The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents its sixth annual event October 15th-19th, 2014 in downtown Santa Fe. The beloved Shirley MacLaine will receive SFIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award and introduce the film Elsa & Fred at the Lensic Performing Arts Center Sat. Oct. 18th at 6:30 pm.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is invested in Santa Fe as a destination for film. The festival brings cutting-edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions with top directors, writers, and artists, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe.
Shirley MacLaine, a veteran in American film, television and theater has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress four times for her roles inThe Apartment, Irma la Douce, Terms of Endearment andMadame Sousatzka. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983 for her iconic role in Terms of Endearment. MacLaine has since been honored with the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998 and in 2012, she received the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the most honorable praise given in the film industry.
The Awards Ceremony will be followed by Shirley MacLaine’s newest film Elsa & Fred. Elsa & Fred is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the Fontana di Trevi. After losing his wife, Fred feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends up meeting Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left is precious and that he should enjoy it. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s bold, beautiful madness and learns how to live again. After learning about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to take her to Rome and reenact the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi. Co-starring Christopher Plummer and George Segal.
Embracing Santa Fe’s reputation as a city with great theaters, the festival features the hottest selections of international and American independent films at each of the art house theaters in Santa Fe including the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Center for Contemporary Arts, Jean Cocteau Cinema, and The Screen at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The festival also features over 100 films, educational panels, Master’s discussions, and five nights of parties at the hottest downtown venues in Santa Fe.
For the first time ever we’re also taking nominations for most philanthropic Film & Entertainment individual -or- organization, and MVPs in Film & Entertainment Resources (casting directors, photographers, producers, instructors, etc.)
“This movie is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time! Coming from a military family and my husband being a Marine, this movie brought me to tears many times. Mark Wahlberg and the actual survivor who helped direct the film [have] done an amazing job, I can’t imagine how painful it had to be for him to relive this event and the loss of his brothers.” – Jenn B
Starts Friday at Laru Ni Hatu Cafe 3413 Central with a “Meet the Filmmaker” Reception from 5:00-6:30. the films begin at 7 pm., and continue Saturday and Sunday at the Guild Cinema 3405 Central. The winning films from each category will be shown around the state. Stay tuned for a schedule of those screenings, in Portales, Roswell, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Grants and Taos.
Block A Friday Oct 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Lindsy Campbell The Brazilian
Renea Roberts Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas
Lauren Petzke Zombiewood
Michael Zeilik Psyche Ascending
Anne Stirling Quirky View
Block B Saturday Oct 26, 11:00-12:40pm
Jeff Hudson MC Mistabil’s Great Big Phat Poetry Show
Miranda Jensen Bimos du Jour
Grizelda Quintana All Nations
Jon Barr Alumni Band
Catherine Fridey All in a Day’s Work
Block C SaturdayOct 26, 1:15-2:50pm
Eric Smigiel A Figment of My Imagination
Tyler Green\Dusty Deen Red Dog
Christopher Wright Canyon Road Pilot “The Fire”
Dillon Cullinan Dive
Jennifer Jordan Walking Shadow of Danny O’Shea
Clyde James Aragon The Zombie National Guard
Block D Saturday Oct 26, 3:15-5:35pm
Samanta Filer The Sword of Arundel
Amber/Angelique Midthunder Don’t
Matt Stanasolovich When I Get Out of Here
Forrest Godluck Sun Kink
Block E Saturday Oct 26, 6:00 8:15pm
Morse Bicknell Matanza
Nina Knapp The Sandoval 64
Danny Gura Placed
Kelly Urig The Chile Film
Block F Sunday Oct 27, 12:00-1:35pm
Holly Adams The Man App
Richard A. Baldomar Left Behind
Jean Stevens A Tale of Two Poets
Sylvia Padilla Blue Aria
Block G Sunday Oct 27, 2:00-3:40pm
Michael/Geri Lynn Miller/Weinstein Matthews Justice Denied
Rick Chapman Scene from a Modern Man
Miguel Arambula Weird
Gabe Priestley Bad Dog
Block H Sunday Oct 27, 4:00-6:30pm
Evan Curtis Snowdysseus
Ellen Pompeo, star of the award winning television series Grey’s Anatomy, is making headlines today with her statements regarding this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast. Pompeo appears in an SLN video released Monday where she states in part, “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all…That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
The critical star was not in attendance at Sunday night’s telecast of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, CA – hosted by New Mexico native Neil Patrick Harris, who can now boast that his latest hosting effort pulled in the highest ratings for the show in the past seven years.
