Special Events

Big Time - Danish architect Bjarke Ingels!

Apr 26
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder - 2017 - 93m - In English and Danish with English subtitles

NOTE:  The AIA movie nights are free with a ticket!  Tickets are distributed at our box office on a "First come, First served" basis beginning at 5:00.  Doors open around 6:30pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

Known as one of the world’s most inventive and sought-after architects, named to Time’s list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People, and called “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by the Wall Street Journal, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is a creative and influential force in modern building design.

BIG TIME follows Bjarke over 5 years as he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke's creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails. And we watch when a health crisis threatens his very success. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.

“[An] elegant documentary …” - Chris Packham, Village Voice

“The work and mind of an architect come thrillingly to life in this smooth, intelligent doc about a certified modern genius.” - David Noh, Film Journal International

“A film for casual lovers of modern architecture and aficionados, both.” - Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

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Autism in Love

Apr 28
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Matt Fuller - 2015 - 76m - All Seats $15 for the special fundraiser event!

IN HONOR OF AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!  A KAYAK NEW MEXICO SPECIAL EVENT & FUNDRAISER!  

Finding love can be hard enough for anyone, but for those with an autism spectrum disorder, the challenges may seem overwhelming. The disorder can jeopardize the core characteristics of a successful relationship — communication and social interaction. Filmed in a highly personal style, Matt Fuller’s Autism in Love offers a warm and stereotype-shattering look at four people as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

Thirtysomethings Dave and Lindsey have been together for eight years. Both “high functioning” and employed, they met at a conference on autism and, through the years, have learned to cope with each other’s quirks and different ways of communicating. The couple contemplate marriage, despite misgivings.  

Lenny, who lives in Los Angeles with his single mother, constantly struggles to accept that autism will always be part of who he is. The biggest hurdle in his life, the label has made meeting and dating girls seemingly impossible. Frustrated and angry, he spends his time watching sports, playing video games, and just trying to fit in, confiding that he “would rather be a normal man than an autistic person with a million dollars.”

Meanwhile, Stephen’s autism manifests itself in more obvious ways than the others we meet in the film, but even his detached affect and monotone speech are no barrier to love. After 20 years of marriage to Gita, they are faced with the ultimate test of terminal illness. Despite his limited speech and her physical deterioration, their love persists as Stephen supports Gita in her battle with ovarian cancer.  

Autism in Love shows us the wide range of perspectives on the spectrum, as it asks the question, “What happens when children with autism become adults and want to have lives of their own?”

ABOUT KAYAK NEW MEXICO - "An adaptive kayaking non profit organization that provides kayak classes for individuals of all ages with a variety of disabilities ranging from Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebal palsy to name a few. Kayak New Mexico takes people out of wheelchairs and take them places where roads and trails don’t go.  We help people with developmental disabilities learn valuable problem solving, motor planning, social, and communication skills.  We help people fighting cancer overcome fear, while developing physical and emotional strength to continue their battle.  We help Healing Veterans find serenity and purpose in environments where PTSD, anxiety, and depression cannot compete.  Above all, we restore human connection with those most in need."

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The Albu Crazy Film Fest Fundraiser

Apr 29
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2018 - 90m approx - Only $5 admission!

An OFFSET WEB SERIES and a NM FILM FOUNDATION special event hosted by "G.I." Joe Lonesome - all ticket proceeds and donations go towards the production of this on going local community based comedy webshow called Offset Web Series!

Come sit back relax and enjoy an amazing line up of Local Short Films made by Local Filmmakers!! Then a Q and A session with the Directors and main Actors. 

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Sundance Native Shorts 2018

May 2
Wednesday 5:30, 8pm

Dir. various - 2018 - 63m - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

POST SCREENING DISCUSSIONS WITH SUNDANCE NATIVE AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVES!

Mud (Hasht?'ishnii)- Dir. Shaandiin Tome, Diné - 10m

On her last day, Ruby faces the inescapable remnants of alcoholism, family, and culture.

Shinaab - Dir. Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr., Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians - 8m

A young Anishinaabe man struggles with his place in the inner city of Minneapolis.

Nucca - Dir. Michelle Latimer, Métis/Algonquin - 13m 

The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region, and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sex trafficking.

