Events Archive


Science On Screen: Eric Libby presents Alien

“In space, no one can here you scream"

Ridley Scott’s unbeatable sci-fi horror classic follows a spacecraft invaded by a maleficent creature bent on destruction. Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby, a biologist with a fascination in how cells mutate and evolve into new organizations, will introduce the film with a presentation. (U.S., 1979, 117m)

7:00p Wednesday, December 17


SITE Santa Fe: Art21

The wonderful PBS series celebrates its 2014 season with these two free screenings. In “Investigation,” we visit with Thomas Hirschorn, Graciela Iturbide and Leonardo Drew as they push beyond what is already know and can be readily see, using their practices as tools for personal and intellectual discovery and simultaneously documenting and producing new realities in the process. In “Secrets,” Elliott Hundley, Arlene Shechet and Trevor Paglen work to make the invisible visible, as they draw from a wide array of sources, and explore family history, illusion and our surveillance state. Total run time: 112 minutes, with one intermission.

7:00p Monday, December 15 - FREE!

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The Global Warning Express and Citizens' Climate 

Lobby present CHASING ICE with director 

Jeff Orlowski in person!

A $25 Benefit for The Global Warming Express afterschool programs at Santa Fe Public Schools

Once a skeptic, the legendary National Geographic photographer James Balog sets off to investigate global climate change. His project deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers, creating hauntingly beautiful videos that compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. Filled with adventure, mind-bending visuals and a quest of the utmost importance, this film is essential and unforgettable.

Producer/Diector Jeff Orlowski will make a special appearance for a Q&A led by Richard Cramer, Ph.D. following the film. This $25 event supports The Global Warming Express, a climate change advocacy group by kids, for kids. They offer an afterschool program that focuses on science, performance, public speaking, and civil engagement. 

Sunday, December 14
Doors open at 11:45 with refreshments in the Lobby, Film begins at 12:30p

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New Energy Economy presents Coal Ash Stories

With a special presentation by Mariel Nanasi on Coal Ash impacts in New Mexico, New Mexico's contested power plans, and how you can stand up for your health and your environment!

New Energy Economy (NEE) presents Working Films' Coal Ash Stories to connect the dangers of Coal Ash nation-wide to our struggle for clean energy here in New Mexico. Mariel Nanasi, executive director of NEE will talk about PNM's controversial replacement power plan and the massive public day of action on January 5 to oppose it. The current plan would lock New Mexico into decades more coal and nuclear energy at a time when coal pollution is devastating communities around the country and expensive coal ash regulation is right around the corner. Come learn how you can take action for a clean energy future, including speaking out in opposition to PNM's power plan and advocating for coal ash regulations on the national level!

7:00p Thursday, December 11

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Veterans for Peace present Joyeux Noel

“A deeply moving and uplifting piece.” –Hollywood Reporter

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the World War I “Christmas Truce,” in which opposing troops laid down their arms, just for a moment, Veterans for Peaces shares Christian Carron’s Oscar-nominated film. In the film, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. (France-Germany-U.K., 2005, 35mm, 116m). This event also includes live music and poetry performances.

1:30p Sunday, December 7

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

“Expertly written, brilliantly acted” –Variety     “An astonishing work of craftsmanship” –Hollywood Reporter

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz, “The Band’s Visit”) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity in this searing drama. “Gett” made its international debut this year at Cannes and is Israel’s submission for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Picture. Tickets available at CCA and at

Encore show added 4:00p Thursday Dec 4! TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!



Presented by the Santa Fe Chapter of The Transition Network

A humorous and heartwarming documentary, CYBER-SENIORS, focuses on senior citizens taking their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors. The film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting. Finding their footing rather quickly the group competes for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.

Monday, Nov 17 at 6:15p & Tuesday, Nov 18 at 1:45p - Free screening, donations welcome

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Pretty Faces "The Story of a Skier Girl"

Executive Producer (& hometown hero local Santa Fean) Claire Smallwood IN PERSON! presents the Santa Fe screening of Pretty Faces: the Story of a Skier Girl--a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. This film is guaranteed to get you stoked for winter! Santa Fe native Claire Smallwood is a producer on the film and the co-founder of SheJumps. Join the community in celebrating this film's vision and passion for showcasing amazing women living their dreams around the world.

Pretty Faces is the story of a skier girl. A film that celebrates women who thrive in the snow and are committed to taking the path less traveled to accomplish their dreams. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a voice and source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated. In Lynsey’s words “I wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to...I wanted to give them their Blizzard of Ahhh’s, Ski Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community and style that is unique to women in the mountains.” Click Here to purchase tickets in advance!

