NME After Print - Review: Creation

Who is truly the creator when it comes to the story of our lives. Writer and Director Ruggero Dalla Santa explores that very question in his short movie, Creation. A young man (Benjamin Coulter) awakes to find himself naked in a white room with nothing but his thoughts of how he got there and a laptop. He soon discovers with every keystroke, he creates his little world and starts by creating the perfect woman. In time he realizes that after several tweaks, “Eve” (Sian Altman) develops into the woman of his dreams. But when “Eve” realizes that their love comes with a lie, it leads her to make a decision that can reset everything back to the beginning. The concept for this short came to Dalla

January 2020 - Cover Story: Sundance Film Festival 2020

It’s January, which means snow and films are in the air in Utah. The Sundance Film Festival is back with a new round of films - 118 to be exact. The festival includes dramatic and documentary features and short films and series and episodic content. New Frontier showcases emerging media through multimedia installations, performances, and film. Along with daily filmmaker conversations, panel discussions, and live music events. Festival’s Director of Programming, Kim Yutani, is very excited about this year’s entries. “Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Special Events slates. Defined by dist

January 2020 - Let Us Entertain You: Cirque Mechanics in 42ft - A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to the Cirque Mechanics world of gears and canvas, pulleys, and sawdust. Inspired by modern circus, this company finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. Their show, “42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels,” displays a quality rarely found in modern circus. Cirque Mechanics’ signature style is wrapped in acrobatics, mechanical marvels, and a bit of clowning around. It was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after his successful collaborative project with the Circus Center of the San Francisco Birdhouse Factory. His shows, rooted in realism, display

January 2020 - Turn It Up: Jewel Presents "No More Tears"

She made a lasting impression with her debut album, Pieces of You. Now, Jewel is back with a new single, No More Tears. The single was written for the document, Lost in America, which hits theaters in 2020. Lost in America takes an in-depth look at the issue of youth homelessness in America, highlighting the main issues that surround it: sex trafficking, the failure of the foster care system, and the rampant rejection of the LGBTQ youth. Jewel is no stranger to the topic, living in her car at a young age. “It is a subject that is so dear to my heart.” shared Jewel. “I was homeless for a year when I was 18 --I started living in my car because a boss withheld my paycheck when I refused his sex

January 2020 - Make 'Em Laugh: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live

It’s time to “laugh your tail off” at Popejoy Hall! Catch Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour with show creator Joel Hodgson, and the world’s greatest movie-riffing robots – Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy – as they embark on a hilarious tour of the cheesiest films ever made. The tour is based on the original show that aired for 11 years starting in 1988. Mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his crony, TV’s Frank, forced him to watch bad movies as part of an evil experiment. To keep his sanity, Joel built a cast of lovable robot sidekicks: Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Cambot. Together, they watched bad movies and through their wisecracks, quips, and friendships

January 2020 - Now Showing: Little Chief

An exhausted schoolteacher does her best to provide for her classroom while keeping the world at an arm’s distance. A child struggles to find acceptance both at home and at school. These two individuals will become a necessity for each other, which is what Little Chief, a short film by Erica Tremblay, is about. Tremblay immediately draws you in, urging you to learn more about the characters who are forced to break down the walls they’ve built. Tremblay, a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation in Oklahoma, is extremely proud of her heritage. With every film she creates, she takes the opportunity to share the stories and experiences she has witnessed or learned of as a child. Little Chief was ins

January 2020 - Behind the Scenes: Welcome to New Mexico - Your New Location Spot

Part of the filmmaking process is finding the perfect location that reflects the story a filmmaker is trying to convey. Experiencing conflict in war-torn Iraq? Looking for that amazing party spot in Las Vegas? Zombies in California? It would surprise many that each of these scenarios has all been achieved in the state of New Mexico. The Albuquerque and New Mexico Film Offices have been working hard to spread the word about this asset we call “The Land of Enchantement” to many in the movie world that are not aware it exist. Amber Dodson, Film Liaison of the Albuquerque Film Office shares why New Mexico is a hot spot for film and emerging media. NEW MEXICO’S $110 MILLION FILM PRODUCTION TAX CR

January 2020 - Extras: A Voice for New Mexico Background Actors

They are sometimes the unsung heroes when it comes to film and television production. Background actors are necessary to make a scene work. In terms of treatment, the background community felt they needed to speak up. A new initiative was proposed in October of last year by The New Mexico Background Community to provided New Mexico background actors SAG-AFTRA-like provisions. Some of the points of the campaign include having the right to a living wage and a reasonable time of payment, providing a safe and free environment from harassment and protection from the elements, supplying a secure place to store their belongings and access to clean water and restrooms, and the right to organize. Bra

NME After Print: The 92nd Oscar Nominations

This morning, John Cho and Issa Rae took on the task of announcing this year's nominees for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. There were some notable snubs and well-deserved nods handed out this morning. The expected nominations of Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, and Joker for Best Picture shouldn't have surprised fans. The absence was noticed of such films that received praise, but no recognition, like Hustlers, Honey Boy and Us, along with acting nominations for Shia LaBouf, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jennifer Lopez The Oscars always comes with its controversy as the #MeToo movement gained momentum, causing a rise of voices in terms of women directors and artists not only being respected, but recogni

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