The Violence of A civilization Without Secrets - Dir. Adam Khalil / Zach Khalil (Ojibway) / Jackson Polys (Tlingit) - 10m

An urgent reflection on indigenous sovereignty, the undead violence of museum archives, and postmortem justice through the case of the "Kennewick Man," a prehistoric Paleo-American man whose remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996.

Jáaji Approx. - Dir. Sky Hopinka, Ho-Chunk/Pechanga - 8m

Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.

alter-Native - Dir. Billy Luther, Navajo, Hopi and Laguna Pueblo - 17.5m

A year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail as she develops her latest collection inspired by her art, activism, and indigenous women.

About Native Program - Sundance Institute's commitment to supporting Native American artists is woven throughout our history. Native American filmmakers have long been involved in the Institute, going back to Larry LittleBird (Taos Pueblo) and Chris SpottedEagle (Houmas Nation) who participated in the first meetings founding Sundance Institute. Following President and Founder Robert Redford's original vision, the Institute has remained committed to supporting the voices of Native American artists.

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#JustAnotherDeadTranswoman - a new short documentary to raise awareness!

May 3
Thursday 5pm, 7pm

Dir. Adriana Avila - 2018 - 60m total - Free but seating is limited

A Transwoman Empowerment Initiative of the Chysalis Beauty Center special presentation event! Post-screening discussion & talk!  ALSO playing May 12 at 1pm!

"Local leaders refused to hold Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham accountable.The purpose of these actions is to directly address the violence and discrimination that trans women of color have endured and continue to endure. Riley has been brave enough to take the opportunity and highlight a past lived experience of wrongful termination that was under supervision of a political state candidate that is currently running for New Mexico governor, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham. This is only one experience being highlighted out of the multitudes of discrimination cases in the employment industry. The local News reported the findings of the two bodies of missing trans women here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Zakaria Fry and Carrel Ray were reported missing back in early January 2018. These women were found brutally murdered a month later. Albuquerque Police refused to investigate the homicide as a hate crime. #JustAnotherDeadTransWoman is a campaign that is bringing these matters to the forefront in the most honest, graphic, and direct manner in order to generate conversations within political arenas, and produce economic justice in order to protect our communities." - Transwoman Empowerment Initiative of the Chysalis Beauty Center

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It's Criminal - a Tale of Prison and Privilege

May 5
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Signe Taylor - 2017 - 80m - All seats just $5 for this special screening!

POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION!

Poignant and personal, the 80-minute feature documentary shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play that explores the often painful and troubled paths that landed the women behind bars and also shares some of their fragile visions for the future. 

It's a transformational movie that delves into privilege, poverty, addiction, abuse and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is imprisoned and why. In addition to exploring disparities, It's Criminal also captures how the students and prisoners struggle and ultimately succeed in overcoming their fears and prejudices to form hard won bonds of friendship, showing that empathy is a powerful force that can help bridge the divide.

"A moving and arresting portrait... gorgeously shot, in cinema verite style" Susan B. Apel, ArtfulEdge

"What could better illustrate the disparity between the privileged rich and the disenfranchised poor than a meeting between Dartmouth College undergraduates and prison inmates?...The results are life-changing." Peter Keough, The Boston Globe 

"It's Criminal...asks us... to confront uncomfortable truths around the issues of privilege, poverty and injustice." Deborah Becker, Radio Boston on WBUR 

"Delves deeply into the profound inequities in the criminal justice system..."    Nicola Smith, Valley News

"Deeply moving... Keep your handkerchiefs handy." - Don Schwartz, CineSource Magazine

"Viewers will... walk away motivated and hopeful to change the inequalities in the justice system."  Lifestyle Section of the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel

"The film will spur viewers to think, "If I were in similar conditions, I might well end up in jail too. So how would I like to be received when I come out?" - Paul Cuno-Booth, Keene Sentinel

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Radiance of Resistance

May 6
Sunday 1pm

Dir. Jesse Roberts - 2017 - 59m

A JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE - ALBUQUERQUE SPECIAL EVENT!

