Back when I fled Colorado for NYC it was the rebellious thing for an artist to do. Now two decades later it’s the opposite as young bohemians across the nation are radically giving the finger to both coasts, forcing the arts culture to come to them. Case in point, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, which was originally launched just three years ago as a Slamdance-style antidote to the more established Santa Fe Film Festival, and is made up of folks who want to play in their own backyard – and spruce it up locally. This year the two festivals’ dates unfortunately overlapped – with The (smaller) Man opening with Michel Hazanavicius’s Cannes buzz-generating “The Artist” and bringing in Emilio Estevez and his dad for a screening of Estvez’s “The Way,” while the sprawling SFIFF chose to present Billy Wilder’s Albuquerque-set classic “Ace in the Hole” at the New Mexico History Museum, and hosted Kirby Dick (along with a special screening of Dick’s bar-none best work “Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist”).
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