Special Events

Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival

Mar 31 to Apr 1
Friday 7:30pm / Saturday 7:30 and 9:30pm

Dir. various - 2017 - 90m approx - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!!




The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.

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Live Standup Comedy Returns!

Mar 31
Friday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Matt Peterson & friends! - NOW - 75m approx. - All Seats Just $7 - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER!

Check out our killer line up for this show! WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BLAST!! JOIN US WON'T YOU??!!


Caitlin has been charming audiences throughout the southwest one lady dick joke at a time! Since beginning her career at Denver's Lions Lair she has performed at multiple venues around the southwest and beyond, including Loonees Comedy Corner (Colorado Springs) Open Source Comedy Club ( Albuquerque, NM) to name a few! She is the winner of Albuquerque's Comedians Power Hour contest and a regular winner of Albuquerque's First Friday contest at Tracter Brwing company! 

Featuring ROYAL WOOD

Royal is a funny guy! Whether he is by himself rocking the stage, or working with the comedy team Player 2! He is also a correspondent for the new hit satire news show, The NM Inquisition! He has performed all across NM and beyond! "If he's a part of your show, you know its going to be a blast!" -Royal Wood


MATT is a comedian and actor from Albuquerque whose comedy goals are simple.... make you laugh! His quick wit and fun demeanor make him audience favorite. Matt draws from personal experiences and an absurd point of view. Recently turning forty years old has put absolutely “nothing” into perspective for him.

He's performed in comedy clubs, casinos, colleges and theaters across the southwest and beyond. You can catch him on the nationwide Why The Long Face comedy Tour now! Whythelongfacecomedytour.com .  Matt had worked with Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Doug Stanhope, Alex Ortiz, Troy Baxley and Steven Michael Quezada and more!  Matt was voted one of the best comedians in the city in the Weekly Alibi's 2007 and 2014 'Best of Burque' issue. Matt was featured in the "Comedy issue" of ABQ the Magazine in 2009! Matt was also voted top comedians in 2014, 2015 and 2016 "Best of the City" Albuquerque The Magazine.

Also and actor, writer and filmmaker, in 2011, he was cast as a lead role in the comedy film, The Bigfoot Election. In 2014 Matt co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the upcoming comedy film "Abe Makes A Movie"! He has had roles on In Plain Sight, Netflix series Longmire, ABC?s Killer Women, WGN?s series Manhattan and AMC?s new hit show Preacher! He was a guest comedian on three episodes of NBC's After After Party with Breaking Bad's Steven Michael Quezada. 

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Greatest of Fools - An ABQ FILM CLUB benefit compilation show!

Apr 1
Saturday 1:00, 3:00

Dir. various - varies - 70m approx per - All Seats Just $5 per show!

Some of the funniest SOUND comedy films were shorts.  We team up with the mighty ABQ Film Club to celebrate April Fool's Day with a superior selection of sound shorts of Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, W.C. Fields, Trixie Friganza, Leon Errol, Clark & McCullough plus Shaw & Lee.  Each program (the 1pm & 3pm) will feature different shorts and both shows will include a different Buster Keaton two-reeler!


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1984 - double featured with V FOR VENDETTA

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 3:30, 6pm

Dir. Michael Radford - 1984 - 111m - No Matinees


Richard Burton's final film that also features the late great John Hurt!  A fine and stunning screen adaptation of George Orwell's prophetic 1948 novel about a world in which the government completely controls the masses by controlling their thoughts, altering history and even changing the meaning of words to suit its needs. 

As part of the National Event Day Screening of “1984” Hosted by Arthouse Theaters Around the Country In Response to The Current Political Climate 

On April 4, 2017, over 90 art house movie theatres across the country in 81 cities and in 35 states, plus one in Canada, will be participating collectively in a NATIONAL EVENT DAY screening of the 80’s movie “1984” (www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803) starring John Hurt, who sadly died last month.  This date was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary.  These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment.  This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.

