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Les Notres - now on our online virtual cinema!

May 19 to Jul 31

Dir. Jeanne Leblanc - 2021 - 103m - Canada - In French with English subtitles

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To the tight-knit community of Sainte-Adeline, Quebec, Magalie appears as a normal suburban high school sophomore surrounded by friends. But this popular teenage girl is harboring a shocking secret: she’s pregnant. When Magalie refuses to identify the father, suspicions among the townsfolk come to a boiling point and the layers of a carefully maintained social varnish eventually crack.

"Compelling, well-crafted film...this is a slowly seething film that causes your hands to clench...Bierre gives a stand-out, expressive performance, as does Pelletier, whose looks of confusion and anger mirror how viewers will feel at many a time in this powerful film." - AWFJ Women on Film

"Leblanc's direction is so skillful and compelling." - Andrew Wyatt, The Lens

"LES NOTRES is going to ruffle plenty feathers. Not because of its topic but because of its willingness to depict a story full of characters that will stop at nothing to keep pretending ... GRADE A-" - Jared Mobarak, THE FILM STAGE

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The Story Of A Three Day Pass - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 20 to Jun 24

Dir. Melvin Van Peebles - 1968 - 87m - In French and English with English subtitles

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LEGENDARY DIRECTOR MELVIN VAN PEEBLES 1968 FEATURE DEBUT BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED! 

"Among the great American films of the sixties." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker  

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Melvin Van Peebles' edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself the language and wrote a number of books in French, one of which, La permission, would become his stylistically innovative filmmaking debut. Turner (Harry Baird), an African American soldier stationed in France is granted a promotion and a three-day leave from base by his casually racist commanding officer and heads to Paris, where he finds whirlwind romance with a white woman (Nicole Berger)—but what happens to their love when his furlough is over? Channeling the brash exuberance of the French New Wave, Van Peebles creates an exploration of the psychology of an interracial relationship as well as a commentary on France's contradictory attitudes about race that is playful, sarcastic, and stingingly subversive by turns, and that laid the foundation for the scorched-earth cinematic revolution he would unleash just a few years later with Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.

"Mr. Van Peebles’s best-known film is Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song .. but his disarmingly romantic debut feature deserves a place in the canon.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Van Peebles’ most stylistically assured and emotionally satisfying film.” - Brandon Harris, Hammer to Nail

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Tiny Tim: King For A Day - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 20 to Jun 30

Dir. Johan Von Sydow - 2021 - 87m - USA, Denmark, Sweden

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Narrated by Weird Al Yankovic, TINY TIM: KING FOR A DAY is a biographical doc about a musician who is not only well known for hits such as Tip Toe Through The Tulips but for his trail blazing personae that paved the way for other rock stars such as David Bowie, Prince, Iggy Pop and Boy George. An outcast from a young age, Herbert Khary’s rise to stardom as Tiny Tim is the ultimate fairytale. Considered a freak by many of his peers, Tiny Tim left no one unaffected. His wedding on the Carson Show was watched by over 45 million Americans and his queer personality have been celebrated by the likes of Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga. There were plans and hopes that Tiny Tim would be a lasting star, not only a novelty act but one man ruined these plans: Tiny Tim.

The exclusive access to Tiny Tim’s intense diaries, the playful and powerful animations and the interviews with his family and friends, makes this film not only a captivating portrait of one of the oddest stars the world has ever seen, but also a psychological drama, examining the borderline between insanity and geniality.

"From the Tiny Tim diary excerpts (read by "Weird Al" Yankovic) to the sometimes startling video of the former star eking out a living in his later years, "King for a Day" is never less than riveting." - Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"A compelling and very entertaining portrait of a showbiz original" - Roger Moore, Movie Nation

"There was never anything like Tiny Tim - not before or since - and, as the film makes clear, his character was anything but an act." - Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

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Two Lottery Tickets - available NOW on our "virtual cinema" online!

May 20 to Jun 30

Dir. Paul Negoescu - 2021 - 86m - Romania - In Romanian with English subtitles

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The next generation of Romanian filmmaking talent finally arrives in the U.S. with Paul Negoescu and Two Lottery Tickets. A buddy comedy produced on a shoestring budget, starring three of the most recognizable faces in Romanian movies, Two Lottery Tickets suggests Pineapple Express by way of Abbas Kiarostami. 

A winsome, riotous comedy of errors, Negoescu’s second feature is an audience-friendly social satire which merges a stoner’s shaggy-dog story with the sophisticated, intensely realistic style that has made the Romanian cinema one of the most popular national film movements in the world.

Police, Adjective star Drago? Bucur plays against type as Sile, an irresponsible carpenter who spends most afternoons at the pub, placing small bets, racking up a huge tab, and buying lottery tickets. He convinces his drinking buddy Dinel (Dorian Bogu??), whose wife has just left him for an Italian, to play the lottery one hot afternoon. Borrowing a few Euros from Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol), the local conspiracy theorist, Dinel plays the numbers on the off chance that a win would bring back his wife. 

After two petty criminals jack his fanny-pack and the winning ticket, the three guys spend what little money they have tracking down the thieves. Although all three guys are easy marks with zero talent for sleuthing, their wild goose chase around Dinel’s apartment complex precedes a road trip to Bucharest, where the two thugs might be about to cash in on the €6 million jackpot.

Unpretentious, well-acted, and consistently hilarious, Two Lottery Tickets is a breezy reminder of the eternal essentials for good comedy: smart performances, a clever and intuitive style, and an irresistibly, unpredictable yarn.

"Aims to make its audience chortle continuously for 86 minutes and it succeeds mightily." - Slant Magazine

“A scrappy...uproarious Romanian comedy... shot to look like a faded Polaroid photograph that evokes summers long gone.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“A manic tour-de-force, a fun loud comedy.” - Romania Insider

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Punk The Capital- available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 21 to Jun 30

Dir. James June Schneider & Paul Bishow - 2020 - 98m

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When punk rock erupted in Washington DC, it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. This film is the first to explore the incredible challenges that this subculture faced when it took root in the Nation’s Capital in the late 1970’s. Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of rock n' roll, working as a powerful multi-layered story for both fans and non-fans of punk rock. Featuring musicians such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, and Ian MacKaye, this film dives deep into the ideas and sounds from this transformative music scene which continues to be influential culturally and politically around the world.

“...a love letter to the city's punk scene.” — Washington Post 

"The best feature film on the subject..." — Libération (France)

“…a moving and affectionate corrective to punk’s traditionally bleak self-accounting." — The Culture Vulture (UK)

“The film puts to rest the silly notion that punk was nihilistic; here it feels like creative fun, with participants working with one another (it takes a village). Quite a feat.” — Kevin Mattson, Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History, author of We’re Not Here to Entertain

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Silo - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 22 to Jun 30

Dir. Marshall Burnette - 2021 - 76m

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THE FIRST FEATURE FILM ABOUT A GRAIN ENTRAPMENT INCIDENT!

Inspired by true events, SILO follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.

