Albuquerque + Films = Albuquerque Film Festival 8.18-21.2001

“Hip. Cool. Funny. Strange. Social Change.”  That is the 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival, running from August 18th-21st, 2011.  Presented by Film 4 Change, the third annual film festival is a project of the International Humanities Center that strives to be more than just a film festival but a medium to humanize the world through the use of technology like films.  Founded by festival director Rich Heinrich in 2006, Film 4 Change was formed to “help tell the stories of the world” to “transform community through the power of story, laughter, art and music.”  The film festival, which was born out of Film 4 Change, was to be an international film festival in Cancún but Mother Nature, in the form of hurricanes, altered plans, not once but twice.  Film 4 Change decided to change directions from the sunny beaches of Cancún to the sunny desert of Albuquerque and celebrated the premiere of the Albuquerque Film Festival in 2009.

This year’s Albuquerque Film Festival features films (documentaries to features to shorts to a Native Showcase), panels, parties, workshops and a Midnight Movie.  Honored at the event will be actor Michael Madsen of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 & Reservoir Dogs (2011 AFF Maverick Award), actor Dean Stockwell of Battlestar Galactica & Quantum Leap (2011 AFF Dennis Lee Hopper Award) and cinematographer Haskell Wexler of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2011 AFF Cinematography Award).

Here are a few highlights of the fest that we, and you, should be interested in…


Centigrade (2007); short [thriller].  Starring Colin Cunningham (TNT’s Falling Skies) and Daniel Brodsky.  Written and Directed by Colin Cunningham.

Screening:  Friday August 19th at 7:30pm – 9:30pm in the KiMo Theatre.  The screening of Centigrade, playing with La Hora Cero, will be introduced and moderated by comedian John Cuellar with a Q & A session with writer/director/actor Colin Cunningham and actor Steve Wilcox of La Hora Cero.  Tickets are $10 (

“The Road To Hell Begins Here” started over two decades ago when Colin Cunningham wrote the script to Centigrade.  With no budget, Cunningham and producer Madison Graie applied to the Directors Guild of Canada’s Kickstart Program and won $20k CAD to produce the film.  Now with a budget, the short was to star a different actor in the role of Man but due to complications, Cunningham filled the role.  It worked out for Centigrade as the film is the fastest live-action short to break the top ten on iTunes in the US, UK and Canada, and the only short to break the the top ten on iTunes in feature downloads.  The film also made the short list for an Academy Award nomination in 2009.  Currently, Cunningham and Graie are working on turning the short into a feature film.

Synopsis:  A man (Cunningham) who lives in an old, busted up camper trailer wakes up one morning to find himself (and it) rolling down the highway.  Towed by a mysterious black pick-up truck, the Man is taken hostage aboard this rolling nightmare and will have to use his wits in order to survive.

Awards include Best Short at Cinequest, the Leo Awards and the New Hampshire Film Festival; Best Director at the Leo Awards; Best Actor at the Leo Awards and Method Fest; and other awards and nominations.



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The Dead Inside (2011); feature film [horror/musical].  Starring Sarah Lassez and Dustin Fasching.  Written and Directed by Travis Betz.  98 mins

Screening:  Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Lobo Theater.  The screening of The Dead Inside will be introduced and moderated by comedian Jessica Osbourne with a Q & A session with the filmmakers and cast.  Tickets are $10 (

Synopsis:  Wes (Fasching) is a burned out photographer paying the bills shooting weddings and Fi (Lassez) is the author of a series of zombie novellas called The Dead Survive.  They are lovers who, at one time, were at the top of their creative game, but now have misplaced their muse.  When Fi begins to show signs of mental illness, Wes does everything in his power to help her get better.  But darker forces lurk inside her, and soon they realize the true horror of the situation.  Fighting against a disturbed entity, they rediscover inspiration.

Awards include The Music in Film Theme award at the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Best Score at the Los Angeles United Film Festival and The Dan Harkins Breakthrough Filmmaker Award at the Phoenix Film Festival.



