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Tuesday 23, July

AMPLIFIED: Jazz on a Summer's Day

AMPLIFIED: Jazz on a Summer's Day

Tuesday 23, July

Time of the Heathen

Time of the Heathen

Tuesday 23, July

Cult Film Series: The Holy Mountain

Cult Film Series: The Holy Mountain

R

Tuesday 23, July

Last Summer

Last Summer

NR

Tuesday 23, July

Wednesday 24, July

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

PG

Last Summer

Last Summer

NR

Time of the Heathen

Time of the Heathen

Thursday 25, July

Last Summer

Last Summer

NR

Thursday 25, July

Frank Capra: Mr America

Frank Capra: Mr America

PG-13for brief strong language, smoking and thematic elements.

Thursday 25, July

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

PG

Thursday 25, July

Suburbia

Suburbia

R

Thursday 25, July

Time of the Heathen

Time of the Heathen

Thursday 25, July

Friday 26, July

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Swan Song

Swan Song

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Saturday 27, July

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Swan Song

Swan Song

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Sunday 28, July

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Swan Song

Swan Song

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Tuesday 30, July

Common Ground

Common Ground

PGfor thematic material including suicide awareness, injury images, some language and smoking.

Tuesday 30, July

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Tuesday 30, July

Wednesday 31, July

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Swan Song

Swan Song

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Thursday 1, August

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Swan Song

Swan Song

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Monday 5, August

Israelism

Israelism

Monday 5, August

Tuesday 13, August

CLOSER LOOKS: In the Mood for Love

CLOSER LOOKS: In the Mood for Love

PG

Tuesday 13, August

Tuesday 27, August

AMPLIFIED:The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

AMPLIFIED:The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

Tuesday 27, August

American Movie

American Movie

Tuesday 27, August

Thursday 5, September

Intimate Immersion Poetry Workshop 2024

Intimate Immersion Poetry Workshop 2024

Thursday 5, September

Friday 20, September

CCA Community Reading 9.20.24

CCA Community Reading 9.20.24

Friday 20, September

Tuesday 24, September

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

R

Tuesday 24, September

American Movie

American Movie

Presented as part of CCA's monthly Cult Film Series! Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this inspiring, cinematic treasure! In this cult-favorite documentary, Mark Borchardt, an aspiring filmmaker from a working-class Wisconsin background, is set on finishing his low-budget horror movie, despite a barrage of difficulties. Plagued by lack of cash, unreliable help and numerous personal problems, Mark wants to complete the film to raise funds for a more ambitious drama. With the assistance of his bumbling but loyal friend Mike Schank, Mark struggles to move forward, making for plenty of bittersweet moments. "American Movie is one of the most inspiring documentaries I've ever witnessed. A true call-to-arms for filmmakers and art lovers alike!" -Justin Rhody, CCA Cinema Director

Tuesday 27, August

AMPLIFIED: Jazz on a Summer's Day

AMPLIFIED: Jazz on a Summer's Day

Presented in a new 4K Restoration as part of CCA's monthly series on music & film, Amplified. Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer, Bert Stern. JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition or The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. "Gorgeous. Probably the best feature-length jazz concert movie ever made." – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader “Filmed with a rare artistry, a rare attention to making images of music that are themselves musical.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker “An exquisite historical document. The film is where the American concert documentary genre begins.” – Philip Eil, VICE

Tuesday 23, July

AMPLIFIED:The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

AMPLIFIED:The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins

Two documentaries on Texas Blues by the late great documentarian Les Blank. Presented as part of CCA's monthly series on music & film, AMPLIFIED. The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins 1968, 31 minutes The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. The film includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo, and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank’s special masterworks. A Well Spent Life 1971, 44 minutes Many people consider Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb to be the greatest blues guitarist and songster of all time. This glowing portrait of the legendary musician (also life-long husband and sharecropper) is among Blank’s special masterworks. Instead of growing bitter, tough times made Lipscomb sweet. This is reportedly the favorite film of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Tuesday 27, August

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Screening for ONE WEEK ONLY as part of CCA's Director Spotlight Series on Werner Herzog, and presented in a brand new 4K restoration! For nearly five years, acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, Fitzcarraldo, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Documentary filmmaker Les Blank captured the unfolding of this production, made more perilous by Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of indigenous Peruvians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.

