Upcoming Films

The Settlers


Gripping … has the power to provoke strong reactions … The real achievement is going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what’s happening on the ground — and to give it a sense of urgency.” –Variety

Shimon Dotan’s emotionally charged, unapologetic documentary traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their growth through individual action and, in this telling, the sometimes tacit encouragement of Israeli politicians. Dotan weaves archival footage with current interviews with settlers and historians, telling the story of how a group of fervent outsiders have managed to tip the balance of Middle Eastern politics into an area where reconciliation seems almost impossible to imagine. (Israel, 2016,)

Starts April 28-30

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea


The most original animated film of the year!” –Indiewire

This audacious debut from the superstar graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) blends disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, using a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). Their discovery of an administrative cover-up launch them into the center of a disaster, and brings them together with a popular know-it- all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. (U.S., 2017 75m, GKIDS)

Starts April 28

Potluck For Paco


Early on Christmas morning, 2016, Paco Aschwanden woke up with an unbearable pain in his back. By the time he got to his phone, his legs were going numb. He was airlifted to Albuquerque, and in the chopper, he realized he had lost all feeling below his waist. By the time Paco went into surgery, he was completely paralyzed.

Paco had suffered an extraordinarily rare spinal cord stroke, and was fortunate that the doctors identified it quickly enough to identify the problem, and perform a risky procedure, removing a piece of his spine to relieve the pressure. As Christmas ended, it was not clear if Paco would walk again.

Less than four months later, Paco has made a miraculous recovery. Thanks to his commitment to a grueling regiment of physical therapy, and the inspiring positive attitude that we all know him for, Paco has relearned how to walk. He even went for his first bike ride this week. Next up: hiking.

But the episode left him with devestating medical bills. As a key member of Santa Fe’s arts community, and a long-time projectionist at the CCA, Paco has a huge extended family of friends who want to help ease the financial pain. We have put together Potluck for Paco, a dinner and screening to help offset the costs, which could reach more than $20,000.

It takes place Thursday, May 4 at the CCA.
6:30p-7:30p Potluck dinner, food provided by the Friends of Paco $10/plate
6:30p-7:30p Silent auction, with juicy items from around Santa Fe, including restaurant gift certificates, coupons for local services, and a Cinematheque Annual Pass
7:30p-9p Screening: Silent Short surprise, with live accompaniment, followed by Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR. $10/ticket

If you can’t attend, here are other ways to support:
1. We will be accepting bids on the silent auction items on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 14 to start. Visit for a listing and bid sheet.
2. Thanks to the enormous generosity of MeowWolf, We also will be auctioning, via Ebay, a lifetime membership, value $1000 AND NO LONGER BEING SOLD! 
3. To donate directly, visit Paco’s GoFundMe page. (Link to Come!)
4. A donation jar will be available in the CCA lobby on an ongoing basis.
Every dollar benefits Paco.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City


Fascinating … pulses with contemporary resonance .. as a finely woven tapestry that feels as relevant and alive as the place you live.” –Variety

Few shaped our understanding of the modern American city more than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (VALENTINO) vividly recals Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood. It’s a timely tale of the power of engaged citizens. (U.S., 2016, 92m, IFC Films)

Starts May 5



Another look at major historical events on an intimate level … radiates with (CITIZENFOUR’s) same degree of urgency.” –Indiewire

Laura Poitras, the Academy Award-winning director of CITIZENFOUR, turns her camera on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. With unparalleled access over five years, Poitras offers an intimate portrait of a cyberpunk underground in an era of ever-increasing surveillance and secrecy. (U.S., 2017, 84m, Neon Releasing)

Starts May 5



Encapsulates Burden's prolific, provocative career and shows why he was one of modern art's most original, daring voices.” –Rolling Stone

While still in his early 20s, Chris Burden had earned himself a place in art history, by having himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed, Burden artistically reinvented himself with multitude of assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures and scientific models. Tim Marrinan and Richard Dewey’s film follows him in the studio and mines his incredible archive to tell the story of a groundbreaking artist. (U.S., 2016, 98m, Magnolia Pictures)

Starts May 12

Masters and Museums


Masters and Museums
Our Spring 2017 series
May 12-July 2, 2017

This new series reflects the CCA’s ongoing commitment to exploring art history and celebrating the artists, institutions and movements that have shaped the way we see the world. This series includes four new titles from the popular Exhibition on Screen series, two films from the Russian art specialist Margy Kinmonth, and a selection from Checkerboard Film Foundation, which has been documenting American artists for nearly 30 years.

Series passes: $52/$42 for CCA members
Tickets: $10.50 general / $9 seniors & students / $8.50 members / $7.50 members (seniors & students)

Starts May 12 - July 2

Auteurs 2017


Auteurs 2017
May 20 - July 12

The CCA presents a seven-week series, featuring films from cinema’s greatest directors, all screened in best-available format

A celebration of the best of cinema’s past, The Auteurs series has become one of Santa Fe’s most popular film events. Past Auteurs series featured near-sold out shows for films by John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Jean Cocteau, Errol Morris, Ousmane Sembene, Luchino Visconti, Ingmar Bergman and Jean-Luc Godard.

The 2017 program is the most ambitious yet, with 11 programs, a photo exhibit and live music. The program two silent films with live, original scores from the legendary Austin ensemble The Invincible Czars, and continues the famed Marseilles trilogy by Marcel Pagnol, newly restored prints of Mizoguchi’s UGETSU, Wertmuller’s SEVEN BEAUTIES, Wiseman’s TITICUT FOLLIES and Tarkovsky’s STALKER, a photo exhibit celebrating John Cassavetes, with a rare screening of his masterwork LOVE STREAMS, and a rare screening of works by the Russian animator Yuri Norstein.

The programs will be introduced by film scholars and artists including Paul Barnes, Jason Silverman, Kirk Ellis and Tim Hunter, with others to be announced.

Starts May 20 - July 12

New Mexico History Museum presents Radical Southwest: A Film Series


New Mexico History Museum presents
Radical Southwest: A Film Series

In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, this film series explores the Summer of Love, with a New Mexico twist. The series features both iconic films and personalities and more local stories in an effort shed light on a period that shaped our region in ways that continue to resonate 50 years later.

$70 general/$60 CCA and Museum of New Mexico members (does not include Long Strange Trip screening)
$90 general/$85 CCA and Museum of New Mexico members (including Long Strange Trip screening)

All shows except Long Strange Trip: $10.50/$9.50 CCA or Museum of New Mexico members/$8.50 student/senior/military/educator
Long Strange Trip: $25 via the Lensic box office, 505-988-1234,

Starts May 14, 2017 - February 11, 2018