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Taos Picture Show, March 31-April 3, features the best cinema from around the globe(Taos, NM) Following its hugely successful inaugural festival in April, 2004, the Taos Picture Show will return for its second edition March 31-April 3, 2005 in Taos, New Mexico.The festival kicks off with the sextet BING performing its original score for Buster Keaton's classic silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr., and continues through four days of feature films, documentaries and shorts programs. The full schedule of films will be available in mid-February, but will include a showcase of animation, a program of student shorts and films from around the world. Many programs will be presented by filmmakers or special guests."It's become a tradition to bring some of the best new films to Taos every Spring," said Festival Director Jonathan "Slator. "We are determined to keep that spirit alive and share some outstanding films with Northern New Mexico's film audiences." Slator is also executive director of the Taos County Film Commission and the Taos Mountain Film Festival.The 2005 Taos Picture Show will again be programmed by Kelly Clement and Jason Silverman, the curating team responsible for the Taos Talking Picture Show. The two have served as programmers or advisors for events including San Francisco Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the True/False Festival, the Denver International Film Festival and the Native Cinema Showcase. Clement and Silverman have presented programs and spoken for organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Lensic Center for the Arts, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Sundance Film Festival and SITE Santa Fe.All Taos Picture Show screenings will be held at the historic Taos Center for the Arts, located in downtown Taos. Passes for the Taos Picture Show, priced at $200 and $100, will be available beginning March 15. Individual tickets for each show, at $10, will be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime.Information about the full schedule of films and of parties will be available in mid-February at www.taospictureshow.com and 505-751-3658.