Special Events

Spring Night, Summer Night - the amazing lost & found Appalachian Indie Drama restored!!

Jan 19 to Jan 20
Saturday and Sunday 3:30, 5:45, 8pm

Dir. J.L. Anderson - 1967 - 82m

BONUS!  Former Guild Cinema co-owner and now Film Restorationist Peter Conheim will be in person for talk/Q&A !!

It took half a century, but a “missing link” of American independent cinema has finally been fully reconstructed, restored and returns to the screen – after being unceremoniously bumped from the 1968 New York Film Festival, and then re-invited and premiering there 50 years later in 2018. SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT is the astoundingly beautiful work of director and film scholar Joseph L. Anderson (and his working partner and former student, Franklin Miller), filmed in 1965 in rural Southern Ohio in shimmering 35mm black and white - an entry into a fledgling “New Appalachian Cinema” movement which would never take hold. As preserved by the support of filmmaker and collector Nicolas Winding Refn (http://www.byNWR.com) and supervised by the team at Cinema Preservation Alliance, this stunning 4K restoration of SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT from the original camera negative brings a film into the light which has effectively been lost since initial release.

"SPRING NIGHT brings an earthy poetry to its death trap portrait of small town America.  In the clamor at the family dinner table, Carl (Ted Heimerdinger) and Jessie (Larue Hall), the eldest children in an extended brood, see the grinding trajectory of their lives laid out: from carefree youth to embittered adulthood to forgotten old age.  Both, secretly, hungering for escape, they rebel against the ties that bind them to this place and to each other through an illicit act of love that brings both tender and traumatic consequences.  Through these young ill-fated lovers and the hardscrabble world around them, Anderson captures in almost ethnographic detail the postwar bust of the Appalachians where regrets and recriminations are soaked in Blatz and fuel a pernicious rumor mill.  This last, seemingly the town’s last booming industry, ironically offers Carl and Jessie a glimmer of hope in their impossible situation (they may not actually be related).

The galvanizing effect of Anderson’s lone directing credit comes not only from the power of his images and themes, but also from the mere fact of its existence.  Writing in Sight & Sound, Archive senior preservationist Ross Lipman situates Spring Night along with Kent MacKenzie’s The Exiles (1961), Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970), Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep (1979), and Billy Woodberry’s Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) to expand what he describes as “an unknown and completely accidental—but surprisingly coherent—body of American neo-realism.”  Village Voice, on the other hand, declared it “the missing link between Shadows and The Last Picture Show.”  Dropped from the line-up of the 1968 New York Film Festival in favor of John Cassavetes’ Faces and with no other options for distribution, the film was picked up by exploitation distributor Joseph Brenner who tacked on some nude scenes and released a bastardized version under the title Miss Jessica is Pregnant.  The restored version screening here is Anderson’s original cut, ready to take its place, finally, among the pantheon of American independent cinema."  —Paul Malcolm, UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE

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The Witness Premier Event - A New Local Shorts Showcase!

Jan 19
Saturday 10:30pm

Dir. various - 2019 - 60m approx - All Seats $8

A LONG BOX PRODUCTION SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

“ reality check “ -  a film of moving photographs.

“ Heineken” - A Surreal  nightmare of one mans quest for a beer. 

“The Lonely earth” - A extremely ambitious post apocalyptic sci-fi adventure. 

“Apothecary’s Cage” - A beautiful look at how we consume in are society and how system in place holds us back. 

“Walk” - One night when a girl wakes up screaming she goes for a walk to figure things out. 

“The Witness” - A detective is hired to find a missing girl but learns quickly his missing person may not be in his reality.

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American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Debs

Jan 20
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Yale Strom - 2018 - 97m - $10 suggest donation - no one turned away for lack of funds

An Albuquerque Democratic Socialists of America special presentation!  BONUS!  This event will also include a special panel discussion with members of Our Revolution New Mexico, Progressive Democrats of America, and New Mexico Working Families Party!

Bernie Sanders inspired a generation - but who inspired him?

