Special Events

AIA Film Challenge: A Blueprint for Better with Discussion

Oct 25
Thursday 7pm

Dir. various - 2018 - 120m total

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!

The 2018 AIA Film Challenge invited architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects, civic leaders, and their communities working together toward positive community impact, creating a Blueprint for Better. Participants produced, shot, and edited 3 to 5 minute documentary-style short films showcasing their story to win prizes, distribution at film festivals, and exposure, as well as partner film and architecture organizations.  AIA Albuquerque will view groups of submitted clips and ask the audience to participate in a lively moderated conversation.

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Over The Edge - as part of the EDGE double feature!

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Jonathan Kaplan - 1979 - 95m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THAT OTHER "EDGE" CLASSIC - RIVER'S EDGE !

BONUS!  WRITER TIM HUNTER TO SPEAK AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS WITH AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER OF BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A LOVE LETTER TO 80S TEEN MOVIES!

Return to the pre-Internet days of 1979, when teens had KISS on their T-shirts and Led Zeppelin on their walls (wait, other than the high-waisted pants, that could be today). Richie (Matt Dillon in an electrifying debut) and Carl (Michael Kramer) are two such teens stuck in the planned community of New Granada (rural Colorado). Richie is a two-bit hood in Jackie Earle Haley (Bad News Bears) mode. Carl, his partner in mischief (breaking curfew, setting off firecrackers), comes from a more stable environment. Once a gun enters the picture, petty crime leads to tragedy and then apocalyptic revenge. Over the Edge gets the details right: the kids, the era, and their frustration with an uncomprehending adult world. The period-perfect soundtrack ups the ante with potent tracks from Cheap Trick, the Ramones, and the Cars.

“A sensitive and deceptively shocking portrait of middle-class decadence and alienation set against an impersonal, dehumanized, futuristic Sunbelt society.” - Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe

“Script, photography and performances (including Dillon before he decided to become a teenage Stallone) are all top notch, while Kaplan directs with pace, imagination, and a fine ear for dialogue and music.” - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

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River's Edge - as part of the EDGE double feature!

Oct 26 to Oct 27
Friday and Saturday 4:45, 9:30

Dir. Tim Hunter - 1987 - 99m - No Matinees

DOUBLE FEATURED WITH THAT OTHER "EDGE" CLASSIC - OVER THE EDGE !

BONUS!  DIRECTOR TIM HUNTER TO SPEAK AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS WITH AUTHOR KEVIN SMOKLER OF BRAT PACK AMERICA:  A LOVE LETTER TO 80S TEEN MOVIES!

Based on the horrifying real-life murder of a young California girl, this powerful portrait of deadly, disaffected teens stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), lone Skye (Say Anything…), Daniel Roebuck (The Fugitive) and Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet). On the bank of a river lies the naked body of a brutally murdered young girl. At the nearby high school, Samson (Roebuck) brags to Matt (Reeves) and his friends about how he killed her. Drunk and stoned, the doubting teens trudge to the river and discover that he isn't lying. And oddly, they decide to protect Samson behind a loyal wall of secrecy. Tormented with guilt, Matt questions their silence... and suddenly finds himself in a troubling position: should he do what he thinks is right, or should he keep quiet and live with this demon for the rest of his life? Cult director Tim Hunter (The Saint of Fort Washington) helmed this haunting and chilling tale about disillusioned youth. 

“Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film.” - Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum

“One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.” - TV Guide

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Blood Feast - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1963 Splatter Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 9pm / Wednesday 7pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1963 - 67m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and certainly the most influential, must surely be his original gore-fest Blood Feast the first ever splatter movie.

Dorothy Fremont is looking to throw a party unlike any other, and she gets just that when she hires the decidedly sinister Fuad Ramses to cater the event. Promising to provide her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast, Ramses promptly sets about acquiring the necessary ingredients the body parts of nubile young women!

Featuring a host of stomach-churning gore gags including the infamous tongue sequence and much more nastiness besides, Herschell Gordon Lewis Blood Feast more than lives up to its name and remains essential viewing for any self-respecting splatter fan.

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Two Thousand Maniacs! - the original Herschel Gordon Lewis 1964 Depraved Classic!

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Tuesday 7pm / Wednesday 9pm

Dir. Herschel Gordon Lewis - 1964 - 83m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special - Only $5 to check this insanity out & in!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

After shocking and outraging the world with his genre-defining 1963 gore-fest Blood Feast, exploitation pioneer H.G. Lewis would seek (and positively succeed!) to outdo himself with the deliciously depraved Two Thousand Maniacs!

When a group of Yankee tourists take a detour and wind up in the small Southern town of Pleasant Valley which has magically rematerialized 100 years after its destruction during the Civil War they find themselves welcomed by the eager townsfolk as guests of honour at their centennial celebrations. Little do the Northerners know that the festivities are set to include torture, death and dismemberment...

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Living While Dying - as part of BEFORE I DIE NM FEST!

Nov 1
Thursday 5pm. 6:30, 8pm only!