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The County - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 22 to Jun 30

Dir. Grimur Hakonarson - 2019 - 92m - Iceland - In Icelandic with English subtitles

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PART OF THE SCREENING FEES GOES TO HELPING US ALONG DURING OUR TEMPORARY TIME OF LIMITED CAPACITY PUBLIC SCREENINGS IN OUR THEATER DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC! 

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Set in a small Icelandic farming community, THE COUNTY tells the story of Inga, a middleaged dairy farmer who rebels against the all powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms.

"The spirit of Elia Kazan lives on in this tough community drama from Icelandic film-maker Grímur Hákonarson..." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"It looks astonishing, still camerawork that allows these scenes to play out in a theatrical yet deadpan way..." - Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review

"Rich in specific procedural detail, this is an absorbing spin on the George Orwell line: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." - Sophie Monks Kaufman, Empire Magazine

"Blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist in a landscape of contradictions - geographical, personal, and political." - Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)

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Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts - available on our virtual online cinema!

May 23 to Jun 30

Dir. Jeffrey Wolf - 2020 - 75m - No Matinees

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This illuminating documentary explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. 

Having witnessed profound social and political change during a life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration, Traylor devised his own visual language to translate an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. This colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective.

Using historical and cultural context, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life. Making dramatic and surprising use of tap dance and evocative period music, the film balances archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from his descendents, and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings to reveal one of America’s most prominent artists to a wide audience.

“An extraordinary artist…Traylor’s pictures stamp themselves on your eye and mind… (nothing) impaired the humor and subtlety of his imagination. Traylor’s art generates a presence at once mighty and fugitive, forever just around the corner of being understood.” - Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker

"Bill Traylor’s art speaks to the universal language of humanity-a cry for justice, dignity and resilience." - Andrew J. Young Jr., 14th US Ambassador to the UN.

"...in Traylor, we can see the power of individual voice…the work is transcendent and essential." – Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine

"Brings the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s art to life and shines a spotlight on a creative gift that was long ignored and marginalized."  – Dave McNarry, Variety

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A SOLDIER'S PASSAGE: Conversations from the Last Mile of the Long Walk Home - a local feature available NOW on our Virtual Cinema!

May 24 to Jun 30

Dir. Paul Ingles - 2019 - 142m - SUPPORT LOCAL FILMMAKING!

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Best Drama Finalist - 2019 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase / Best Series -- 2018 Pinnacle Film Awards / Best First Time Screenwriter - 2019 Vegas Movie Awards / Official Selection - 2019 Life Fest Film Festival / Best Web Series - 2018 Royal Wolf Film Awards / Best Family Drama - 2019 Mindfield Film Festival / Official Selection - 2019 Gallup Film Festival / Official Selection - 2020 Seattle True Independent Film Festival / Official Selection - 2020 Pacific Screen Awards / Official Selection - 2020 Life Film Fest - Park City / Official Selection - 2020 WRPN.TV Global Webisode Competition / Best Trailer - 2019 Mindfield Film Festival / Best Supporting Actor - Fred Schwab - 2018 Pinnacle Film Awards/ Best Trailer - 2020 Cinemagic Film Fest

A decorated World War 2 veteran named Tom Williams (Fred Schwab) meets some of his greatest challenges as he nears the end of a long life in a retirement home. He and his visiting son, Paul (Paul Ingles), find there are powerful lessons still to learn about themselves and each other as they both steer through the difficult days.

This first feature-length film by Albuquerque's Paul Ingles is based on the final months of Ingles’ own father’s life. John S. Ingles was widowed at the age of 88 when his wife of 60 years passed away, leaving him to finish out life’s ride alone in an assisted living community in North Carolina.  In his mildly fictionalized script, Paul Ingles’ father becomes Tom Williams (played  by Fred Schwab), Paul Ingles plays the middle son Paul Williams and his older brother and younger sister take on new names in the film too as Steve and Jane (played by Paul Venable and Janelle Lovin Mancha).

The film tracks the 9 months from the fall of 2015 to the summer of 2016 when Tom, now 93, begins to see his health slide after some fainting spells at the retirement home and subsequent visits to the hospital.

The three adult kids, spread out across the country, have differing opinions about whether to place their dad in hospice care with 24/7 Home Health support, something Tom is adamantly resisting. A long-planned trip to Australia for Jane and her family forces a decision on his care.

Viewers see the parallel conversational paths of Paul meeting with his Albuquerque therapist Don Daley (played by Gregory Nye), and Paul having a series of heart-to-heart talks with his father.

“I’ve been telling folks that the film is a cross between the very talky cult classic My Dinner with Andree and Tuesdays with Morrie - another film about the sharing of life-lessons between generations,” says Ingles.    The film was shot almost completely in Albuquerque with over 80 local actors and extras.

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May 25 to Jun 30

Dir. Quentin Dupieux - 2021 - 73m - France - in French with English subtitles

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The latest deranged delight by French absurdist Quentin Dupieux, Keep An Eye Out is a breakneck-paced cop comedy that packs more laughs into its 73 breezy minutes than some filmmakers manage in their entire careers.

Belgian funnyman Benoît Poelvoorde (Man Bites Dog) is Commissaire Buran, a good, bad cop interrogating Fugain, (Grégoire Ludig), an average Joe who discovered a dead body outside his apartment building. As the film begins, Fugain must, on an empty stomach, explain how and why he happened to leave home seven times in one night before coming across a corpse in a puddle of blood. Since he’s the investigation’s only suspect, Fugain’s anxiety is already sky-high when Buran leaves him alone with Philippe, a one-eyed rookie cop with bizarre speech patterns and a few minutes to live. Bloody, batshit hijinks ensue, and before long, we’re in Buñuel territory. 

Between the opening sequence, when a man in just red briefs conducts a philharmonic orchestra in the open air, and the triple-meta denouement, Dupieux’s whip-smart script disregards audience expectations, the fourth wall, and the laws of time and space. You’ll never look at a protractor or an oyster the same way again.

"Ever-unpredictable...a film that is constantly in mesmerizing and darkly comedic flux." - Indiewire

"Another absurdist gem from Quentin Dupieux. 'Keep An Eye Out' will have you howling in your seat." - Collider

“Equal parts Michel Gondry, Tex Avery and the Coen brothers. A fun exercise in genre-bending...well-orchestrated and amusing to watch.” - Hollywood Reporter

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No Address - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 25 to Jun 30

Dir. Caletta Harris - 2020 - 76m

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MOST OF OUR END OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE INVALUABLE LOCAL STREET LEVEL HARM REDUCTION COLLECTIVE THE HOOK UP!  LET'S SUPPORT THEM!

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Did you know that it is a crime to be homeless? There are over 180 cities in America that criminalize homelessness.

NO ADDRESS depicts the criminalization of homelessness and how communities across the country can implement proven practical solutions to address this epidemic. Part One covers the history of homelessness in America then focuses on the overall start of criminalizing homelessness back in 2013. You will meet the individuals that fought to rescind the unanimous Columbia City Council's vote to criminalize their homeless population.

