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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival kicks off soon and features more programming than ever

This year’s Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has 30 percent more hours of programming.

That is in part because of the Violet Crown Cinemas opening at the Railyards in Santa Fe.

The theater will host some of the screenings offered at the festival – now in its seventh year.

“The entire five days of the festival will be at Violet Crown,” says Jacques Paisner, co-founder of the festival.

The event also will screen films at Jean Cocteau Cinema, The Screen and the Center for Contemporary Arts.

This year’s festival will have more than 100 films and events.

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“There are 98 events that you can purchase a ticket for,” he says. “We do have some events that are free.”

The festival will honor actress Gena Rowlands for lifetime achievement in film. In November at the Governors Awards, Rowlands will be given an honorary award for her work.

“She’s really perfect for us because she was doing independent films before they were called independent films,” he says. “It’s great to see how the festival has become a home for independent film.”

For a schedule and more information, visit santafeindependentfilmfestival.com.

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