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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Year-round programming, filmmakers from around the globe, awards galas, celebrity guests and spectacular parties erupt into the main event this October.  The fest that was dubbed “a young Sundance” by Indiwire Magazine presents its sixth season.
   The Santa Fe Independent Film Fest begins October 15th and comes to a close October 19th, presenting 5 days and nights of films, discussions and parties in the heart of downtown Santa Fe.  Over 30 feature films, 60 shorts, five days and nights of parties and community events, awards gala, educational panels and discussions, the hottest independent films of 2014 and much more…

CCA Schedule:

Wednesday October 15

6:30p - SFIFF: The Tribe

9:00p - SFIFF: New Mexico Shorts

Thursday October 16

12:30p - SFIFF: Self Medicated: A Film About Art

2:30p - SFIFF: Style & Fashion Panel*

3:00p - SFIFF: Soul of a Banquet

5:00p - SFIFF: Other Worlds Shorts Program*

5:30p - SFIFF: La Donna Harris: Indian 101

Friday October 17

12:00p - SFIFF: DIY Filmmaking Workshop with Laura Terruso*

12:30p - SFIFF: Marmoto

2:00p - SFIFF: Soul of a Banquet*

3:00p - SFIFF: Kirk Ellis & Hampton Sides Masters Discussion

5:00p - SFIFF: Cheatin'*

5:30p - SFIFF: The Circle

7:00p - SFIFF: Welkome Home*

7:30p - SFIFF: Four Corners

9:15p - SFIFF: Santa Fe Student Short Program*

Saturday October 18

10:30a - SFIFF: Seeds of Time

12:00p - SFIFF: Time Lapse*

1:00p - SFIFF: Ted Hope Masters Discussion

2:00p - SFIFF: Tricky Negotiations Shorts Program*

3:00p - SFIFF: Labor of Love Shorts Program

5:00p - SFIFF: Strange Encounters Shorts Program*

5:30p - SFIFF: Stray Dog

7:00p - SFIFF: Desperate Measures Shorts Program*

9:15p - SFIFF: Buzzard*

9:30p - SFIFF: Gone Doggy Gone

Sunday October 19

10:00a - SFIFF: Labor of Love Shorts Program

12:00p - SFIFF: Filmmaking in the 90's Masters Discussion*

12:30p - SFIFF: The Overnighters

2:00p - SFIFF: Go In The Wilderness*

3:00p - SFIFF: Song from the Forest

5:00p - SFIFF: Seeds of Time*

5:30p - SFIFF: Come To My Voice

7:30p - SFIFF: Girlhood

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The Square

An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics … a vibrant, lyrical, graphic, sobering and finally soaring testament to aesthetic and political expression.” Washington Post
The Egyptian Revolution: the news offers but a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march, yet another shift in leadership … Jehane Noujaim’s immersive film transports the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience. (U.S./Egypt, 2013, 104m, DCP)

February 2014

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The Missing Picture

Oscar nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
The audacity of THE MISSING PICTURE—a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia’s killing fields—is equaled only by its soulfulness.” –New York Times
"For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia... On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows." -Director Rithy Panh at Cannes 2013

April 2014


The Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus presents Following the Ninth

“A majestic sonic travelogue …inspires genuine awe … the rarest of films: ineffable and transformative.”Village Voice
This cinematic journey across five continents explores the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest works of art. Completely deaf and adrift from the people he loved, Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony as an act of transcendence near the end of his life, and it became an anthem of hope, from the protests in Tiananmen Square to the resistance movement in Pinochet’s Chile. Kerry Candaele’s film celebrates the possibilities of art to transcend, heal and connect. (U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP)

4:30p and 7:30p Wednesday, May 7 • $20 Supports the Symphony & Chorus

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China Rising: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Film Series:

I. M. Pei

Presented by Santa Fe Opera
Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo blends Eastern, Western, folk and classical styles to tell the epic tale of the man who overthrew China’s ancient monarchy and build a modern national identity. This series celebrates Huang Ruo and explores one of modern history’s most crucial moments.