"A well devised and riveting reflection of homelessness exposed in a manner more unveiling. It brings to light and references the status of life stagnation, suffering and the requirement of urgently needed assistance from individuals capable to justifiably help the homeless population." - Rob Francis

"Hat's off to you all! That documentary was powerful. I was in tears. Tears form sadness and anger. My heart sank as I saw some of the people I've seen and even talked to...I am inspire to do more!" -  Teshia McSwain

"This documentary is so well designed and professionally directed by Caletta and needs to be seen worldwide. Come on America, let’s change this so that the people that have “No Address” can have a place to call “Home,” not homeless." - Johnnie McDuffie

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Pandemic Response - a local shorts movie making collaboration that'll partially help us through these times!

May 25 to Jun 30

Dir. Various locals! - 2021 - 78m

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Directed by Brent Morris, Reinhard Lorenz, Angelique Midthunder, Molly McKinley, Otgadahe Whitman-Fox, Brennan Foster - On March 11, 2020, beloved actor Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Covid-19 in Australia. Within days, whole industries were shuttered and communities around the world were sheltering in place; life as we knew it changed irrevocably. 

At home in New Mexico, Brent Morris put out a call to action to friends in the film industry. A core group of nine responded and banded together to create personal, professional short films with something to say about the human condition in this unparalleled time. A vow of safety was taken by all and the films were written, shot and edited with that as a paramount concern. 

On this one-year anniversary, we present the resulting tales: A filmmaker volunteering for Wheels on Meals at the onset of the pandemic begins to wonder if his delivery route runs through an alternate dimension; a young woman grapples with the rising tide of anti-Asian xenophobia; a family enlivens their lockdown with a Melville-inspired home cooking challenge; a Native woman attempts to deliver her first baby by doula during the pandemic; and an isolated mental health worker tries to take a break from her own house during a day of remote therapy sessions.

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Sophie Jones - available NOW on our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 25 to Jun 30

Dir. Jessie Barr - 2021 - 85m

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Inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood, and growing up, SOPHIE JONES, the debut feature from Jessie Barr, provides a stirring portrait of a sixteen year old. Stunned by the untimely death of her mother and struggling with the myriad challenges of teendom, Sophie (played with striking immediacy by the director’s cousin) tries everything she can to feel something again, while holding herself together, in this sensitive, acutely realized, and utterly relatable coming-of-age story.

“A quiet, brilliant film ... indie coming-of-age at its best!” — THE PLAYLIST

“Euphoria meets Ladybird …one of the most authentic explorations of grief in recent cinema. With a fantastic performance from Barr and stunning direction, this film will stick with you long after the credits roll.” — SCREEN QUEENS

“A low-key charmer that summons big emotions.” — THE MOVEABLE FEST

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Truth Or Consequences - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 25 to Jun 30

Dir. Hannah Jayanti - 2021 - 102m

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A speculative documentary about time and how we weave the past into the present and our possible future.  Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world’s first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents in the town.  Anchored in observational documentary footage filmed over three years, the film weaves together archival footage, experimental virtual reality worlds, an improvised score by Bill Frisell and a speculative premise based on current events – a launch site for commercial space travel outside of town. These intertwine to create a lyrical meditation on progress, history, and how we navigate a sense of loss within ourselves and a changing world.

"Haunted and Haunting" - The New York TImes

"Thoughtful, surprisingly moving, and extremely ambitious film" - Arts Fuse

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A First Farewell - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 26 to Jun 30

Dir. Wang Lina - 2018/2020 - 86m - China - In Uighur & Mandarin with English Subtitles

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Wang Lina’s experimental debut explores the sensitivity shared by narrative filmmaking and documenting reality, unveiling poetry from the minutiae of Uighurs' life in Xinjiang like none other. Tailing an endearing boy named Isa in Shaya, her heavenly home village surrounded by textured sand dunes and millennia-old trees, she tugs viewers' heartstrings with a story about treasures in his carefree childhood and how they gradually fade away, as love, home, and personal advancement get weighed against another for this generation of minority children, who must bid many farewells to assimilate into the more widely acknowledged best life.

"(A) First Farewell thrives on humanity rather than dogma, and offers poetry rather than propaganda. Bolstered by lush imagery and, perhaps more importantly, immensely naturalistic performances from its non-professional child actors, the film conjures up a quietly heartbreaking drama that works on multiple levels." - Clarence Tsui, Hollywood Reporter

"Stunning images of seasonal change enhance the film’s themes of loss and upheaval... “Farewell” treats viewers to memorable views of lush greenery, winter snowfalls, and lonely trees somehow surviving in otherwise barren stretches of desert...Wang's film is an emotionally rewarding glimpse into challenges faced by this Muslim minority." - Richard Kuipers, Variety

"As captivating a debut anyone could dream of making...a painter-poet manifests superbly in this visual love-letter to Xinjiang. Whilst the loss of innocence would firmly render this a coming-of-age story, Wang’s film is distinctly not this. Her firm yet delicate handling of the subject matter is sensitive to the community as a whole." - James Cansdale-Cook, Asian Movie Pulse

“...might be another sign of independent cinema revival in China...Wang Lina avoids stereotyping and exoticization shows the region in a whole different way. In A First Farewell Uyghurs are not strangers in their own homeland, but flesh and bone protagonists with their own motivation and agency.” - Maja Korbecka, EasternKicks

"Dedicated to her hometown of Shaya, Xinjiang, and filled with both affection and a clear-eyed understanding of its woes, this Uighur-language coming-of-age story is restrained in scale yet rousing in emotional impact." - Sarah Ward, Screen International

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Un Film Dramatique - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 26 to Jun 30

Dir. Eric Baudelaire - 2019 - 114m - France - In French with English subtitles

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Commissioned as a dedicated artwork for the newly constructed Dora Maar middle school on the outskirts of Paris, Un Film Dramatique is a lively portrait of the first class to attend the school, filmed over the course of four years. The group of 21 middle schoolers discuss the drama of their daily lives and experiment with cameras and equipment. They are the film’s subjects, and also its makers.  With a refreshingly uninhibited approach, E?ric Baudelaire (Letters to Max, The Anabasis of May...) offers a new perspective on the realities of our current socio-political moment that is both playful and purposeful. As the students debate the approaching elections and the immigration crisis, they also seek to answer a key political question—what are we doing here together?

"[A] rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best." – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope

"A work of refreshing spontaneity and continuous revelation." – Jordan M. Smith, Nonfics

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Curandera : Maclovia - local Rudy Miera's new short doc on our virtual cinema!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2020 - 19m - FREE! SUPPORT LOCAL FILMMAKING!

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The story of local Curandera (Folk medicine healer) Maclovia Sanchez that was originally completed in 2005. This was the first in a series of over a half-dozen “mini-Documentary” films produced by Jornada Productions (basically Rudy and whichever friends and family member would be willing to work for nothing – or foot-long chile dogs from the DogHouse.)

