Sunday, April 2, 2023

Film Shorts: Humpfest & Contemporary Cinema


Cine Contemporáneos

Instituto Cervantes and the National Hispanic Cultural Center continue the film cycle Contemporáneos, Nuevas Rutas. This latest collection of contemporary Hispanic films showcases the work of "a new generation of filmmakers whose films have been released in the last few years, and whose innovative approaches move away from more traditional formulas." On Thursday, Nov. 4 Xiana do Teixeiro’s 2018 film Tódallas Mulleres Que Coñezo (All the Women I Know) screens inside the NHCC's Bank of America Theater starting at 7pm. Moving from the personal to the political, the film explores the experiences of diverse women who speak of how masculinized and violent the public streets still remain. In three insightful conversations with female friends, collaborators and high school students, the filmmaker "seeks a discourse on fear that is not frightening, a discourse on violence that is not violent—a tale of universal sisterhood." The film is presented in Galician with English subtitles.

The series continues on Friday, Nov. 5 with Samuel Alarcón’s 2018 documentary Oscuro y Lucientes. It traces the last days of the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, exiled, buried and almost forgotten in Bordeaux, and the mystery surrounding his body. Years after his death, when Goya’s remains were exhumed to be returned to Spain, it was discovered that someone had, shockingly, stolen the head of the famous painter. The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. It also starts at 7pm. Both of these films are free to the public, but seating is limited. The NHCC is located at 1701 Fourth St. SW. For more info got to

Hump Day

The "indie porn film festival for every body" HUMP! Film Fest makes a return visit to Albuquerque this weekend, Nov. 4 through 6. Founded by celebrated sex columnist Dan Savage, the annual event is a lovingly curated festival of short erotic films made "by real people for real people." The filmmakers and stars show off moods from hot to sexy to funny, from creative to kinky, exposing their "ultimate turn-ons and craziest fantasies." This year's program is described "a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity." Needless to say, this is an "adults only" event. You must be 18+ to get in the door. You can catch the full lineup this Thursday through Saturday at Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE). Tickets are $20, plus fees. To get those tickets or to check out a trailer, go to

Walk-By Movies

On Friday, Nov. 4 during the First Friday ArtWalk, 516 ARTS (516 Central Ave. SW) and Basement Films present an evening of outdoor projections. "Traversing Imaginary Landscapes" is described as a "video happening" featuring surreal projections onto the exterior facade of the 516 ARTS building, transforming part of Central Avenue into an outdoor urban movie theater. Viewers will experience "immersive imagery of drawing clouds in the sky and traversing imaginary landscapes." Get a glimpse at the transformation from 5 to 8pm.

Native State

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, NMPBS is screening the New Mexico produced and shot documentary However Wide the Sky: Places of Power. The film looks at the traditional Native American sites of Mesa Prieta, Chaco Canyon, Pueblo of Santa Ana, Bears Ears, Zuni Salt Lake, Mount Taylor, Taos Blue Lake and Santa Fe. Each has its own story of cultural strength and sustained connection through the continuous fight to protect the integrity and existence of these revered "places of power." It's produced by Pamela Pierce (CEO of Santa Fe-based Silver Bullet Productions), and local news industry icon Conroy Chino (Acoma) wrote the overall program treatment. The production was guided by 27 tribal advisors from 11 area tribes, covering scientists, historians and educators, artists and tribal leaders. The entire journey is narrated by Indigenous actress Tantoo Cardinal. However Wide the Sky premieres Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7pm on KNME-5. If you miss it Thursday night, you can also see it for free, streaming on demand, using the PBS Video App. Go to for more info.


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