SANTA FE- New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today the winners of the 2013 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place October 25 - 27, 2013 at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque. The following winners were announced in nine categories:
Best Webisode: Canyon Road pilot, "The Fire," directed by Christopher Wright
TRT 30 minutes. Canyon Road will be a series containing the episodes that highlight the varied cultural and eclectic characters who inhabit Canyon Road.
Best Music Video: Red Dog written and directed by Tyler Green and Dustin Deen
TRT 3 minutes. A wheelchair bound man awakens in an alley with a thirst for Red Dog beer.
Best Experimental: Weird written and directed by Miguel Arambula
TRT 17 minutes. An exploration of the haunting aspects of life. While finding your fate.
Best Documentary: The Chile Film directed by Kelly Urig
TRT 26 minutes. In New Mexico, nothing is as precious as our red and green chile.
Best Drama: Matanza written by Morse Bicknell
TRT 22 minutes. A weekend camping trip starts out happily enough for a group of college kids, but a dark shadow is cast across the idyllic setting when two outsiders are invited at the last minute.
Best Comedy: Zombiewood directed by Lauren Petzke
TRT 14 minutes. A zombie named Harry thinks the answer to his "undead" life is to get a SAG card! While the world has little use for zombies, there is one industry where they fit in very well - Hollywood.
Best Animation: Snowdysseus written and directed by Evan Curtis
TRT 6 minutes. Snowdysseus explores the vulnerability in feeling nostalgia for one's home.
Best Sci-Fi: A Figment of My Imagination written and directed by Eric Smigiel
TRT 18 minutes. This human story chronicles the conflict between an Android and its creator.
Best Wild Card: Quirky View directed and written by Anne Stirling
TRT 22 minutes. Quirky View is a new TV series that reveals the true passions of regular folks with fascinating hobbies, unusual callings and those that have taken the road less traveled. It celebrates anything but the typical.
"We commend the local filmmakers who worked hard on these projects and look forward to traveling the winning films across the state," said Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico State Film Office. "This is one way we can do our part to bring local, independent films to a wider audience. We encourage everyone to attend."
The screenings are free to the public and will take place in the following cities:
GRANTS: October 29, 2013
Contact - Rick Best
Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center
1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020
PORTALES: October 30, 2013
Contact - Jon Barr
Buchanan Hall, Music Building
1500 S. Ave. N
Portales, NM 88130
ROSWELL: November 2, 2013
Contact - Renee Roach
912 N Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201
SANTA FE: November 8 - 10, 2013
Contact - Jason Silverman
Santa Fe Center of Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
LAS CRUCES: November 15, 2013
Contact - Matt Byrnes
East Mesa Campus
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011
TAOS: December 20, 2013
Contact - Damon Klassen Taos Center for the Arts
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571