Filmed and Edited by Rudy J. Miera, this is first installment on the Indigenous practices and use of natural materials that are the basis of the still-thriving art of Curanderismo, “Maclovia” screened in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau for the New Mexico Film Expo festival (2006), at the Lobo Theater (2008) for the Local Shorts Film Festival and was used for a couple years in a Nurse’s training program at UCLA at Santa Barbara.

Jornada Productions is a non-profit community education project with absolutely no funding (in fact, the producer and staff lose money but create in the true spirit of the independent auteur.

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CURANDERA: Elena Avila - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2020 - 12m - FREE - ENJOY!

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Elena Avila was one of the most knowledgeable and influential practitioners of Curanderismo in the Southwest. Although a professional Nurse, Elena studied and incorporated Native Folk Medicine into her care of people and her teachings to numerous apprentices. 

In this ‘mini-Documentary’ film, Elena speaks about her Mayan familial roots, her studies with Mexican Curanderas/os and of the importance of keeping the Indigenous approaches, practices and philosophies thriving. 

A gifted actress, she also co-wrote “Tu y Yo”, a 2-person play, Jerry Mondragón and performed the insightful look at relationships to youth and adult groups in the community. Elena also wrote and performed her original poetry, based on her insights into healthy relationships and some lines from one of her poems is embedded into the conclusion of her interview.

“….I just want to go to Heaven on earth’s last sigh……and I need your arms to fly…”

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Department of Injustice - available now for FREE on our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Travis Wood & Chloe Gbai - 2020 - 5m approx - FREE! Check it out, esp. important for the times we're going through!

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What happens if you call the Department of Justice to report an incident of violence? Who picks up the phone? DEPARTMENT OF INJUSTICE, from filmmakers Travis Wood and Chloe Gbai, fictionalizes that premise with a comment on the state of justice and accountability regarding police violence in America, in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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Feels Good Man - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Arthur Jones - 2020 - 93m

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As in many of the weirdest fairy tales, it all starts with a frog. This story, however, is all too real. In November 2016, a barbaric election cycle had exposed a seismic cultural rift, and the country suddenly felt like a much different place. For underground cartoonist Matt Furie, that sensation was even more surreal. His innocent creation, Pepe the frog, had become co-opted by agents of chaos. 

“…the movie is a vertiginous, head-slapping examination of the tangible, unpredictable consequences of making art.” - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times

“You’ve just got to see it. It is chilling, hopeful, terrible, and wonderful—and made with care, gorgeous animation, and perfect pacing.” - Allen Salkin, Los Angeles Magazine

“Jones’ approach is nothing less than heroic…a beacon of internet literacy about a whole new language—that memes are flexible, omnipotent, and pieces of a phenomenon more powerful than their creators.” - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Many documentaries become less interesting the more you already know about the subject. But FEELS GOOD MAN presents a heavily covered story in a thoughtful and vivid way.” - Adi Robertson, The Verge

“A fascinating doc about the rise and fall and rise of the internet meme. Wonderful portrait of brilliant artist.” - Darren Aronofsky, Director of Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler & Black Swan.

“…Feels Good Man plays like a horror story, a Dante-esque descent through the increasingly toxic internet of the mid-00s.” - Joshua Rivera, Vanity Fair

“We're left in awe at everything the story of Pepe encompasses…FEELS GOOD MAN proves Pepe can still be a force for good — among other things by helping us, through stories like these, to better understand the world we live in.” - Angie Han, Mashable

“A strange and terrifying odyssey that says much about intellectual property, fringe groups and the power of online imagery — and culture — to alter the national landscape.” - Nick Schager, Variety

“FEELS GOOD MAN above the pack…it’s probably one of the better documentary films ever made about the Internet era.” - Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“An expansive forensic look at the life cycle of an idea, a warp-speed analysis of internet sociology, and a harrowingly modern fable about innocence lost.“ - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“It sure makes for a chillingly effective internet-era cautionary tale” 3/4 Stars - Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press

“A perfect documentary of multidisciplinary value…this first-rate film should be in every media studies course, as Jones marvelously synthesizes many threads with the breadth and depth of sociological perspective that deepens the significance of films like these.” - Les Roka, The Utah Review

“FEELS GOOD MAN is an acid trip of Furie-style animations.” - Emma Grey Ellis, Wired

“The most urgent and poignant political documentary of the year.” - Matt Patches, Polygon

“Kudos to FEELS GOOD MAN the Everything-You-wanted-to-know-about-Pepe-the-Frog-but-were- afraid-to-ask doc.” - David Fear, Rolling Stone

“Well-executed emotional journey that will take viewers from amused to bemused to horrified to miserable and probably to a point of genuine anger.” - Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“Most impressive feat is that it weaves together these disparate narratives concisely.” - Matthew Gault, VICE Motherboard

“… breezy, almost irreverent… FEELS GOOD MAN offers a glimmer of hope that Pepe will return to his more innocuous roots.” - Clint Worthington, The Spool

“It's mesmerizing and kind of trippy, but also makes the film feel like a one-of-a-kind creation in the greater context of the Pepe the Frog legacy…an outstanding documentary.” 9/10 - Alex Billington, FirstShowing

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Fukry - available NOW on our Virtual Cinema online!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Blackhorse Lowe - 2019 - 90m

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A screwball stoner rom-com set in our very own hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico! 

 The film follows Ching Yazzie, a longboard craftsman, and Dawn Wilson, an aspiring performance artist set on moving to northern California for a “mime residency.” When Ching expresses his love for Dawn, burdened by the heavy emotions she pukes on him—this catapults into Dawn leaving and propelling Ching into a spiraling descent. Through the course of a long weekend involving punk rock shows, a gallery opening and some comic fighting, the characters discover their real feelings.

Award-winning director, editor, and producer Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo) is known for narrative films set on the Navajo reservation that explore the pull between Navajo tradition and contemporary non-Navajo ways. Lowe has screened at First Peoples Festival in Montréal, Marin County International Festival, Tribeca, Sundance Film Festival and imagineNATIVE, where he received two Honorable Mentions. Blackhorse is a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

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MIKAILWITL: A journey through Life and Death - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Rudy Miera - 2010 - 20m - FREE - ENJOY !!

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Kalpulli EHECATL is a MEXICA (Aztec) dance group based in 'Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico). The performance of MIKAILWITL for Día de Los Muertos is intercut with interviews of founder and leader PAZ (Mapizmitl), who gives an overview of the aims, process and philosophy of surviving Native traditions.

“MIKAILWITL” features Indigenous music by Michael Heralda and is enhanced by an original suite of melodies especially composed and performed by Melyssa E. Garland (of Garland Piano Studio) for the concluding montage of dynamic dance and ritual images.

This ‘Mini-Documentary’ film screened at : the Guild Cinema, (2013, Albuq.) as the winner in the “Wildcard” category of the Filmmaker’s Showcase of the New Mexico Film Office, at the XICANINDIE Film Fest (2013, Denver, Colorado), the Tortuga Art Gallery (2013, Albuq.), a 1st cut version as a winner of the Tupelo Film Fest (2010, Tupelo, Mississippi), etc.