Winner of Best Documentary at Respect Human Rights Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Radiance of Résistance tells the story of Palestinians Janna Ayyad 9 years old, and Ahed Tamimi 14 years old who have become global ambassadors for human rights.  Janna and Ahed have gained international recognition for their creative resistance. Janna has been dubbed by The Guardian as the youngest journalist in Palestine. In 2012, Turkish President Erdogan awarded Ahed the 'Hanzala Courage Award' NBC News Press said: “West Bank Teen Ahed Tamimi Becomes Poster Child for Palestinian Plight”  

The film includes grass roots footage from local Palestinian journalist Bilal Tamimi.  Award winning Filmmakers Jesse Roberts (PUSH Tunisia) and Jesse Locke (AMZ Productions) journeyed to the region multiple times over the course of a year to capture the story.   It's also an intimate look at their everyday lives and their importance as part of the new generation of Palestinian non-violent resistance. “Nabi Saleh images illustrate changing asymmetry of Israeli-Palestinian conflict” – The Guardian.

In recent weeks, Ahed Tamimi (now 16,) was arrested by Israel and has been held in a military detention center. Her arrest has prompted international protests and news coverage

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Nacho Libre - in celebration of Cinco De Mayo!

May 11
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Jared Hess - 2006 - 92m - New Mexico Magazine Special! All Seats $11

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW BY CLICKING HERE!  

*A dollar of the proceeds to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New Mexico/El Paso!

New Mexico Entertainment is excited to present the comedy Nacho Libre starring Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, and Héctor Jiménez. 

Jack Black is at his comic best as Ignacio, a disrespected cook at a Mexican monastery that can barely afford to feed the orphans who live there.  Inspired by a local wrestling hero, he decides to moonlight as the not-so-famous Luchador "Nacho Libre" to earn money for the monastery -- not to mention the admiration of beautiful nun Sister Encarnacion.

“A sweet, offbeat movie about caring for others.” - Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media

“Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.” - Joe Leydon, Variety

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Charlie Vs. Goliath

May 20
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Reed Lindsay - 2017 - 80m - Only a $7 Suggested Donation!

50% of the proceeds after expenses go to the ALBUQUERQUE CENTER OF PEACE & JUSTICE!

A feature-length documentary about an ordinary man’s extraordinary struggle to shake up the political establishment. It would be hard to find a more unlikely candidate than Charlie Hardy, a 75-year-old penniless former Catholic priest who spent nearly a decade serving the poor while living in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan slum. In 2011, Charlie returns to his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and is shocked to see poverty, hunger and homelessness.

After being snubbed by his congressional representatives, Charlie decides to run for office himself in 2014 and manages to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US Senate. His Republican opponent has a $3 million war chest, and Charlie’s advisors urge him to focus his efforts on fundraising. Instead, Charlie rejects money from special interests and makes campaign finance reform a key part of his platform. The election is considered the most lopsided in the country and his friends say he is “tilting at windmills.” But Charlie is convinced he will triumph even with all the cards stacked against him. A 21st century Don Quixote, Charlie galvanizes a ragged band of young volunteers determined to make waves in Wyoming’s elections, and in so doing set a precedent for the rest of the country. 

The film provides an intimate portrayal of this resolute and uniquely charismatic septuagenarian while revealing an inside look at a campaign fueled by hope rather than money. Challenging the belief that our political process is fair and democratic, Charlie vs Goliath explores the question of how an honest and sincere person without money can make a difference running for higher office, and more broadly, whether, in the spirit of Don Quixote, it is worth fighting an unbeatable foe and dreaming an impossible dream.

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Alivestock

May 26
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Antonio Marquez - 2018 - 45m total - Only $5 - Cast & Crew in person for Q&A

Presented by Junkyard Night Productions!

A brand new short film starring Ama Zathura, Justin Reichert and Dominic Martinez!  Consuela, a young Mexican woman, must fight for her life and freedom as murderous cowboys attempt to sell her like livestock in this locally produced neo-western short.

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Jun 1
Friday 10pm screening with preshow

Dir. Stephan Elliott - 1994 - 104m - A Pride & Equality / New Mexico Magazine Special!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE BIRDCAGE!!  TWO MOVIES FOR ONLY ONE PRICE!

