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.”
“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.
Since his 1996 debut The Day a Pig Fell into the Well, Hong Sang-soo has made 25 films, most of them variations on romantic relationships between men and women who rarely know what it is they want, either from their own lives or from one another.
Porco Rosso, (1992 / dir. by Hayao Miyazaki / 94 minutes), Sunday, February 18, 7:00 pm / CERIA 365,
UNM Department of Cinematic Arts Presents an afternoon screening of “They Had It Coming” with Director Jon Jost in Attendance.
High Fructose Cinema and The Movie Industrial Complex: Radicalizing The Technology of Representation in a Domestic Kind of Way.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s least watched film since Hard Eight (1997) is his most underrated: a melancholy detective story set in the beachside communities of Los Angeles in 1970, adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon.
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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.