A wide an­gle

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An overview of the week­end’s events

The Santa Fe In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val is in full swing. Now in its eighth year, the fes­ti­val has grown to in­clude more than 100 films — which might seem like a lot, but that list has been culled down from over a thou­sand en­tries. “Of course, we can’t show a thou­sand films,” SFIFF’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jac­ques Pais­ner told

Pasatiempo. “There are about 40 fea­tures this year and just over 70 shorts.” The fes­ti­val fea­tures nearly 300 hours of pro­gram­ming at five of Santa Fe’s lo­cal movie the­aters: Vi­o­let Crown Cin­ema, the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art’s Cine­math­eque, the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema, and The Screen. “This is the sec­ond year we’re in all five art-house the­aters in Santa Fe,” Pais­ner said.

Moviemaker Mag­a­zine has named SFIFF one of the 50 best film fests worth the en­try fee for the third year in a row, and the pro­gram­ming for 2016 backs up that claim. The fes­ti­val opened on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19, with the Bri­tish crime drama Tres­pass Against Us and con­tin­ues through Sun­day, Oct. 23, clos­ing with the doc­u­men­tary

Maya An­gelou: And Still I Rise. Aaron Brookner’s doc­u­men­tary Un­cle Howard, about di­rec­tor Howard Brookner; Stay­ing Ver­ti­cal, the lat­est film by French di­rec­tor Alain Guiraudie; and the new James Franco and Chris­tian Slater film King Co­bra are among the selec­tions. Choos­ing five days worth of pro­gram­ming pre­sents fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers with some chal­lenges. “We split it the way most big film fes­ti­vals do, through com­pe­ti­tion films and spe­cial selec­tions, doc­u­men­taries, fea­ture films, and short films,” Pais­ner said. “Each of those ma­jor cat­e­gories rep­re­sents the best in­de­pen­dent films of the year in that cat­e­gory. Then you’ll have themes that emerge each year through the pro­gram­ming. This year we have a lot of fe­male di­rec­tors, as com­pared to pre­vi­ous years, and we’re re­ally ex­cited about that. There’s also a po­etry theme that’s come to light through the pro­gram­ming, with the Maya An­gelou doc­u­men­tary and Al Purdy Was

Here, about the Cana­dian poet Al Purdy.” The fes­ti­val was co-founded in 2009 by Pais­ner; his sis­ter, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Liesette Pais­ner; and fes­ti­val chair Gary Farmer. Derek Horne cu­rates the shorts, which in­clude an in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion of ex­per­i­men­tal, doc­u­men­tary, an­i­mated, and nar­ra­tive films. In ad­di­tion, film­maker pan­els and mas­ter dis­cus­sions take place through­out the fes­ti­val run. Visit www.santafein­de­pen­dent­film­fes­ti­val.com for a full sched­ule of show­times and venues. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.eventbrite. com, by call­ing 505-469-9983, at the SFIFF box of­fice (319 S. Guadalupe St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or at the door on the day of the screen­ings. Tick­ets for all films are $15; an all-ac­cess fes­ti­val pass is avail­able for $300. The awards cer­e­mony on Satur­day, Oct. 22, takes place at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at 6:30 p.m. and will rec­og­nize Best Doc­u­men­tary Fea­ture and Best Nar­ra­tive Fea­ture in ad­di­tion to hand­ing out a Spe­cial Jury Prize, Au­di­ence Choice Awards, a Life­time Achieve­ment Award, and an Amer­i­can Di­rec­tor Award. Ad­mis­sion is $20. Here we present a fresh round of re­views of fes­ti­val films, as well as fea­tures on Life­time Achieve­ment Award win­ner Jac­que­line Bisset, Amer­i­can Di­rect ward win­ner Jay Roach, and more.

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