Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Offers New Mexico Premieres, Indie Films, and More

Editor | - October 17, 2012

" five days of screenings, filmmaker workshops, booksignings, a filmmaker brunch and after-parties at the Capital City's hottest venues and gathering places"

From a Santa Fe Independent Film Festival press release...

Right on the heels of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe hosts the Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival from October 17 to 21 for five days of screenings, filmmaker workshops, book-signings, a filmmaker brunch and after-parties at the Capital City's hottest venues and gathering places.

From the authors that inspire movies like Rudolfo Anaya and Judy Blume, to the directors who bring the stories to life like 2012 Santa Fe IFF Director Awardee Chris Eyre, to the actors like Luke Ganalon in "Bless Me, Ultima" and Tatanka Means in "Tiger Eyes" to the filmmakers and workers and supporters like honoree Jon Hendry of IATSE 480, this year's Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will celebrate independence and the love affair between film and Santa Fe for its fourth year.

This year's 2012 Indie Fest opens Wednesday at Warehouse 21 with "Sun Kissed," a powerful doc about a Navajo family in Gallup facing a rare health crisis tied to New Mexico history. The director Maya Stark and subjects of "Sun Kissed" Dorey and Yolanda Nez will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.

A party at Zia Diner  in honor of beloved author Rudolfo Anaya takes place at t 9 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday, October 18, Santa Fe IFF will screen the New Mexico premiere of Anaya's "Bless Me Ultima" at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, and also show the Indie coming-of-age hit "Funeral Kings" on Saturday night following the Santa Fe IFF Awards Ceremony, and Lawrence Blume's Tiger Eyes with a book-signing with Author Judy Blume on Sunday.

This year, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's 2012 themes are Social Justice, Rock the Doc, Indie Comedies, Romantic Chemistry, and Midnight Madness programs along with screenings of International Features and Shorts. The Social Justice films to be screened focus on human rights with "The List " set in Iraq, on food sovereignty with movies like "Eating Alabama," LGBT issues with "Call Me Kuchu," "Mosquita y Mari" and the short "Little Ones, Environmental and Nuclear Issues with Atomic States of America, and Into Eternity."

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will feature a Q&A with filmmakers. Opening night, the Santa Fe IFF will screen "Sun Kissed" with  director Maya Stark and subjects Dorey and Yolanda in attendance to introduce the film. The Art Therapy shorts program will feature "Bone Wind Fire" with director Jill Sharp, whose short is shown amid the art exhibit at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum about the artists Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Emily Carr, curated by Santa Fean Sharon Udall. ":Art Therapy" will screen Saturday at 12:15pm.

The New Mexico  premiere of "The Atomic States of America" takes place on Friday, October  19 at 3 p.m. at Warehouse 21. This 90-minute film, based on Kelly McMasters' book about growing up in a nuclear-reactor town on Long Island, Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce's Sundance-premiering doc is a shocking and counter-intuitively entertaining look at the fallout from "going green."

The New Mexico premiere of award-winning filmmaker Beth Murphy's modern day "Schindler's List", "The List" will screen Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m. at Warehouse 21. Murphy's "The List" documents the efforts of American aid worker Kirk Johnson as he compiles a list of his endangered co-workers seeking refuge in the U.S. that he and his government have left behind at the mercy of Iraq's radical militias.

Santa Fe IFF will also have a screening of Into "Eternity," a real life sci-fi nuclear doc and one of the rare films to nab a 100% fresh critics' rating on Rotten Tomatoes after premiering at NYC's Film Forum. "Into Eternity" is Danish director Michael Madsen's peek inside Onkalo, a nuclear waste storage facility in Finland. Think "Lord of the Rings" meets "2001: A Space Odyssey" - only scarier. "Into Eternity" screens on Sun. Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at WareHouse 21, 75 min.

On Friday night, Santa Fe IFF partners with Southwest Care to present the internationally acclaimed "Call Me Kuchu" on October 19 at 6 p.m. at the Center for Contemporary Arts. (90 minutes)  Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's "Call Me Kuchu" follows a group of Ugandan LGBTI activists in Kampala as they struggle for basic human rights. The film has racked up awards from the Berlin Film Festival to Toronto's Hot Docs and closed this year's Human Rights Watch Film Festival at NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Indie Comedies and Romantic Chemistry films include 'Funeral Kings," a premiere on Saturday night at The Lensic with supporting characters, including veteran actor Kevin Corrigan, as well. "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"," "Love Story" and the neo noir "Nancy Please." All represent the Santa Fe IFF's dedication in bringing the best in independent films to the community. 

Santa Fe IFF runs the weekend before Halloween and brings midnight movies for late night and insomniac cinephiles." Flooding With Love For The Kid" is based on David Morrell's "First Blood" ("Rambo"). The Santa Fe-based Author David Morrell will introduce the film on Friday, October 19 at 11p.m. at WareHouse 21. "Los Chidos" (directed by Mars Volta guitarist) closes the festival's Midnight Madness on Saturday at 11p.m. at WareHouse 21.

About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and Film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF's all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year's Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe.The 4th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission to exhibit the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships. The 4th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place October 17 to 21, 2012. To purchase ticket visit

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