The Best Live Comedy
“The Road to Tartura” is by Hala Gabriel, a Los Angeles resident currently working in Santa Fe. Tantura was her parents’ small village in Palestine. In 1948, when the State of Israel was created, they and their fellow villagers were forced to leave. Through interviews with the now scattered villagers and the Israeli soldiers whose orders were to wipe Tantura off the map, Gabriel seeks to reconstruct what happened, “so forgotten voices can be heard and all of us can heal and move forward.” She submitted”The Road to Tantura” as an unfinished film for audience feedback.
“Eighty Years Through the Lens” is the work of Santa Fean Kevin J. Kelly who, after a career as a clinical psychologist, began making films four years ago. This film explores the life and work of 89-year-old George T. Henry, who has been the official photographer at a small Midwestern college for the past 68 years. Henry’s other accomplishments include flying B-24 bombers in World War II, serving as a white-water river guide for 45 years and, recently, photographing wild black bears in northern Minnesota. Kelly will be present to discuss the film.
“A Piece of Pie” was directed by Santa Fe’s Janet Davidson, who will discuss the work. It is a short narrative comedy about a contest for a piece of pie that escalates into a gunfight. Inspired by early Clint Eastwood westerns, it pits the old, wild West against the new, citified West. After its debut at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where its script won the prestigious Governor’s Cup, it went on to take numerous other awards and honors, including Best Short Comedy at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Audience Award at the New Mexico Filmmakers Festival and a regional win for International Women’s Day.
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