It’s 6 pm on Thursday at the Jean Cocteau Theater, and the Santa Fe Film Festival is getting underway with its third film of the day.
“Welcome. Please remember we have a full bar, and be sure to
get your picture taken and we’ll put it up on the website,” says film festival
volunteer Richard Wienecke as he ushers moviegoers toward the “red carpet”
event, which consists of a few high-quality lights set against a poster of the
Linda Carfagno, who has been the film festival’s
photographer for a decade, snaps shots of people as they wrap arms around friends and family
members, some of them taking advantage of the setup to pose like Hollywood
stars. Carfagno emphasizes the Santa Fe Film festival’s role in catering to
up-and-coming indie-productions as well as big acts.
“It doesn’t matter if you're big time or small time, you’ve worked hard in film,” she tells SFR during a lull in her picture taking.
The Jean Cocteau’s old-timey theater is packed with attendees, many of them dressed in suits or fancy dresses and who have come to honor the memory of the late Ben Luján—as a brief documentary paying homage to the former NM House speaker is running before the feature presentation.
Producer of the short and local 480 film union’s Jon
Hendry stands up after the showing to pay his respects to Luján and comment on
a political commercial he shot recently that called out Gov. Susana
Martinez for belittling Spanish-speaking families. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday that Martinez campaign workers asked a TV station not the air the ad.
“I was practicing my First Amendment right by making a commercial,” Hendry tells the crowd, his words meriting bursts of applause.
Following the feature presentation, Salt of the Earth — a
story about a labor union fighting against a big-time zinc mine — guests moved to an afterparty at the Cowgirl.