“Exceptional … compelling … combines a personal story and public message that deserves to be disseminated to the widest possible audience." –Robert McCarter
Considered by some to be the most influential modern architect, I.M. Pei is in his 80s when he returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum. Combining the architecture of the 2,500 year-old city with modern concepts, Pei goes beyond his Louvre renovation in an integration of the old and the new, creating a building that Pei describes as “my biography.” Composer Huang Ruo will answer questions by Skype after the screening. (d. Anne Makepeace, 2010, U.S., 53m)

7:00p May 20 • advance tickets recommended by calling 505-982-1338

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Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

“A galvanizing call for reform … Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.” –Variety
To Ai Weiwei a life lived in silence is not a life. It is death. And so, even after being snatched and detained by Chinese police for 81 days, (under constant surveillance), and under incredible stress, the indefatigable artist finds ways to make subversive art, continue his push for human rights and give voice to the Chinese voiceless. (Denmark, 2013, 89m, DCP, International Film Circuit)

May 2014

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The Past is a Grotesque Animal

Is fame worth it? This deeply personal portrait of Kevin Barnes, frontman of the endlessly versatile indie pop band Of Montreal, reveals an artist who has prioritized work over relationships. Following in the studio and on tour, this is a must-see for Of Montreal fans. (U.S., 2014, 77m)

8:30p Thursday, June 19 only!

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Citizen Koch

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal (TROUBLE THE WATER) tackles the aftermath of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which weakened campaign finance laws. In Wisconsin, due to the new laws, outside funders are able to flood an election that, at its core, represents a battle between state employees, who see their rights about to be undermined, and Governor Scott Walker. Tracing the funding back to the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch and their Tea Party-aligned organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the filmmakers reveal the mechanics of big money in politics, asking: do the super-wealthy and corporations have more rights than the rest of us? (U.S., 2013, 105m)

Regular shows starts June 20
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Sneak Preview Fundraiser for KSFR hosted by Craig Barnes! 7:30p Thursday, June 19 $20 supports KSFR!

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents

The Sacrament with Ti West in person!

A Santa Fe Independent Film Festival fundraiser!
Ti West is one of the most exciting genre directors of his generation, a writer-director-cinematographer-editor-actor who has built some of the scariest, twist-jest horror films of the past decade. His films INNKEEPERS, CABIN FEVER 2 and HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as well as segments in THE ABCS OF DEATH and V/H/S, have built him a cult following of young cinephiles. His latest, SACRAMENT, is his most ambitious, accomplished work yet, an ingenuous and terrifying exploration of a Jonestown-like cult. 

Ti will introduce a 7:00p film, followed by a Q&A led by SFIFF executive director Jacques Paisner, and introduce the 9:15p. The 7:00p film is a fundraiser for SFIFF, with the $15 tickets benefiting the festival, and will be proceeded by a reception with local craft beers (in honor of Ti's supporting role in DRINKING BUDDIES). Drink a beer, get scared, ask Ti a question and support the film festival! Ti will also introduce the 9:15p film, which is ticketed at normal CCA prices ($8-$9.50).

"Terrific … a slow-burning investigation of unseemly goings-on at a rural Christian commune … frightening in any genre language." –Variety
A man looking for his missing sister finds much more than he bargains for when he enters Eden Parish, a paradise-like spot with a dark secret. Soon, he and his pals with cameras are witnessing--and trying to escape--a tragedy on a mass scale. (U.S., 2014, 99m, DCP)

Friday June 20!
7:00p show is $15 and includes a drink ticket, 9:15p show is general admission prices
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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:


Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.

