Basement Films organizes and sponsors many events during the year. 


One of our most successful events—now in it's 12th year—is our annual Experiments in Cinema film festival which showcases contemporary, international experimental cinema (see This 8 day international celebration of all things cinematically un-dependent typically screens about 100 movies from 25 different countries and hosts lectures, hands-on workshops and unique live performances.

A central component of this annual event is our Regional Youth Film Screening. This screening is an expression of our year long outreach efforts where we visit middle and high schools across the state screening films and conducting hands-on workshops (these workshops are always free to any school interested in hosting us).


The A/V Show happens every fall at the Southwest Film Center at The University of New Mexico. This one-night event pairs live performers and filmmakers in a unique collaborative environment where the multi-media results are always surprising.

Basement Films hosts filmmaking workshops at educational institutions including the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Academy, Highlands University, The Public Academy for Performing Arts, The Youth Development Institute, and Amy Biel High School. Additionally, Basement Films has hosted a high school internship program that exposes younger students to the possibilities of alternative voices in a media saturated world.

We often collaborate with community organizations such as the Harwood Art Center, The University of New Mexico, NM Highlands University, Amy Biehl High School, The Outpost Performance Space, The Guild, Southwest Film Center, KiMo, The Filling Station, Tan Gallery, Charles Records and 516 Arts.

Alternative Film and Video Festival in Belgrade

Filmmaker, Richard Tuohy presents his work in 2014



No, Basement Films is NOT going out of business... Rather, we were recently gifted a huge donation of about 1,500 VHS movies from a now defunct video rental store in Albuquerque.  We thought this would be a good opportunity to partner with 1415 Gallery on 4th street (1415 4th St SW  505.369.6528) and stage a two-day-only video rental store fundraiser. 


The fundraiser will be Black Friday November 29 and Saturday November 30 from 1pm-8pm. All 1,500 VHS tapes will be for sale for $1 each and I'll betcha that if folks find multiple titles that interest them, we'll make insanely good deals! Come on out all you old-tech fans and satisfy your Tape Head hunger!

for more info contact us at or 505.916.1635

15th Annual Audio/Visual Show!


A variety show of original acts, supercolliding mediated image and live performance (Audio+Visual, Live Music+Video, Spoken Word+Film, Performance+Image, Analogue+Digital). A night of Albuquerque media exploration and weirdness.

Produced by Basement Films at the Southwest Film Center for 15 years now!


$5 admission

Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 7pm

at the Southwest Film Center

in the UNM SUB lower level

Featuring live and mediated work by:

Jazmyn Crosby and Quinton Maldonado

John Morgan and Ren Adams
Kristen Loree, Noa Loree, and and Peter Lisignoli

MAD LAB – Experiment 2

Wednesday, Sept. 18.

10:30pm - approx. 75 min - FREE!
Ren Adams, Basement Films & crew

A mad-science mix of video art, experimental cinema, works in progress, secret samples, teasers, delicious deep cuts, audio-visual performance and random, electrifying moments.

This month's theme: M/TV Night
M/TV Night celebrates a cabinet of musical curiosities—from music videos and experimental audio to sound, performance and work that pushes the very definition of “music video” itself.

Work by local artists Tom Foe, Celly, Aaron Lollis & King Dikorim, Mary De Los Santos, guest artists (including Kate McCabe; Joshua Tree, CA, Cecilia McKinnon; ABQ and Montreal, Jazmyn Crosby; ABQ and Philadelphia, PA, Anna Spence; Atlanta, GA), Basement films folks, secrets from the vault and more! With Ren Adams and Beth Hansen.
More artists being added to the mix!

Home Movie Day 2019

Saturday, October 19,

11 am-4 pm

Albuquerque Main Public Library501 Copper Ave NW

Open screenings of home movies from the public. Formats: 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film, DVDs
Albuquerque Museum will be screening digital copies of some of the amateur films in their collection.

Presented by Basement Films, Modern Albuquerque LLC, Historic Albuquerque Incorporated, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and Albuquerque Museum
Contact: Ethan Aronson,


International Experimental Film Festival

April 16–20, 2019

Guild Cinema

14th Annual Audio/Visual Show!
Friday, November 16th, 2018

A variety show of six original acts, supercolliding mediated image and live performance (Audio+Visual, Live Music+Video, Spoken Word+Film, Performance+Image, Analogue+Digital). A night of Albuquerque media exploration and weirdness

Featuring live and mediated work by:
Ren Adams and King Dikorim (#shrugface)
Bryan Konefsky and Nina Shoenfeld
Kristen Loree and Peter Lisignoli
Jenette Isaacson and Beth Hansen
Tom Foe
James Lawrence

Friday, November 16th, 2018

ASUNM Southwest Film Center in the UNM SUB basement



International Experimental Film Festival

April 10–14, 2018

Guild Cinema and the African American Performing Arts Center

This year was the "Black Material Edition". Films from the USA and 36 other countries were presented at Guild Cinema and the African American Performing Arts Center during the festival.

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3
Saturday, December 16, 2017
GRAFT Gallery

1415 4th St 4th St SW

Presented by touring filmmaker, Emily Esperanza from Chicago. 
Hot tea and hot cider and space heaters provided.
$5 entry

Produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP, Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 brings together the best of Chicago's so-called “niche” cinemas – experimental genres and works by queer filmmakers, women, and people of color. The program joins those “niches” into one expansive, rich evening of film – helping general audiences experience cinematic versions of Chicago they may have never thought to access.

The short films collected in Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 3 have screened in over 30 countries and 65 cities throughout the world. The work spans many disciplines, including experimental animation, observational doc, and music videos. The filmmakers run the gamut from internationally renowned auteurs to young voices, and include an Emmy-winner, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Wexner resident.

Vol. 3 is co-curated by Beckie Stocchetti of the Chicago Film Office, Raul Benitez of Comfort Station and the Nightingale Cinema, and award-winning filmmaker Jim Vendiola.

All Hallows Lowlife
It's gonna get DANK and EVIL!
Later in the month than usual and on Hallowe'en proper, an horrific edition of LowLife Vids’n’Vinyl with DJs Caterwaul, fredricksbrooke & sleepdepth spinning visceral vinyl and projecting lurid lightshows, joined also this evening by Basement Films! 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

9:00pm - 1:30am

No cover

at Sister Bar

407 Central NW


Throwback Thursday
Dia de Los Muertos Edition - November 2, 2017

Join us for some spooky films and throw back some delicious brews on the first Thursday of the month! Free entry!


Thursday, November 2nd

8:00pm - 10:00pm

no cover

at Red Door Brewing,

1001 Candeladia Rd NE


13th Annual Audio/Visual Show

A variety show of seven original acts, supercolliding mediated image and live performance (Audio+Visual, Live Music+Video, Spoken Word+Film, Performance+Image, Analogue+Digital).
A wild night of Albuquerque talent.

Friday, November 3, 2017

$5 admission

at the Southwest Film Center,

located in the basement level of the UNM Student Union Building.
An annual production of Basement Films, sponsored by the Cinematic Arts Department.


THE LOVE THAT WOULD NOT DIE, new zombie puppet musical from artist Devon Hawkes Ludlow, comes to the Tannex with scenes from the next installment, and a music set by Santa Fe electronic artist who contributed music for the film, Andy Kirkpatrick. Basement Films will curate perfectly weird film clips tonight as well.

SATURDAY, November 17, 2017
at the Tannex,

1417 $th Street SW