9:30pm TICKET BOOTH & DOORS OPEN / 10pm PRESHOW BEGINS WITH PERFORMANCES & GIVEAWAYS / 10:30PM MOVIE BEGINS!

"For the first time, Pride & Equality Magazine and New Mexico Entertainment Magazine bring you a double-hitter for Pride! That's right, you spoke and we listened. For Pride 2018 we are excited to present a double feature of The Birdcage and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at The Guild Cinema. Hosted by Hasani Olujimi with live drag performances including diva extraordinaire, Jacquêsán Taylor Stratton, and giveaways through the evening. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!"

This Academy Award-winning feel-good comedy won the hearts of moviegoers partly for it's lavish costumes and devotion to ABBA but mostly for the great performances of three drag artists who are on the road trip of a lifetime. Starring: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce.

“In this roaringly comic and powerfully affecting road movie, Terence Stamp gives one of the year's best performances.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Funny, extravangantly silly, and surprisingly poignant.” - Randy Shulman

Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

“Both an unalloyed delight and a surprisingly human, moving film.” - Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

“The casting of the film was a stroke of genius.” - Michael W. Phillips, Jr. Goatdog's Movies

“Refreshing and fun.” - Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News

“You'll never look at The Matrix the same way again.” - Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium

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The Birdcage

Jun 1
Friday 7:30pm screening with preshow

Dir. Mike Nichols - 1996 - 117m - A Pride & Equality / New Mexico Magazine Special!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT!!  TWO MOVIES FOR ONLY ONE PRICE!

TICKETS ON SALE AT 6:30pm / DOORS OPEN AT 7PM WITH PRESHOW PERFORMANCES & GIVEAWAYS / 7:30pm MOVIE BEGINS!

"For the first time, Pride & Equality Magazine and New Mexico Entertainment Magazine bring you a double-hitter for Pride! That's right, you spoke and we listened. For Pride 2018 we are excited to present a double feature of The Birdcage and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at The Guild Cinema. Hosted by Hasani Olujimi with live drag performances including diva extraordinaire, Jacquêsán Taylor Stratton, and giveaways through the evening. THIS IS AN ALL-AGES EVENT!"

The great improvisational comedy team of Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited to (respectively) direct and write this update of the French comedy La Cage Aux Folles. Robin Williams stars as a gay Miami nightclub owner who is forced to play it straight and ask his drag-queen partner (Nathan Lane) to hide out when Williams's son invites his prospective--and highly conservative--in-laws and fiancée to a meet-and-greet dinner party. Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest play the straight-laced senator and his wife, and Calista Flockhart (from television's Ally McBeal) plays their daughter in a culture-clash with outrageous consequences. May's witty screenplay incorporates some pointed observations about the political landscape of the 1990s and takes a sensitive approach to the comedy's underlying drama. Topping off the action is Hank Azaria in a scene-stealing role as Williams's and Lane's flamboyant housekeeper, "Agador Spartacus.”

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ALBUQUERQUE FILM & MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2018

Jun 6
Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018

3:00PM – 4:45PM

Battlefield: Home - Breaking the Silence

Documentary Feature, 1 hour, 8 minutes, USA, 2016 / Directed by Anita Sugimura Holsapple

In an effort to unravel her own journey of dealing with PTSD and the aftermath of war, a Vietnam era military child speaks with multi-generational family members and exposes the unflinching impact of war, and the failing systems that continue the legacy of trauma from generation to generation. Filmed over a 9-year period, the documentary unexpectedly becomes a pilgrimage of forgiveness and understanding from a daughter to her dad.  Buy Tickets


5:30PM – 7:30PM – NARRATIVE SHORT COMEDIES

Lady Lillian

The Dinner Scene

Hole Punch

Match

House Rules

Rendez-vous with God

Dad Band

Sam Did It

 

8:00PM – 10:00PM

Leecher (screening with Hollow Body)

Narrative Short, 13 minutes, USA, 2017, Directed by Yonatan Weinstein

Dr. Adam Leecher, an ambitious research scientist, has developed a vaccine for an evolving parasite that affects women only. He believes so blindly in the efficacy of his treatment that, even when denied permission to proceed with human trials, Adam won't give up until he can take it to the next level.

