Fountain Theatre

Arthouse Cinema in Historic Mesilla, New Mexico

Short Films

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Sep 29 – Oct 5

The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Australia, Afghanistan, Finland, Iran, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Canada alongside three short films from the USA.  This riveting 2023 line-up is linked by a common theme: how we face adversity, whether it is imposed by others or arises from personal circumstances. The Final Ten short film selections feature narratives that are dramatic, sometimes humorous, occasionally magical and always inspirational!

Special Short Film Event

8th Annual Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase

Oct 1 @ 7:30

The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase celebrates short films made by women and nonbinary filmmakers from around the world, most especially filmmakers of color from border communities.



Oct 6 – 12

Ben, a struggling filmmaker, lives in Berkeley, California, with his girlfriend, Miko, who works for a local Asian American film festival. When he’s not managing an arthouse movie theater as his day job, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blonde women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs, and eating in diners with his best friend Alice, a queer grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben is left to his own devices, and begins to explore what he thinks he might want.

Special Fundraiser Event

Dosed: The Trip of a Lifetime

Oct 7 @ 1:00
Presented by Sol Tryp

 A loving mother of four is granted the legal right for medical use of magic mushrooms. Laurie then embarks on a remarkable journey of personal transformation and healing while exploring lesser known possible cures for cancer, like cannabis oil. This story of courage and resilience calls into question everything we think we know about the human body, mind, and spirit.

Historical Documentary

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels

With Guest, Director Judy Kreith

Oct 8 @ 7:00

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the forgotten era when the Caribbean island opened its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis. Hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers.

Retro Music Performance Documentary

Stop Making Sense

Oct 13 – 19

Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit.


Classic Film Noir

Gun Crazy (1950)

One Night Only
Oct 15 @ 7:30

When gun-obsessed pacifist Bart Tare (John Dall) witnesses expert shooter Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) demonstrate her firearm prowess at a carnival one night, it’s love at first sight. Aimless Bart joins the traveling show and begins a romance with Annie, but her dangerously rebellious spirit soon gets them both fired. After eloping, the young lovers embark on an armed robbery spree, managing to elude the authorities until Annie insists on pulling one last job.


Biographical Music Documentary

Joan Baez I Am a Noise

Oct. 20 – 26

A raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist that shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings.


Dramatic Sci-Fi Thriller


Oct 27 – Nov 2

Hen and Junior farm a secluded piece of land that has been in Junior’s family for generations, but their quiet life is thrown into turmoil when an uninvited stranger shows up at their door with a startling proposal. Starring Saoirse Ronan & Paul Mescal.

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