Yale Strom's new documentary traces the history of American populism by exploring the life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come - from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our lives today.

"Bernie Sanders' spoke of change in 2016 and change was what Debs, Sanders' hero, was about in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Filmmaker Yale Strom introduces us to Debs, whose character and convictions on equality cemented his legacy as an icon of the socialist movement. Along the way, viewers pick up a lot of knowledge - from the rise of socialism in America to Debs being the first presidential candidate imprisoned for his campaign platform." - Chicago Tribune

"Using the technique pioneered by Ken Burns but with much more political acumen...'American Socialist' is vastly entertaining and politically insightful." - Counterpunch (UK)

"Poignantly captures the courage and conviction of one man driven by an all-consuming moral mission to elevate the masses, speak truth to power and change the world. And almost 100 years after his death, the ideas he was imprisoned and ridiculed for (by the establishment class), are fueling the progressive movement of the 21st century proving that a vision laced with truth and hope never dies." - Nina Turner, President, Our Revolution

"'American Socialist' gives us hope and tragedy in equal measure. This is a film to be seen by everyone with socialistic inklings." - Paul Buhle, Truth Out

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NM Women In Film's PSA Screening with Enlace Comunitario!

Jan 26
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

2019 - 120m total - Tickets are FREE for members, and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available at the door

Please join New Mexico Women in Film in conjunction with New  Mexico Girls Make Movies and Central New Mexico College for our 2018 PSA  screening!

This year’s PSA was produced by NMWIF for Enlace  Comunitario, an organization led by Latina immigrants whose mission is  to transform lives by working to decrease gender inequity and intimate  partner violence. The program will  also include a short film from  Healing Voices - Personal Stories, a production company that aims to  raise public awareness of women striving to overcome abuse.

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Dan Savage's HUMP! FILM FESTIVAL 2019 !!

Jan 31 to Feb 2
Thursday 7pm only / Friday and Saturday 7pm, 9pm

Dir. various - 2019 - 90m approx - MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER - ALL SEATS $18 IN ADVANCE / $20 AT THE DOOR

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE!

The 14th Annual HUMP! Film Festival has concluded for 2018. HUMP! will now hit the road in 2019 and screen to over 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

FOR A FULL LINE UP WITH DESCRIPTIONS & TITLES, CLICK HERE AND SCROLL DOWN!

About HUMP!

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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Stop! Look! Listen! Geniuses at Play: BILL IRWIN!

Feb 2 to Feb 3
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Bill Irwin - varies - 90m approx - All Seats just $5

An ABQ FILM CLUB / AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE MUSEUM special!  The first in their NEW VAUDEVILLIAN series that we'll be hosting!

Bill Irwin in his production of The Regard of Flight - A hilarious and joyous mashñup of pretentious theatre, physical comedy and every actorís nightmare!

Bill Irwin is the most versatile and honored New Vaudevillian. He was the first performer ever awarded a five-year MacArthur ëGeniusí Grant; he won Best Actor Tony for Whoís Afraid of Virginia Woolf; a second Tony for Fool Mooní; numerous Drama Desk and Obie awards; two National Endowment Arts Choreography Fellowships (1981 and 1983); and a Guggenheim Fellowship; Bill began as a dancer at Oberlin College, was a founding member of both Herbert Blauís avant garde Kraken Theatre Company and The Pickle Family Circus.

You know him as Mr Noodle on Sesame Street and as a regular on TVs Legion, Law and Order, Northern Exposure, CSI, among other series; plus dozens of movies and theatre pieces. But it was as the hapless and harried performer in The Regard of Flight, which Bill created on Broadway in 1983, that many critics began to compare Irwin to Chaplin and Keaton.

**Bill Irwin gave Frank Cullen and the Guild Cinema special permission to screen a film of this production!  THANKS BILL !

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The Unruly Mystic: John Muir

Feb 2
Saturday 3:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Michael Conti - 2018 - 100m total - All Seats $10

Director Michael M. Conti will be in attendance for a short Q & A after the film, and will be joined by producer Heather Boyle!  Advance tickets available by clicking here!