Hollow Body (starring David Arquette, Luke Wilson, Allie Gonino)

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 31 minutes, USA, 2017, Directed by Alex Keledjian

A struggling rock singer gets struck by lightning and is re-born with the power to give electrifying performances.  The fame she craved comes at a terrible price in this stylish supernatural-thriller that combines the authenticity of a musical drama like Almost Famous with the surreal fantasy horror of Suspiria or Neon Demon.  

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ALBUQUERQUE FILM & MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2018

Jun 7
Thursday

2018

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

3:00PM – 5:00PM

Blind Audition (screening with Circular Resonance)

Narrative Short, 17 minutes, 28 seconds, Germany, 2017, Directed by Andreas Kessler

Violinists Ari and Ron are a couple. As they both get the invitation from an orchestra to audition for a solo part, they become direct competitors. Their mutual trust is put to the test when Ron gets a tempting offer from the conductor of the orchestra.

Circular Resonance

Documentary Feature, 1 hour, 1 minute, USA, 2017, Directed by Brandon Katcher

Join renowned Didgeridoo-maker, Noah Frisch, as he travels the world with a self-made instrument strapped to his back. Embark on a journey to explore the connections between cultures, utilizing a truly universal language - music.

 

5:30PM – 7:30PM

Mount Liptak (playing with Arkabutla, Ashes)

Narrative Short, 15 minutes, USA, 2018, Directed by Ryan Allsop

In order to provide for his family after his Father was murdered a young boy lies about his age to enlist in the Navy.

Arkabutla

Narrative Short, 14 minute, USA, 2016, Directed by Katori Hall

Ashes

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 11 min, Canada, 2017, Directed by Dan Slater

After discovering his parents' final wishes are to have their ashes scattered where they first met, Liam and his closest friends set out to explore the place for themselves as they navigate old memories while creating new ones. 

 

8:00PM – 10:00PM

Death Van (screening with Up to Snuff)

Animation, 6 minutes, 7 seconds, Canada, 2017, Directed by Michael Enzbrunner

In this computer animated short, the fictitious space-rock duo DEATH VAN tours through a miniature world inhabited by surreal creatures that are haunted and terrorized by a menacing and mischievous entity.  

Up to Snuff

Documentary Feature, 1 hour, 20 minutes, USA, 2018, Directed by Mark Maxey

Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In UP TO SNUFF, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history. Infused with Snuffy’s music throughout, the film features luminaries from television, film and music, including Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and Eric Burdon, and scenes from The West Wing, Wonder Years, and thirtysomething.

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ALBUQUERQUE FILM & MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2018

Jun 8
Friday

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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018

3:00PM – 4:30PM – ANIMATION AND MUSIC VIDEOS

Look Inside

VACANCY

A Drawing

Out in the Sun

KANJO feat. NOVAA - Melody Of Need

El Bodeguero

Love Me feat Leah Leyva

Grow Old

Cheshi/Sentimental

Soma & Lil

 

5:15PM – 7:00PM

Gaelynn Lea - The Songs We Sing

Documentary Short, 10 min, 36 sec, USA, 2017, Directed by Mark Brown

Minnesota violinist and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea along with her husband, Paul, travels the upper Midwest on tour, experiencing the ups and downs of the road while hustling hard to make it as a performer and artist.

The Lion

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 7 minutes, USA, 2017, Directed by Kevin S. Bright

THE LION tells a coming-of-age story about love, loss, loyalty and the redemptive power of music. A son seeks his father’s love and goes on a deeply personal journey to become his own man. Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer plays and sings the incredible story of his family and his close call with mortality, all while supported by a cast of 6 guitars. Some stories have to be sung.

 

7:30PM – 9:30PM

One Bedroom

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 23 min, USA, 2018, Directed by Darien Sills-Evans

Breaking up is easy.  Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life. 

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Purple Rain - a tribute to Prince's 60th Birthday!

Jun 8
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Albert Magnoli - 1984 - 112m - A New Mexico Entertainment Special - all seats $10

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"Join New Mexico Entertainment Magazine as we celebrate the genius of Prince on what would have been his 60th birthday the day after our event The Diamond Celebration: NME's Prince Tribute Concert with a screening of his Academy Award-winning movie, Purple Rain."

