Made on Route 66 - A new Jeff Berg movie clip compilation!

Sep 13
Saturday 4pm ONLY!

1930s to now! - 100m approx - ALL SEATS $7

Load the family into the VW bus; hop into your jalopy; rev up your Thunderbird: New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg presents a motion picture road trip along Route 66!  

MADE ON ROUTE 66 is a new compilation series showcasing movies made along the Mother Road; it will play exclusively in independent theaters situated along Old Route 66, beginning with a screening at THE GUILD on Sept 13 at 4 pm  

The show will screen clips from beloved movies (‘The Grapes of Wrath’, ‘Rain Man') and buried treasures, such as 'Damnation Alley' and 'Starman' and of course some New Mexico made films as well. Berg provides behind-the-scenes anecdotes along with tongue-in-cheek and critical insight along the way AND audience participation is strongly encouraged. 

Event coordinator Brennan Foster of the Dark Matters Film Festival conceived the presentation  as a means to raise funds and awareness for independently owned and operated movie theaters along Route 66 — many of which recently converted to costly digital projection systems.  Future shows will take place in Winslow, Holbrook, and Sedona, Arizona. 

Clips to be included from the following movies - Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ace in the Hole (1951), Route 66 (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), Easy Rider (1969), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Damnation Alley, Escape from NY (1981) Missouri, Starman (1984), Roadhouse 66 (1985), Bagdad Café (1987), Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987), Rain Man (1988), Forrest Gump (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Cars (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Sidewalks of London

Sep 13 to Sep 14
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Tim Whelan - 1938 - 80m - UK - An ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB event! $5 general / $2 AFC members!

After befriending talented dancer and pickpocket Libby (a delightful fiesty Vivien Leigh), street performer Charles (superbly played by Charles Laughton) strikes up a partnership with the gifted young performer and invites Libby to join his act. With Libby's graceful moves steadily drawing an audience to Charles' dramatic act, the performers soon catch the eye of theater magnate Harley (Rex Harrison), who is so mesmerized by the performance that he invites Libby and her fellow performers to a post-play party. When Libby arrives at the party alone, her career rapidly ascends, as Charles and the rest of the performers remain behind to toil amongst the famished masses.

"Top entertainment" - Leonard Maltin


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Sep 16 to Sep 18
Tuesday to Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Wes Anderson - 1998 - 93m - No matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

"Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's." - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable." - Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

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Sep 20
Saturday 3:00 Only!

Dir. Toni Harman & Alex Wakeford - 2014 - 70m - A Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center Presentation - $10 admission

Advance tickets available at the Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center at 7708 4th St NW Los Ranchos, NM 87107 OR call our clinic at (505) 924-BABY(2229)  and talk to Tracy (ext 0)

Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system. “Microbirth” explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the “seeding” of the baby’s microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism. Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.” Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

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Standardized: Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education

Sep 20
Saturday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Jim del Conte & Daniel Hornberger - 2014 - 74m - PTEC (Parents and Teachers for an Educated Community) and Stand4Kids PRESENTATION! - All Seats $5

For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. STANDARDIZED sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that's involved.

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Vaudeville Goes to the Movies: Laughter, Song and Dance!

Sep 21
Sunday 1 p.m.

1910s to 1930s - 100m approx - $5 minimum suggested donation!


Most of the stars and featured performers in movie musicals and comedies began in vaudeville. Even dramatic actors like James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Cary Grant.

Eleanor Powell, ballet-trained, began as a child in a vaudeville. A quick-study, she mastered tap and went onto star on Broadway and in a series of lavish, brilliantly choreographed MGM musicals. Powell was one of the few women that male tappers regarded as an equal.

W. C. Fields spent years travelling all over the world with his juggling act, adding more and more comedy. By the time he starred in Ziegfeld Follies and movies, the comedy element overshadowed his juggling.  This clip is the only visual record of his juggling act.

Oliver Hardy was a minstrel tenor and vaudeville before he entered films in 1914. Stan Laurel learned the ropes in British music hall and American vaudeville before trying his luck in movies in 1915. For both me, success came when they were teamed in 1926. Suited as well to talkies as silents, they became the most beloved comedy in the world. 

Lupe Velez, convent-bred, started as a shimmy-shaker dancer in Mexican vaudeville and segued into American vaudeville and then the Ziegfeld Follies before her film career began at age 19 in 1927. Dubbed the Mexican Spitfire and she succeeded in both comedies and dramas.

