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We've added two more videos from recent author events at the Jean Cocteau to the JCC website:

CONNIE WILLIS, interviewed by Melinda M. Snodgrass

JOHN NICHOLS, interviewed by Lorene Mills

If you weren't able to be with us in person, you can check them out at


Connie and I have known each other for decades, of course, and she's always a delight. John Nichols, however, I've only met once or twice previously, and the last time was probably twenty years ago at an event up in Colorado organized by Ed Bryant. Nichols is a fascinating man, however, and he had a lot to say. Even if you don't know his work, you should find him interesting.

The video of my own talk with John Scalzi is not ready yet, but should be up soon.

Autographed books by Connie Willis, Melinda Snodgrass, John Nichols, John Scalzi, and myself are all available from the JCC website, of course. Along with lots more from other authors.

A recent comment from a "fan" said, in rather strong words, that he was not interested in the Jean Cocteau or anything that went on there. Fair enough. No one said you had to be. Maybe you should skip the posts with the JCC icon on top.

Thing is, though, that Santa Fe cares about the Jean Cocteau... I've had many people tell me that they love our little theatre... and more to the point, I care as well. The Jean Cocteau doesn't bring me big wheelbarrows of money. Far from it. If we ever manage to get it into the black, I may die of shock. It is, however, a source of joy... for our patrons, for our city, and certainly for myself. And in the end, we all need some joy in our lives.


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Apr. 19th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC)
Right on George! Your investment and passion projects in your community is interesting to read about. Previously, I was very myopic about ASOIAF, but with all the other interesting things going on have started reading Wild Cards and added Sante Fe on my list of trips to take before I kick the bucket.

Keep on, keepin' on!
Apr. 19th, 2017 08:41 pm (UTC)
You can find everything in the Lord's Vineyard
I read that "fan's" comment and I found it awful, but as we say in my country: "you can find everything in the Lord's Vineyard". Keep having joy and keep giving it, Mr. Martin, your fans and yourself need it. For my part, I wish I could go to the Jean Cocteau Cinema, but it is a...bit..far away hahaha. Nevertheless, thanks for uploading the videos and thank you for creating all your other sources of joy, such as the Great and Powerful Turtle and all the ASOIAF characters.
Apr. 19th, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
Movies & Shakespeare & Stuff
I assume the Jean Cocteau fills this need in your community, but I've been really glad of the smaller theaters in my area that show more niche movies or hold events. How do you decide what films or events to hold?

I'm not sure if you recall, but at Balticon this past year I asked you about your favorite Shakespeare plays, and we talked a bit about the Henriad. Although it's wouldn't be the same actors in all of the movie adaptations of the plays, I was wondering how you'd feel about showing any of the tetralogies at the Jean Cocteau?

Also, it's really cool to see that you are continuing to show Your Name until the end of the month! (Were you able to watch it? Any thoughts?)

Apr. 19th, 2017 10:28 pm (UTC)
What it is about human psychology that causes us to forget the 99 people who are acting friendly and polite and instead primarily remember the one rude jerk in the bunch?
Apr. 20th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
A good point. And very true.
Brooklyn Ann
Apr. 20th, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
Coolest theater ever
The Cocteau posts are one of the main reasons that I want to visit Santa Fe. I'm not really a desert-liking person, but that sounds like the most awesome theater in the world. Book signings AND screenings of new and old movies? That's heaven in my book.

And I fully admit that if my books ever bring me enough money to afford it, I'd totally copy you and open a similar theater in Coeur d'Alene. Maybe name it after Vincent Price.
Apr. 20th, 2017 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: Coolest theater ever
Santa Fe is more mountain than desert, fwiw.
Re: Coolest theater ever - Tanmay Kulkarni - Apr. 20th, 2017 04:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 20th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
Ignore the comment of the 'fan', George. I like reading comments on your blog about various events at the Jean CocteauYour passion for authors and for science fiction is infectious. I would love to be able to visit the Jean Cocteau but it is a bit far from where I live in Australia. I am envious of people who are able to purchase signed books too.
Apr. 20th, 2017 04:14 am (UTC)
Love the Jean Cocteau
I for one LOVE the Jean Cocteau, especially for the author events, and love to hear about things going on there. I only wish I didn't live so far away in Albuquerque. I would never have thought I would have the chance to meet and get to know so many authors that I enjoy reading. And the Jean Cocteau has a totally different feel from many "meet the author" and signing venues. The difference is you, George. Your experience and long history in SFF brings a lot to any interview, and hearing about some authors' early interactions with you are so entertaining! I'm thinking right now about John Scalzi's story about being at a signing next to you when he was a brand new published author. I'll never look at omnibus editions the same way! The conversations on the stage can take totally unexpected turns, and I feel like the authors I have seen are more at ease in Santa Fe than elsewhere. This is one of the perks I never expected when I moved to New Mexico.
But I also enjoy the interesting films that you bring to the theater. Again, a big frustration is that I can't enjoy them more often. I'm glad that Your Name is being held over so I will get a chance to see it on a medium size :-) screen! I came to the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road. I only wish I could see all the Max Headroom series as well as the "lost" episodes that you wrote, George! I was so disappointed when Max was not renewed!
To me, the Jean Cocteau just adds depth to who George is, aside from the guy who writes some incredibly complex, emotional, and immersive stories. I'm always glad to hear about what is happening there! Please don't stop posting about the Jean Cocteau!!
Apr. 20th, 2017 11:26 am (UTC)
Jean Cocteau
Hi, George, please let me amuse myself today with a slightly off-topic question (but not quite, since this post is JCC-related). It's a stupid and seemingly obvious question, really, but do you like Jean Cocteau's movies? I mean, your movie theater bears the name of one of the most influential filmmakers of XX century (not in the least in terms of fantasy movies), so it only makes sense that someone should ask you about it (terribly sorry to waste your time if you have already been asked about that)?