Dir. Cathy Zheutlin - 2018 - 45m - No Matinees

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CONSCIOUS DYING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK - an intimate personal documentary

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, this 45-minute documentary presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance.

"As a baby boomer, I became curious about death, and decided to pick up my camera and film four friends with terminal illnesses who chose to live out their days in hospice-care at home. Along the way, I sought the advice of an aboriginal elder and a deathwalker in Australia, witnessed a mass cremation in Bali, and asked my 90-year old mother to sit in a coffin while we discussed her EOL wishes.

Are we, without noticing, reinventing death? Don, my tango partner, says “Cathy, dying doesn’t have to be sad,” and then takes medication from Oregon Death with Dignity.  I bounce between fears, awareness, and denial.  Yet death is ever-present.  Though random, it’s certain, and soon my parents will die.  I don’t want to lose them. Death will take them differently.  My dad ,90, a medical doctor will use every medical means within reason to stay alive (I think…I don’t know because he doesn't like to talk about it.)  while my mom, also 90, is so comfortable she discusses death as if planning a picnic. How do we prepare? Is it possible to die well?” - director Cathy Zheutlin

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Levi Anderson & Jordan Comedy Show!

Nov 2
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Levi & Jordan of course! - Now - 75m approx - All Seats $10 - Voice interpreter provided

Local deaf comedian Levi Anderson & Jordan have come up with a new show that will have you laughing your ass off! It's about life and all the crazy stuff that may or may not be true!  You be the judge - DON'T MISS iT!

Questions - contact Levi at soreheal@gmail.com, (505)615-7181 (TEXT ONLY)

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Bill Nye's Global Meltdown

Nov 3
Saturday 11 a.m.

Dir. Christopher Cassel - 2015 - 45m approx - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED!

A MARCH FOR SCIENCE ALBUQUERQUE SPECIAL!

Bill Nye is feeling down. He’s visiting his therapist, Dr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, wondering why he doesn’t feel like himself lately. Arnold listens sympathetically and diagnoses the cause Bill is suffering from grief: climate change grief. Thus begins the most unorthodox hour ever devoted to the subject of climate change. 

Scientist Bill Nye examines the earth's warming temperatures through the prism of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Ultimately Dr. Schwarzenegger encourages Bill to find solutions in science, and Bill heads to Silicon Valley to explore the ways technology companies like Google and Tesla are taking the lead in mapping out a clean energy future that can save the planet.

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Defending Your Life - as part of the BEFORE I DIE NM FEST!

Nov 3 to Nov 4
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Albert Brooks - 2018 - 111m - No Matinees

Albert Brooks wrote, directed, and stars in this philosophical comedy about a man having a hard time making a case for himself in the afterlife. When advertising executive Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) finds himself in a fatal car crash minutes after taking delivery on a new BMW, he's whisked away to Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on a sort of trial to decide their fate. If in your time on Earth you were able to face your fears and learn from your mistakes, you get to move on to a life in a better world. However, if you didn't, you have to go back to Earth and try again. As he spends the next several days watching various episodes from his life, Daniel gets the impression he doesn't stand much of a chance of moving on -- and his representative, Bob Diamond (Rip Torn), seems to have little confidence in his case. In the meantime, he frequents Judgment City's many restaurants (where the food is delicious and you can eat all you want without gaining an ounce), pays a visit to the Past Life Pavilion, and meets Julia (Meryl Streep), who seems so kind, sweet, and noble that her advancement is practically assured. Daniel and Julia fall in love, but what's going to happen if they don't end up in the same place? Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep make a witty and engaging romantic team in Defending Your Life, and Shirley MacLaine appears in a highly appropriate cameo.

“This is definitely Brooks's day in court, and he makes comic heaven of it.” - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

“The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Albert Brooks doesn't make many films, but those he does make are always welcome.” -  Baltimore Sun

“Albert Brooks' best movie…” - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

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Soufra

Nov 10
Saturday 1pm only!

Dir. Thomas Morgan - 2017 - 73m - A HYDRO STUDIOS CO-PRESENTATION - All Seats $10

HOSTED BY DRESS FOR SUCCESS ALBUQUERQUE

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Together, they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food while taking their future into their own hands through an unrelenting belief in Mariam, and in each other. In the process, Mariam is breaking barriers, pulling together Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese women to work side by side and form beautiful friendships while running this thriving business.

Soufra will shine a new and revealing light on people inside of the largest refugee crisis in human history, but ultimately this film is about hope, grit, passion and the common bonds created by bringing people together around food as a bridge to overcome all barriers. Though Mariam is officially considered “stateless” she is a beacon of hope and home for thousands upon thousands of women in the most unlikely of places. Mariam and her team will be just that for thousands more once her story is told through Soufra.

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Bunny O'Hare - a Modern Albuquerque special!

Nov 11
Sunday 3:30, 5:45, 8pm

Dir. Gerd Oswald - 1971 - 91m

ABOUT THE PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONModern Albuquerque LLC was established to be a resource to residents and tourists about Albuquerque's modernist architecture and mid-century culture.  