CCA Community Reading 9.20.24

CCA Community Reading 9.20.24

Please join CCA for our ongoing Community Reading Series in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. This event features poets Amy Beeder and Sara Rivera, Memoirist and poet Deborah Taffa and documentary storyteller David Modigliani. Readings are curated by former Santa Fe poet laureate Elizabeth Jacobson.

Friday 20, September

CLOSER LOOKS: In the Mood for Love

CLOSER LOOKS: In the Mood for Love

PG

CCA's monthly Closer Looks series, August 2024. Selected by Paul Barnes. Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses adultery creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. There is a particular aesthetic floating abroad in the world. You could call it an atmosphere, a vibe, or just an essence of style. It’s made up of a collection of ingredients: humid alleyways in dense cities, neon lights cutting through darkness, quietly flashy fashion, nostalgic music, tragic romanticism, and the smoke of many, many cigarettes. It evokes glamor with a streak of grittiness, and the feeling of being adrift. It partakes of the Golden Age of Hollywood but it is more International, modern and self-aware. With its aching soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bing, this film has been a major stylistic influence on the past two decades of cinema including filmmakers ranging from Barry Jenkins to Sofia Coppola. In the Mood for Love is a milestone in Wong Kar Wai’s remarkable career. Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Tuesday 13, August

Common Ground

Common Ground

PGfor thematic material including suicide awareness, injury images, some language and smoking.

Common Ground is the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success documentary, Kiss the Ground, which touched over 1 billion people globally and inspired the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health. By fusing journalistic exposé with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the food movement, Common Ground unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system. The film reveals how unjust practices forged our current farm system in which farmers of all colors are literally dying to feed us. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of white, black, and indigenous farmers who are using alternative "regenerative" models of agriculture that could balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize America's economy -- before it's too late.

Tuesday 30, July

Cult Film Series: The Holy Mountain

Cult Film Series: The Holy Mountain

R

CCA kicks off our new monthly Cult Film Series with a 4K Restoration of Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN! Over slightly fifty years ago, The Holy Mountain premiered as the scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism is a surreal sojourn for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together an elite group of thieves - ‘industrialists and politicians’ - that represent the planets in the solar system. The master’s adept intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe. Following his meteoric rise in the wake of El Topo, Alejandro was given a budget of $1 million dollars (equivalent to $4 million today) and total artistic freedom for his follow up project. He wrote the screenplay, designed the sets and costumes, co-wrote the music, directed and acted in the film. He rejected using known or professional actors, and instead employed persons with actual backgrounds that matched their characters for many key roles. The Holy Mountain is a mythical, mystical masterpiece, a Hieronymus Bosch painting come to life - part spiritual quest, part science fiction, part social satire, and completely without comparison.

Tuesday 23, July

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

R

Presented as part of CCA's Cult Film Series This provocative, high-octane exploitation film follows three go-go dancers who embark on a thrill-seeking crime spree in the California desert. Led by the fierce and unapologetic Varla, played by Tura Satana, the trio's path of violence and seduction ensnares them in a deadly confrontation with a wealthy, reclusive old man and his family. Noted for its bold feminist undertones, dynamic cinematography, and over-the-top characters, this film has cemented its place in pop culture as a groundbreaking work that defied conventional cinema norms of its time.

Tuesday 24, September

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

PG

Screening for ONE WEEK ONLY as part of CCA's Director Spotlight Series on Werner Herzog, and presented in a 4K Restoration! "One of the great visions of the cinema, and one of the great follies. One would not have been possible without the other.” -- Roger Ebert Werner Herzog is the reigning champ of impossible real-life adventures undertaken in the name of cinema. And this masterpiece is the romantic flipside to AGUIRRE: THE WRATH OF GOD — a backbreaking epic that ecstatically treads the line between a portrait of madness and a genuine expression of obsession. FITZCARRALDO fictionalizes the mad, true-life mission of South American rubber baron Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald to establish an opera house in the Peruvian jungle -- which can only be accomplished by hauling a gigantic river boat over a mountain. No special effects here -- this is the real deal, with the impossible results executed before your eyes.

Frank Capra: Mr America

Frank Capra: Mr America

PG-13for brief strong language, smoking and thematic elements.

