Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup

Staff | - September 24, 2013

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 27

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announced its lineup for this year's festivities, taking place October 16–20, 2013. The event kicks off with a screening of John Sayles's Oscar-nominated thriller "Go for Sisters," introduced by co-star and actor Yolonda Ross ("Treme," "Phil Spector") and closes with "Ass Backwards," featuring actors and writers June Diane Raphael ("Burning Love," "Year One") and Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings," "Saturday Night Live"), who will both be  in attendance. The festival, which boasts five consecutive days of independent film, will also showcase a variety of interactive social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents "Tapia," film by Albuquerque's Eddie Alcazar, Thursday, October 17 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. "Tapia" is a documentary that intimately covers the tumultous life of late Johnny Tapia, New Mexico's world champion boxer. "Tapia" takes viwers inside the tortured soul of Tapia, a five-time world champion boxer whose unprecedented success was overshadowed by a volatile drug addiction, which Tapia said was fueled by the brutal rape and murder of his mother when he was a child. Director Eddie Alcazar will be in attendance to introduce the film. Tickets are on sale at the Lensic website. An after party follows the premiere at Tanti Luce.

The festival also announced a live screenplay reading of Chris Eyre's ("Smoke Signals," "Hideaway," "Skins") newest comedy film, "Up the River." The reading is an opportunity to view a live cast reading of an incredible work-in-progress, and witness a part of the movie-making process. This event takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19  at the newly restored Jean Cocteau Theater.

The festival will partner with Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts for a fashion show that highlights Native American designers who are pushing the creative boundaries of fashion. The show takes Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Eldorado Hotel. The fashion-as-art show will be presented prior to the annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival awards ceremony and feature film presentation and will feature works by Patricia Michaels, Rose Simpson, Wendy Red Star, Naomi Bebo, Lloyd Kiva New, Kay Bennett. The show is curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe. The program continues the tradition of MoCNA as an innovator in the arts by showcasing some of the most influential and popular Native designers both present and historical. Patricia Michaels of Project Runway will debut her new Spring 2013 collection. This collective of Native artists and designers blur the lines between diverse art forms and communities, Native fashion, film arts and independent film.

The festival will also showcase "Milagro Man," a biographical documentary about John Nichols, the author of the beloved "New Mexico Trilogy," which includes "The Milagro Beanfield War," "The Magic Journey," and "The Nirvana Blues." The film covers the intimate and creative moments of Nichols's life and documents his rise to recognition as one of the nation's most celebrated contemporary writers. John Nichols will sign books before the feature presentation.

Tickets for all movies and events are available starting on Friday, September 27 at or by calling (505) 988-1234. Passes and events at the Lensic are on sale now.

To view complete schedule please visit the SFIFF website.