Original Music by Melyssa E. Garland (2009)

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NORTHEND STORIES - a new doc by a local videographer available now on virtual cinema!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Jim Morrison - 2020 - 65m total appro

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Northend Stories Pt 1: the community.

Waterloo, Iowa, has been home to an african american community ever since the great migration north in the early part of the last century. Many were attracted by jobs which had opened up with the railroads, a packing plant and the John Deere Tractor Works. At first most of the black population lived in a close knit community near the railroad. A closeness which is explored in interviews along with questions about how it felt to experience discrimination and prejudice. Filmed in 2019, the Black Lives Matter events after the George Floyd murder are referenced because the Waterloo reaction has been distinct due to its history of calling out racism and discrimination. There are now a black mayor, a chief of police and a representative in the state legislature.

Northend Stories Pt 2: the Cosby Center.

Jesse Cosby came to Waterloo, Iowa, after the 2nd World War and found his vocation as a community organizer, choir director and square dance caller. As a black man from Alabama in the tight knit african american community of Waterloo and at a time when segregation was the unspoken rule he went beyond boundaries, setting an example for future generations of what community could be. His a cappella choir was popular throughout the area and he was in great demand as a square dance caller with what were all white dance clubs and churches. His dream of a community center in Waterloo's african american neighborhood became an ongoing reality after his untimely death from cancer.

Produced by Jim Morrison, a native of Waterloo who grew up blind to the other side of the tracks.

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Phoenix, Oregon - viewing fees go to Wildfire Relief Fund!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Gary Lundgren - 2019 - 108m

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Defying the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”  

Divorced bartender Bobby Hoffman (James LeGros), living alone in the Airstream trailer inherited from his late mother, has drifted into a sleepy eddy.   Life passing him by and struggling to complete his graphic-novel opus, Bobby comes to believe his life is doomed – just a meaningless simulation written by some alien civilization. On Bobby’s birthday, when his old high school buddy Carlos (Jesse Borrego) tries to shake him awake with a bold new business venture, shadows rear up from the past and threaten to crush him.  

Does positive thinking still work at mid-life?  Can teamwork and friendship improve the odds for success of “the stupidest idea ever”?  Irresistible Tanya (Lisa Edelstein) stirs Bobby’s bravery until his passion and dreams begin to breathe again.  Enthusiastic Carlos (“you aren’t visualizing it!”) and his spirited, entrepreneurial family will not give up.  Finally, when Bobby’s comically awful boss, Kyle, (Diedrich Bader) has shrunk his piece of the pie to crust, playing it safe just doesn’t feel safe anymore.  

The road out of hiding and becoming a business owner, though at times exhilarating, isn’t easy.  Snarky bowling rival, Al, (Kevin Corrigan) pins him around every corner, while slick venture capitalist, Mario, (Reynaldo Gallegos), captures Tanya’s eye and hopelessly intimidates Bobby with his worldly charm.  When trouble and setbacks rear up, Bobby must decide whether he owns his life, or is merely a chump for his comic book aliens’ entertainment.  Finally, it’s his choice.    

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads stumble out of hibernation with courage and resilience, called to what may be their last chance to resurrect heartfelt dreams.

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SECONDS - a local 16mm film available now on our virtual cinema local film page!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Andrew T. Chavez - 2020 - 5m

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Shot in 2019, and scraped together in 2020, starring local actor Nick Barron, it's a 16 MM experimental film, about shame, memories and the correlation with time.

 

 

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SENSE OF WONDER EXPERIENCE - now available to view free online!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Produced by NM ARTS IMAGINATIVE COLLECTIVE - 2020 - 150m approx

THREE amazing Sense of Wonder Experience performances produced by New Mexico Arts Imaginative Collective for your virtual viewing.

A series of interdisciplinary projects combining visual art, poetry, music and film by New Mexico artists.

For more information please go to our 

Sense of Wonder Experience Facebook page

Sense of Wonder Experience ~ Art Reveal: Streamed live on December 3, 2020 - watch now by clicking here!  

Sense of Wonder Music Experience: Streamed live on December 10, 2020 - watch now by clicking here!

Sense of Wonder Experience Film Experience: Streamed live on December 17, 2020 -  watch now by clicking here!

The Sense of Wonder Experience Team appreciates the support of the Guild Cinema & encourages any donations to go to the Guild Cinema by clicking here!

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Softie - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Sam Soko - 2020 - 96m

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Check out a great Indiewire article with director Sam Soko on the private and public life of Boniface Mwangi, who fights against political corruption and collective amnesia. 

Daring and audacious, "Softie" Mwangi is one of Kenya's most accomplished photojournalists. But when he faces not only corruption but death threats to his wife, Njeri, and their children, he must decide whether his ideals are worth his family's safety. Is winning an election worth any price? As captured in director Sam Soko's Sundance jury award-winning documentary, running for election could be Softie's most difficult assignment yet.

"A marvel of narrative storytelling." — Filmmaker Magazine

"The global crisis has, in some ways, made the film’s message even more urgent and relevant, connected to a global, though also intensely local, struggle." — Africa is a Country

"A compelling act of defiance; powerful and personal. As intimate as it is brave." —Film Stage

"A tremendous film." — The Times

"A riveting run through Kenya's bloody political battlefield." — Variety

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Sunless Shadows - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Mehrdad Oskouei - 2020 - 74m - Iran - In Persian with English Subtitles

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The follow-up to Oskouei’s critically acclaimed Starless Dreams (2016), Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera and address their accomplices or their victims.

With this new confessional approach combined with the ever-deepening relationships he has with his subjects, Oskouei presents a picture of the disenfranchised in this aggressively male-dominated society and of the prison that is their shelter from it.

"Quietly but pointedly interrogates the notion of victimhood, while tacitly letting a damning essay on Iranian gender politics and hierarchies emerge through the words of [its] subjects." -Guy Lodge, Variety

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The 11th Green - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Christopher Munch - 2020 - 99m

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Groundbreaking American filmmaking auteur Christopher Munch, director of THE SLEEPY TIME GAL and the recently restored indie classic THE HOURS AND TIMES, returns with his provocative, many-layered drama THE 11TH GREEN, starring Campbell Scott (House of Cards, Roger Dodger) and Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate, Blue Car).

Rife with hidden government secrets and Matrix-like mindbenders, THE 11TH GREEN is grounded in what is widely believed to be the nuts-and-bolts core story of post-war U.S. military and government involvement with UFO events.

"A thoughtful and compelling what-if, starring a never-better Campbell Scott." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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The Guardian of Memory (El Guardian de la Memoria) - available now for safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Marcela Arteaga - 2019 - 93m - In English & Spanish with English subtitles

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BONUS!  EPF Media & Stanford Center for Latin American Studies Present:  Thursday, October 22, 3:00 PST.  Please join us for a conversation with The Guardian of Memory film director Marcela Arteaga & immigration attorney Carlos Spector. The panel will be moderated by Stanford Professor and border activist Vivian Brates.  Click here for a free webinar registration!

