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No Name is a microcinema, gallery and community gathering space in Santa Fe, New Mexico that exists as a no-profit, non-business, anti-capitalist operation. NNC was founded by Justin Clifford Rhody and Abigail Smith. We focus on showcasing international and local experimental, avant-garde and repertory films, videos and visual art. Our programming mission is to select works that use the filmic medium as an art form rather than passive entertainment, to encourage an open dialogue within the community and to offer a platform for transgressive and marginalized voices and perspectives. Through dedication and focus we are working to assist an artistic community in New Mexico that exists outside of the museums, beyond the schlock of Hollywood and is truly a people’s cinema.
The intimate microcinema space seats about 50 people and is equipped with 8mm, Super-8mm, and 16mm film projectors, a 1080p digital projector, a professional 135" screen and a stereo-surround sound system of 3 cabinets housing 15" speakers. All events at the space are open to the public, free popcorn is provided and admission is a sliding scale donation. Each screening is presented only once, with opening soundtracks and short films designed to make each event unique. Programs regularly feature filmmakers in-attendance to introduce their work and participate in open Q&A sessions with the audience. Occasionally expanded cinema performances occur involving live musical accompaniment, multiple projectors and performance art elements. The first and third Thursday of each month the Chess & Jazz club meets; a non-competitive gathering of chess playing, jazz listening and tea drinking open to all skill levels and ages. Twice a year an Open Screen event occurs where local filmmakers are invited to share their work through an open call. Print ephemera from NNC is collected in the archives of the Pacific Film Archive and the New Mexico Museum of Art.
No Name Cinema is a labor of love operating in a DIY spirit with intentions to foster community, conversation, and provide support to underground culture.
image: Basement Films guest presentation, March 19th 2022
"The Cinema with No Name: NNC Promotes “Outsider” Film in Santa Fe" - The Paper (Albuquerque NM) 1/18/23
"What’s in a Name? No Name Cinema’s anti-profit, pro-art ethos puts film first" - Santa Fe Reporter 12/08/21
"NNC Hosts Pink Narcissus in New Santa Fe Warehouse Space" - Southwest Contemporary 11/08/21
"Expanding Cinema: A Guide to Art Film in Five Southwest Cities" - Southwest Contemporary 10/29/21
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