Twitter:  @deadinsidemovie

Deadheads (2011); feature film [adventure/comedy/horror].  Starring Michael McKiddy, Ross Kidder, Markus Taylor, Thomas Galasso, Ben Webster, Greg Dow, Natalie Victoria and Eden Malyn.  Written and Directed by brothers Brett and Drew T. Pierce.  90 mins

Screening:  Thursday, August 18th at 9:30pm – 11:30pm in the Lobo Theater.  The screening of “zombedy” Deadheads will be introduced and moderated by comedian Mike Long with a Q & A session with the filmmakers and cast.  Tickets are $10 (

Synopsis:  Zombie slackers, Mike (McKiddy) and Brent (Kidder) find themselves surprisingly reborn from the dead amid a disastrous zombie outbreak.  After discovering an engagement ring in his coat pocket, Mike enlists his new found zombie pal, Brent, to embark on a quest in search of his lost love.  What ensues is a hilarious cross country road trip as these two reformed flesh-eating pals hitchhike cross country as they are pursued by a team of zombie killin’ bounty hunters!

Awards include Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival and an Official Selection at the 2011 FrightFest London.



Twitter:  @deadheadsmovie


La Hora Cero [The Zero Hour] (2010); feature film [action].  Starring Zapata 666, Amanda Key, Erich Wilpret, Laureano Olivarez and Alejandro Firth.  Written by Diego Velasco and Carolina Paiz.  Directed by Diego Velasco.

Screening:  Friday August 19th at 7:30pm – 9:30pm in the KiMo Theatre.  The screening of La Hora Cero, playing with Centigrade, will be introduced and moderated by comedian John Cuellar with a Q & A session with actor Steve Wilcox (Inspector Gringo) and Colin Cunningham of Centigrade.  Tickets are $10 (

Synopsis:  Set in Caracas during the 24 hours of a controversial medical strike, Parca (Zapata 666), a tattooed hit-man, takes an elite hospital hostage in order to save his girlfriend.  What seemed like a perfect plan will end in a frenetic outcome, as Parca is forced to come to terms with his past, and as he discovers that his worst enemies are much closer than he ever imagined.  A love story told in the midst of chaos, La Hora Cero is a timely and universal story about the mythic rise to power and the inevitable fall from grace.

Awards include Audience Award for Best Feature at the 15th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and acting, directing, editing and best feature at the 2010 Festival de Merida.



Twitter:  @thezerohour


Reservoir Dogs (1992); feature film [crime/mystery/thriller].  Starring Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn and Tim Roth.  Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino.  100 mins

Screening:  Saturday, August 20th at 10:00pm – 12:00am in the KiMo Theatre.  The screening of Reservoir Dogs is playing with The Heist, Hell Ride and the Midnight Movie.  Actor Michael Madsen, an AFF award recipient, will be signing his books prior to the screening at 8:00pm and will be presenting the films.  The Heist producer Gary Sugarman will attend.  Tickets are $10 (

Reservoir Dogs Synopsis: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse.  Crime begets violence as the survivors – veteran Mr. White (Keitel), newcomer Mr. Orange (Roth), psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde (Madsen), bickering weasel Mr. Pink (Buscemi) and Nice Guy Eddie (Penn) – unravel.

The Heist (2011) is a comedy short, starring Sean Flanagan, Donal Gallery and Sean McCarthy, about three yahoos out to rob a bank, but these three guys haven’t got a clue about proper robbing etiquette.  Written by Troels Jacob Hundtofte and Directed by Thomas Hefferon.

Hell Ride (2008) is an action/adventure/drama, starring Larry Bishop, AFF Alum, the late Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen, dealing with the Pistolero (Bishop), the Gent (Madsen) and Comanche (Eric Balfour) and the deadly, unfinished business among them.  Executive Produced by AFF Alum Monte Hellman.  Written and Directed by Larry Bishop.  87 mins


Games, Comics & Movies w/ Todd Jefferson, VP of Marvel Games

Panel:  Saturday, August 20th at 1:00pm – 2:00pm in the Hyatt Downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $10 (

At the panel, VP Todd Jefferson will discuss everything from Aristotle’s hierarchy of story to comic genius.  Jefferson, who has 14 years of experience in gaming at Activision, Pixar and Disney, has worked on Sega’s Captain America: Super Soldier and Thor: God of Thunder, and Gazillion’s MMORPG (or massively multiplayer online role-playing game), Marvel Super Hero Squad Online.  He is currently working on Marvel vs. Capcom 3; to be release on Playstation 3 & Xbox 360 in November.

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