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f il m “Gena Rowlands embodies the independent spirit. She was making independent movies before there was even such a thing as independent movies,” Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Director Liesette Paisner says. Rowlands, most recently known for her roles in The Notebook and Broken English, is the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. The festival will present her with the award at a ceremony on October 17, followed by a screening of A Woman Under the Influence, the 1974 film that earned Rowlands an Oscar for her uncompromising portrait of the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife. Rowlands is a four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner and was twice nominated for an Academy Award. The evening is the center point of the five-day festival that features numerous screenings, panels, and master classes. There will be plenty of chances for star sightings as well; Rowlands, for one, will also attend screenings of Gloria and Lonely Are the Brave, the latter of which was filmed in the Land of Enchantment. For the first time in its sevenyear history, the festival is featuring “New Mexico True Film Day,” a full day devoted to screening films Jane Anderson and George R.R. Martin at the 2014 Santa that were shot Fe Independent Film Festival’s screening of Olive Kitteridge. in New Mexico and that “expose the raw beauty of the state,” Paisner says. Some of the highlights of the day include Harry and Avis, directed by Nathan Hollis, and Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lighting, directed by Lange’s Emmy- and Peabody Award–winning granddaughter Dyanna Taylor. Taylor also narrates the intimate documentary featuring neverbefore-seen photos, footage, and family interviews. The festival opens with The Adderall Diaries, starring James Franco as an author drawn into a high-profile murder case only to become increasingly obsessed with his own confused childhood memories of murders and abuse. Based on Stephen Elliott’s best-selling memoir, the film also stars Ed Harris, with supporting performances by Amber Heard and Cynthia Nixon.—Ashley M. Biggers

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, October 14–18, festival passes $250, Gena Rowlands tribute $15–$150, festival venues include Lensic Performing Arts Center, CCA, The Screen, and Jean Cocteau Cinema, santafeindependentfilmfestival.com

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