Another notable New Mexican very noticeably absent from the evening’s festivities was actor Steven Michael Quezada – who has starred in Breaking Bad, this year’s Best Drama Winner, since its first season on AMC. In previous years Quezada has been an attendee at the show, featured here and here. But on this, the show’s final run at the awards, the actor who has portrayed “Steven Gomez” since the beginning – whom like Aaron Paul’s character “Jesse Pinkman” was originally slated to be killed-off early on in the series only to make it to the bitter end of season 5.2, was nowhere to be found*.
Likely upon a flurry of inquiries mixed with congratulations on the Albuquerque based show’s big win of the night, Quezada posted online “I look at this picture and I get a little sad. I appeared in 33 episode (sic) and was never made a cast member. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely blessed to be on this great show…Oh well I have to work harder. Congrats to the awesome cast of the best TV show ever.”
So it appears that the awards show that honored the “best show on television” Sunday night, quietly celebrated some form of diversity with its choice of show host, but visually offended some who were looking for recognition and representation of talents of all creeds and colors, while perhaps some Hollywood politics led to the best drama snubbing one of its own, who happens to be a “person of color”. Possibly a more complicated storyline than any script of the night.
*It is unknown if Quezada declined or was unable to attend the awards show. OHI reached out to him for comment today, but the actor declined taking a position on any Emmy or Breaking Bad situation, saying only that he is “moving forward”.
Event organizers: Belle Starr Productions & Native Stock Pictures
Also note that annual Oscar sanctioned parties and events held all over the country benefit charities and cities every year, including this year’s local beneficiary, The New Mexico BioPark Society, Albuquerque, NM
The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to Albuquerque on Oscar Night®. Residents of Albuquerque can experience the thrills and surprises of the 85th Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Oscar® Experience: Albuquerque party benefitting the New Mexico BioPark Society. The Albuquerque event is one of 47 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night®. Please join us for this Red Carpet / Black Tie Optional event.
Free parking will be available in the VSA Garage on the corner of 5th and Copper.
The words, “fifth and final” have been tough ones to swallow ’round here in the world of New Mexico Film, as two of the most long lasting and acclaimed productions in NM history have reached their end.
Anyhow, the New Mexico son who has worked, and worked in the entertainment industry to make a name for himself, and Nuevo México for more than 20 years, has achieved some of the recognition he deserves as one of the few, the proud, and the still living on “the best show on television”!
Tonight NM’s Own, Steven Michael Quezada continues to enjoy Emmy weekend with his Breaking Bad TV family and his beautiful bride, Cherise. Here, courtesy of Rio Grande Media Group, is YOUR NIGHT at the 2012 Emmy’s with Steven Michael Quezada!
The BFE camp is thrilled to have announced that their labor of love will soon get its due and wide-spread play on iTunes, Netflix, Video on Demand, and pending cable networks!
Since its 2011 premiere, the film which took home the Best NM Feature award at the Albuquerque Film Festival, has also shown at White Sands International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, placed at the Las Vegas Comedy Film Festival, and was an Official Semi finalist in the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.
Look forward to the announcement of future showings and DVD availability.
Congratulations to this ALL NEW MEXICO cast and crew!
In this con-gone-wrong comedy, a boozy, disenchanted small-town deputy devises a Bigfoot hoax with his dimwitted sidekick to capture the attention – and the votes – of the townsfolk in a backwater sheriff’s election. Complications abound when the mayor enlists an alluring cryptozoologist to investigate, and hires the hoaxers to guide her.
UPDATE 12/21/11: Want Exec. Producer credit? Award winning #NM web series, “Enter the Dojo” has a chance to get the legendary Bob Wall to guest star next month!!! Dojo producers must cover the fees to get him to New Mexico. Anyone able to finance for an Executive Producer credit? They’ll even put you in the episode if you’d like :) Contact Enter The Dojo: The Web Series
NM’s Own Riff Raff New Media, headed by Matt Page reaps accolades and acclaim snagging the Judges’ Choice and Audience Favorite awards at NYC’s Iron Mule Comedy Festival earlier this month.
Let us all place palm to palm and bow to “Ameri-Do-Te”. More importantly spread the news of this New Mexico based hit which is open to investors for further development and distribution to reach the masses!
The hit web series centers around a fictional American karate school, in mockumentary style, reminiscent of feature length Christopher Guest greats.
Boasting an all New Mexico cast & crew Dojo stars writer/co-director Matt Page as the too sexy Master Ken, who is the embodiment of all that Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle Rico wishes he could be and the “sweet baby Jesus” loving Ricky Bobby of Talladega nights.
Page and Adam Rottler direct, with music by Kevin MacLeod. The acclaimed cast also includes Alex Knight, Rachel Hroncich, Ben Ziegler, Zach Dulin and Juliet Lopez.
You can Enter the Dojo here to pick-up your series swag and help further the cause! On IndieGoGo and Facebook.