Prince, "the most exciting star in pop music today" (Newsweek), makes his film debut in this critically acclaimed box office smash featuring a Grammy and Academy Award-winning soundtrack that sold over 13,000,000 copies. The soundtrack of "flawless combination of funk, R&B, pop, metal, and even psychedelic that defined the 80s" was even named the greatest in film by Vanity Fair! Set against the subculture of the thriving Minneapolis music scene, it's a well told story about a struggling musician dealing with his hatred for his abusive father and his love for a beautiful singer/dancer ('80s pop star Apollonia).

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ALBUQUERQUE FILM & MUSIC EXPERIENCE 2018

Jun 9
Saturday

2018

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Before Breakfast

Narrative Short, 12 min, 36 sec, USA, 2010, Directed by Paul A. Levin

Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, two of the most revered screen legends of all time, spun in the same Hollywood and New York orbits simultaneously. But they've never been on the same screen. Until now. 

Sinatra in Palm Springs - The Place He Called Home

Documentary Feature, 1 hour, 32 minutes, USA, 2018, Directed by Leo Zahn

Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home”, a documentary film by Leo Zahn, explores Frank Sinatra’s deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, his primary home for almost 50 years. The film captures the spirit of the Sinatra era and pays tribute to the unique lifestyle of Sinatra’s Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. Featuring interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Nelda Linsk, Bruce Fessier, Trini Lopez, Michael Fletcher  and many others who knew and lived and played with Frank Sinatra.

 

6:30PM – 9:00PM

Return Safely

Narrative Short, 12 min, 36 sec, Iceland, 2017, Directed by Eric Burleson

Already too late to turn back, a young Traveler must complete her quest in returning a mysterious object, while battling the dangers of the landscape and predators. 

La Higuera de los Bastardos (The Bastard’s Fig Tree)

Narrative Feature, 1 hour, 43 min, Spain, 2017, Directed by Ana Murugarran

Near the end of the Spanish War, a “trigger happy” fascist soldier turns into a strange hermit. He gets caught up in the care of a fig tree after the look in a ten year old child’s eyes, son of one of his victims, awakes in him the certainty that the kid will kill him as soon as he reaches sixteen years of age.

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Limelight

Jun 9 to Jun 10
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Charlie Chaplin - 1952 - 137m - All seats just $5

AN ALBUQUERQUE FILM CLUB SPECIAL CO-PRESENTATION!

Charlie Chaplin’s masterful drama about the twilight of a former vaudeville star is among the writer-director’s most touching films. Chaplin plays Calvero, a once beloved musical-comedy performer, now a washed-up alcoholic who lives in a small London flat. A glimmer of hope arrives when he meets a beautiful but melancholy ballerina (Claire Bloom) who lives downstairs. An elegant mix of the comic and the tragic, this poignant movie also features Buster Keaton in an extended cameo, marking the only time the two silent comedy icons appeared in a film together. Made at a time when Chaplin was under attack by the American press and far right, Limelight was scarcely distributed in the United States upon its initial release, but it is now considered one of his essential and most personal works.

“Neither comedy nor tragedy altogether, it is a brilliant weaving of comic and tragic strands, eloquent, tearful and beguiling with supreme virtuosity.” - Bosley Crowther, New York Times

“What comes through most clearly in Limelight, however, is that Chaplin had come to terms with his life.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Departing from most forms of Hollywood stereotype, the film has a flavor all its own in the sincere quality of the story anent the onetime great vaudemime and his rescue of a femme ballet student.” - Variety

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Falling Down

Jun 16
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Joel Schumacher - 1993 - 112m - A BALLS OUT ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL! - No matinees

The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world.

Freeways are clogged. Terror stalks our cities. At shops and restaurants, the customer is seldom right. Pressures of big-city life can anger anyone. But Bill Foster is more than angry. He’s out to get even. Foster abandons his gridlocked car license plate D-FENS on the hottest day of the year and walks straight into an urban nightmare both absurdly funny and shatteringly violent. Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is Foster, an ordinary guy at war with the frustrations of daily life. Fellow Oscar winner Robert Duvall is the savvy cop obsessed with stopping Fosters citywide rampage. This spellbinding thriller is their story, asking “Are we falling apart?”

