2011 Posts

Closer to the Moon

Director Nae Caranfil is bringing to the Santa Fe Film Festival 2014 a special screening of his latest feature film Closer to the Moon. The movie is based on the true story of an audacious 1959 Romanian National Bank robbery,…

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March 17, 2014 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Why (and How To) Watch an Art Film

Here’s a question: Why should you watch an art film? Keep that thought in rotation. Now let’s back up. Everyone has walked out of a movie at least once (more than once if you’re unlucky) and thought: “That…

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November 1, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Let’s All Go To The Lobby

Snacking, by its very concept in the US, is something we do as a reward. It’s a time of cramming stuff in our mouths in a moment of celebration (okay, or stress). But when we do it in…

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October 31, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Zen and the Art of Motion Picture Editing

When Oscar-winning editor Hughes Winborne spoke with great humor at the Santa Fe Film Festival’s special presentation of “The Final Rewrite,” his idea of a Hollywood movie editor’s Help Wanted ad might have sounded something like this: HELP…

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October 29, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


The Current State of Polish Cinema

I had the pleasure of attending one of the 2011 Santa Fe Film Festival’s panel discussions Friday afternoon at Zane Bennett Gallery. Brent Kliewer, this year’s program director for the festival, hosted the conversation. The audience was made…

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October 29, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Traversing Life’s Challenges: A Review of A USEFUL LIFE

“A Useful Life” by Federico Vieroj is a 67 minute mini-feature that focuses on a major turning point in the life of Jorge, the curator of a small art house cinema in Montevideo, Uruguay. Vieroj’s movie is about…

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October 25, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Who Are You Fighting For? A Review of BATTLEFIELD HEROES

You’ve heard that “Battlefield Heroes” is like a Korean Monty Python film about the escapades of war in the 7th century with slapstick comedy, sight gags and silly kings. After seeing it screened at the Santa Fe Film…

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October 21, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


SPOTLIGHT ON NEW MEXICO FILMMAKERS – SHORTS

LOBSTER Is there a heaven for crustaceans? Could the cuisine on your stove top have attained a higher spiritual station? Relax, sit back and discover what one young couple learns. An age-old controversy is resolved after relational tensions…

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October 21, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


SHORTS PROGRAM III: Longing for Innocence

Each of the delicacies in the Santa Fe Film Festival’s SHORTS PROGRAM III explores the loss of our innocence around our spiritual and intellectual decay, delivering a banquet of emotions to indulge in. This program screens Sunday, October…

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October 21, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


SHORTS PROGRAM II: Circles Goin’ Round

What goes around comes around. Come full circle. Karma. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. A person’s actions, whether good or bad, will have consequences for that person. Actions create an entire cycle of cause and effect. In…

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October 21, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Defining Our Choices: SHORTS PROGRAM I Review

In this program of shorts from India, Italy, Albania and the USA, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Whether in the whole of a life, a decade, a day or a phase, we all…

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October 21, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Saving Lives, Saving Face, Making Peace: A Review of KILLING MEMORIES

“Killing Memories” begins like a movie script: A black screen with sounds of gunfire: Rifles. Machine guns. Running. Shouting. Chaos. The first images appear and a voice remembers: “That evening when I killed that first soldier I sat…

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October 20, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Ghostly Cell Phone: A Review of CALLERS

The dramatic question which motivates “Callers” is this: How does a slovenly, down on his luck guy deal with the sudden and unexpected death of his girlfriend? There are several different avenues that a filmmaker can go down…

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October 20, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


SHORTS PROGRAM IV: Character Stickiness in Six Short Films

The thing about short films is they are super concentrated bolts of thought. (You thought I was gonna say that the thing about shorts is they’re short. Heh. That too.) This gathering of projects in SHORTS PROGRAM IV…

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October 17, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


SFFF Curator Brent Kliewer and filmmaker Pawel Wendorff at Zane Bennett Gallery

Join us Friday afternoon (OCT 21) at 3P when the 12th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival presents an informal dialogue between Santa Fe Film Festival Director of Film Programming Brent Kliewer and Polish director, cinematographer, screenwriter, and producer, Pawel…