"Magical and elusive … so simple and so labyrinthine, so guileless and so angry, so innocent and so dangerous, that you can't simply watch it, you have to absorb it.” –Roger Ebert
This comedy of manners, tempered by a dark and cynical current, follows a French aviator who, during a visit to an estate, falls for the wife of an aristocrat. Such begins a tale of romantic intrigue, with infidelities compounded by lies and distrust. Created on the eve of World War II, RULES skewers the frivolity of the moneyed class. (France, 1939, 106m, 35mm print, Janus Films)

11:00am Saturday-Sunday June 28-29; 5:30p Monday, June 30

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:

Yasujiro Ozu: TOKYO STORY

Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.

“As gorgeous and unsettling as a Cézanne … Still has the power to astonish, disrupt, and shatter hearts.”Village Voice
This profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak by the unparalleled master Yasujiro Ozu follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo. A tale of family and change during a moment of deep societal and individual transition, it remains without question one of cinema’s most profound works of art. (Japan, 1953, 137m, 35mm, Janus Films)

5:30p Monday, July 7

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China Rising: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Film Series:

The Soong Sisters

Presented by Santa Fe Opera
Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo blends Eastern, Western, folk and classical styles to tell the epic tale of the man who overthrew China’s ancient monarchy and build a modern national identity. This series celebrates Huang Ruo and explores one of modern history’s most crucial moments.

They were the Kennedys of China: three sisters who were educated in America and return home to lead tumultuous and deeply influential lives. Soong Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) married Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic; her sister May-ling (Vivian Wu) married Sun's successor, the famed Chiang Kai-shek, and the oldest daughter Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married industrialist H.H. Kung, later to become Hong Kong's finance minister. (Hong Kong, 1997, 145m)

7:00p Tuesday, July 8, Introduced by Huang Ruo • advance tickets recommended by calling 505-982-1338

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Life Itself

“Cuts straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert's own words.” ­–Variety
The late, great film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert is the subject of this personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent tale In the film, you’ll see how two thumbs forever changed criticism, how fame and alcohol combined in a nearly tragic way, how filmmakers on the fringe found a strong advocate, and how a very public battle with cancer inspired millions. Directed by the great Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), and featuring Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. (U.S., 2014, 115m, DCP, Magnolia Films)

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:


Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.

“Like all great works of art, it's uncomfortable … Every time I watch it, it haunts and troubles me.” Martin Scorsese
Perhaps the most influential Western of all time, John Ford’s disturbing, visionary epic follows a deeply cynical Civil War veteran (John Wayne) in search of a niece who was captured by Comanches. Ford depicts the American West—long portrayed through a simplistic, good vs. evil lens—as needlessly violent, morally ambiguous and even racist. Along with the breathtaking grandeur of the Monument Valley, Ford’s camera captures the darkness behind Wayne’s mask-like masculinity. (U.S., 1956, 119m, Warner Brothers, DCP)

5:30p Monday, July 14

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The Zero Theorem

“A spectacle that demands to be cherished.” –Time
In the latest from the visionary satirist Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, BRAZIL), a computer hacker (Christopher Waltz) whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management (Matt Damon); namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest (Melanie Thierry) to distract him. Also starring Tilda Swinton and David Thewlis. (U.K., 2013, 107m, DCP, Amplify)

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Dallas Buyers Club

A fierce celebration of the unpredictable power that belongs to the outcast, the despised, the pariah. That’s not a story of the ‘80s, it’s a story of always.” ­–Salon
In 1985, Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof’s free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Ostracized by his friends, he takes matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Oscar favorite Matthew McConaughey stars in a tale of renegades and outcasts who bond together in a transformative true-life tale of resilience and innovation. (U.S., 2013, 117m, DCP, FilmDistrict)

January-March 2014

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Finding Vivian Maier

Compelling … haunting … captivating.”–Variety
John Maloof discovered the work of an amazing photographer—a nanny whom, over the course of 40 years, took more than 100,000 photographs. As Vivian Maier’s work is discovered, in storage lockers and thrift stores, she is being recognized as one of the 20th century’s most prolific and gifted street photographers. Using her unseen photographs and 8mm films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her, Maloof tells the story of an unsung master of 20th century expression. (U.S., 2013, 83m, DCP, IFC Films)