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

1970 Albuquerque is the setting for this forgotten madcap comedy distributed by American International Pictures. Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine star as bank robbers taking revenge on the Bank of New Mexico after Bette's title character Bunny O'Hare loses her home to them. While their on-screen chemistry is convincing, the real stars here are the vintage filming locations which include the Winrock Mall, Princess Jeanne Bank, and others. Former New Mexico Governor David Cargo makes a cameo as a state trooper.

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Beetlejuice

Nov 16
Friday 10:30pm Only!

Dir. Tim Burton - 1988 - 92m

A DARK ROOM HORROR PRESENTATION!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family – and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!

"Some of the most surprisingly enjoyable viewing in years." - Time Out

"One of [Burton's] flat-out funniest films, with Michael Keaton giving a performance for the ages." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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A Feast Of Man

Nov 17
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Caroline Golum - 2018 - 82m - No Matinees

When a wealthy New York playboy dies unexpectedly, his five closest friends are summoned to his country home for a viewing of his video will. Each one will become a millionaire overnight, if they can unanimously agree to consume his dead body.

Starring: Frank Mosley as Ted Hughes, Jesse Rudoy as Richard "Dickie" Hamilton, Chris Shields as Wolf Zabar, Jr., Marleigh Dunlap as Arletty, Laurence Bond as Gallagher, Zachary Fleming as James, the Butler, Lloyd Kaufman as Wolf Zabar, Sr., Jennifer Golum as "Ranger" Sue

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Furry Burque Film Festival - a benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue

Nov 17
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Various - NOW - 100m approx. - All Seats $8

A BOOFY'S BEST FOR PETS SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

Boofy's Best for Pets proudly presents the inaugural Furry Burque Film Festival, showcasing short films about our furry friends! The festival is a fundraising benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue, Inc., New Mexico, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping displaced animals have a second chance at happiness.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Submissions of pet-related short films are being accepted online via FilmFreeway.com through October 15, 2018. Amateurs, students, and professionals are all welcome to submit their films and videos, and New Mexico filmmakers in particular are encouraged to participate. The submission fee is $10 (nonrefundable). Accepted selections will be notified by October 31, 2018.

Films should have a positive pet- or animal-related theme and may be narrative, documentary, or animated in nature. Preferred length is between 5 minutes and 20 minutes, with a planned total festival running time of 70 to 100 minutes.

Certificates and nominal prizes will be awarded to 1st ($100 Visa gift card), 2nd ($75 Visa gift card), and 3rd ($50 Visa gift card) place films as decided by audience vote. However, everyone who enters is a winner for supporting animal rescue!

Online submission link: https://filmfreeway.com/FurryBurqueFilmFestival

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My Name Is Nobody - SPAGHETTI WESTERNS SERIES BEGINS!

Nov 24 to Nov 25
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Tonino Valerii - 1973 - 114m - Italy - No Matinees

PARTIALLY SHOT IN NEW MEXICO!  SPECIAL INTRO BY LOCAL FILM HISTORIAN/JOURNALIST JEFF BERG AT THE SUNDAY SHOW!

SPECIAL THANKS TO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVALS OF NM!

Produced by western legend Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) this is one rollicking shoot-`em-up! Young, ambitious gunman Nobody (They Call Me Trinity's Terence Hill) sets his eye on his idol, gunslinger Jack Beauregard (Once Upon a Time in the West's Henry Fonda), who's intent on sailing off into retirement. Deciding his hero should go out with guns blazing, Nobody sets him up for a showdown with a pack of the deadliest bad guys in the West, triggering an unforgettable finale that's become an action comedy legend.

“A classic film with a stunning soundtrack and a pretty magnetic and elegiac personality.” -  Alberto Abuín, Espinof

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'The Love That Would Not Die' and 'The Love That Would Not Die 2 - Synthesize Me'

Nov 30
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Devon Hawkes Ludlow - 2018 - 75m approx. - Director in person! All seats $10 for this double feature!

Double feature! 

‘The Love That Would Not Die 1’ 

“Shot with an iPhone, some clip lights, this puppet powered post apocalyptic musical introduces Stan, the sole survivor of the zombie apocalypse, his loyal Sock Dog, his ex-girlfriend turned zombie Lydia, and a time-traveling Kid who holds the secret to ending the zombie plague - a Kid whose very blood can transform zombies into singing dancing rock stars.”  view a trailer here

‘The Love That Would Not Die 2 - Synthesize Me’ 

' Old friends, catchy tunes, better lighting.'  

Prepare to be amazed as award-winning cult madness of this punk rock puppet musical series continues in The Love That Would Not Die part 2 of 1, ‘Synthesize Me’. Picking up from the cliffhanger of the last episode, ‘Synthesize Me’ follows Stan and Sock Dog as they try to rescue the Kid, get Stan back to gather with his ex, save the world from a pharmaceutical zombie apocalypse and banal club music, all while keeping a positive attitude; to do so they’ll need supernatural help in the form of underground music legend Space Lady (as herself). But will it be enough to counter the terrifying new dangers of deranged scientist Jartek and glam punk rock diva Lydia?  View a trailer at here

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