Considered a controversial cult classic soon after its release in 1993, Falling Down (starring Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, and Barbara Hershey) was a cultural touchstone featured on the cover of Newsweek. Kirk Douglas called Falling Down his son Michael’s best work. 

The film will be introduced by film critic, author, and filmmaker Benjamin Radford. Falling Down memorabilia will also be on display.

“It turns one man's slide toward madness into a wickedly mischievous, entertaining suspense thriller.” - Caryn James, New York Times

“Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and certainly unnerving.” - Time Out

“What makes this an innovative film is Joel Schumacher's bold eschewing of the good-guy-verses-bad-guy Hollywood convention.” - Film4

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Drilling Mora County - ENCORE SCREENING!

Jun 23
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. David Luis Leal Cortez - 2017 - 54m - $15 DONATION APPRECIATED

DIRECTOR IN PERSON PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS SPEAKER T.B.A. !  PART OF PROCEEDS TO GO TOWARDS THE DOCUMENTARY'S LEGAL FEES

The documentary covers the Mora County, NM fracking ban, the first county in the United States to do so. Interviews with attorneys, activists, and elected officials. Attorneys like Jeffery Haas, and Thomas Linzey, along with elected officials like John Olivas, activists like Kathleen Dudley and Anita Laran tell the story of what happened there.

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Survivor's Guide To Prison

Jun 24
Sunday 12:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Matthew Cooke - 2018 - 102m - A Saturday Entertainment Special! Only $7 for this event!

Q & A after the screening with 3-5 panelists tba!  Starring: Susan Sarandon, Jesse Williams, Patricia Arquette and many others! 

Today, you're more likely to go to prison in the United States than anywhere else in the world. So in the unfortunate case it should happen to you - this is the Survivors Guide to Prison.

“Survivors Guide to Prison has changed the way I view the American justice system. There's not enough room in any review to account for all of it's essential information. It is a testament to how the 1% rule our world at the expense of everyone else.” - Amyana Bartley, Film Inquiry

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Hairspray - 30th Anniversary Special Screenings!

Jun 29 to Jun 30
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY

Dir. John Waters - 1988 - 92m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - $8 Gen. / $6 Stu.

The Turnblads' (Divine, Jerry Stiller) plus-size daughter (Ricki Lake) rocks a segregated TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore.  Funny as heck and a good message to boot, (!) this is the original 1988 one that includes Sonny Bono and Debra Harry as parents of a rival young girl plus Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora as pot-smoking beatniks.  

"Not only Waters's best movie, but a crossover gesture that expands his appeal without compromising his vision one iota" - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

 

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Routed 66: A TOURING LIVE COMEDY SPECIAL!

Jun 30
Saturday 8pm ONLY!

Dir. Dr. Brian King, Jacci Pillar, Tim Read and Euky - NOW! - 100m approx - All Seats $10

A BlueByrd Comedy Special Presentation!

"A comedic experiment of sorts!   Routed 66 puts one American and two Australians together on a road trip through the heartland of America with the purpose of getting to the heart of healing by laughter. The tour takes us to: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Victorville, Barstow, Las Vegas, Kingman, Flagstaff, Gallup, NM, Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Joplin, Springfield (MO), Branson, St Louis, Springfield (IL)Joliet, and ends in Chicago."

Starring Dr. Brian King, Jacci Pillar and Tim Read and Euky!

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The Great Silence - 50th Anniversary restoration!

Jun 30 to Jul 1
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Sergio Corbucci - 1968 - 105m - No Matinees

The pinnacle of the spaghetti western canon, DJANGO director Sergio Corbucci’s crowning achievement stars Klaus Kinski (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD) and Jean-Louis Trintignant (star of Michael Haneke's HAPPY END) as a vicious bounty hunter and a mute gunslinger, who lock horns in the snowy mountains of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899.

Inspired by the recent deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm X, the film is notable for its explicitly radical politics and dark tone, matched by an atypical snowbound setting and beautifully haunting score by Ennio Morricone.

"One of the finest Westerns ever..." - Alex Cox, The New York Times

"Brutal, bleakly beautiful …  one of the most uncompromising and unforgettable finales ever filmed" – Leonard Maltin

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