8:00p Saturday, November 15 • Advance tickets highly recommended, click here! UPDATE: SHOW SOLD-OUT! 

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Presented by Santa Fe Climbing Center
The ninth annual Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. Reel Rock shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking.
In its ninth year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour features a special presentation of the highly-anticipated feature-length film VALLEY UPRISING. The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite. The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.
7:30p Thursday, November 13 • Click Here for tickets!!

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Regarding Susan Sontag

“Compelling” –New York Times  “An intimate portrait” –Hollywood Reporter

"Regarding Susan Sontag" is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. A Dessert Reception precedes the screening at 6:30 PM.

“Susan Sontag” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit:

7:30p Saturday, November 8 SOLD OUT - Encore show 5:00p Wednesday, Nov 12 only!

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Sukkah City

“A one of a kind happening.” –Atlantic Monthly       “A high concept ‘The Next Design Star’.” –San Francisco Chronicle

"Sukkah City" was the brainchild of best-selling author Joshua Foer and Reboot founder Roger Bennett. Foer asked, what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as "Sukkah City." Over 200,000 visited the exhibit which was on display at Union Square.  An exhibit of drawings of selected submissions accompanies the screening.

“Sukkah City” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit:

4:30p Sunday, November 9

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: AKA Doc Pomus

Moves as much as it grooves!” –The Village Voice              “ ‘Doc doc rocks!” –Huffington Post

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," and dozens of other hits all from a wheelchair. An optional DJ Pizza Party precedes the screening at 6:00 PM

“AKA Doc Pomus” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit:

7:00p Sunday, November 9

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An Evening with Jon Jost

One of America’s most important trailblazing independent filmmakers, Jon Jost began making 16mm films in 1963. He has made 38 feature-length films, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed and edited; most of these he also produced. He has made more than 30 short works and the large-scale, seven-screen installation work, TRINITY. Jost was the subject of a MoMA retrospective that subsequently traveled to  venues around the world. Jost will show his latest work, COMING TO TERMS, a meditation on family and mortality that Jonathan Rosenbaum called Jost’s “greatest feature …  (bringing together his) exquisitely meditative sense of visual surface and texture with his tragic sense of how America has been losing its soul … geology and psychology meet on the same devastated terrain — the wasted world that we all currently inhabit.” The film stars the legendary filmmaker James Benning. (U.S., 2013, 85m)

7:00p Thursday October 23

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Wild Earth Guardians present DamNation

It’s blend of history, face-melting nature cinematography and Edward Abbey-style criminal mischief lays bare this truth in a way that is educational, entertaining, and, perhaps most importantly, inspirational.” –Santa Barbara Independent
Winner of a dozen awards at festivals around the world, this powerful odyssey by Ben Knight and Travis Runnel tracks the evolution in our understanding of dams, as our rivers become more endangered. From scientists to activists to fishermen to indigenous communities, DAMNATION tracks the movement to take down the dams and celebrates as rivers come back to life. (U.S., 2014, 87m, digital)

7:00p Wednesday, October 22


CCA and Lannan Foundation presents a Video Lecture by Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

Hong Kong, May 2013: Glenn Greenwald meets a source claiming to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying. The 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy .In April 2014, Greenwald and his colleagues at The Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In a lecture taped in June, Greenwald recounted his high-intensity investigation, examining the broader implications of the surveillance and revealing the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power.

7:00p Tuesday, October 21 • $5 Suggested Donation

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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

Click here for full schedule, tickets, and more!


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Last Days in Vietnam

“Observant, incisive, and at times both heartrending and inspiring.” –Hollywood Reporter
In 1975, as North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance quickly crumbled, leaving a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives to prepare the withdrawal, and help rescue as many of their allies as possible. But the White House issues strict instructions: evacuate only Americans. This tale of heroism, under the most extreme of situations, comes from Emmy-winning director Rory Kennedy. (U.S., 2014, 98m, DCP)

Saturday, October 11 at 7:00p show presented by Veterans For Peace, preceded by a booksigning (5p-7p) by Dana Chwan with her book, "The Reluctant Sorority: The Life, Loves, and Loss of Three Vietnam War Widows"

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Sustainable Sunday Film Series: THE GREAT INVISIBLE

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, SXSW Film Festival
“Complex and wide-ranging … a uniquely thought-provoking chronicle. –Variety
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, killing 11 workers and creating what would become one of the worst oil spills in history. Director Margaret Brown (THE ORDER OF MYTHS) creates a riveting, yet emotional thriller about corruption in the oil industry and the victims the crisis left in its wake. Using personal connections, the Alabama-born Brown dives deep into the community, finding the real story of the seemingly never-ending cleanup process and the long-lasting impact on the global oil economy. Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby! (U.S., 2014, 92m, Digital, Radius TWC)

12:30p Sunday, October 12 • Introduced by Senator Jeff Bingaman!


