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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Events Tonight & This Weekend

Hi everyone…

Just a quick reminder -- events from IGDA, the NM Filmmakers Intensive at College of Santa Fe, a Cinnafilm Open House with Lance Maurer, and Friends of Film and Video Arts Holiday Gathering...

Game Developers Unite! at the 2nd Rio Grande IGDA Chapter meeting in Albuquerque.  More info at: (but it's at Sauce/Raw in Albuquerque, from 6-8PM)


Saturday, November 17 10:00 AM - Garson Communications Center - Studio One.
NM Filmmakers Intensive - Free Open House
Join the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive (NMFI) for an open house on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Garson Communications Center, Studio One.
Learn more about our post-graduate professional filmmaking program. Take your filmmaking ambitions from zero to sixty in eight months.
•    Small classes, hands-on workshops
•    Full-time curriculum taught by industry professionals
•    Up to $10K budgets provided for approved NMFI films
•    Screenwriters complete a feature-length screenplay
•    State-of-the-art equipment & facilities
•    Visiting Hollywood Filmmakers

New Mexico residents are eligible for tuition assistance. Limited enrollment -- apply now! RSVP to or 505/473-6400.
For more information, visit

Cinnafilm is hosting a holiday mixer/networking social for film, art, and media folks this Saturday at my studio from 5-8pm.  The studio is located at 600 Central SE, suite 229 upstairs from the Grove Cafe just 2 block west of the highway (please park in the west lot).  We will be serving some food and beverages (please don't drink and drive), and will probably be screening some random short films as well.  I apologize if some of you are receiving this notice for the second time - if you have already RSVP'd there is no need to do so again.  If you are interested in attending, please email an RSVP headcount by this Wednesday to
Have a safe and blessed holiday season.
Lance Maurer
CEO, Cinnafilm, Inc.
(505) 463-8891

Join Friends of Film, Video and Arts
"The Art of Storytelling in Documentaries" and celebrating our 2nd anniversary

This Sunday December 16 at Harwood Art Center
1114 Seventh St NW, ABQ (near Old Town at Mountain and Seventh)
3pm Social
3:30-6pm Screening "The Art of Storytelling in Documentaries", Q and A with filmmakers who were both behind and in front of the camera, and Holiday Anniversary party.

Members Free
non-Members & Guests $5-10 donations welcome, at the door

Documentary Description:
A good movie, whether documentary or narrative, has a compelling story, well told.  "The Art of Storytelling in Documentaries" reveals the secrets!  Six New Mexico professional filmmakers and screenwriters share why they tell stories, how they know when they've got a good story, how they find the storyteller within the movie, and the structure of storytelling in movies. 
Friends of Film, Video and Arts, Executive Producer
Rebecca Jo Dakota, Producer
Brad Stoddard, Co-Producer and Editor

For more info: 505-897-2101 or email
Friends of Film, Video and Arts
is a non-profit, member driven organization of independent filmmakers
working together as peers to make quality films while enhancing our individual education, work experience,
trade relationship, and overall satisfaction with the film industry in New Mexico.

Monday, December 10, 2007

MacArthur Series on Digital Media and Learning -- this Wednesday On-Line & Second Life

From the Serious Games Community -- and Global Kids -- comes another event this Wednesday on-line or in Second Life. More info below.  There are a whole slew of events going on, from the NanoTech Forum today and tomorrow (at Embassy Suites), the the Winter Tech Holiday Event tomorrow night (Tuesday @ Hotel Albuquerque), and the Game Developers Holiday Meet-up Thursday @ Sauce|Raw...

Join the web or Second Life simulcast on December 12, 2007, 5:30-7:30
EST p.m., for an event hosted by the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation to celebrate the publication of the MacArthur
Series on Digital Media and Learning.

It will feature:

- Henry Jenkins, Professor, MIT, and author of Convergence Culture,
will talk about his latest work on media literacy and skills young
people need for the 21st Century.
- Katie Salen, Professor, Parsons the New School for Design, and game
designer, will discuss the new public school based on design and
games she is opening in New York City.
- Howard Gardner, Professor, Harvard University, and author of Five
Minds for the Future, will talk about the ethical implications of
growing up online.

The panel will be introduced by Jonathan Fanton, MacArthur President,
and moderated by Connie Yowell, MacArthur's Director of Education.