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

An inspirational new documentary that explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The film discusses the connection nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now. John Muir played many roles in his life: mystic, prophet, author, poet, conservationist, radical, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature.  As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world today, and his work has become a personal guide into the natural world for countless individuals. The film interviews noted psychiatrists, therapists, theologians, writers, and every day people and asks them to discuss their relationship with nature, and its transformative effect in their lives.

About Crazy Wisdom Films (CWF): Every generation when finding its own voice also rediscovers the teachers, mystics, geniuses, misfits, rebels, troublemakers from the past.  CWF strives to celebrate those previous unruly mystics who stood strong, brave, open and everlasting awake, and who continue to inspire and challenge the status quo. Each film is crafted to be appealing to a multi-generational audience, from the twenty something-spiritual seekers to the gray-haired elders who seek a deeper wisdom on the subject.  The films are a reminder of the common good and universal connection that we all have to the earth and to spirit, and that connection that those are stronger and deeper than merely one nation, religion, race, class or gender. The first film in the series is The Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard.

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Bag It - Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Feb 9
Saturday 1pm

Dir. Suzan Beraza - 2011 - 79m - FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED

A NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS ALBUQUERQUE SPECIAL PRESENTATION!

FREE BUT TO ENSURE SEATING GET A TICKET BY CLICKING HERE

In the United States alone, an estimated 12 million barrels of oil is used annually to make the plastic bags that Americans consume. The United States International Trade Commission reported that 102 billion plastic bags were used in the U.S. in 2009. These bags, even when properly disposed of, are easily windblown and often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading soil and water quality as they break down into toxic bits. Their manufacture, transportation and disposal require large quantities of non-renewable resources and release equally large amounts of global-warming gases.

Governments around the world have taken action to ban or restrict the use of plastic bags. In 2008, China banned the use of ultra-thin plastic bags, and it is estimated to have eliminated 40 billion bags in the first year. Ireland placed a fee on plastic bags and reportedly reduced consumption by 90%.

Towns all over the United States are rising to the challenge and standing up to the oil, gas and plastic industries. San Francisco has banned plastic bags. Seattle has fought a hard fight to place a fee on single-use disposable plastic AND paper bags, only to be shut down by the American Chemistry Council, a group that profits greatly from the production of plastic bags. Recently, Seattle successfully passed an ordinance that would ban plastic bags and place a small charge on paper bags.

The plastic industry and their lobbying groups spend millions annually to combat anti-plastic bag campaigns across the country. In spite of this challenge, U.S. cities including Austin, Boston, New Haven, Phoenix and Annapolis are considering bag bans or fees. In the past year, a number of cities passed plastic bag bans including Aspen and Basalt, CO, Portland, OR, San Jose, CA, and Santa Clara and Marin Counties in CA.

“Enlightening docu about saving the planet from plastics.” - Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media

“Humble documentary makes a non-biodegradable impression.” - Marty Mapes, Movie Habit

“A pretty interesting journey from one man's point of view.” - Stephan Boissonneault, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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Legend (1985) - the Ridley Scott Classic!

Feb 10
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Ridley Scott - 1985 - 113m - All Seats $8

A NM ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE "80's SUNDAY MATINEE" SPECIAL!  ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!  DOOR PRIZES COURTESY OF BUBONICON 51

A visually striking sword and sorcery saga that mixes ample doses of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Mallory, George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and Dungeons and Dragons!  Many years ago, the Earth was an idyllic land of unicorns and bright sunshine. But the forces of light become embroiled are in mortal battle with the forces of darkness --specifically the evil Prince of Darkness (Tim Curry), who lives in dark caverns below the Earth's surface and has nefarious plans to blot out the light of the sun and rule in a perpetual dark shroud of gloom and shadows forever. Into the breach comes peasant hero Jack (Tom Cruise), who sets up to defeat Darkness and let the sun shine through. He meets a young woman named Lili (Mia Sara) and they fall in love. But Lili is lured into the netherworld by a sultry priestess and has become evil herself. Jack sets his sights on the forces of evil and determines to defeat Darkness and save Lili!