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October 13, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Director Farhadi’s Rare Humanism in A SEPARATION

Most American families might not be aware that their Iranian counterparts face many of the same problems that they do. But in “A Separation” by director Asghar Farhadi, screening Saturday, October 22 at the Santa Fe Film Festival,…

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October 12, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Do You Have an Appetite for Art? Indulge in the Santa Fe Arts Festival

For the last two weeks of October, Santa Fe, New Mexico will be an artistic feast for visitors and locals with appetites for art, architecture, music, history, film and food. From October 20-23, The Santa Fe Film Festival…

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September 23, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Kimya Dawson’s Iconic Music in “Juno”

When does the music truly make the movie? How do certain songs become ingrained in the experience of watching a film?  What kind of thought process is there behind the selection of those songs? These only seem like…

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September 22, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Santa Fe’s Cultural Heritage Inspires Film Festival Website

Welcome to the new http://santafefilmfestival.com/index. Here you’ll find the latest festival news, ways to participate, image galleries, ticket information, featured trailers, Facebook and Twitter links, and much more. Executive Director Diane Schneier Perrin led the new design charge,…

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September 6, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen in Santa Fe for “The Way”

If this evening’s event at the Screen hosted by the Santa Fe Film Festival is any indication, we’re in for a great time at the movies this October. I was treated—along with a couple hundred other movie lovers—to…

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September 1, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


2011 Santa Fe Film Festival Season Kick-off Event

The 2011 Santa Fe Film Festival  in association with Heath Concerts and the Railyard Community Corporation  presents a FREE Community Outdoor Screening of Oscar-winner JUNO directed by Jason Reitman and starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera Friday, September 23rd  in Railyard Park JUST…

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August 29, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Santa Fe Film Festival Offers Local Filmmakers Discount

Let’s start this entry by painting a picture: You’ve sat up all night next to your editor, making certain that every bit of polish is in the right place. The score sounds fantastic, the shots are just the…

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August 29, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Santa Fe Film Festival to Host Screening of Emilio Estevez’s, “The Way”

The Way director, Emilio Estevez and star, Martin Sheen, are coming to Santa Fe on September 1st for an advance screening of the film before its US release October 7th.  The Santa Fe Film Festival will host the event…

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August 25, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Santa Fe in the Fall

Thinking of coming to Santa Fe this fall for the 12th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival? Visitors are surprised to learn New Mexico has been host to over 150 feature films, and they don’t all star John Wayne,…

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August 24, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Why I Go To Film Festivals

Unless you are the President of the United States or someone with a ridiculously disposable income, you are unlikely to have a 3-D theater with a separate room, a balcony, or seating for more than you and a…

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August 15, 2011 by | Category: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments (0)


Brent Kliewer to Select Films for Santa Fe Film Festival

It’s great news that the Santa Fe Film Festival has engaged Brent Kliewer as Director of Programming for this year’s Festival October 20-23. Brent loves the movies and knows more about them than anyone I’ve ever met. He’s…

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August 13, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Diane Schneier Perrin’s Distinctive Vision

The key to crafting the Santa Fe Film Festival into a distinctive and important event is a singular vision. There are many decisions to be made, films to be selected, and an overall level of quality to be…

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August 4, 2011 by | Category: News | Tags: | Comments (0)


Santa Fe Film Festival Announces New Director of Programming

Santa Fe Film Festival announces appointment of Brent Kliewer as its Director of Programming and a special 2011 program section celebrating local filmmakers. Download a PDF of the press release: Santa Fe Film Festival Brent Kliewer Programming SANTA FE,…

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July 22, 2011 by | Category: News, Press | Tags: | Comments (0)


New Executive Director & “Rebuild the Festival” Campaign

Santa Fe Film Festival Announces New Executive Director and Launches a “Rebuild the Festival” Campaign Click here to download the PDF: Santa Fe Film Festival Announces New Executive Director 2011 Board of Directors announces appointment of Diane Schneier…

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May 6, 2011 by | Category: News, Press | Tags: | Comments (0)