In a joint statement on behalf of all of the theater chains involved in this event: “Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, national theater chain owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what they do best - showing a movie - the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack.  Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

Participating theaters that charge admission will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local charities and organizations, or using the proceeds for the purposes of underwriting future educational and community-related programming.

Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, and Adam Birnbaum of Nova Theater Circuit, based in Stamford, CT, are spearheading efforts to enlist other theaters to join them.  They can be reached for further statement at UnitedStateOfCinema@gmail.com. 

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Nob Hill Oral History Project - Encore!

Apr 2
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Gary Eyster - 2016 - 60m - Only 25 cents!

15 people who were part of Nob Hill in its early days relate their impressions, introductory comments by the film makers!  NEW:  Final three shorts to be screened as well - “Nob Hill Celebrates the Mid-20th Century”, “Nob Hill Celebrates its Renaissance” & “Nob Hill Celebrates its People”

Videography by Joel Derek Ortiz.

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V for Vendetta - double featured with 1984

Apr 2 to Apr 4
Sunday to Tuesday 8:30pm ONLY!

Dir. James McTeigue - 2006 - 133m - No Matinees


Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it.

“The dark and stylized V for Vendetta is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing.” - Claudia Puig, USA Today

“Whether you're mindless or Mensa, you'll find stuff here to challenge and trouble you, the way a good piece of speculative fiction should.” - Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

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The Milagro Beanfield War

Apr 8
Saturday 12:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Robert Redford - 1988 - 117m - ALL SEATS $10 - A STELLA 4 MAYOR PRESENTATION!


Robert Redford's sophomore directorial effort captures the magic of Hispanic northern New Mexico in this adaptation of the John Nichols book. Starring Sonia Braga, Chuck Vennara, Reuben Blades, Carlos Riquelme, Julie Carmen and Freddie Fender. Melanie Griffith, Christopher Walken, Richard Bradford, David Stearn and John Heard are the Anglo charcters.

“Redford and company have put a quirky twist on the material, investing it with a quasi-mystical aspect as well as some raw comedy.” - Variety


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I Look Up Film Series - An AIA free movie night special!

Apr 13
Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. various - 2015-2016 - 90m approx - Free with limited seating!

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 6:3pm and the movie will start at 7:00 pm with introductions!

The I Look Up Challenge calls upon filmmakers to share their vision with a 2-3 minute video exploring the power of architecture to create solutions and uplift communities. Take on the competition. Take the challenge!  And many did so here are the results!  

A selection of the 2015/16 submissions!

Rural Studio - The AIA presents a short documentary film on Rural Studio, Auburn University’s community-oriented, design-build program dedicated to improving the western Alabama region with good design. The Rural Studio film launched the 2016 Film Challenge, inviting filmmakers and architects to tell stories of how architecture is solving a problem facing us today in communities, big or small. 

ARCH 335: Rebuilding Medcamps - This short film showcases the blossoming partnership between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Their projects create one of the most engaging and meaningful learning experiences of these design student's academic careers and the partnership is not only directly benefiting a diverse and underserved user group, but is also allowing the power of public interest design to shape the next generation of architects.  Directed by Brad Deal of Ruston, LA.

20x10 - 20x10 shares the vision for a radical new community for the chronically homeless in Austin, TX. Key architects involved in the project discuss the intention behind their designs, and their efforts to build community through unique 20x10 "micro" homes.  Directed by Patrick Higgins of Austin, Tx.

Build Back Better - In June 2008 a destructive flood swept through Cedar Rapids. Hundreds of homes and businesses were lost including 300 city owned buildings and some of the city’s most prominent public structures. OPN’s own studio was flooded as well. Following the flood, the City of Cedar Rapids a faced an almost overwhelming road to recovery. Civic leaders turned to OPN Architects to help with the analysis of the flooded spaces and to conduct a city-wide public participation process. Truly, architecture has been a solution to our community’s flood recovery. Eight years later, we wanted to tell the story of the role we played in charting a course out of the devastation.  Directed by Carly Weber of Cedar Rapids, IA.

