Kel Cruz came from the Bay Area to attend the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2013. It was here that Cruz fell in love with filmmaking and the community of artists at UNM. In the Summer of 2014, with the goal to give student filmmakers a platform to show their work and to raise the standard of creative competitiveness and collaboration between student filmmakers on campus, Cruz led the re-branding of the University film festival and co-founded the Cherry Reel Film Festival in 2015 with the help of the Southwest Film Center. For the past three years, The Cherry Reel Film Festival has awarded the winner of each annual festival with a camera, courtesy of Canon USA, to help students pursue their filmmaking goals. Cruz was the festival chair in 2015 and 2016. In the Spring of 2016, Cruz created an immersive projection installation for Arts Unexpected and the following year for Arts Unexpected Cruz organized UNM’s first ever drive-in movie event showcasing the best films from the 2015 and 2016 Cherry Reel Film Festival. In 2017, Cruz was a member of the ASUNM Joint-Council representing the College of Fine Arts and was a member of the UNM Diversity Committee. Cruz plans to use his experience at UNM to bring artists together in the next phase of his creative journey. As a parting message Cruz would like to share these words with his fellow students, faculty, and professors in the College of Fine Arts, “You’ve inspired me more than you could possibly imagine. Thank you to each and every one of you.”
A couple of the Fine arts and IFDM students are hosting a Street Meet in ABQ Uptown, June 1, 5:00 to 10:00pm. ABQ Street Meet is a gathering of creative artists, photographers, models, and individuals looking to expand their craft, dream, and create with...
The Green Ray (1986 / dir. by Éric Rohmer / 105 minutes) Sunday, April 29, 7:00 pm / CERIA 365 Enter through the front door of CERIA, near the elevator. As the school year comes to a hurried close, daydream about summer beaches with the best film made by...
The IFDM 491 Advanced Game Development class will be holding a game test next Tuesday,April 24, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Students’ games will be free to play during that time at Golden Gun Gaming, a local game lounge, and you are also welcome to patronize the...
Please join us for the Cinematic Arts Department End-of-Semester Student Showcase, featuring student work completed in IFDM and Media Arts classes during the Spring 2018 semester. The Student Showcase will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Mesa del Sol...
Producer and screenwriter Lee Zlotoff, creator of the original MacGyver TV series and executive producer of the MacGyver reboot, presents “Three and a Half Secrets to Success in Hollywood.” Friday, April 20, 3:00pm ARTSLab, 131 Pine St NE (near University...
“Producing Breaking Bad: An Audience with Stew Lyons”
Wednesday, April 4, 2:00pm
Center for the Arts room 2018
ARTIST TALK & WORKSHOP: KEVIN JEROME EVERSON
Friday, April 13th
9:00am – 12:30pm
ARTSlab – 131 Pine St NE
EXPERIMENTS IN CAMERA: FILM MAKING WORKSHOP
9:00am – 2:00pm
UNM Photo Department
*Workshop is free, but space is limited.
Thief (1981 / dir. by Michael Mann / 126 minutes) Sunday, April 1, 7:00 pm / CERIA 365 Enter through the front door of CERIA, near the elevator. Michael Mann’s big screen debut bridges, per critic Keith Uhlich, the “grit” and “gloss” of crime films...
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Sunday, March 18, 7:00 pm / CERIA 365 One of the most beautiful Technicolor movies ever made.
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How to Apply
- All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM.
- You must also apply to the College of Fine Arts as a pre-major or a major.
- In addition IFDM majors must apply to become a major. There is no separate application for Media Arts majors.