Gallery Nights Kick-Off

Enjoy an after-work cocktail and check out the exhibition, learn a new skill and grab a bite to eat! CCA kicks off new evening hours with hands-on workshops, partnering with food trucks and local bars to create a socially engaging gallery experience. Mark your calendars for a fabulous evening of art and entertainment every second Thursday at Gallery Nights. This month CCA’s programming coordinator, Angie Rizzo, will be leading a geometric paper shape-making workshop complete with a contest and prizes! Let’s see who can fold the fastest...
Thursday, October 9: 5 – 9pm // Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery, $5

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"Complementary and Alternative Medicine and

Psychiatry: An Evidence Based Approach"

Presented by UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Marlene P. Freeman, MD,
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
From St. John’s Wort to Omega-3 fatty acids, from acupuncture to exercise, Americans are turning to complementary and alternative medicine to treat their behavioral health challenges. What do we really know about the effectiveness or safety of these alternatives to more traditionally-researched psychotherapies or psychiatric drugs?

6:00p Wednesday, October 8 - FREE and Open to the Public!

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Walking The Great Divide

“No other film captures the beauty and grandeur of the king of trails” –Nashville Public TV
Outdoor documentary specialist Mark Flagler interviews over 30 hikers as they embark on a 5-6 month thru-hike traversing New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.  Share the trials and triumphs as Flagler and his fellow hikers brave high altitude trekking, intense desert heat, cross country navigation and deep canyons.  Follow Flagler as he hikes through 21 wilderness areas, 3 national parks, and one national monument to capture this national treasure.

Whether you are a long-distance walker, day hiker, or outdoor enthusiast, this primitive backcountry trail provides you with the opportunity to experience the unique and scenic areas which surround it.  Whether you walk only a few steps or are planning a CDT thru-hike you will quickly see why it is coined ‘The King of Trails’. This screening of Walking the Great Divide is part of the Flagler Films Long-Distance Hiking Tour, visiting 9 cities with 14 shows over 15 days!

2:00p Sunday October 5 only! with director Mark Flagler in person!


Perspectives on Healing the Body

Interact with the exhibition in a unique and dynamic form. After recently finishing yoga teacher training, former CCA staffer Naomi Gibbons will lead a Vinyasa yoga class amongst Chuck Ginnever’s sculptures, providing the chance to truly see ‘New Perspectives’ from all angles. Invite art and movement to heal your body through this Vinyasa flow. Please bring all your yoga essentials: mat, towel,
comfortable clothing and water.

Saturday, October 4: 2pm // Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery, $10

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This Is A Stereotype

“This Is A Stereotype” is an artistic narrative about the possible causes and effects surrounding Indigenous identity with the intention to socially engage the public. The project is compiled of historical footage sourced from the Archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts’ "Native American Video Tape Archive, 1976” juxtaposed with imagery and interviews from contemporary artists, scholars, and activists from across the United States. “This Is A Stereotype” invites the viewer to become an active participant in society, thinking critically when making decisions regarding culture and appropriation. (U.S., 2014, digital video)

6:00p Wednesday, October 1! Filmmakers Cannupa Hanska Luger, Dylan McLaughlin and Ginger Dunnill in person! $3 Suggested Donation

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The Friendship Club presents The Sting

“One of those instances where everything good about Hollywood just fell into one place at the right time … Magnificent, timeless stuff.” ­Empire
It’s the con of a lifetime. Two grifters (Robert Redford and Paul Newman) set out to avenge the murder of their friend by swindling a mobster (Robert Shaw). Featuring Scott Joplin’s brilliant music and wondrous performances, this is one of the most entertaining films of all time. (U.S., 1973, 127m, DCP)

7:00p Sunday, September 28! $15 benefits The Friendship Club

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Sagrada: Mystery of Creation

“**** … A philosophical meditation on art, design and time. Beautiful. 4 Stars." –Tribune de Genève
They broke ground in 1882; they are about halfway through. The building is the  Sagrada Família in Barcelona, designed by the Antoni Gaudí, continues to advance, thanks to an international army of workers—including one sculptor who has been at it for 30 years— and history with highs and lows. More than any building, the Sagrada Familia encourages questions about architecture, creativity and process. (Germany, Switzerland, 2012, 89 mins, DCP)

Starts Friday, September 26 • Special Opening Event 7:00p Fri, Sept 26, presented by Friends of Architecture Santa Fe