A Home - East Harlem has historically suffered from many issues, including having the highest rates of unemployment, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, homelessness, and violent crime in New York City. In 2015 Harlem RBI opened a multi-purpose building that includes Harlem RBI's offices, DREAM Charter School, a new community center, 89 affordable housing units, and a beautiful public park. "A HOME" tells the story of how this ambitious architecture project has transformed the lives of the residents of East Harlem giving them a place that is fun, hopeful and that creates community.  Directed by Raul Paz Pastrana of New York, NY.

Albizia - A prolific invasive tree specimen in the state of Hawai'i that causes damage to the both the built and natural environment. It is currently an underutilized natural resource that through research and engineering, is being used as a construction material to aid the rising housing crisis. Joey Valenti is spearheading an architectural project to convert this waste material into a solution for socio-economical issues of the community.  Directed by Graham Hart of Honolulu, HI.

Catalyzing Community Revitalization through Architecture - This video focuses on how architecture can provide a solution to a community problem. Augusta Rd at I85 was once a flourishing community in Greenville, South Carolina, but is now abandoned and forgotten. When a local high school buys property in this neglected area, a group of students explores ways in which the future architecture of this property can revitalize the community.  Directed by Emily Gandy of Greenville, SC. 

Celebration - "Celebration" explores the story of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation as they begin to restore and maintain the David Wright House, one of the most unique and architecturally significant designs by American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In the process, an Easter celebration emerges as a signature event for the community and foundation in celebrating the artistic and cultural legacy of Mr. Wright. Directed by Steven Yazzie of Phoenix, AZ.

Claim (Y)our Space - SCADpad micro housing community built in Atlanta.  Directed by Gregory Beck of Savannah, GA.

ELL - "As a young architect living and working in San Francisco, - one of the nation's most condensed and highly competitive markets - Jason Campbell has observed a real need for a new kind of creative exhibition space.  This is the story of ELL - a cross-disciplinary gallery that draws from different facets of the local art, architecture and design communities in an effort to make art more engaging and accessible." Directed by Corey Leavitt.

Envision Ada - When new auto-centric developments threaten the urban core of a community, Ada Village forms a plan to bring back civic spaces. With heavy community involvement, architects and city planners work together to build their home in the walkable, multi-functional way that they envision.  Directed by Alexander Mitchell Striker of Shelby Township, MI.

Experiments in Town Building - In a secluded area of Panama, a group of Americans (mostly from Atlanta area) are working to build a town from the ground up. This short film highlights Kalu Yala Institute, a civic institute, and it's iterative human-centered process as it builds, under mentorship of accomplished architects in the USA, a new way to live.  Directed by Esteban Gast of Chicago, IL.

Precipitating Change - Architect, David Hertz, has integrated an air to water technology called 'Skysource' producing up to 300 gallons of water per day. The water is offered to the the public of Venice for free as well as to a local NGO, Community Healing Gardens.  Directed by David Hertz.

Bathrooms by Size - this short piece suggests that dividing bathrooms by gender does not work for anyone. As an architect Esther Sperber believes it is our duty to find new design solutions that function better for everyone including the spectrum of gender identities that do not fit into the male/female binary.  Directed by Esther Sperber of New York, NY. 

The Beast - Deep Ellum is a beloved historic neighborhood in Dallas in a current state of urban renewal, with a rich character and culture shaped by the creative community at its heart. Home to local artists, music venues, bars, and eclectic restaurants, the neighborhood thrives with visitor activity, yet lacks a safe public gathering space – like the rest of Dallas, it is dominated by cars. In February 2016, Design Future Dallas – a nonprofit collective of creative thinkers passionate about urban development – hosted an international design competition that challenged designers to transform Crowdus Street into a street for people. This is a story of the coalescence of the community with dedicated organizations to turn this vision into a reality.  Directed by Ryan Conway of Dallas, Tx.

The Conchs - In beach towns, architecture determines the fate of several key factors in the local environment. 'The Conchs' is the story of two houses made out of refurbished shipping containers in Carolina Beach, NC and their goal to achieve a more sustainable community.  Directed by Camille Bourne of Wilmington, NC.  

