Films, sci-fi fun come to the Convention Center Saturday

October 30, 2013 • Local News

Unless you’re a film enthusiast, you may not have heard that there will be an epic adventure of local film showings as Roswell hosts the 2013 New Mexico Film Series and Sci-Fi Fest Satur[auth] day.

After the Filmmakers Showcase completed, New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the winners and now, those films will be shown at the Convention and Civic Center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The winning films represent a variety of the state’s talented filmmakers.

“We commend the local filmmakers who worked hard on these projects and look forward to traveling the winning films across the state,” Maniatis said in a press release. “This is one way we can do our part to bring local, independent films to a wider audience.”

But the day is not just about showing the films. Roswell Filmfest and Cosmicon (RFC) will host a Doctor Who marathon in the Nancy Lopez Room from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the well-loved BBC show, there will also be a TARDIS and a Weeping Angel for those who would like to pose and get pictures.

RFC will continue the exhilaration with a Cosplay Contest, complete with a costume parade and prizes. If you missed them the first time around, the RFC short films will be shown again.

Furthermore, the locally filmed “Roswell FM,” about a man from Roswell and the anticipated film, “The Roswell Project,” which depicts the infamous 1947 crash, will both be featured.

The cast and crew from “The Roswell Project,” will later be available for a meet and greet and photos at a cast party at Peppers Bar and Grill at 8:30 p.m. The entire day of costumes and films is $5.

For those who can’t wait until Saturday to discover what films will be shown, have no fear. Although there will not be much given away, the winning films, in their respective categories, are as follows:

Best Webisode went to “Canyon Road,” a series about the characters of Canyon Road.

For Best Music Video, “Red Dog” took the cake, with a video of a wheelchair-bound man craving Red Dog beer after waking up in an alley.

In the Best Experimental category, “Weird” looks at a disturbing aspect of life one runs into while finding fate. For Best Documentary, a look at New Mexico’s red and green chilies is under way in “The Chile Film.”

“Matanza” depicts a weekend camping trip that goes awry when two unexpected guests are invited, winning it Best Drama.

On the opposite scope, a zombie named Harry thinks getting a SAG card will complete his “undead” life in the Best Comedy winner, “Zombiewood.”

Best Animation went to a film called “Snowdysseus,” which is about the vulnerability one finds in feeling homesick.

Best Sci-Fi winner, “A Figment of My Imagination,” follows the conflict between an android and its maker. Finally, the Best Wild Card award went to a TV series revealing passions of people with unique hobbies and interests called “Quirky View.”

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