Director Hardwicke hosts a workshop for local filmmakers at the Santa Fe International Film Festival

Oct. 23—A director whose work includes the original Twilight film took center stage Saturday at the Santa Fe Playhouse to give an audience of local actors and filmmakers a taste of how she works.

“As a filmmaker, you know, I’ve never had a chance to see other directors work — how they talk to actors and stuff. So I thought it might be fun to see,” said Catherine Hardwicke to the audience.

After the workshop, Hardwicke, who is in town for the 14th Santa Fe International Film Festival, headed to Railyard Park to present a free screening of this 2008 film about an average teenager, played by Kristen Stewart, who falls in love with a brooding vampire, played by Robert Pattinson. The film, beloved by teenage girls when it debuted, has seen a resurgence in popularity among new and old fans in recent years.

“During COVID, everybody’s trying all kinds of new things. A whole new crowd of people are watching it, a whole new generation, so I think it’s fun. I think Robert and Kristen and the other actors have done a very honest and beautiful performance in this first movie,” Hardwicke said.

Hardwicke has worked in and directed a number of films, including the biographical drama about a group of skateboarding teenagers, Lords of Dogtown, the British-American comedy-drama Miss You Already and the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel Twilight. She received several awards for her directorial debut, Thirteen, including the Dorothy Arzner Award at the Director’s View Film Festival in Stamford, Connecticut, and Best Feature Script at the Nantucket Film Festival.

For one of her latest projects, she directed an episode of the Netflix horror anthology series Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Hardwicke said the episode is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and stars Rupert Grint and Ismael Cruz Córdova.

To make the workshop possible, Hardwicke created three brief scenarios based on paintings by Santa Fe artists Ikama Van Loon, Gigi Mills, and Hardwicke’s sister, Irene Hardwicke Oliviera. The short scenes told stories of a vampire flamenco dancer, a family feud over a bird, and a human couple quarreling with a skunk-faced baby.

Throughout the workshop, filmmakers in the audience shared tips and talked about their experiences working in the industry.

Each year, the festival presents a number of documentaries, comedies, dramas and foreign films. Some films take people on fantastical journeys while others delve into the harsh realities of life.

That’s exactly what the documentary based on the life of actor Jim Hoffmaster, Acting Like Nothing is Wrong does.

The film, created by local Santa Fe director Jane Rosemont, explored how Hoffmaster, who is best known for playing the barfly Kermit in Shameless, navigated life after growing up in foster care and coping to abuse, and how acting made him feel seen and appreciated.

“Hearing Jim recount childhood abandonment, abuse and loneliness was like reading Charles Dickens. My decision to make the film came quickly while at a film festival, watching a documentary focusing on an adopted child” , Rosemont said in a press release about the film.

“I swore to offer another voice to the widespread failure of the foster care system of the 1960s. I was determined to make a film that would respectfully expose the details of this particular foster child, along with a humor unexpected to balance the story,” she said. .

On Sunday, Icelandic director Steina Vasulka is set to receive the Santa Fe International Film Festival Icon Award ahead of the screening of her short film, Svoboda. Vasulka is a major figure in electronic and video art who co-founded the New York electronic media performance space known as Kitchen – with her husband, Woody Vasulka.

Some of the other film screenings including Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso’s POWERLANDS, which investigated the displacement of indigenous peoples and the environmental devastation caused by chemical companies, and IF THESE WALLS COULD SING, a documentary on the untold story from the Abbey Road studio directed by Mary McCartney.

Hardwicke is also gearing up to receive the Santa Fe International Film Festival’s Visionary Award followed by a masterclass presentation where she will discuss her filmmaking process from pre-production to final screening.

“I’ll talk about the processes and things I go through to make a movie — like how do you really prepare to make a movie?” she said “It’s kind of an example of the creative process.”