The Berry Brothers (real brothers like the Nicholas Brothers) together with the Four Step Brothers and The Nicholas boys were one the three great acrobatic dance acts of the 1930s & 1940s. Nyas, James & Walter Berry played vaudeville, nightclubs and movies until the early deaths of James and Walter.

Bert Lahr, a burlesque and vaudeville alumnus, is best remembered as the Cowardly Lion in the movie Wizard of Oz, won most of his success in Broadway musical comedies and revues for more than 35 years. He was the original Estragon in Becket’s Waiting for Godot.

The Wiere Brothers, may have been the most versatile act in show business. Trained in voice, dance, a variety of musical instruments, acrobatics, juggling and comedy, the were a whimsical European act until they had to feel Hitler to the USA, Language was a barrier to starring in movies.

Buck & Bubbles were an African American song-&- that began in vaudeville and moved into film.  Buck, a jazz pianist, did a bit of eccentric dancing, Bubble sang and was an early (and great) example of jazz –tap. George Gershwin created the stage role of Sportin’ Life for John ‘Bubbles’ Sublett.

Flournoy Miller wrote sketches before he teamed with comic Aubrey Lyles. Together with musicians Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake, Miller & Lyles created the first jazz-era musical comedies, Shuffle Along and Running Wild. Miller later teamed with both Mantan Moreland and Johnny Lee was a popular comedian who appeared black vaudeville and TV’s Amos ‘n’ Andy.

Harry Richman was king of the speakeasies—a Frank Sinatra of the 1920s & 1930s. Among his early vaudeville jobs was pianist for both Mae West and Nora Bayes. His bravado singing style was based on an excellent, voice, breath and range. He also was a pioneer aviator who set records.

Herb Williams was a ‘nut comic’ whose cranky, besieged character was sabotaged by ill-functioning props, musicians and stage hands.

Your host, Frank Cullen, is the co-founder of the American Vaudeville Museum, co-founder of the ABQ Film Club, and author of Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America (Routledge, 2007) and four Porridge Sisters Mysteries. In 2011, the NYC Theatre Museum honored Frank for his Excellence in the Preservation of Theatre History.

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Dazed and Confused

Sep 23 to Sep 25
Tuesday to Thursday 8:45 ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 1993 - 102m - No Matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting . . . for something to happen.

"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at." - Time Out, Top Critic

"Hysterically Funny and ultimately enriching, "Dazed and Confused" takes some pretty genuine themes - rebelling, the thought of growing up too fast, and life after school - and spices it with a nice blend of wired humor." - Clint Morris, Film Threat

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) - featuring a live score by the touring INVINCIBLE CZARS

Sep 26
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John S. Robertson - 1920 - 73m - ALL SEATS $8

ABOUT THE INVINCIBLE CZARS SCORE - this particular soundtrack performed live incorporates voice loops and is still the most understated effort by the band to date.  That band used themes from Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes 1, 3 and 5 as well as a complete arrangement of Debussy’s Footsteps in the Snow.  It was also one of the most collaborative efforts by the band featuring cues written by new bass player Hen3ry Q Vines, violinist Phil Davidson and voice/winds mistress Leila Henley.

Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan's popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. 

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God Help The Girl

Sep 27
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Stuart Murdoch - 2014 - 111m - ALL SEATS $8


The directorial film debut from the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian!

Eve is a catastrophe-low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group. In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. While a treat for the eyes, thanks to the candy-colored cinematography, as well as the ears, thanks to Murdoch's undeniable gift for crafting fantastic pop songs, it's the top-notch cast that delivers the film. Star turns from Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Le Week-End, Bright Star) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins) elevate what might have been an exercise in twee to an emotional, heartfelt film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

"Polished, poised and endearingly confident, driven by editing and performances every bit as precise as the wordplay in Murdoch's lyrics." - Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman

"Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." - David Fear, Esquire Magazine

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Winchester 73 - as part of our WEEKEND WESTERN SERIES

Sep 27 to Sep 28
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Anthony Mann - 1950 - 92m - All Seats $5

It's the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle's only rival for McAdam's interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who toughed it out in the 19th century West is one of Stewart's most memorable films and one of the genre's most enduring classics.

"Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal." - Variety

"The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Down By Law - double featured with Stranger Than Paradise

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00, 9:15

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1986 - 107m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW


Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.

