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UNM Valencia puts focus on filmmakers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s a smaller film festival, but it still promotes New Mexico-made films.

The University of New Mexico Valencia Campus is hosting its first film event today.

Bill Nevins, an instructor of film writing, says the campus wanted to do something in conjunction with New Mexico’s Centennial celebration.

“We have a growing media and film program on campus and (Dean) Richard Sax wanted to get involved,” he says. “We’re hoping that this is something that becomes an annual event.”

Nevins says the campus wanted to put on the film festival because many of the students can’t make it to Albuquerque for events like this.

“We are a rural campus and many of our students are from rural New Mexico,” he explains. “What better way to showcase film than in our own building and give the students and residents a great film experience.”

Nevins says the one parameter that was placed on festival entries was that films had to be made in New Mexico or made by a New Mexican. There were more films that qualified than could fit into the schedule.

“We had a small panel that chose the films and we tried to give a variety of genre,” he says. “But there’s everything from feature-length films to short films.”

Nevins says the event is free and open to the public but is also on a first-come, first-served basis. He says the space is limited to 92 seats, but standing room also will be available.

The UNM Valencia Campus film schedule is as follows:

11:15-11:55 a.m. – “Biker Chef in New Mexico” by Christopher Coppola; Skype Q&A session with Coppola follows screening.

Noon – Introductions by Richard Sax, dean of instruction and chief academic officer and brief introduction remarks from Ann Lerner, Albuquerque Film Office.

12:10 p.m. – “The Black Hat Road: The Bullfighter” by Phillip Leimbach; Q&A follows screening.

12:45 p.m. – “Bad Posture” by Florian Brozek and Malcolm Murray.

2:30 p.m. – “Land Water People Time” and “No Star for Romaine” by David Lindblom and Cynthia Jeanette Gomez; Q&A to follow films.

3:50 p.m. – “UNM Film Shorts” by professors Byan Konefsky and Jonathan Sims.

4:25 p.m. – “Made in New Mexico” by David Schweitzer and Brent Morris.

5:30 p.m. – Panel discussion with filmmakers in attendance.


UNM Valencia Campus Film Festival
WHEN: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today
WHERE: UNM Valencia Campus, 280 La Entrada Road in Los Lunas