To view the event remotely:

- view the live stream on the web at:

- watch with others in Second Life at the University of Southern
California Annenberg Island -

- watch with teens in Second Life at the Global Kids estate -

To learn more about attending in person, visit:

The simulcast of this event is being created by Global Kids
(globalkids,org) as part of the MacArthur Foundation's year long
investigation into the role of philanthropy in virtual worlds.

Barry Joseph
Online Leadership Program
Global Kids
Play our game!

Sign-up for the Global Kids' Newsletter: Send an email to:

Friday, December 07, 2007

ABQ Game Developers Meet-up December 13th


For Immediate Release
Contact: Eric Renz-Whitmore,

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque's Rio Grande Chapter of the
International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will have its second
chapter meeting Thursday, December 13th at Sauce|Raw Nightclub
downtown, featuring speed presentations on projects and activities
from the local game community, and a chance to give back through the
"Child's Play Charity" which benefits UNM Children's Hospital.

Jonathan Whetzel, one of the Chapter Organizers, is adding another feature this time
out, suggesting "a cause that ties in nicely to the theme of the IGDA
and gamers everywhere.  The Child's Play Charity, started by the guys
who created the Penny Arcade comics, collects new video games and toys
for children's hospitals around the world."

From their website (

"Since 2003, over 100,000 gamers worldwide have banded together
through Child's Play, a community based charity grown and nurtured
from the game culture and industry. Over two million dollars in
donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children¹s
hospitals across North America and the world have been collected since
our inception.
... When gamers give back, it makes a difference!"

Since UNM Children's Hospital is one of the partnering hospitals that
can use your help, Albuquerque IGDA will collect donations at the

Scheduled Presenters Include:
Glyn Anderson (GPS/Abalone Studios)
Teri Farley (Art Center Design College)
Tom Greenbaum (Intel)
Bill Klein (Extreme AI)
Aaron Kraft (Escher 5D)
Khepran Mathes (Abalone Studios)
Jason Montoya (National Video Game Association)
Eric Renz-Whitmore (UNM ARTS Lab)
Jonathan Whetzel (Sandia National Labs)

WHO: Game Developers and People Interested in Work in the Game
Industry (17 and older)
WHAT: IGDA Chapter Meeting
WHERE:  Sauce|Raw Nightclub, Downtown Albuquerque (NW Corner of 4th
and Central)
WHEN: Thursday, December 13 (6:00PM Open, 6:30PM Presentations Start)
HOW:  More info at

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[Gfx-cafe] No GFX Cafe this week

The GFX Cafe series has ended for the semester, so there will not
be a seminar today. We kick off another exciting semester of
GFX Cafe after the winter break on Jan 18. See you then!

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico
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Mother Road, Hamlet (the Vampire Slayer) & Haiku City Slam Championship

Lots of stuff going on this weekend in Albuquerque.  Here are just a few highlights from theatre, local  film and poetry...

Mother Road Theatre Company Prebut: ONE WEEKEND LEFT!

Thanks for making our first weekend such a smash success! If you haven't seen the show yet, you have one more weekend to c'mon down to the Mother Road and vote! This Saturday night, Dec. 8, we will have live music after the show! Art Edwards group "Inside Out" will be performing with Patty Stevens!

WHEN: LAST WEEKEND! December 7, 8, 9
8:00pm curtain Friday and Saturday, 2:00pm on Sunday

WHERE: The Filling Station (see below), 1024 Fourth Street SW, Albuquerque, 87102. It's at the corner of 4th and Pacific in Barelas and there's plenty of parking!

RESERVATIONS: Call 505-873-4831. These are benefit performances for the Theatre Company and admission is FREE with a $15 suggested donation.

Local Sketch Comedy Group Hits the Big Screen!

EAT, DRINK AND BE LARRY PRESENTS "Hamlet: The Vampire Slayer"

WHAT: "Hamlet: The Vampire Slayer" Feature Film Premiere Screening
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, December 7 - 8 @ 10:30pm
WHERE: The Guild Cinema (3405 Central Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106; 505-255-1848;
WHY: Huh?

Check out the world premiere screening of Hamlet: The Vampire Slayer!!! For two nights only, the Guild Cinema presents Eat, Drink and Be Larry's feature film debut. HVS was originally performed as a play at the late Gorilla Tango Comedy Theatre in April 2006, and was subsequently determined one of New Mexico's TOP TEN ARTISTIC & CULTURAL EVENTS OF 2006 by the Weekly Alibi.

