Film: Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco

7 pm

A new documentary follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghost towns of New Mexico’s Río Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos (memories) of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos (elders) told stories beside a river that once ran. Through interviews with Dr. García, oral histories, archival photos, and footage of the landscape, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco poses the question: do ruins remember us? Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Filmmaker Shebana Coelho and folklorist and author Nasario García will be present at the screenings of the film to discuss it with the audience.

2017; Shebana Coelho; English; 60 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Red Sky at Morning

7 pm

Based on the novel by Richard Bradford, Red Sky at Morning follows an adolescent boy who is relocated with his mother to Corazón Sagrado, New Mexico when his father goes off to World War II. Finding himself a minority in a predominantly Latino community, Josh Arnold must deal with adjusting to a new land and a new culture, making friends, and experiencing first love, as well as the war that is always in the background and ultimately threatens everything he has come to know. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
1971; James Goldstone; English; 112 minutes; rated PG.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Cariños

7 pm

Cariños, a serialized cinematic experience from visionary auteur Christopher Michael Roybal, examines who, how, and why people love. The film follows a group of New Mexicans throughout 2017 as they collide in unconventional and unexpected ways, all while trying both to uncover and to keep hidden secrets that could change their lives forever. Cariños is unique because there are two distinct versions of this experimental fictional drama. The first version played out over the course of 2017 and broke the film into 53 individual scenes, or episodes, that premiered weekly online until its conclusion on the last day of the year. The second version, premiering tonight, compiles all of the episodes into a single, unified feature film that asks viewers if there is actually any one right way to love. Cariños contains adult language and content, and may not be suitable for all audiences. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Christopher Michael Roybal will be present at the screening to discuss the film with the audience.

2017; Christopher Michael Roybal; English; 120 minutes, not rated (suggested R rating).
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Bless Me, Ultima

7 pm

The screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic work, set in the 1940s in rural New Mexico, about a young boy and the mysterious healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. As the entire world is plunged into war and Antonio Marez grapples with the harsh realities all around him, his life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima, a curandera who inspires him to see the world from a new perspective. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2011; Carl Franklin; English; 102 minutes; rated PG-13.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Since the extremely high level of interest in this film, first screened on January 18, exceeded the seating capacity of the Bank of America Theatre, we have scheduled a second screening for January 25.  Please note that Red Sky at Morning, originally scheduled for this date, will be screened at a later date.

Film: Bless Me, Ultima

7 pm

The screen adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic work, set in the 1940s in rural New Mexico, about a young boy and the mysterious healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. As the entire world is plunged into war and Antonio Marez grapples with the harsh realities all around him, his life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima, a curandera who inspires him to see the world from a new perspective. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2011; Carl Franklin; English; 102 minutes; rated PG-13.

Bless Me, Ultima is shown in preparation for the world premiere of a new opera, also based on Rudolfo Anaya’s novel and produced as a partnership between Opera Southwest and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The operatic version of Bless Me, Ultima will come to the NHCC stage in late February.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: How to Be a Latin Lover

7 pm

When an aging gigolo is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, he is forced to move in with his estranged sister and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin lover and win over the wealthy widowed grandmother of his nephew’s schoolmate.
2017; Ken Marino; English; 115 minutes; rated PG-13.

There will be no film screenings on December 21, December 28, January 4, or January 11. The Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series will resume on January 18.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Where God Left His Shoes

7 pm

Jobless and living with his family in a homeless shelter, a one-time boxer takes his 10-year-old stepson with him as he hustles for work on Christmas Eve. Praised as John Leguizamo’s “truest performance on film,” Where God Left His Shoes is the story of a family who discover that they will survive as long as they have each other. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2007; Salvatore Stabile; English; 96 minutes; not rated.

There will be no film screenings on December 21, December 28, January 4, or January 11. The Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series will resume on January 18.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: All of Me/Llévate mis amores

7 pm

Based in the Mexican village of La Patrona, this documentary offers an intimate insight into a group of women, appropriately known as the Patronas, who since 1995 have prepared food, bagged it, and tossed it to migrants traveling on top of the freight train known as “La Bestia” (The Beast) as it makes its way to the U.S. Their remarkable example of love and solidarity, despite the risk both to themselves and to those riding the rails, contrasts with the violence of one of the cruelest stretches in the world for undocumented travelers. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2014; directed by Arturo González Villaseñor; Spanish with English subtitles; 90
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Selections from New Mexico and The Vietnam War: Portrait of a Generation

7 pm

Produced by New Mexico PBS, this series of short documentaries focuses on New Mexico’s diverse Vietnam War veterans, families, and refugees whose lives were changed by the war. These are dramatic first person accounts of duty, honor, courage, sacrifice, loss, understanding, and renewal. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Michael Kamins, executive producer, and Tom Baca, a veteran whose story is captured in the film. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2017; Michael Kamins; English; 45 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Excerpt from The Vietnam War

7 pm

A newly edited clip from The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, focuses on personal stories rather than the history, politics, or combat of the war. This excerpt is designed to open up conversations and allow deeper, more personal dialogue—emphasizing the struggles of the veteran community from different generations as they come together to process their experiences of war and return. It features “Fellow Warriors: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam with John Musgraves.” Following the screening, audience members may move into a comfortable space to share stories, talk about personal experiences, and gather information from local veterans’ service providers. Staff from the Albuquerque Veteran Center will help facilitate conversation; information from the Mobile Vet Center in Santa Fe will also be available. Presented in partnership with New Mexico PBS as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.
2017; Ken Burns & Lynn Novich; English; 30 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show