04.18.11: Manuel Munoz - What You See in the Dark

NM In Focus Host Gene Grant discusses Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho with writer Manuel Munoz and local filmmaker Bryan Konefsky, director of Experiments in Cinema.   Munoz will present his new book What You See in the Dark (Algonquin, $23.95), which takes place on the set of the film, and Konefsky will show a short film made in response to Psycho. This event is a unique opportunity to see the responses of two artists to an iconic work.About the book:The novel moves between the events surrounding the making of the movie - including the search for a motel to serve as the exterior of the Bates Motel and the notorious shower scene - and the story of a doomed love affair that ends in murder.  The sense of foreboding characteristic of 1950s noir films connects the two stories, and Munoz writes suspense with the subtlety of Hitchcock himself.Manuel Munoz is the author of two short story collections, including The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, which was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.  His work has appeared in the New York TimesEdinburgh Review, and Boston Review, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Gene Grant is host of 'New Mexico In Focus' on KNME, and has contributed to the PBS NewsHour on six occasions. He writes the 'Albuquerque on Film' column for Albuquerque the Magazine and has contributed to Variety Magazine on the New Mexico film industry, as well as contributing to film festivals dot com in Paris.Gene is a screenwriter, award winning playwright and father of two girls, one of whom wants to be a actress, and is the proud owner of the Alfred Hitchcock 20 film box set. Bryan Konefsky is artistic director of Experiments in Cinema, an annual internationalfilm festival in Albuquerque that showcases cinematic experimentation fromaround the world. He serves as a panelist for the New Mexico Film Office’s NewVisions filmmaking awards, he is a member of the board of advisors for the AnnArbor Film Festival (the oldest experimental festival in the United States), a guestcurator for the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and an experimental filmjudge for Videofest sponsored by the Dallas Video Association in Texas.

Event date: 
Monday, April 18, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
87107-3157 Albuquerque