April-June 2014

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Nymphomaniac, Part 1

Lars von Trier at his best  … provocative, funny, smart, wry and challenging … a remarkable project brimming with bold and often thoughtful performances.” –Screen International
This wild and poetic epic by Lars von Trier (MELANCHOLIA, DOGVILLE) follows a tale of sexual insatiability), from birth to the age of 50, told by a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to an old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who has found her beaten up in an alley. As he cares for her wounds, he listens intently as she tells the intensely layered story of a life of climax and obsession. With Shia La Boeuf, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Jamie Bell.

April 2014

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Nymphomaniac, Part 2

Lars von Trier at his best  … provocative, funny, smart, wry and challenging … a remarkable project brimming with bold and often thoughtful performances.” –Screen International
This wild and poetic epic by Lars von Trier (MELANCHOLIA, DOGVILLE) follows a tale of sexual insatiability, from birth to the age of 50, told by a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to an old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who has found her beaten up in an alley. As he cares for her wounds, he listens intently as she tells the intensely layered story of a life of climax and obsession. With Shia La Boeuf, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Jamie Bell.

April 2014

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North African Sephardic Festival:

Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes of the Mellah

New Mexico Premiere! With special guest Dr. Ron Duncan Hart!
“A Riveting documentary" –Africultures " Winner, Best Film/Documentary" Lumières d’Afrique – France
Tinghir-Jerusalem is filmmaker and historian Kamal Hachkar’s search for a community that has since vanished, the Berber Jews of Morocco.  Hachkar is a Berber Muslim born in Tinghir, Morocco and raised in France. While he would return to Tinghir every summer with his family, it would be years before he discovered that the town once had a thriving Jewish community. By the mid-1960s though, they, along with the other 250,000 Jews of Morocco, had left for Israel.

Hachkar sets off in search of that history. What he discovers in conversations over old family photos and while listening to the stories of the Jews who left Tinghir – and the Muslims who remain – is a history of close co-operation between communities. The North African Sephardic Festival is presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are available at

7:00p Tuesday, July 29 - SOLD OUT
ENCORE SHOW ADDED Tuesday Aug 5 at 5:00p!

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Lucky Them

A terrifically acted dramedy, spiked with humor and lovingly set against Seattle’s indie-music scene.” –Variety
Toni Collette plays a beloved rock journalist who, after covering the Seattle music scene for decades, has lost her touch. Her boss sends her on an assignment, to hunt down a missing former superstar … her one-time lover. Joining her for the ride is a novice filmmaker (Thomas Haden Church). A sweet, funny, not-quite-road movie, not-exactly romance, Megan Griffiths’ comedy features tremendous performances and a surprisingly poignant finish. (U.S., 2014, 97m, DCP)

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SITE Santa Fe presents:

An Evening with Leandro Katz

Argentinean poet, filmmaker and artist Leandro Katz, whose work is featured at SITE Santa Fe, visits the CCA to present newly restored films including LOS ANGELES STATION (1972, 10 min.), a portrait of a community in Guatemala’s banana plantation region; PARADOX (2001, 30 min.), shot in Guatemala on land owned by the former United Fruit Company and filled with Mayan archeological sites EL DÍA QUE ME QUIERAS (The Day You'll Love Me, 1997, 30 min.), an investigation of the famed photo of Che Guevara’s corpse.
7:00p Monday, August 18 • $5