Presented ONE DAY ONLY as part of CCA's celebratory participation in Art House Theater Day! Frank Capra: Mr America tells the story of Frank Capra, a young immigrant who rose through the ranks of early Hollywood to become one of the Great American storytellers and one of the most successful and influential film directors of his generation. His iconic films, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It's a Wonderful Life, offered an inspiring vision of America where ideals win out, integrity triumphs, and ordinary people have their day. The documentary uses never-before-seen footage and audio tapes from Capra's life to examine his career and relationship with America, offering a portrait of a complicated man whose tales of hope in difficult times still speak to audiences today.

Thursday 25, July

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Perso

NR

Sasha is a young vampire with a serious problem: she's too sensitive to kill. When her exasperated parents cut off her blood supply, Sasha's life is in jeopardy. Luckily, she meets Paul, a lonely teenager with suicidal tendencies who is willing to give his life to save hers. But their friendly agreement soon becomes a nocturnal quest to fulfill Paul's last wishes before day breaks.

Intimate Immersion Poetry Workshop 2024

Intimate Immersion Poetry Workshop 2024

Thursdays: September 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th 4:30-6:30p, In-person at CCA This fall, poet Elizabeth Jacboson will offer a new session of her popular poetry workshop series, Intimate Immersion. During this four week in-person intensive, the focus is on generating new poems, critiquing each participants' work, revising poems, and looking at elements of craft. Each meeting, participants are invited to bring a new poem (with copies for everyone) for workshop discussion. Since this is the first look, the process creates a deep, concentrated attention different from preparing critique notes ahead of time. Additionally, contemporary poems are provided as a catalyst for the following week's writing prompt. This is an intimate, focused immersion to reinforce the writing practice and foster the evolution of new poems. Tuition (for all four in-person sessions): $250 Please register early as class size is limited to 8 participants. We will meet in CCA’s conference room, which is in the same building as the cinema. About Elizabeth Jacobson: Elizabeth was the fifth Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico and an Academy of American Poets 2020 Laureate Fellow. Her third collection of poems, There are as Many Songs in the World as Branches of Coral, is forthcoming from Free Verse Editions, 2025. Her previous book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air won the New Measure Poetry Prize (FVE/Parlor Press, 2019) and the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for both New Mexico Poetry and Best New Mexico Book. Her other books include Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books), two chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, Are the Children Make Believe? and A Brown Stone, and Everything Feels Recent When You’re Far Away, Poetry and Art from Santa Fe Youth During the Pandemic (Axle Books, 2021), which she co-edited. Elizabeth is a Reviews Editor for the on-line literary journal Terrain.org, and she is co-founding director of Poetry Pollinators, an eco-poetry public art initiative supporting native solitary bees. Her community projects have received eight consecutive grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.

Thursday 5, September

Israelism

Israelism

This event is presented in partnership between CCA and Santa Fe Jews for Justice, with all funds donated to the Middle East Children's Alliance. Two local speakers will present briefly and audience members will be invited to participate in conversation. The film depicts the experiences of two young American Jews - Simone Zimmerman and Eitan - who are raised to defend the state of Israel at all costs. Eitan joins the Israeli military. Simone supports Israel on ‘the other battlefield:’ America’s college campuses. When they witness Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people with their own eyes, they are horrified and heartbroken. They join the movement of young American Jews battling the old guard over Israel’s centrality in American Judaism, and demanding freedom for the Palestinian people. Their stories reveal a generational divide in the American Jewish community as more young Jews question the narratives their synagogues and Hebrew school teachers taught them as children. The film also features voices like Jacqui, a Jewish educator who believes “Judaism is Israel and Israel is Judaism”, and former Anti-Defamation League President Abe Foxman, who claims voices like Simone and Eitan’s represent a small minority. Thought leaders like Peter Beinart, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Noura Erakat, Cornel West and Noam Chomsky also weigh in. Directed by two first-time Jewish filmmakers who share a similar story to the film’s protagonists, Israelism is produced by Peabody-winner and 4-time Emmy-nominee Daniel J. Chalfen (Bad Axe, Boycott), as well as Palestinian-American producer Nadia Saah, who has led strategy on films such as the Oscar Nominated Omar and 5 Broken Cameras. Israelism is also executive Produced by 2-time Emmy-winner Brian A. Kates (Marvelous Ms. Maisel, Succession) and edited by Emmy-winner Tony Hale (The Story of Plastic), Israelism uniquely explores how Jewish attitudes towards Israel are changing dramatically, with massive consequences for the region and for Judaism itself.

