All the world’s a movie
That’s part of your problem, you know: You haven’t seen enough movies. — Steve Martin as Davis in Grand Canyon
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, sponsored by the New Mexico Film Office, presents screenings of the “best of category” winners from the annual competition in the areas of animation, comedy, drama, documentary, experimental, fantasy/sci-fi, horror, and others. A panel of industry professionals judged the films. Screenings begin at 4 p.m. at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave., 505-466-5528) and are followed by a 6:30 p.m. networking reception, during which attendees can meet filmmakers and judges.
Other entries will screen on Sunday, Jan. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. with short animated films, including Alice & Dawn, an epic battle between good and evil on the domestic front, directed by Ryan Schofield, and Reverie, which involves a quest to vanquish a formidable foe of the imagination, directed by Geraldo I. Pena. Comedies screen at 10:15 a.m., starting with Catherine Ames’ Can’t Fight the Music, in which a woman encounters something surprising in an elevator. The documentaries begin at 11:20 a.m. and include David Ethan Ellis’ Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words, about the author of Bless Me, Ultima, and Ana Aguilar’s Spirals in the Sky, about piloting a hot-air balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The drama category starts at 12:50 p.m. and includes Chris McCann’s Fool’s Gold, a tale of love and greed, and Dennis Foulkrod’s Knots, about a hiker in peril. Experimental films screen at 2:20 p.m., starting with Denise Lynch’s Process, about making art from clay, and also featuring George Thomas’ Rock Star, about an arrogant musician facing judgment in purgatory. Films in the “horror, other, and sci-fi/fantasy” category begin showing at 3:30 p.m. and include Peter M. Kershaw’s Henry and the Animals, a modern parable about imagination, the natural world, and the wisdom of a child. The screenings conclude with Justin Golightly’s sci-fi film Void, about an astronaut facing madness as he attempts to guide his spaceship home.
All events are free. Winning showcase films will screen at local festivals throughout New Mexico in 2015. For a complete list of films, visit www.nmfilm.com or www.jeancocteaucinema.com.
Top, Chris Zappe’s
Left, John Flax in Henry and the Animals