Written by Jason Witter and Aaron Frale, and directed by Jason Witter, HVS is a combination of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the hit TV series, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Hamlet (Kevin R. Elder) is haunted by the possibility that his Latin Lover Uncle Claudio (Doug Montoya) is a vampire who murdered Hamlet's father (Elias Lee Francis IV) in order to become king and seduce Hamlet's mother, Gertrude (Summer Olsson). As the obvious truth slaps Hamlet in the face, he must suppress his desires to become a male cheerleader, and face the fact that he is the chosen one who must face the demons of darkness. Along the way, he is aided by his faithful friend Horatio (George Bach), The Playa King (Rusty Rutherford), and two of Europe's finest vampire slayers, Othello (Andy Brooks) and MacBeth (Nick Lopez). Hamlet's path is obstacled by his frat-buddies-turned-bloodsuckers, Rosenchad (Daniel T. Cornish) and Guildenbrad (Scott Bryan), and his insane, obsessed girlfriend, Ophelia (Leslie Nesbit), and her bad ass cheerleading brother, Laertes (Chet Stillwood). In the end, it all comes down to a battle of vampires and wits, as Hamlet and Laertes dual it out in a no-holds-barred, male cheerleading dance off that can only end in one thing - DEATH!!!

And finally...
Wordspace: Haiku City Championship Poetry Slam

Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 7:30pm
Outpost Perfomance Space

Presented in partnership with ABQslams & New Mexico Literary Arts
$10/$5 Members. Available in advance, by phone or in person, at the Outpost Performance Space (268-0044)

For more information about NM Media-related Events, visit:

Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Student Film Showing TONIGHT @ ARTS Lab

UNM's Word and Image students (Cinematic Arts 429) are premiering four new pieces tonight at the ARTS Lab Garage (details below).  The instructor, Michael Kamins (KNME) always gets good, high quality work from his student production teams, and this year we'll see a closer working relationship with Kristen Loree's Acting for the Camera class in Theatre and Dance.  In addition to her fine work in the department and running Sol Arts, Kristin is spending more and more time working with actors on visiting productions.

The Life, Death, and Aptitude of Todd Winters
 – Producer: Charles D. Care II, Director: Matt Garcia, Writer: Gary Montry

 – Producer: Jessica Downey, Director/Writer: Jessica Stone

Nightmares Outside of Dreams
 – Producer: Justin Pichardo, Director and Writer: Justin Golightly.

Lying Around
 – Produced and Directed by: Bree Anderson, David Pino and Chris Gillooly, Written by Airelle Windham

WHEN: Thursday December 6, 2007 at 6:30PM

WHERE: ARTS Lab Garage, 131 Pine St, NE (One block west of University, half a block north of Central)


We are also showing MA429 films earlier in the day at
Kristen Loree's acting class. We will be in the X Theater
at 2:45PM.

Producers, please make sure I have dvds available for
Kristen's class.

The MA 429 class is invited to Kristen's class. Please
invite anyone you like
to the evening event.

See you soon,



For more information about NM Media-related Events, visit:

Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

'tis the Season -- Media Related Events this Month

'tis the Season…

There are a whole slew of holiday and end of year events this month -- great opportunities to meet and connect with people in related fields.  

The NM AdFed Annual Holiday Party will be held:
Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 - 9:00pm
at Yanni's in Nob Hill.

As our gift to you, Members and Guests are FREE!!

At 4:00pm before the party starts, we will be hosting an ADDY workshop
at Yanni's. This workshop will be incredibly useful for everyone who has questions about the entry process, entry categories, or entry software.

December 6th is also Nob Hill's Shop and Stroll.  So come early for
the workshop, stay for the party, and join in the shopping extravaganza if you so desire.

Please let us know if you are coming and we look forward to seeing you there!

Join the largest technology industry associations for the annual holiday networking event, to connect with old friends and get caught up on what's happening in New Mexico. Hosted by NMBio, NMITSA, NMOIA, and others, this is the largest event of its kind. Please join us at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town at 5:30pm on December 11th.
---They've also been kind to make a special invitation to us in New Mexico's Media Industries.

    * WHO: Professional in New Mexico's Tech Industries
    * WHERE: Hotel Albuquerque, in Old Town on Rio Grande
    * WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
    * HOW:  Sign up with the hosting organizations (NMITSA, NMOIA, NMBio) -- or at:

The New Mexico Chapter of the American Marketing Association invites you to our Holiday Social.