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Closed Curtain

Fascinating … In the struggle to tell a story, Panahi reveals the redemptive power of art. No longer issuing desperate pleas, he has turned to cinema for the sake of survival.” –IndieWire
An outlaw in his native Iran, master filmmaker Jafar Panahi (THE WHITE BALLOON, THE MIRROR) turns his history of incarceration and house arrest into an experiment in constrained storytelling. After the regime bans dogs from public, a screenwriter and his trusted companion go into hiding. And then, a mysterious woman arrives. There are stories within stories, reality meshing with fiction in this brilliant expose. (Iran, 2014, 106m, digital, Variance Films)

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The Singularity

The best documentary on the subject to date”Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
From the creator of the unforgettable documentary BUTTERFLY comes this open-eyed examination on nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and the human system. Doug Wolens interviews Ray Kurzweill, Bill McKibben, Alison Gopnick and many others in search of answers to the seemingly inevitable meshing of man and machine. (U.S., 2013, 76m, BluRay)

7:00p Sat, March 1 and 4:00p Sunday, March 2 only!! Director Doug Wolens in person!!

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Under The Skin

“An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror.” Telegraph
An alien (Scarlett Johanssen), sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power, travels the Scottish countryside in search of human males. But then, her curiosity about her human body and an accidental act of pity disrupt her mission. Jonathan Glazer, known for his brilliant music videos and SEXY BEAST, adapts Michael Faber’s acclaimed novel to create a surprisingly layered tale into a lyrical evocation of solitude (U.K., 2013, 107m, DCP, A24)

April-May 2014

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Llyn Foulkes One Man Band

“Entertainingly introspective... An engaging tribute to an artist who has stayed true to himself... Foulkes is a joy to watch in action.” –The Hollywood Reporter
He’s the most famous artist you’ve never heard of, a painter-musician now in his 70s. As he creates, destroys and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, Foulkes deals with a crumbling marriage and his precarious toehold. Propelled by commentary from Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reveals how Foulkes has avoided “selling his soul,” setting the tone not only for the next 50 years of his uncompromising, up-and-down career. (d. Tamar Halpern & Chris Quilty, 2013, U.S., 88m)

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Blue Ruin

“Easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular.” –IndieWire
A beach bum finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge. Proving an inept assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Winner of the International Critics Prize at Cannes, Jeremy Saulnier’s film is both a work of pure cinematic art and a genre film for the ages. (U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP)

May 2014

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Bright Days Ahead

“A perfect fit … lightly romantic, painlessly sinful” Screen International
A retired dentist (the legendary actress Fanny Ardant) joins the neighborhood senior club, finding little to offer except … a young handsome computer science instructor. A sweet, funny May-December romance ensues, an amour fou that could have been taken from the best of classic French cinema. Marion Vernoux’s smart and lovely film features splendid performances. (France, 2013, 94m, DCP, Tribeca Film)

May 2014

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Ernest & Celestine

"A wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor, poetry, music and tenderness." –Le Figaro
Deep below cobblestone streets, in networks of winding tunnels, a civilization of hardworking mice survive, terrified of the bears living above ground. But not, Celestine, an artist and a dreamer who, after nearly being eating by the singing bear Ernest, strikes up a friendship that challenges the social norms. This gorgeous tale, with references to Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and Bonnie & Clyde, won Best Animated Film at France’s Oscar awards, and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright. (France, 2012, 80m, DCP ,GKids)

May 2014

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James Surls Panel Discussion

Presented by Wade Wilson Contemporary Art
Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe is pleased to announce a special exhibit of works by American sculptor James Surls. The Surls opening weekend includes a panel discussion with Mr. Surls and very special guests Cyndi Conn (Creative Santa Fe), Irene Hoffman (SITE Santa Fe) and more, 1:30p-3:30p pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The exhibit will open with a weekend of events June 26-29 with a morning reception for the public who are invited for coffee and to meet the artist from 9:30 – 11:30 am on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Wade Wilson Art is located at 217 W. Water Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

