All the world’s a movie

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Michael Abatemarco

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

Com­ple­men­tary

Left, John Flax in Henry and the An­i­mals

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