Long­shotsville

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LONG­SHOTSVILLE doc­u­men­tary, 55 min­utes, not rated, 2 chiles

Jody McNi­cholas doc­u­ments a rag­tag as­sort­ment of stu­dent ac­tors of all ages at Taos’ Metta Theatre, where, un­der the di­rec­tion of Bruce McIn­tosh, they learn to em­brace rather than re­treat from deep feel­ings. Tammy Stack­poole lives off the grid in an earth­ship home but as­pires to a ca­reer in New York, while Jacque­lyn Cor­dova au­di­tions for parts in the New Mex­ico film in­dus­try. Other fea­tured play­ers just want to get in touch with their darker, more hid­den selves, us­ing act­ing as a form of ther­apy. Long­shotsville could be de­scribed as “crunchy gra­nola,” in that ev­ery­one in­ter­viewed is emo­tion­ally open to the point of reg­u­larly tear­ing up on cam­era when talk­ing about what act­ing means to them. Fa­mil­iar­ity with Taos seems vi­tal to un­der­stand­ing what makes these peo­ple tick, since nearly all of the par­tic­i­pants come across as down on their luck or scarred by life. Un­for­tu­nately, McNi­cholas pro­vides no con­text for Taos as a com­mu­nity of anti­estab­lish­ment wan­der­ers liv­ing on the out­skirts of an In­dian pue­blo, its his­tory as a Span­ish colony, or its iden­tity as an art colony. These missed op­por­tu­ni­ties give the doc­u­men­tary an un­fin­ished feel­ing. — J.L. Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, 4 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 20; 4 p.m. Oct. 21

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