1:30p Saturday, June 28

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Yves St. Laurent

Entertaining and, in places, scissor sharp.” –Evening Standard
When a 21-year-old phenom from Algeria is called to oversee the venerable fashion house Christian Dior, a star is born, but not without struggles and setbacks. This tale of art, expression, enduring love and excess tells the story of one of YSL (played by Pierre Niney) as he rises to become one of the 20th century’s most recognizable creative forces. (France, 2014, 100m, Weinstein Company, 100m)

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No No: A Dockumentary

Riveting … endlessly energetic and accessible. –Telegraph
In 136 years of baseball history, 276 no-hitters have been recorded. Dock Ellis is the only pitcher who threw one while high on LSD, which he did in the summer of 1970. During his 12 years in the major leagues, Ellis became known as the “Muhammad Ali of Baseball”: an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights. He was also an addict, and, later, a counselor. Today, he is a legend, as celebrated in Jeffrey Radice’s film, which captures a powerful moment in time. (U.S., 2014, 100m, DCP)

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The One I Love

“An incredibly assured directorial debut …  a smart, crowd-pleasing entertainment … spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss.” –Variety
Novelist Charlie McDowell makes a big splash with his first film, following a couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) who, on the verge of splitting up, escape to a beautiful vacation house to try and reconcile. What happens next … is worth seeing, rather than reading about! Funny, smart, deep, surprising, this is a romantic comedy unlike any before. (U.S., 2014, 90m, DCP, Radius-TWC)

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Particle Fever

A surefire crowdpleaser with ravishing imagery and immensely likeable subjects.”Variety
You could almost hear the cry go out last October, when two physicists were given the Nobel Prize for discovering the Higgs Boson. “Would someone please explain!” Fortunately, physicist-turned filmmaker Mark Levinson has trained his cameras on the Large Hadron Collider since its opening, awaiting this moment. The LHC is the largest science experiment in history—a 17-mile long tunnel on the French-Swiss border, with immense data collection systems, designed and operated with 10,000 scientists and engineers from 150 countries to replicate the instant after the Big Bang in order to see what we learn about the atom...and life itself. With the energy and unfolding thrills of SPELLBOUND, plus wonderfully easy to-grasp graphics and fantastic subjects, this film explains and makes exciting the complex matters at hand, including the Higgs. (U.S., 2013, 99m, DCP, Abramorama Films)

April-May 2014

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When Comedy Went to School

“**** … Hilariously funny and delightfully nostalgic." –
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? In the 1970s, Jews represented 3 percent of the U.S. population, but 80 percent of professional comedians. Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank and Lawrence Richards travel to the Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants built a huge resort complex, a training ground for generations of young comedians. Featuring Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, Larry King and a rich selection of archival performances from Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld. (U.S., 2013, 77m, DCP, International Film Circuit)

October 2013

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Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

We see moments of bravery, selflessness, comedy, warmth, pettiness, obliviousness, enlightenment, self-awareness, lack thereof, basically all the things that supposedly make reality TV enjoyable. Only this is reality that doesn’t make you hate yourself. It’s reality TV for the soul.”Corvalis Advocate
Take a journey with six strangers, ages 3 to 73, from around the world as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot, with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. (U.S., 2013, 84m, DCP)

March-April 2014

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For No Good Reason

“An absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman” –L.A. Times
Best known for his collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson and his illustrations for Rolling Stone, Ralph Steadman is an artworld legend. This film provides a deep look at his process and works, many of which are animated here, and featuring interviews with Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and Tim Robbins. (U.S., 2013, 90m, Sony Pictures Classics)

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The Unknown Known

“Fascinating … mesmerizing … chilling …If documentaries slotted into feature film genres, this one would be close to horror.” –Screen International
“All generalizations are false. Including this one.” So runs the central paradox in the body of wisdom known as “Rumsfeld’s Rules.” The Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford (he was appointed at age 33) and George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld explains his logic to Oscar-winning director Errol Morris who, as in his invaluable Oscar-winning FOG OF WAR, uses his depth of historical knowledge, provocative questions and a superhuman patience to interrogate a man with the power to launch a world war. Soon, Rumsfeld’s Rules seem little more than a series of contradictions, obfuscations and clichés: fuzzy logic that has defined our foreign policy for decades. (U.S., 2013, 104m, Radius, DCP)

