The 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival
IT’S SHOWTIME: SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
The annual Santa Fe Film Festival returns from Wednesday, Feb. 7, to Feb. 11, with a slate of international films and diverse panels that shine a light on women in the film industry as well as cinematic voices and stories that fall a little outside the Hollywood mainstream. There are feature-length narrative films and documentaries, shorts by local filmmakers, numerous panels for those who work in or aspire to work in the New Mexico film industry, parties for attendees to hobnob with filmmakers from near and far, and a few celebrity appearances.
The festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, at The Screen (1600 St. Michael’s Drive), with a showing of Filmworker, directed by Tony Zierra, a documentary about Leon Vitali, an actor who gave up his career in front of the camera to become Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant. At 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, is a New Mexico Women in Film panel at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave.), and the Dance Shorts Program — which has sold out in previous years — is at 5:15 p.m. at the Screen. Director and actress Melanie Mayron (Thirtysomething,
Girlfriends) screens her film Snapshots at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 10 at The Screen, followed by a Q&A. Comedian, actor, and filmmaker Aisha Tyler presents her film Axis at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11 at the Cocteau.
The varied and deep assortment of industry-focused events includes an acting workshop, a Women of a Certain Age panel, an entertainment law panel, an indie filmmaker panel, a casting panel, a sound workshop, and a Native cinema panel. Screenings and events are held at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, the Center for Contemporary Arts, The Screen, and the Center for Progress and Justice, as well as the Drury Plaza Hotel, Cowgirl BBQ, 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar, New Mexico State Capitol Roundhouse, and the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Tickets to individual screenings are $10; festival passes are also available. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.santafefilm festival.com. — Jennifer Levin
Melody Makers screens at the Center for Contemporary Arts on Thursday, Feb. 8