The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel." -  Vincent Canby, New York Times

"A true original that kind of grows on you." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Stranger Than Paradise - double featured with Down By Law!

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 7:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1984 - 89m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW!



"One of the most deadpan comedies ever committed to film, Stranger than Paradise suggests a Buster Keaton film written by Samuel Beckett and Jack Kerouac and directed by Andy Warhol." - Mark Deming, Rovi

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

"It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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The Man Who Laughs

Weekend Non-Fiction

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

Dir. Paul Leni - 1928 - 110m - $5 General / $2 AFC Members

In an effort to top the critical and financial success of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, studio head Carl Laemmle recruited two influential artists of the German Expressionist school: actor Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and director Paul Leni (Waxworks). The shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, the demonically misshapen "hero" made The Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema-the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built. Veidt stars as Gwynplaine, a nobleman's son who is kidnapped by a political enemy, and then is mutilated by a gypsy "surgeon" who carves a monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom Of the Opera's Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of political intrigue. He becomes the plaything of a jaded duchess (Freaks' Olga Baclanova), and his enemies renew their efforts to control him.

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The Twelfth Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Oct 10 to Oct 19
Friday to the following Sunday

2014 - A Closet Cinema Production! CASH OR CHECK ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS!

The only event of its kind in New Mexico! Since its founding in 2003 and celebrating its 12th 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.


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Midnight Cowboy

Oct 20 to Oct 23
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. John Schlesinger - 1969 - 113m

Daring. Provocative. Shocking. Compelling. Nearly thirty years after its original release, "Midnight Cowboy is still heartbreakingand timeless" (The New York Observer). This Academy Award winner* for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay also boasts Oscar-nominated** performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, neither of whom have "ever been better on screen than they are here" (Chicago Tribune)! When Joe Buck (Voight), a good-looking,naively charming Texas "cowboy" makes his way to the Big Apple to seek his fortune, the only wealthhe finds is in the friendship of Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), a scrounging, sleazy, small-time con man with big dreams. Living on the tattered fringe of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond one that transcends their broken dreams and get-rich-quick schemes and makes Midnight Cowboy "that rarest of things: [a film] every bit as moving now as it was when it was [first] released" (Premiere).

"I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film." - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

"Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic." - Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $20, includes a prop bag


Another chance to re-live a classic!  NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Weekend Non-Fiction

Oct 25 to Oct 26
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m - All Seats $7

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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A VOICE IN THE DARK - Svengali (1931) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Thursday and Friday only!

A DOUBLE FEATURE - No matinees!

A happy, harrowing Halloween DOUBLE FEATURE (that's 2 movies for one price!) in old school style!  Two famous horror classics projected from rare film prints!

6PM - Svengali (1931) Directed by Archie Mayo, approx. 78m

George DuMaurier’s supernatural tale of the mysterious Parisian artist who uses his hypnotic powers to transform his untalented model, Trilby, into the singing sensation of Europe, but cannot command her love was the basis for this Pre-Code classic.  And who better to play the title role than the one and only John Barrymore? His performance is supported tremendously by the stunning visual effects and overall expressionist look of the film, courtesy of Art Director Anton Grot and Cinematographer Barney McGill, both of whom were Oscar-nominated for their work. Watch ‘Svengali’ and be amazed!  Approx. 78m  View a clip

8PM - The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Directed by Rupert Julian, approx. 78m

Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, with its crowd-pleasing blend of suspense, romance, and gothic horror, has been filmed numerous times. Yet, for all the subsequent remakes, this original silent gem, starring the great Lon Chaney, Sr., remains the definitive version.

Tony Rayns of “Time Out” put it perfectly: “…Chaney’s best ever phantom, his face scarred to hell by acid, unmasked at the organ by the timorous heroine; the phantom stopping a costume ball when he appears as the Red Death; the phantom shrouded in the most romantic cape ever seen, perched on top of the statue of Apollo to eavesdrop on the lovers. And the sustained crescendo of the end is still unrivalled.”

Presented with a synchronized score of –what else?- organ music!  View a trailer.

A VOICE IN THE DARK - Svengali (1931)  and The Phantom of the Opera (1925) poster

Bjork: Biophilia Live

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland - 2014 - 97m - Advance tickets will be available starting in early October! Check back here soon!


A concert film that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. Recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia.'


"A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . . . there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein." - The Hollywood Reporter

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

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Bjork: Biophilia Live poster