April 2014

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A Five Star Life

“Part UP IN THE AIR, part EAT PRAY LOVE … a sleeper hit” Hollywood Reporter
Irene has a job to die for. As a luxury hotel critic, she’s paid to judge the minute details at the world’s most posh establishments. Even so, she discovers herself hungry for meaning and real-world connection. Maria Sole Tognazzi’s delightful, grown-up, sophisticated comedy, winner of the Italian Oscar for best actress, and nominated in four other categories, is heartfelt and gorgeous to see. (Italy, 2013, 85m, DCP, Music Box Films)

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Jodorowsky's Dune

I don’t hope to see a movie at Cannes, or all year long, that’s as inspiring …  (Jodorowsky) is brilliant, passionate, ferocious and hilarious.” –Salon

In 1975, cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN) optioned the rights to Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic Dune. Director Frank Pavich’s inspiring documentary lets us explore the detailed process of preparing the hallucinatory project that was not to be. Jodorowsky is passionate and funny as shows the storyboards prepared in hopes for the 14-hour movie he described as “the most important picture in the history of humanity. “I didn’t read Dune,” he said, “but I had a friend who said it was fantastic.” With Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd and others signing on to help, it probably would have been. (U.S./France, 2013, 97m)

May 2014

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A small gem, tender and bleak, funny and sad, superbly photographed in luminous monochrome … a powerful, poignant story.” –The Guardian
Before taking her vows in a convent, an orphan is instructed to visit her only living relative, an aunt and former Stalinist authority who has fallen into dark times. Soon, Ida is learning a family history that shocks and dismays her: she is Jewish, and her parents were killed in the war. Pawel Pawlikowski’s stunning film tells this intensely personal story with beauty, emotion and a purity of vision. (U.K., 2013, 80m, Music Box Films, DCP)

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The Dance of Reality

“A triumphant return … Jodorowsky mixes autobiography, politics, torture and fantasy to exuberant, moving effect.” –Guardian
The cult director’s cult director, Alejandro Jodorowsky (EL TOPO, HOLY MOUNTAIN) returns with his first film in 23 years. Blending his personal history—he was born in the Chilean desert, and had an unhappy, alienated childhood—with metaphor, mythology and poetry, DANCE deepens Jodorowsky’s decades-long exploration of reality. Is it objective, or a "dance" created by our own imaginations? (France-Chile, 2013, 130m, DCP)

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Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia

Highly entertaining…a fine memorial to one of 20th-century America’s most brilliant, original — and cranky — thinkers.” –Variety
With a deep influence on the worlds of literature, film, politics and the culture wars, Gore Vidal’s life spanned 50+ years of American politics and letters. Nicholas Wrathall uses one-on-one interviews and commentary with fantastic subjects, along with clips from the archive, to celebrate a fearless critic, one whose voice we could desperately use today. (U.S., 2013, 83m, DCP, IFC Films)

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North African Sephardic Festival:

El Gusto

New Mexico Premiere!
Vibrant!” –The Hollywood Reporter • “Toe-tapping and infectious!” –Variety • “Uplifting and entertaining” –Screen Daily
El Gusto is the story of a group of musicians, Muslim and Jewish, torn apart by history and brought together by music. The story was uncovered when director/ producer Safinez Bousbia was wandering the narrow streets of the Casbah of Algiers. Drawn to a hanging mirror for sale, she walked into the shop. Instead of selling her the mirror, the craftsman told her the story of his lost friends, Jewish and Muslim musicians who had performed side-by-side a popular style of music: Chaabi.

