“Interesting ... compelling” –The Forward
The role of Jewish artists/writers in comics and the graphic novel is the subject of From Superman to Spiegelman—Comics and the Graphic Novel. This talk, accompanied by the insightful documentary THE ART OF SPIEGELMAN, will look at the development of the graphic novel and its roots in comics, tracing the contributions of Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman and others. Spiegelman’s groundbreaking Maus catapulted the graphic novel into the sphere of high art when it won the Pulitzer Prize. Advance tickets available at www.SantaFeJFF.org or call 505.216.0672.
4p Sunday, December 10
25th anniversary screening, with special guests!
Followed by reception $25
“As one spectacular image follows another, nearly every one lucid and sharp and magnificent, you feel as if you can go anywhere and see anything … Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.” –Washington Post
With images of 24 countries from six continents, shot over the course of 30 months, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s film, featuring music by Michael Stearns, combines startling 70mm footage of the best and worst our world has to offer, “a guided meditation on humanity,” according to Fricke. The film is named for a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing,” and it visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery. Made in Santa Fe 25 years ago, it remains a classic. (U.S., 1992, 97m).
Tickets Available Here
2p Saturday December 9
Presented by Lois Rudnick
“Stunning … drives its remarkable power and conviction from the reality of the faces and the face of the American Southwest and South … If there is an American New Wave, film historians will cite the film as early evidence.” –LA Times
After two hippies on Harleys find themselves with some cash, and on the run, they head on a cross-country tour, stopping in New Mexico, where they find a commune with residents who are both open-minded and perhaps spiraling out of control, and into small-town America, where they are confronted with bigotry and hatred. A snapshot of a culture gone awry, and a winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s film remains a defining work of the 1960s. With Karen Black, Jack Nicholson. (U.S., 1967, 96m)
7p Wednesday, December 13
“Joyous … A moving portrait of love conquering all … Long before the movie's over you'll be as much in love with its subjects as they obviously are with each other … a heartwarming affirmation that decency sometimes prevails.” –Variety
Victor and Fernando, beauty professionals in Baja California, Mexico, are considered a lovely couple … until they decide to marry, currently illegal in their home. As they battle to become the first gay couple in a place filled with homophobia and inequality, they face a wave of criticism and outrage from public officials. Cristina Herrera Bórquez follows the story as soon, Victor and Fernando’s love begins to win over the powerful members of the region’s high society. (Mexico, 2017, 91m)
7p Thursday December 14
“**** … one of the best documentaries of the year … works in equal measure for those who know a great deal about Jane Goodall and those people who don’t know a thing … the genius of both the subject and the filmmaker make JANE a rewarding experience.” –RogerEbert.com
Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goddall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. (U.S., 2017)
Starts December 14 with special screenings 15-17
“Spectacular … Paints a powerful picture of a vibrant culture and people under stifling repression; it has monsters and plucky kids and colorful adventures like other animated films, but at heart it is a beautiful but troubling look at a people’s fight to survive.” –The Wrap
From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS and SONG OF THE SEA comes the adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel, following Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. It’s an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.
Starts December 15
“So giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval … a poetical, entrancing documentary.” –Variety
From the creative team behind BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, and inspired by BARAKA and KOYAANASQATSI, this visual feast documents the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, held in celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers. It’s part folk art, part technical display and 100% pyromania. There is unrestrained delight, and more than a little terror, an explosive, glorious, unforgettable experience. Winner, Best Documentary, San Francisco Film Fest. (U.S.-Mexico, 2017, 67m, Oscilloscope Labs)
Starts December 22