Briefs 12-05-13

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 S.F. Film Fest rated ‘coolest’

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Named One of MovieMaker Magazine’s coolest film festivals on the planet. Santa Fe Independent Film Festival  has been named one of “MovieMaker Magazine’s Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet.”
SFIFF has made the list of the top 25 coolest general film festivals on the planet, and will be covered in this month’s issue of Moviemaker magazine alongside Tribeca film Festival and San Francisco international film Festival. The issue hit stands this month.
Having just closed the curtain on the fifth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, hosted more than eight thousand attendees that were treated to films such as “Tapia” and “Go For Sisters” along with a writing lab with Joan Torres (writer of “Blackula”).  

‘Koats for Kids’ in full swing

The 24th annual KOATs for Kids campaign kicked off Nov. 25 and will continue until Dec. 31.
KOAT channel 7 and its partners are gathering thousands of donated coats to be distributed across New Mexico to kids in need.
This year, KOAT 7 is joining forces with: Star Bright Cleaners, Molina Healthcare, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Garcia Automotive Group, Mattress Firm, and Williamson Foundation. Coats can be donated at any of our partner locations or at KOAT 7’s studios at 3801 Carlisle Blvd NE.
Cash donations will also be accepted at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union. The donated money is used to purchase additional coats in order to meet the need.
KOAT 7 has partnered with a virtual receptionist to set up a hotline for anyone needing further information on donating or receiving a coat, 1-800-678-KOAT (5628). Information is also available on the KOATs for Kids page at koat.com.

Las Golondrinas director to retire

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, New Mexico’s premier living history museum, has announced that Executive Director John Berkenfield intends to retire by the end of 2014.  Berkenfield joined the museum in 1989.
“Las Golondrinas has been extremely well managed, and in a challenging economic period for all nonprofits, has had record attendance for five consecutive years” said Tom Simons, Chairman of the board of Las Golondrinas.
The museum’s board of directors has decided to conduct an open search for a new executive director. 
For more information, contact Director Steve Machen at stephen.machen@gmail.com or visit the museum’s website at golondrinas.org.