"Perhaps ahead of its time … a fascinating film." - James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk

"A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles." - Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

"Legend is a Gothic fairy tale brought to life." - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

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Rocky Horror Picture Show - VALENTINE'S SPECIAL!

Feb 15
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $25 ($15 for your ticket, $10 for a prop bag) NOTE: THIS IS AN 18 YEARS OR OLDER EVENT!

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

Another chance to re-live a classic that you'll never forget!  PRIDE & EQUALITY MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its Ninth year. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

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

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FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Feb 16
Saturday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Tom Piper - 2018 - 75m - No Matinees

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE!

SPECIAL THANKS TO XERISCAPE COUNCIL OF NEW MEXICO, ERIN'S GARDENS & LANDSCAPE DESIGNS & WATERWISE LANDSCAPES NM!

Revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf is known for designing public works like New York City’s popular High Line and Chicago’s Millennium Park that redefine our conception of gardens as works of art in themselves. This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in his work, taking us inside Oudolf’s creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.

"Gorgeous." -  Village Voice

"Makes lovely visual music." - Chicago Tribune

"Reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in." - Los Angeles Times

"Ethereal." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Anyone who relishes time in a garden will understand and cherish." - East Bay Time

"Delightful." - SF WEEKLY

"Those with a green thumb will be delighted to discover new ways to think about their gardens." - Santa Fe New Mexican

"Mesmerizing." - Los Angeles Times

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Young Lakota - Special Anniversary Screening!

Feb 17
Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt - 2012 - 83m - Suggested donation of $9 but no one turned away for lack of funds!

AN INDIGENOUS WOMEN RISING SPECIAL!  Proceeds will go to the Indigenous Women Rising Abortion Fund

The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. 

This is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way, as the film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion and a divisive tribal election. Young Lakota tells the tale of the diverging paths Brandon and Sunny begin to take. Ultimately it is the complex interplay of personal choice, cultural, economic and political circumstance that defines who they are and what kind of adults they are becoming. Beyond the divisiveness and turmoil, the stark disappointments and heady triumphs, Sunny’s courage and Cecelia Fire Thunder’s wisdom gives Young Lakota a sense of enduring possibility and of life being lived deeply that will resonate with any audience.

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A Bullet For The General - SPAGHETTI WESTERNS KEEP A' COMIN' !

Feb 23 to Feb 24
Saturday and Sunday 1pm

Dir. Damiano Damiani - 1967 - 118m - Italian - In Italian with English subtitles - No Matinees

At the height of the Mexican revolution, a mysterious young American (Lou Castel of FIST IN HIS POCKET) joins a gang of marauders led by El Chucho (Gian Maria Volonte of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) on a series of savage raids to steal guns for a powerful rebel general. But when the Gringo brings his own cold-blooded ideals to the bandits, El Chucho discovers that the real weapons of war belong to no army. In a land ravaged by poverty and violence, can true freedom be bought with a single bullet?

Klaus Kinski (FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) and Martine Beswick (THUNDERBALL) co-star in this legendary western directed by Damiano Damiani (AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION) from a powerful screenplay co-written by Oscar-nominee Franco Solinas (THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, THE BIG GUNDOWN). Also known as QUIEN SABE?, this thrilling epic features some of the most surprising performances, radical politics and shocking violence of any 'Spaghetti Western' ever made.

'One Of The Greatest Spaghetti Westerns Ever Made!' --Spaghetti Cinema

'Ranks Alongside Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST And Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH!' --DVD Drive-In

'A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL Has One Of The Best First 20 Minutes In Film History!' --Movie Feast

“Damiano Damiani directs it like a twenties gangster picture in the sun-baked desert and white-dust hills of the cutthroat west, where life is cheap, loyalty is rare, and rival gangs constantly battle for guns and contraband.” - Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com

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