The Global Film Maven at On Location Vacations was kind enough to include OneHeadlightInk.com on her very own Top 7 list of noms for a Stylish Blogger Award!
I’d like to personally thank Christine for this as her site is one not to be missed and most of the world knows it! I’m honored any and every time she shines her spotlight on my beloved New Mexico through our humble efforts here on this site for all the world to see!
According to the rules of the Award, I should:
1) Thank and link back to the blogger who awarded you with the award.
2) Share 7 Things about yourself.
3) Award recently discovered great bloggers.
4) Contact the bloggers and inform them of the award
So, here’s 7 things about me:
1) I don’t like sharing things about myself
2) My name is Christa but I blog under pseudonym(s)
3) This is my only j-o-b
4) Raised in & love NM but born just over the border…
5) I run this blog out of the sincere desire to showcase New Mexico Talent, Community and Issues
6) I am an agoraphobic, social anxiety sufferer in disguise
7) I/we don’t have a personal mobile phone service or caller ID
And here are the 9 sites I nominate for the Stylish blogger Award:
DListed – the ultimate in risque blog poetry by one of the most unsung word-meisters of our time, the irreverent perfection that is Michael K. (Not suitable for all/most audiences)
ABQontheCheap – Because this concept saves locals some dough and it’s written with a personal touch.
JeremyJojola.com – Because who doesn’t love ’em a little Jeremy Jojola; local news journalist extraordinaire, funny like Jimmy Fallon, heart o’gold, runs with mic like no other…and he’s one in six degrees to TOM JOLES!!!
abqthemag.com – the glossy, classy, flashy version of all things Albuquerque
Alibi.com – the most powerful website in the city!
Best arrangement (From Dreaming Aspiration to Laborious Doing), Best instrumental song (Dreaming Aspiration), Best Video (Dreaming Aspiration), Best Rock CD, and Best overall CD of the year!
Check out all the New Mexico Music Awards’ finalists and deets here, including streaming audio by New Mexico artists!
The New Mexico Music Awards – RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN ORIGINAL MUSIC PRODUCTION SINCE 1987:
Beginning in 1987, recording industry professionals including songwriters, recording engineers, working musicians and producers set out to achieve cooperation among recording studios and other industry professionals in order to create a climate of professionalism and artistic excellence within the New Mexico music community.
The result was the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition (NM MIC) and the annual MIC Awards banquet and show celebrating the best of recorded music from New Mexico. This awards program, for original music productions recorded and mixed primarily within the state of New Mexico, recognizes excellence for recorded music produced in the previous calendar year.
With an impressive margin NM Actor, Steven Ray Byrd takes the title of, Voted Favorite Local. Every Actor nominated is a favorite of ours and we’re very thankful to have had such a strong response in votes across the board! And especially happy to have received several write-in nominations so that we can cover even more local talent!
Sweeping the write-in votes in her category and the entire poll over all, Christian-Rhen Stefani too took a strong lead and the top ranking as Favorite Local Actress in this year’s Golden Tumbleweed Awards Polling.
Congratulations to both these local faves and much love to all those nominated and recognized. Can’t wait to learn more about all the amazing talent in front of and behind the camera! Go New Mexico!
Favorite Local Actor Noms
Favorite Local Actress Noms
All of the above have talent, many have worked on the big screen, small screen and stage, most are wildly poplar, some even have their own TV show, okay one does…and they’re all passionately involved in that business we call show!
New Mexico boasts these and thousands upon thousands more industry professionals & hopefuls at this ever increasingly awesome time in NM when we’re becoming known for more than green chile and rattlesnake mugs sombreros (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
These are our current pics for Favorite Local Talent in our annual Golden Tumbleweed Poll. Cast your vote from the selection above and/or nominate your own personal fave!
New Mexico is ROCKING the industry with organizations, resources, education & training and ever growing opps in all areas of arts & entertainment!
Anyone & everyone who wants to get-in on the industry, so many are working hard to maintain as the next best thing to happen to NM, should check out these valuable resources:
The New Mexico Arts & Entertainment boom brings major productions, entertainers, artists and trades to our state. Whether they blow through town, return with the ebb and flow of their projects or they stay and become one of our own, all the big names mean big notoriety and even bigger opps for NM’s ample local talent!
All of the gorgeousness above worked NM Film in 2010 with productions that wrapped or released last year – save the lovely Rachel Nichols, her Santa Fe Film The Loop wrapped in ’09 and got a 2010 release date pushed out to 2011 – but we just had to fit her in, lest we’d be remiss…
Vote for your fave now and feel free to write-in your own! Plus there’s still time to send us your favorite local actor/actress suggestions to add to our growing list of noms!
Here is your look at last year’s faves…thanks to Natalie Portman and Megan Fox for being “repeat offenders”. And here’s to many, many more to come!