Monday 5, August

Last Summer

Last Summer

NR

With her first film in a decade, the fearless 75-year-old French auteur Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, The Last Mistress) proves she’s as provocative as ever with her Cannes-stirring film, which drives down the dark road of uncontrollable passion. A remarkably nuanced, radiant Léa Drucker plays Anne, an attorney who has plateaued in her marriage to Pierre (Olivier Rabourdin), a distracted businessman. His son, troubled seventeen-year-old, Theo (Samuel Kircher), from a previous marriage, has recently returned to Pierre’s ineffectual and despondent care. When Pierre leaves town for a business trip, Anne and Théo — confined under the same roof for the first time — find themselves in the throes of an unexpected and dangerously lustful affair, threatening the stability of the household. Music by Kim Gordon heightens the erotic tension of LAST SUMMER, a film that boldly surveys power dynamics, female desire, and fulfillment.

Tuesday 23, July

Thursday 25, July

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Suburbia

Suburbia

R

Presented ONE DAY ONLY as part of CCA's celebratory participation in Art House Theater Day! We're thrilled to bring this classic film from 1984 to Santa Fe audiences on its 40th Anniversary! “The best movie ever made about punks” – Zack Carlson, co-author of “Destroy All Movies” The narrative directorial debut of Penelope Spheeris (WAYNE’S WORLD, THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION), SUBURBIA will kick your ass. Made for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures after Spheeris’ phenomenal success with DECLINE, this nuanced look at a patchwork family of punks banded together against their bad parents and shitty authority figures is made even radder by hammering live sets from SoCal hardcore squads D.I. and TSOL. Fuck the world.

Thursday 25, July

Swan Song

Swan Song

An immersive, behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s leading ballet companies as it mounts a new production of Swan Lake. Ballet icon Karen Kain, on the eve of her retirement, directs the National Ballet of Canada. The film weaves together intimate scenes of the creative process and the dancers’ personal lives. Executive Produced by Neve Campbell. “Remarkable… Raw, gorgeous, provocative, enlightening piece of art.” – The Globe & Mail “A stunning documentary.” – Deadline Hollywood “An artfully anxiety-inducing backstage drama. A vérité portrait of the sweat, tears, triumphs, and many advils entailed in mounting a ballet.” – POV Magazine “This is a magnificent and moving film.” – Brief Take “A must-see….Chelsea Mcmullan has created a cinematic masterpiece that will linger in your heart long after the final curtain falls. A beautifully crafted documentary that offers an intimate and eye-opening look into the world of ballet.” – Layered Butter “Nothing short of riveting.” – That Shelf “A fascinating film about all the intricacies of putting on a show.” – First Showing.net

Time of the Heathen

Time of the Heathen

Emerging from the void, mysterious drifter Gaunt (The Sting’s John Heffernan) wanders the upstate countryside in a daze with only his bible for company. But after happening upon the murder of a local female housekeeper at the hands of a rural deviant, Gaunt soon finds himself framed for the attack. Forced to flee deeper into the woods with the only witness to the crime –the woman’s young deaf mute son Jesse — the pair forge a complex bond that culminates in one of cinema’s most memorable, psychedelic, and unclassifiable endings. A “lost” marvel of independent filmmaking, Time of the Heathen is set in the immediate shadow of the atomic bomb, yet narrativized through the groundbreaking aesthetics and shifting racial politics of the 1960s. Directed by Peter Kass, best known for his pathbreaking work in the New York theater world, and strikingly lensed by visual artist and avant garde filmmaker Ed Emshwiller, Heathen is major discovery for even the most well-versed cinephiles. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Lightbox Film Center, University of the Arts at Illuminate Hollywood laboratory, in collaboration with Corpus Fluxus and Audio Mechanics from the 35mm picture, soundtrack negative and the original ¼” stereo master recording of Lejaren Hiller’s score. Funding provided by Ron and Suzanne Naples.

Tuesday 23, July

Thursday 25, July

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