Santa Fe Film Festival Announces Pre-Festival Events

Editor | - September 4, 2012

Special fall screenings include 'Whale Rider' and 'Without Borders'

From a Santa Fe Film Festival media release.
The Santa Fe Film Festival announces pre-season fall screenings of Whale Rider on September 14 at the Santa Fe Railyard Performance Green and Without Borders on October 5 at the New Mexico History Museum.

The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Whale Rider,the award-winning film from New Zealand filmmaker, Niki Caro with a free community screening in Railyard Park.  Based on the novel of the same name by Maori writer Witi Ihimaera, Whale Rider stars Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene and Vicky Haughton.  Castle-Hughes’ subtle and moving performance as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a 12-year-old Maori girl who wants to become the chief of her patriarchal tribe, earned the young actress an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and critical acclaim internationally. 
This inspiring, magical story of tradition, empowerment and one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny, is the perfect film for the festival’s ‘2nd Annual Free Community Screening Under the Stars’,” says Santa Fe Film Festival Executive Director Diane Schneier Perrin.  

“Pei’s struggle to honor the past, while creating her future, is a coming of age tale that speaks directly to the heart and hopes of audiences of all ages. A true classic, Whale Rider tells a universal story that transcends cultural and generational lines. It is a wonderful film for families to experience together.“

Whale Rider screens at the Santa Fe Railyard Performance Green on Friday, September 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.  (film begins just after sunset).  Admission is Free.  The film is rated PG-13. In English | limited Maori with subtitles. For additional event details.

Sponsors for the festival’s Railyard event include Constellation Home Electronics, Los Alamos National Bank, The Railyard Community Corporation, the City of Santa Fe and South Pacific Pictures.

Coinciding with the opening of Albuquerque’s Grecian Festival in early October, the Santa Fe Film Festival presents the Southwest premiere of Nick Gaitatjis’ Without Borders at the New Mexico History Museum on October 5 at 6 p.m.

Filmed in Greece, Chicago and New Mexico, Without Borders, boasts an all-star international cast led by veteran actors Yorgo Voyagis (Swept Away, The Little Drummer Girl, Zorba the Greek) and Academy Award nominee Seymour Cassel (Rushmore, In the Soup, Faces). The film also features an original musical soundtrack by renowned composer George Theofanous.

Santa Fe Film Festival Board member Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., a Greek-American political scientist, author and co-founder of Santa Fe’s “OPA! Center for Meaning,” was instrumental in the festival’s efforts to bring the film to the Santa Fe community at this time.  Pattakos explains, “A love story at heart, Without Borders reflects a unique, humanistic and apolitical perspective on the impact living apart has on families. It rises above the rhetoric of hot-button immigration issues in an election year to offer a visceral and fresh view.” 

This special screening of Without Borders will be followed by a Q & A and reception with the filmmakers and members of the cast. Among those attending are: writer/director Nick Gaitatjis, editor Matthew Cassel, lead actor Yorgo Voyagis (who will coming to Santa Fe from Athens, Greece, for the event), and Seymour Cassel. Traditional Greek and Mexican appetizers and beverages for the reception will be provided by Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside, a key sponsor of the event along with the New Mexico Film Office. 

Tickets are $30 and are available online at the festival’s website,, and at two convenient Santa Fe locations:  Constellation Home Electronics, 215 N Guadalupe and the Plaza Café Southside, 3466 Zafarano Dr.

For additional event details.

About the Santa Fe Film Festival

A four-day celebration of the cinematic arts, the 13th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival runs December 6-9th with a program featuring more than 60 films, panels, “artists in Conversation,“ networking events, workshops and parties.  For more information visit   

Partial funding for the 2012 is provided by the 1% Lodgers' Tax and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Arts Commission, New Mexico Tourism Department and the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau.         

If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview, please call Diane Schneier Perrin at 505/988-7414a> or e-mail