Winner of the Best Feature Length Documentary at the just concluded Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards, The Guardian of Memory tells the story of Mexican men, women, and children seeking safety in the US.  Carlos Spector, an immigration lawyer born in El Paso, TX, fights to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing extreme violence. This is the story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who endured tremendous suffering, and Carlos Spector’s tireless efforts to help them.

“(Filmmaker) Marcela Arteaga,” wrote Hot Docs Review, “takes a daring and dreamy approach to testimonials about merciless drug war related violence near the Mexico-Texas border.”  In its review, Film Threat noted “Arteaga does stellar work with brilliant, yet haunting, images of the innocent victims, the valley's landscape, and the destruction of this once vibrant city. 8 out of 10.” Educational Media Reviews raved “I highly recommend The Guardian of Memory for its excellent interviews and shocking footage of Mexican families seeking political asylum from the Mexican Cartel. This documentary shows the other side of the immigration issue that is not being brought to the forefront of the conversation.

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Willowpede - available NOW for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Anthonee Smith & Kenny Vigil - 2019 - 12m

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A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN THE TIMES WE'RE IN TO SUPPORT BOTH YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CINEMA AS WELL AS ADVENTUROUS INDIE FILMMAKING!

THE AWARD WINNING LOCALLY MADE INDEPENDENT HAUNTER SHORT IS BACK!

Returning home from the funeral of his wife an old man ponders how he will ever live without her.  Until his grief becomes obsession when he discovers a Willowpede roams the halls of his home. 

 

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You Go To My Head - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

May 27 to Jun 30

Dir. Dimitri de Clercq - 2018 - 116m - France, Germany, Belgium - In some French, Flemish & Berber with English subtitles

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PART OF YOUR VIEWING FEE WILL GO TO BOTH US THE MOVIE THEATER AND THE DISTRIBUTOR!  A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN THE TIMES WE'RE IN TO SUPPORT BOTH YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CINEMA AS WELL AS INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING!

In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious. He drives her to the nearest doctor, to discover that she's suffering from post-traumatic amnesia. Intoxicated by the woman's beauty, Jake claims to be her husband. He names her Kitty and takes her to his remote desert home to recuperate.

As Kitty struggles to come to grips with who she is, Jake invents an elaborate life they can share – the life he has always yearned for. Little by little, Kitty begins to fall in love with him. But when shreds of her past begin to surface, Jake takes steps to ensure he will not lose the love of his life...

"CRITIC'S PICK! Shot in Morocco between searing sunlight and pillowy dunes, 'You Go to My Head' is a mysteriously elusive romance whose location is almost overpoweringly tangible. (The sensual cinematography is by Stijn Grupping.) Hacène Larbi's eerily dissonant score is as perfectly spare as the film's emotions, yet it imbues Kitty's situation with a mesmerizing, inchoate danger. The movie is clamoring to erupt into melodrama, but de Clercq, content to wallow in teasingly luscious and enigmatically staged images, happily isn't listening."  -Jeannette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"VISUALLY STUNNING! From its desert landscapes to its principal setting of an architecturally distinguished house to its extremely photogenic lead actress, every frame of the psychological thriller proves visually stunning to behold...an atmospheric mood piece akin to Kubrick or Antonioni. Delfine Bafort delivers a mesmerizing, fascinatingly enigmatic turn that keeps us fully invested in her character's fate. By the time 'You Go To My Head' reaches its surprising conclusion, you will have become thoroughly caught in its mysterious grip."  -Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"SUSPENSEFUL AND SENSUAL! Faint but discernible echoes of Hitchcock and Antonioni abound throughout 'You Go to My Head,' a coolly affected yet ineffably captivating drama that builds interest and sustains tension by teasingly frustrating audience expectations at almost every turn. This stylishly drama, exquisitely photographed by Stijn Grupping, gains emotional resonance from impressive lead performances by Delfine Bafort and Svetozar Cvetkovic. The deft interplay between the two is by turns suspenseful and sensual"  - Joe Leydon, VARIETY

"HITCHCOCKIAN! 'You Go to My Head' is a warped and lush tale of obsession, deception, and romance. Stijn Grupping's stellar cinematography beautifully captures the Moroccan Sahara Desert setting...it is a breathtaking, yet deadly location. With a hypnotic use of color, light, and sound, the film operates like an unworldly dream."  - Andrew Stover, FILM THREAT

"It’s not hard to see why Dimitri de Clercq’s first solo feature as a director has become a film festival favourite: You Go To My Head is a psychological thriller that increasingly grips and unsettles...and also benefits from gorgeous Moroccan landscapes lovingly shot, and spectacular architecture."  -Andrew Nickolds, Take One (UK)

"With echoes to the cinema of Antonioni, Hitchcock and Kubrick, de Clercq seeks and manages to build an eminently visual and sensorial experience."  -Laura Riera Forteza, Peli o Manta (Spain)

"What stays on your mind is the film’s imagery. Painted like an abstract work of art on a huge canvas, every scene stands out like the perfect visual form."  -Shilpa Sebastian R, The Hindu (India)

FOUR STAR REVIEW "A film has to move me. And that is exactly what You Go To My Head did. I loved this film, and will go to the ends of the earth to proclaim such sentiments. When you experience something this moving and gorgeous and unique, you can’t help but spread the word. And You Go to My Head is – from my perspective – a perfect film. It’s a memorable masterpiece. In other words, it 'went to my head'."  -Michael Klug, Horror Freak News

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Supa Modo - now available on our home viewing options!

May 28 to Jun 30

Dir. Likarion Wainaina - 2018 - 74m - Kenya / Germany - In Spanish with English subtitles

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**our portion of the proceeds will go to local groups dedicated to racial justice & equity**

Jo, a witty 9-year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.

From first-time feature filmmaker Likarion Wainaina and co-producer Tom Tykwer comes this honest and inspiring story about the strength of young people in the face of adversity. Obsessed with Jackie Chan and action films, nine-year-old Jo dreams of being a superhero, but time is not on her side. When the doctors reveal that she is terminally ill, Jo leaves the hospital and returns home to be with her mom and sister. While her mom insists that she stay inside and rest, her sister has different plans. With the entire village's support, they decide to make dreams a reality and turn Jo into the superhero they know she is. Newcomer Stycie Waweru delivers a captivating and earnest performance, imbuing her character with a subtle strength that ignites the screen. This film is a stunning reminder of the power of imagination.

"Brutal and beautiful, melancholy and joyous, “Supa Modo” is simultaneously crushing and uplifting." - Brent McKnight, Seattle Times

"Endearingly bleak, charmingly honest, Supa Modo is not (only) a superhero movie, but it is super, heroic, a treat, even a blessing." - Eyeforfilm

"Balancing sadness with comedy and with a great cast, especially Stycie Waweruwho plays Jo, she lights up the screen and is able to see and understand what is happening to her but her illness isn’t going to stop her from having fun." - Katie Hogan, Vulture Hound

"A love letter to the power of escapism, a devastating portrayal of grief and a Kenyan family drama that defies stereotypes, Supa Modo serves as an important reminder that even when heroes die, they can continue to inspire others long after they’re gone." - David Opie, Little White Lies

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Vitalina Varela - online home viewing available now!