Bousbia set off to find all of the surviving members. Almost half-a-century later, the original masters of Chaabi music reunited and began an historic journey from Algiers and Paris to Marseille to perform on stage as the El Gusto orchestra. The film, which has been called an Algerian Buena Vista Social Club, brings this moving story to the screen. The North African Sephardic Festival is presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are available at

7:00p Thursday, July 31 - SOLD OUT
ENCORE SHOW ADDED Tuesday, Aug 5 at 7:00p!


The Notebook

“Szász elicits spectacularly raw performances out of his entire cast … provides powerful and honest insights.”Indiewire
Towards the end of World War II, a desperate young mother leaves her 13yearold twin sons at their cruel grandmother's house in the country. Previously pampered, the twins must learn how to survive alone in their new, rural surroundings. Photographed by the great Christian Berger (THE WHITE RIBBON), Janus Szasz inventive, compelling film was Hungary’s Oscar submission and the Grand Prix winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. (Hungary, 2013, 109m, DCP, Sony Pictures Classics)

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Rich Hill

“Summons the heartland Americana of Robert Frank, the class sensitivity of Barbara Kopple and the eye-level empathy of SPELLBOUND or HOOP DREAMS.” Rolling Stone
Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary. In a rural Missouri town, the lives of three boys reveals the challenges, hopes and challenges for youth living outside of the American Dream. (U.S., 2014, 91m, DCP)

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The best film at Sundance.” –Daily Beast
Frank (Michael Fassbender), an unstable yet charismatic musical savant at all times wears a large, round fake head with crudely painted. Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is the antithesis of all things mainstream. With their drummer, bassist and keyboard player, this makeshift but brilliant band go in search of success, an unlikely proposition, and find adventure. Lenny Abrahamson’s tale, strangely enough, is based on a true story. (Ireland, 2014, 95m, DCP, Magnolia Pictures)

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Science On Screen: PANIC IN THE STREETS with Ben Althouse

Presented by Santa Fe Institute
Elia Kazan's 1950s film noir follows a U.S. Public Health Service agent and a police detective as they race through the streets of New Orleans to prevent an outbreak of pneumonic plague. The movie, filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, won an Oscar for best writing and launched the genre of outbreak movies. Biologist and Epidemiologist Ben Althouse, an SFI Omidyar Fellow, will use this film as a backdrop to examine the history of public health response to infectious disease.

7:00p Monday, March 31 - $10, $8 for CCA and SFI Members!

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NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage

Kevin Spacey and 20 gifted British and American actors take a whirlwind ten-month international tour of Richard III, directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY). This documentary, following from rehearsal to premiere and then through the tour, we see Spacey’s revelatory performance and the incredible leadership and vision that Mendes brings to the production. It’s a remarkable window into theatre at its highest level. (d. Jeremy Whelehan, U.S., 2014, 93m, DCP)

7:30p Tuesday, April 29

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents The Green Prince

Sponsored by Abigail Davidson
The Green Prince was one of the most talked about movies at this year’s Sundance Film Fes­tival. The Santa Fe JFF screening is an exclu­sive Santa Fe “first”!
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, True/False Film Festival
The true story about the son of one of the founders of Hamas who spies for Israel’s Shin Bet.
Skype interview with Director Nadav Schirman

“Gripping!”The Guardian  “An incredible story!” The Hollywood Reporter
Truth is stranger than fiction and nowhere is that more so than in The Green Prince. This acclaimed documentary is the story of the son of one of the founders of Hamas who agrees to spy for Israel’s Shin Bet (security service). Told through first person interviews with the two principals, director Nadav Schirman has created an extraordinary film.

7:00p Sunday, June 29! UPDATE: 7:00P SHOW SOLD OUT, 7:30P ENCORE SHOW ADDED.
7:30p Encore show has limited tickets available, call the CCA box office at 505-982-1338 to reserve.
FINAL UPDATE: 7:00p & 7:30p shows are SOLD OUT. Contact to get on a Waiting List.