$5 per person
$1 off for every non-perishable food item donated, up to 5 items per person. Items will be donated to Roadrunner Food Bank.

Enjoy an informal wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at this festive event.      
Thursday, December 13, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM     

St. Clair Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grand Blvd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
 New Mexico AMA:

Our second Albuquerque IGDA Chapter meeting will discuss ongoing and upcoming projects -- speed presentation style. 10 slides, 20 seconds each (that's a total of 3:20) on the topic of your choice.

    * WHO: Professional and Aspiring Game Developers; People working in related fields (17 and older)
    * WHERE: Sauce|Raw, NW Corner of 4th & Central Ave., Downtown Albuquerque
    * WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    * HOW: If you're interested in presenting, find details at
More info on our chapter:
Or sign up for updates at:

Celebrates its Second Anniversary, Sunday December 16

Premiering The Art of Storytelling, as told to us by 5 NM doc filmmakers a new episode from our "Director's Cut NM" series

WHAT:   Screening  THE ART OF STORYTELLING , (a FoFVA collaborative production) Q and A with those involved including principal filmmakers Rebecca Dakota and Brad Stoddard. We'll have some party fun, meet new people, share production stories, and who knows? Merry back-slapping could ensue.

 WHEN: Sunday, December 16,
 3pm networking
 3:30-6pm  screening The Art of Storytelling,  Q and A with filmmakers, and Festive fun !!

WHERE: The Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM near Old Town. at Mountain and Seventh........... come in Main
Entrance, turn right

HOW: Members Free; Non-members donations of $5 to say, $10,000,000,000,000,000 always welcome.
 Happy Holidays.
 (or join now through May 2008 for just $45 tax-deductible. )

For more information about NM Media-related Events, visit:

Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Monday, December 03, 2007

This Week @ UNM / ARTS Lab

Three events in the ARTS Lab world this week at UNM.

First, all day Thursday, students will have their new games on display for the CS/ECE 433 Video Game Competition.  The public can try its hand at the games in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building atrium from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with judges reviewing the games from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Several Awards will be given for best games, people's choice and most creative games.
WHEN:  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Public Play); 5:30 - 7:00 PM Judges Review, Thursday 12/6
WHERE:  ECE Atrium @ UNM (Main Campus)

Each year, UNM Cinematic Arts' "Word & Image" video production class produces several stand-out short movies, many of which have gone on to acclaim at festival showings and beyond.  This year, five production teams will show their short movies at UNM's ARTS Lab Garage (more info to come).
WHEN:  6:30 - 8:00 PM, Thursday, 12/6
WHERE:  ARTS Lab Garage, 131 Pine St, NE (One block west of University, half a block north of Central)

Digital Rights Management (DRM), the control, tracking, and pay structure for distribution of digital media from music to movies, TV shows and games, is a hot-button issue for students, business people, and the creators of content alike (among other things, it's closely related to the ongoing WGA writers strike).  How do media companies enforce restrictions on download and distribution of music and movies?  Why have Apple's iTunes and the group Radiohead achieved such success?  Join us at the ARTS Lab Garage this Friday when ECE Professor Greg Heileman leads the audience through a game that simulates the DRM decision-making process to show which activities work for media companies, and which behaviors will likely lead to prosecution.
WHEN:  2:00 - 4:00 PM, Friday 12/7
WHERE:  ARTS Lab Garage, 131 Pine St, NE (One block west of University, half a block north of Central)

For more information on these and other ARTS Lab Events, visit us at:

For more information about NM Media-related Events, visit:

Eric Renz-Whitmore, Program Coordinator
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Sunday, December 02, 2007

[Gfx-cafe] CS/ECE 433 Video Game Development Competition

The students of CS/ECE433 Introduction to Computer Graphics have
been working on their final video game projects, which run on
the PC and the XBOX360. On Thursday, December 6 the public will
have the opportunity to come by and play their games at the first
annual video game development competition. If you are interested
in game development and want to see what our students were able
to achieve in only one month, come by and check it out!

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, December 6, 2007
Atrium of ECE Building

9am - 5pm Public Play Session: Your chance to play the games yourself

7pm - 9pm Public Presentations: Learn how the teams developed their
games. Food will be served.

See you there!

Pradeep Sen
Assistant Professor
Advanced Graphics Lab
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico
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