Edited at 2017-04-20 11:27 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: Jean Cocteau
I like some of the movies we show, love some of the movies we show, feel indifferent or underwhelmed by others... and many I never see. When we first reopened the JCC in 2013, I went to every movie we showed, but that got old after a few months.

The JCC promotes itself as Santa Fe's most eclectic movie theatre. When your offerings are as varied as ours, they will never please any one person's taste. Not even mine.
Daniel De Simone
Apr. 20th, 2017 02:32 pm (UTC)
Emily St. John Mandel?
Maybe I missed it, and I've checked the JCC website and YouTube channel to no avail, but was there a video posted of Emily St. John Mandel's visit to the JCC? That book really sticks with me...
Apr. 21st, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Emily St. John Mandel?
Great writer and great interview, but sadly, we had not yet started videotaping the events when she was here.
Re: Emily St. John Mandel? - Daniel De Simone - Apr. 21st, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Alex McDonough
Apr. 20th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
A message of appreciation

There are plenty of us who are not familiar enough with the fantasy genre and it's abundance of talent. I recently read Seveneves because you and Bill Gates both suggested it on your blogs. Anyways, I'm only 23 years old. I know myself and other young fantasy lovers (there are many of us) are fascinated by your blog and the recommendations you make. The reasonable ones among us are both curious enough to enjoy many of the great things you share on your blog and patient enough to wait for your next masterpiece. Thanks for everything you do.

P.S. I check your blog daily because it's awesome. Keep up the enthusiasm
Adam MacKenzie
Apr. 20th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
To Mr Martin,

I encourage you to keep writing about what brings you happiness and joy, whether that be your cinema, your charities, helping your community, or football.

The gospels state that "Out of the overflow of the heart does the mouth speak." At church we understand this to mean that whatever you want to talk about is a barometer of what's in your heart. It's been nearly a year and a half since you last spoke on LJ about ASOIAF. Maybe it's not got the same place in your heart anymore?

As one man in his twilight years to another (we are only a few months apart in age), I encourage you, however, that life is too short to spend it on something you don't enjoy. If ASOIAF isn't bringing the same passion and enjoyment to you that your other pursuits do, or the same enjoyment that it once did, then walk away from it. Hire your favorite WC authors to complete the series so you can spend your days with things that enrich your life, instead of wearing this chain around your neck. Enjoy your retirement. Enjoy your life.

Life is too short to spend it hunched over a computer, pounding keys into a word processor until the eyes fade and fingers grow feeble.
Ralene Hambicki
Apr. 20th, 2017 05:19 pm (UTC)
Next time I pass thru I'm going to stop in and visit the Cinema. This past Christmas I purchased a SIGNED copy of the anniversary edition for my mom thru the website. Beautiful book! I was so excited to give it to my mom I literally hovered over her while she was opening it. Once she opened the cover and saw the signature she actually squealed in delight!! You know you have made it big when you can put some ink down on a page and make people scream! 😂 (I'm not talking about the thousands of pages you've written that make people scream!)😂😳😭 Just to let you know, I had to call for assistance and the guy on the phone was so very helpful and friendly! I wish I would have caught his name. Looking forward to my next purchase... REALLY looking forward to my next purchase. 😉❄️🔥
Michael Kopp
Apr. 20th, 2017 05:38 pm (UTC)
Long live the JCC
I no longer live in Santa Fe but I still love hearing about the JCC. My now wife and I had one of our first dates at the JCC back in 2004 and I was so sad to hear when it closed down. It was one of my (our) favorite theaters in Santa Fe. I was even happier when I heard it was reopening, and under the guidance of one of my favorite authors to boot. I no longer get down there much from Colorado but I always enjoy hearing about the interesting events you have planned and hope to swing by the next time I'm in town. Keep up the good work!
Apr. 20th, 2017 06:30 pm (UTC)
Good on you for standing your ground and posting whatever you like on the blog. I'm in the UK and have no plans to visit the US in the near future so I will probably never get to visit the Jean Cocteau but it's still nice to hear tidbits about it now and then. Besides, the world would be a pretty boring place is we all liked the same thing.

You know what, though, I wish my local area had an independent cinema in addition to the big chain ones. It sounds like it must be a fun experience.
Apr. 20th, 2017 11:51 pm (UTC)
Take it from me -- if you're a nerd and you're growing up in a small town (especially in the era before the internet), the Jean Cocteau is the kind of place you DREAM about having. There were some small local places that filled a similar role in my childhood and I would have been lost without them. I know that what you're doing means a lot to many people, and you should be proud of it.
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