The Guard - An Architect and a Surfer discuss how an innovative Lifeguard Tower can protect the beach in a beautiful way.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.  Directed by Jeff Durkin of San Diego, CA.

Trailhead Center - The launching point for high risk, high adventure, outdoor activities at Kansas City’s Prairie Schooner Girl Scout Camp. This lively and innovative building was a product of a long relationship between the architect and the Girl Scouts. The center is particularly appreciated by new scouts who are intimidated by the outdoors. It becomes a safe place to begin their adventures and lose their fear.  Directed by Carolyn Adams of Kirkland, WA.

An Architect's Story: Chris Downey - The American Institute of Architects presents a short documentary about Chris Downey, an inspiring architect in San Francisco who is pioneering design for the blind.

Mixed Plate Hawaii - The winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Look Up Film Challenge: “Mixed Plate Hawaii” and trio team Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao, the film  captures the dramatic landscape of Hawaii and how it ties together the multi­cultural architecture of the island. The “Mixed Plate Hawaii” team also won the Third Place award and the Diversity and Inclusion recognition award.

My City Listens - Shot in just 16 days, the winner of the 2015 I Look Up Film Challenge Presenting the winner of the AIA film challenge.  Directed by Soha Momeni of Los Angeles, CA

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The Blues Brothers - the original 1980 classic!

Apr 14
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Landis - 1980 - 148m - All Seats $8


Expanding on their Saturday Night Live characters, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as Jake and Elwood Blues, two white boys with black soul. Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake and Elwood are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher, Sister Mary Stigmata (Kathleen Freeman). Said mission is to raise $5000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago. In case you aren't swept up in the infectuous nuttiness of the brothers Blue, you might have fun spotting film's legion of guest stars, including James Brown, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, Steve Lawrence, Twiggy, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman), Frank Oz, and Steven Spielberg!

“The Blues Brothers is, by any objective standard, a messy wreck... That this is so does not in anyway change that it is an absolutely wonderful movie.” - Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The film retains a huge nostalgic kick, thanks in large part to Aykroyd and Belushi's easy rapport, a smattering of daft, shaggy humour and some truly iconic musical sequences.” - Tom Huddlestone, Time Out

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Experiments in Cinema v12.3 - A Basement Films Event!

Apr 18 to Apr 23
Tuesday to Sunday

2017 - ONLY $8 per day !!

Each year Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. 

In many ways EIC likes to think of itself as a micro-community rather than a festival, in that we are proudly and defiantly non-competitive—no pretentious red carpets, arbitrary prizes or VIP passes at our event. Everyone who participates wins!. EIC is about sharing and nurturing, as we truly believe that the community of media un-dependents are modern day traveling troubadours, sharing their news of the day (from personal, un-embedded perspectives) with colleagues and friends from around the world.  

"Experiments in Cinema serves as a reminder that filmmaking has a responsibility that transcends the pathetically produced popcorn poo-poo that we have come to know as "going to the movies." 

EIC believes in the meat-space of our event and that as useful as Youtube, Vimeo and other interfaces are, there is still nothing that replaces the emotional bandwidth (Gene Yougblood’s phrase) of face-to-face interactions amongst like-minded people inventing and imagining through the power of dialogue.

Each year, in addition to presenting a wide range of international screenings, EIC also hosts live multi-media performances, interactive projects, lectures, discussion groups, hands-on workshops and a program of films produced by New Mexican Middle and High School students.

Our annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991." - Bryan Konefsky, EXPERIMENTS IN CINEMA FESTIVAL DIRECTOR


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School of Rock

Mom’s Matinee

Apr 29 to Apr 30
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 2003 - 109m - All Seat just $5 - Mom's Matinee jams out with a 2003 smash hit!

The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies' staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC -- with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school's stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands' promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned.

“School of Rock made me laugh harder than any movie I've seen this year.” - David Ansen, Newsweek

“A cathartic class comedy for kids of all sizes, it's Bugsy Malone in rock pomp, Slacker meets Spy Kids.” - Derek Adams, Time Out

“Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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