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Santa Fe Film Festival is just around the corner — well, in 3 weeks


SANTA FE, N.M. — You may not have noticed, unless you’re on their email list, but the Santa Fe Film Festival has posted its offerings for the May 1-4 festival:

Good luck finding out a little bit more about each film, though, because a summary doesn’t seem to be attached to the online film selections. And tickets aren’t being sold yet.

But it’s still early. If you want to help support the festival, which says it will feature 40 “film programs,” an opening reception for the Dream Awake Santa Fe Film Festival Portrait Project will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Betterday Coffee, 905 W. Alameda. Posters, t-shirts and hats will be sold, accompanied by live music, in this fundraiser for the festival.


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The portrait project, being used to publicize the festival, features 32 Santa Feans shown with their eyes shut, the better to illustrate the theme of “Dream Awake.” After all, the festival tells us, “Dreams are the sneak preview of the movies of our lives.”

Films are being shown at the CCA Cinematheque and the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

According to a March news release, here’s a little of what to expect:

“Among the filmmakers who will attend the May 1-4 Santa Fe Film Festival 2014 are Peter McCarthy, who will screen a sneak preview of his new, locally-made film Death & Taxes (produced with A-list Santa Fe actors); Jim Tushinski, who will present I Always Said Yes: The Many Lives of Wakefield Poole, about a famed Broadway choreographer turned erotic film director turned activist; Shaeri Richards, presenting Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude, about Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han; Rob Bruce, who will be in attendance for his film McConkey, a portrait of an extreme skier and ski designer; and actor Michael Gross (Family Ties), who will be screening his half-hour film Guest House in the short-film program Growing Pains: Adolescent Short Films for Adults.

“Santa Fe Film Festival will also present the winning project of this year’s Shoot Santa Fe Pilot. For this annual program, pilot projects across New Mexico competed for the opportunity to win a $25,000 film package, which includes resources (through the festival’s partnership) for the winner to complete a television series pilot. The 2014 award-winner #nightslikethese will be screened at this year’s festival. Producers Angelique Midthunder and Melanie Kirk teamed up with director Anna Macpherson for this project. “It is an honor to earn the Pilot Project prize and have our pilot screened at the Santa Fe Film Festival,” says Midthunder.

“A documentary by Kristina Wagner and Joe Crump, Children of Internment, about former internees and their families, will also join the lineup.

“Local filmmakers Luca Ceccarelli and Eileen Street will bring us the New Mexico-made award-winning Eve Angelic, a short action-fantasy about a spy named Eve who finds herself in danger while on a mission at a mysterious Vatican Intelligence Service meeting.

“Producers Michael Fitzgerald and Richard Romero bring to the Festival their new film, Closer to the Moon (2014), starring Mark Strong, Vera Farmiga and Harry Lloyd.

“A special retrospective is planned in honor of Michael Fitzgerald, including The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) and The Pledge (2001).”