May 28 to Jun 30

Dir. Pedro Costa - 2019 - 124m - Portugal - In Cape Verdean Creole with English Subtitles

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**our portion of the proceeds will be donated to local groups dedicated to racial justice & equity**

A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.

“Grade: A. A beautiful meditation on legacy, loss, and love. Visually masterful. Endlessly contemplative, transcendental.” — Jonathan Christian, The Playlist

“Masterful. Quite possibly the most beautiful film of 2020.” — Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

"One of the ten best films of the year." — James Quandt, Artforum

"Costa has made his most beautiful, haunting film yet. Vitalina is extraordinary." — Film Comment

"A plaintive and piercingly beautiful vision... Pedro Costa is one of our planet’s two or three greatest living filmmakers." — Christopher Small, Sight & Sound

“Staggeringly beautiful." — Dave White, The Wrap

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A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

May 29 to Jun 30

Dir. Alana DeJoseph - 2019 - 107m

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Narrated by Annette Benning, A Towering Task tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 60 countries to carry out the organization’s mission of international cooperation. Americans—young and old alike—still want to serve their country; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now—between COVID, a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets—the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world?

"Puts a human face on the Peace Corps - and makes sense of its history of idealism, improvisation, politics, and at times its failings. It is the most coherent and satisfying documentary I know of the Peace Corps, and I can't imagine a better one.  The film is enlightening, too, for being in large part the portrait of a period when America was outward looking and uncynical and generous...it shows the roots of such idealism, which is why it is so enlightening and uplifting." - Paul Theroux, Travel Writer & Novelist

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Hometown Short Docs by Allonzo Armijo: Volunteer & All Styles Welcome - available on our Virtual Cinema !

May 29 to Jun 30

Dir. Allonzo Armijo - 2019-2020 - 30m approx.

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A screening of two short documentaries made in Albuquerque featuring subjects that are very special to the city and appreciated for their hard work and uniqueness.

Volunteer (Premiere): 92-year-old Howard Henry chooses to stay busy and avoid aging by going to work every day.  

All Styles Welcome (2019): In the heart of downtown Albuquerque, culture and community intersect at a small barber shop on Yrisarri Block.

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century - available now for our at-home safe viewing options!

May 30 to Jun 30

Dir. Justin Pemberton - 2020 - 103m - New Zealand - In English and French with English subtitles

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Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time Magazine's list of most influential people), this entertaining documentary is an accessible journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today's growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film combines pop-culture references and interviews with some of the world's most influential experts to deliver an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

"A massive achievement, turning this weighty volume into enthralling cinema." - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

"Engaging and clear... Piketty is not only a brilliant economist but also one with a gift for making complicated ideas accessible." -Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"A financial detective story that exposes our current crisis. Provokes a consistent sense of 'whoa!'" - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"A spry, erudite, and consistently  watchable documentary. that articulates how we got here." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"The most important economics book of the year -- and maybe the decade." - Paul Krugman, The New York Times

"The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat." - The Economist

"A sweeping account of rising inequality... Piketty has written a book no one interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore." - The New Yorker

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The Zoo - available now our Local Films virtual cinema offerings!

May 30 to Jun 30

Dir. Anthonee Smith - 2019 - 8m

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Shot mostly in Albuquerque, this surreal comedy inolves a day when a man wakes up - or does he? In this dream like state he finds himself trapped in a world of cages

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Tommaso - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 30 to Jun 30

Dir. Abel Ferrara - 2020 - 116m - Italy - In English and Italian with English subtitles

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"Abel Ferrara's first dramatic feature since 2014's Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe's most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists." - Film at Lincoln Center

"A gripping look at the process of escaping to a better life, only to find that the old one follows along at every turn... Manages to feel rough and risky while somehow sensitive at the same time, like the best of them." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Willem Dafoe is one of our greatest actors... Tommaso feels alive." - Owen Gleiberman, Variety

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Yourself and Yours - available now for our safe at-home virtual cinema viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 30 to Jun 30

Dir. Hong Sangsoo - 2020 - 86m - Korea - In Korean with English subtitles

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One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S. When painter Youngsoo (Kim Joohyuk) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee Yooyoung), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself.

Featuring a supporting cast of Hong regulars including Kwon Haehyo, Yu Junsang and Kim Euisung, YOURSELF AND YOURS is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything?

“Immensely satisfying… A wise and gently absurdist allegory about how best to approach relationships.” – Scott Tobias, Variety

"An essential chapter in the big book of Hong... For those who haven’t yet been introduced to this singularly idiosyncratic Korean auteur, Yourself and Yours is as good a place to start as any.” - David Ehrlich, IndieWire

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ATOMIC: Living in Dread & Promise - now available on our home viewing options!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Mark Cousins - 2015 - 71m

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75 years ago the bombing of Hiroshima showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb.  Mark Cousins’ bold new documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too.  Using only archive film and a new musical score by the band Mogwai,  Atomic shows us an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times: protest marches, Cold War sabre rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima, but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how X Rays and MRI scans have improved human lives.  The nuclear age has been a nightmare, but dreamlike too.

"Ambitious, distinctive work that captures the sheer strangeness of the Atomic age; a feast for the mind and the senses." - PJ Nabarro, One Room With A View

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Beyond the Visible: Hilma Af Klint - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Halina Dyrschka - 2020 - 93m

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum (with over 600,000 attendees), af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

“Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I’VE SEEN ABOUT FINE ART. 

It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us.” — Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.com

“GORGEOUS... GOES FAR DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE...

making an airtight case for af Klint’s ascension 

to an elevated place in art history.” — Shana Nys Dambrot, LA WEEKLY

“An illuminating articulation of the era’s social and cultural complexities. It’s more than worth a look—not only for its careful illumination of the artist’s biography, plus an abundant representation of her luminous paintings, but for the way in which it exposes the obstacles af Klint and her legacy faced.” — Christopher Knight, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“One of the 8 Best Movies You Can Watch at Home.” — Alissa Wilkinson, VOX.com

“An exhilarating chance to catch up with a brilliant artist's inventions. It's an eloquent contribution to af Klint's rediscovery, which began four decades after her 1944 death. It's also a cogent argument for why that rediscovery impels nothing less than a rewriting of art history.” — Sheri Linden, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Her work holds a special place in my heart, it feels like magic. Beyond The Visible is a BEAUTIFUL documentary about her life and work.” Actress DAKOTA JOHNSON on Instagram

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Clover - available now for safe at-home viewing that'll partially support us too !

