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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.  


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

Category:  Experimental

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

Category:  Narrative

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

Category:  Narrative

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

Category:  Documentary

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

Category:  Narrative

Synopsis:  An existential walk through time.





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Director:  JoAnne Tucker, NMWIF Member

Category:  Documentary

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.


Pinky Promise

Director: Catharine Pilafas, NMWIF Member

Category:  Narrative

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

Category:  Experimental

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

Category:  Documentary

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

Category:  Documentary

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

Category:  Narrative

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

Category:  Narrative

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

Category:  Documentary

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 nmwiffiesta@gmail.com