NMWIF FIESTA! 2017
AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
New Mexico Women in Film has planned a quadri-city Film Fiesta! in Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, April 20-23, 2017. The NMWIF FIESTA! 2017 mission is to honor current NMWIF Members, who are in good standing and regardless of gender, by showcasing their creativity, vision and artistry of their film work and network emerging film students at the institutions of higher education throughout New Mexico. Thirteen of the best films by NMWIF members and emerging film students will be screened in each city at the NMWIF Fiesta! 2017.
Thursday, April 20: New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium, Las Vegas
Friday, April 21: South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque
Saturday, April 22: New Mexico State University’s Digital Media Theater, Las Cruces
Sunday, April 23: Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s The Forum, Santa Fe
The NMWIF FIESTA! 2017 screens from 5:00pm - 9:00pm each day with an intermission 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
NMWIF FIESTA! 2017 AWARD WINNERS:
Best Editing - Days Young and Golden
Best Cinematography - Shadows of Waste
Best Performance - Sarah Minnich in Days Young and Golden
Best Documentary – Legacy
Best Narrative - Frankie and Jude: Star Wars - ANOTHER Star Wars Story
Best Directing for Documentary - Legacy
Best Directing for Narrative - Frankie and Jude: Star Wars - ANOTHER Star Wars Story
Grand Prize - Gris
Program 1 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Director: Ann Bromberg, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Cruzar is a compelling portrayal designed to engage a diverse international audience with a powerful narrative. Cruzar (Cross) highlights a young mans yearning to cross the border on his spirited journey to the United States. On his crossing, Victor is determined to find success working in California. Victor, like many is deported back to Mexico where his dreams are lost until he discovers how to be free in his homeland.
Frankie and Jude: Star Wars - ANOTHER Star Wars Story
Producer & Writer: Amy Baklini, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: Frankie and Jude are BFFs, candy aficionados, and hardcore Star Wars fans. "Rogue One" opens soon, and Frankie’s already purchased their tickets! There’s just one problem...Jude doesn’t want to go.
La Douleur Exquise
Director: Charlie Gravina, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: A silent film that poignantly depicts "la douleur exquise", or "that exquisite pain", the French term for unrequited love.
Director: Mark Lewis, IAIA Student
Synopsis: In the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, Nikki Lowe stands out as one of the few Native Americans competing in the sport today. A fighter inside and outside of the cage, she continually strives to maintain her cultural identity as a Chickasaw Native, and is now focused on healing her body and soul from the latest tragedy to emerge in her life. She is beginning that recovery process by using both M.M.A and her warrior spirit.
Shadows of WAste
Director: Holly Adams, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: An existential walk through time.
Director: JoAnne Tucker, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: Barbara was abused by her grandfather as a young children. She also experienced abuse in three marriages. When her third husband abused her granddaughter she snapped and shot and murdered him. She served 8 1/2 years in prison and has now returned to a productive life in her community.
Director: Catharine Pilafas, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: In this lighthearted comedy, two coworkers attend a pivotal dinner party where they learn the fate of their careers while juggling the nuances of friendship and romance.
Program 2 | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Director: Rand Hadid, SFUAD Student
Synopsis: A short Experimental captures the struggle between two lovers , and the girl attempt of freeing the man she loves.
Director: Jody McNicholas, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: A self-created family of actors emerge from a community theatre in the quirky artist town of Taos, New Mexico. Taking their passions to the next level is going to take humor, courage and more than a little small-town heart.
Director: Erica Nguyen, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: Griselda Díaz Flores is a strong woman who lives to sustain her family, working from dawn til dusk in all things imaginable. Like her, many women from the fishing village of Santa Rosa fight for their independence and autonomy, but she is the only one who has worked out at sea.
Charlotte; In Retrospect
Director: Monica Montoya, NMSU Student
Synopsis: Charlotte is ambitious and passionate about her personal success. However, she comes from a big family where her success has been minimized her whole life. Sitting at a stage in her life when the norm is to start families, she is struggling over whether or not to accept a proposal from her long time boyfriend. Taking a look at her past, Charlotte revisits the moments when media and societal views impacted her perception of and confidence in herself. While she struggles to move past those impositions, in order to be able to move forward.
Days Young and Golden
Director: Andy Kastelic, UNM Student
Synopsis: A broken woman searches for the light as she struggles with the passions and tragedies of her past.
Nasario remembers the Río Puerco
Director: Shebana Coelho, NMWIF Member
Synopsis: Nasario remembers the Río Puerco follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghosts towns of New Mexico's Rio Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos elders told stories beside a river that once ran.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact NMWIF Fiesta Producer: Shelene Bridge at email@example.com