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Jon Abrahams - 2020 - 101m

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Starring Jon Abrahams, Mark Webber, Nicole Elizabeth Berger, Chazz Palminteri, Ron Perlman, Erika Christensen, Julia Jones, Tichina Arnold, Jessica Szohr, Michael Godere and Jake Weber.

Two brothers "Irish Twins"- down on their luck, and in debt to a dangerous crime boss, must go on the run to save themselves, and a seemingly innocent teenage girl, after a job goes wrong, and she kills the crime boss’s only son.

"The blackly comedic tone is consistent enough to allow for such a wild turn of events to feel at home." - Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

"Abrahams has the right idea for screen energy, keeping things on the move." - Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

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Colonel Redl - available in our at-home viewing options!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 1985 - 151m - Hungary, Germany, Austria - In German with English subtitles

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"István Szabó led his country's cinema from relative obscurity to one of the best and most innovative film industries in Europe." - Roger Ebert

Set in the lead up to WWI, Szabó's Cannes Grand Jury-winning Colonel Redl charts the rise of Alfred Redl to head of counter-intelligence of the Austro-Hungarian Army. His hidden homosexuality, however, is used against him by enemies of the state, putting both his professional standing and his country's security in dire straits. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985, the third  of four such Academy Award nominations Szabó's films earned.

"At the center is Klaus Maria Brandauer delivering a dazzling, virtuoso performance." - The Times  

"Fascinating." - David Denby, New York Magazine 

"Visually brilliant...Brandauer at his very best." - David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor  

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Confidence - available in our at-home viewing options!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 80m - 106m - Hungary - Hungarian - in Hungarian with English subtitles

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Nominated for the Academy Award and Szabó won Berlin's Silver Bear for Best Director.

In World War II-era Hungary, the resistance pairs two unrelated members to act as husband and wife in an effort to stay hidden in plain sight. Will they be able to maintain the illusion without giving in to their growing feelings for each other? 

"Arguably the best film directed by the most popular of post '60s Hungarian filmmakers, Confidence is a taut tale."   - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"The central performances are flawless."  - Time Out 

"Subtle, haunting imagery, fine acting and directorial concern make this almost Kafkaesque film an absorbing drama." - Variety

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Earth - now available on our home viewing options!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Nikolaus Geyrhalter - 2019 - 115m

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EARTH was filmed at seven locations that humans have transformed on a grand scale: Entire mountains being moved in California, a tunnel being sliced through rock at the Brenner Pass, an open-cast mine in Hungary, a marble quarry in Italy, a copper mine in Spain, the salt mine used to store radioactive waste in Wolfenbüttel and a tar sands landscape in Canada. Initially shown from above as abstract paintings, these terrains are subsequently explored on the ground: The film weaves together observational footage of machines in operation with conversations with the workers. Alongside statements on work processes, environmental damage and technological change, EARTH makes this constructed world visible in unique fashion by subtly paring it down: the piles of grey matter, hills and mountains. The blackness and the cracks. The sandy landscapes, criss-crossed by an array of mechanical devices that scuttle about like caterpillars or worms. The dimensions are gigantic, the proportions out of control; the world has slipped from humanity’s grasp. “There is always a bigger machine, a bigger engine and when all fails there is dynamite. We always win,” boast a quarry worker. Or do we?

"Aesthetically exhilarating and spectacular!” — Tony Pipolo, Artforum

FILM OF THE WEEK! "Spectacular, even awe-inspiring.” — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

"Despite its apocalyptic visions, it feels curiously optimistic because Geyrhalter hasn’t given up on us.” — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A most timely film in the light of a looming Sixth Extinction brought on by capitalist 'development'." — Louis Proyect, Counterpunch.org

"Geyrhalter brings fresh eye to 7 big digs and conversational knack to diverse workers. Big machines are cool to watch until you are forced to think about the damage they do." — Nora Lee Mandel, Maven's Nest

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May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Albert Serra - 2019 - 132m - France, Portugal, Spain & Germany - In French, German & Italian with English subtitles

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Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship.

Liberté is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces. As Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers "open the gates of Hell" and explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.

“One of the most radical films to play in the Official Selection of Cannes ever.” -Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope

"The most explicit movie about the 18th century ever made.” -Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Awe-inspiring.” -Scout Tafoya, Rogerebert.com

“Audaciously perverse.” -Carson Lund, Slant

“A major event in the history of cinematographic art.” -Dominique Païni, Art Critique

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May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Istvan Szabo - 1981 - 146m - Hungary - in German, Hungarian with English subtitles

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From the Hungarian auteur Istvan Szabo - The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) Mephisto concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved.   

"There has been precious little incisive appraisal of the precise seductive allure of fascism, and certainly none to match that offered by Szabó's remarkable film." - Paul Taylor, Time Out (London)

"This film is a work of art. The film transmits its messages so forcefully that no one can remain unaffected." - Ingmar Bergman

"One of the greatest movie performances I've ever seen. A performance of electrifying power." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 "Magnificent and distinguished. It's more than a mercy, it's a coup." - David Thomson 

"Few have dared what Brandauer accomplishes: showing us a good actor responding to the same neurotic drive for the center of the stage, the immortalizing role. His is a great performance, nothing less." - Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine   

"Brilliant metaphorical filmmaking." - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

"Possesses an inner momentum and the film as a whole, with its dynamic leading performance, has an energy reminiscent of the films of Andrzej Wajda." - David Shipman

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Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) - available now in our at-home 'virtual cinema' safe viewing!

May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Cesar Diaz - 2019 - 78m - Guatemala, Belgium - In Spanish with English subtitles

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Winner Camera D’or, Cannes Film Festival!

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

“As witnesses of the genocide, the Mayan women of Guatemala are the bridge between past and present, repositories of memory and conduits for justice…” – Variety

"…offers an example of remembrance and resilience. His film erupts like a shout in the darkness that surrounds this often overlooked massacre that cost mostly Indian lives, and paints the heartbreaking portrait of a mother and her son.” – Cineuropa

“At a time when the current Guatemalan government has proposed a bill to pardon war crimes committed in the civil war which raged between 1960 and 1996, and which led to more than 200,000 deaths (an estimated 80%+ of them Mayans), this film about the shared trauma of this kind of systematic killings, and how it is passed on down the generations, demonstrates the power of the arts in ensuring that these stories are told and not forgotten.” – Letterboxd

Awards and Festivals

Winner SACD Award, Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival, Winner Silver Hugo New Directors, Chicago Film Festival, Winner Best Photography, Film Festival Oostende, FIPRESCI Nominee, Jerusalem Film Festival, Winner Best Director & People’s Choice Awards, Pingyao Film Festival.

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May 31 to Jun 30

Dir. Alison Reid - 2019 - 83m - Canada

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE ABQ BIOPARK!

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild.  In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

"Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times, whose ambitions were thwarted by institutional sexism." - Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star

"The film is a triumph and inspiration." - Steven Prokopy, Third Coast Review

"The Woman Who Loves Giraffes shows the important scientific contributions and fascinating life of a giraffe-loving feminist pioneer." - Gillian Anderson, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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