Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Moves Into The Lensic

Editor | SantaFe.com - August 8, 2011

"Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Greer Enterprises, Inc., Santa Fe Independent Film Festival moved into its new office in the historic Lensic building downtown"

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Greer Enterprises, Inc., Santa Fe Independent Film Festival moved into its new office in the historic Lensic building downtown. The space was part of the original Lensic ballroom when the structure was built in 1930. The office is located at 215 W. San Francisco St., Suite 202A. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are very pleased about our new downtown office as a hub for advancing film in New Mexico and its synergy with our festival screenings at the Lensic Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22,” said Executive Director Jacques Paisner.

The 2011 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, Warehouse 21 and Aztec Cafe, all official sponsors of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

Santa Fe IFF was recently awarded a grant from the Santa Fe Arts Commission.

Opening night, Wednesday, October 19 at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, features a free-to-the-public gala screening of the Billy Wilder classic “Ace in the Hole”, starring Kirk Douglas. “Ace in the Hole” (1951) was shot outside of Gallup, New Mexico and is set at a fictitious Albuquerque newspaper.

Friday, October 21, Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick will introduce “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Oct. 22nd, Santa Fe IFF will present, among other awards, its American Filmmaker Award to Oscar-Nominated Documenteur Kirby Dick. Santa Fe IFF Awards include filmmakers in six categories: Best Short, Best Feature, Best New Mexican, Best Animated, Best International, Best Documentary, and the Audience Choice Award. All awards will be chosen by an audience vote online at Santafeiff.com.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will showcase 100 films over five days (48 hours of screenings). This year, the festival predicts attendance will reach over 3,000, including 600 film professionals and 80 filmmakers who will travel to the festival in support of their films. The festival’s VIP guests will include Gary Farmer (“Dead Man," “Powwow Highway”), Kirby Dick (“Outrage,” “This Film Is Not Yet Rated”), Tony Mark (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Fisher King”), Reg E. Cathey (“Tank Girl”), Digby Wolfe (creator of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in”).

The 2011 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s sponsors include Hutton Broadcasting, KUNM, Warehouse 21, Lensic Performing Arts Center, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Garrett's Desert Inn, Aztec Cafe, Bioneers, Walter Burke Catering, Talisman Tattoo Shop in Taos, RDM and Associates, and Reel West Pictures, among others.

For more information about the festival go to www.santafeiff.com.

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About the Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic is a performing arts center located in downtown Santa Fe. It opened in 1931 as a movie and vaudeville theater, operating for 69 years before closing in 2000. The non-profit Lensic Performing Arts Center re-opened in April 2001, following an ambitious renovation funded by a capital campaign that raised $9 million. The 12-month renovation restored the theater’s period architectural splendor and substantially increased its technical capabilities. The Lensic is now a world-class, state of the art, 821-seat performance venue and has quickly emerged as one of New Mexico’s "treasures." It is a fine example of the power of community collaboration and commitment and serves as a vibrant cultural catalyst for Santa Fe and beyond, along with being a significant resource for New Mexico.

About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (Santa Fe IFF)

Santa Fe IFF promotes artistic excellence in filmmaking, locally, nationally, and internationally. Our goal is to involve community in film for a meaningful experience and diverse audiences while elevating Media Literacy in every capacity for the understanding of contemporary society. Santa Fe IFF builds economic development from the local level to a global scale and offers Santa Fe and its visitors the opportunity to experience yet another form of unique and vibrant art. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to supporting local filmmakers living and working in New Mexico.

Jacques Paisner, Santa Fe IFF founding director, received a BA degree in English-Philosophy from the University of New Mexico. He was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Navajo Nation and Santa Fe. He is the author of Albuquerque Blues 2007, and is the writer and director of the 2009 feature film, “Rejection.” Paisner currently serves on the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation Board of Directors.

David Moore, Santa Fe IFF founding director, was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the co-founder of an independent record label in 2004. He received a BA degree in Criminology from the University of New Mexico. Moore played the lead role and earned co-producer credit for the 2009 feature film “Rejection.”