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REEL NEW MEXICO- JUNE 2015

Reel New Mexico, June, 2015

Screening at La Tienda in El Dorado on Thursday, June 11, at 7 PM, will be the documentary feature, ‘The Silence of Cricket Coogler’, produced by El Dorado resident, Richard Startzman (Mother O’Keeffe).  Special guest will be author, Paula Moore, author of ‘Cricket in the Web’.

Book sales onsite courtesy of COLLECTED WORKS!

This documentary investigates the mysterious death of an 18-year-old waitress in New Mexico in 1949. Silence of Cricket Coogler is a Political Murder movie–but this horrific rape and murder wasn’t a random crime; instead, the young beauty was a victim of political corruption and Mafia connections After doing his own investigation, mystery writer Tony Hillerman lent his insight to the film as well.

The feature-length film covers all aspects of Ovida “Cricket” Coogler’s unsolved murder, which changed history in Las Cruces and New Mexico.

Coogler was last seen alive at 3 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 1949, when she entered an official state car on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. Her body was found 17 days later in a shallow grave south of Las Cruces. Jerry Nuzum, a professional football player and former NMSU Aggie, was arrested for the murder and then released for lack of evidence.

Students at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, now New Mexico State University, were so enraged by Nuzum’s arrest that they submitted a petition to the governor requesting a grand jury be appointed to investigate the murder. The grand jury was unable to indict anyone for Coogler’s murder, but the investigation resulted in the removal of the sheriff from office and the shutdown of local gambling joints.

The grand jury would not give up — it handed down 58 indictments against 25 people.

The documentary is narrated in part by the late John Ehrlichman with commentary by famed New Mexico author, the late great Tony Hillerman. In his remarks, Hillerman says “this strange little murder, and the incredible effort to cover it up, caused a kind of outrage that cleaned up New Mexico.”

Moore is the author of the 2008 book, ‘Cricket in the Web’, and has done years of research on the never-solved case. She will discuss her research and findings on Ms. Coogler’s demise, which involved numerous high level politicians in New Mexico.

Here is an interview with Ms. Moore: http://fnsnews.nmsu.edu/the-waitress-who-shook-new-mexico-part-one/

 Film Trailer –http://www.cinevisionproductions.com/apps/videos/videos/show/12514050



There is a suggested donation of $5 and you can also bring food and drink into the theatre, thanks to the courtesy of our friends at the La Plancha Restaurant.

For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466.1634  or nedludd76@hotmail.com

Coming in July… The Hired Hand, directed by and starring Peter Fonda – Made in New Mexico

REEL NEW MEXICO- MAY 2015

Screening on Thursday, May 14 at 7.PM, at La Tienda Performance Space in El Dorado, SWEET LAND (2005, 110 MINUTES)-  Sweet Land is a poignant, sweet and often funny lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

When Lars Torvik’s grandmother Inge dies, he is faced with a decision – sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him.

 Inge arrived in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Alone and adrift, Inge goes to live with the family of Olaf’s friend and neighbor Frandsen and his wife Brownie, where she learns the English language, American ways, and a hard-won independence.

Inge and Olaf slowly come to know each other, and against the backdrop of endless farmland and cathedral skies they fall in love, a man and woman united by the elemental forces of nature. Still unable to marry, they live together openly, despite the scorn of the neighbors and the disapproval of the local minister.

 Based on Will Weaver’s short story A Gravestone Made of Wheat and shot on location in Southern Minnesota, Sweet Land is that rare independent feature that uses painterly images and understated performances and music to tell a universal story of love and discovery.


For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634, nedludd76@hotmail.com or check reelnewmexico.com


You are now able to order and bring food and drink from La Plancha, the fine adjoining restaurant and enjoy it in the Performance Space, offering a casual dinner and a movie type event.

The $5 suggested donation/admission at the door is used for expenses and to bring in filmmakers for other screenings.


Reel New Mexico- April, 2015

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Playing on Thursday, April 9 at 7.PM, ‘THE HI LO COUNTRY’, (1998), based on real characters known by Albuquerque based author, Max Evans and shot entirely in New Mexico.  (Rated R)
  
Based on Evans’ iconic book, Billy Crudup (Without Limits) plays Woody Harrelson’s best pal, just returned to New Mexico from service in World War II with hopes of starting a cattle ranch free from the greedy clutches of a local rancher (Sam Elliott) who dominates the town of Hi-Lo like a boot clad kingpin. Harrelson joins in the effort, but tensions rise when he connects with the sultry seductress (Oscar winner Patricia Arquette) with whom Crudup has fallen inexplicably in love. Harrelson has provoked others as well, and he seems primed for a fall with his free-wheeling attitude and refusal to change with the times.  Invited guest is author/journalist Robert Nott, who recently co-wrote a book with Evans about director Sam Peckinpah.

Also in April – On Thursday, April 2, 7 PM- ‘An Evening with Gandhi and King’, presented by Heaven on Earth Creations and Reel New Mexico. 

Join Santa Fe Documentary Film Producer Cynthia Lukas for “AN EVENING WITH KING AND GANDHI” on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at the Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado, Santa Fe. There will be an admission charge of $5.00. This program will last about 90 minutes.

Lukas will present the acclaimed PBS biography of King,  “In Remembrance of Martin,” and show clips from the upcoming documentary about the final, tragic and triumphant years of Gandhi’s life, “Gandhi’s Gift.”  This will be the first major documentary about Gandhi made in the U.S.  Lukas will lead a discussion about how King’s dream was shaped by Gandhi and how both of them might assess whether their dreams have been achieved.  For more information, contact Lucas at 466.4025.

And on Friday, April 17, 6.45 PM at the El Dorado Library....Made on Rte 66- a compilation of clips from movies made on (or near) Rte 66, from Illinois to California, with live narration by Jeff Berg.  This is a FREE 90 minute presentation and a Santa Fe premiere!

For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634 or check reelnewmexico.com
   

You are now able to order and bring food and drink from La Plancha, the fine adjoining restaurant and enjoy it in the Performance Space, offering a casual dinner and a movie type event.

The $5 suggested donation/admission at the door is used for expenses and to bring in filmmakers for other screenings.

 


Reel New Mexico- March 2015

Screening on Thursday, March 12, will be ‘The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols.’

 This film is a 78 minute feature documentary exploring the literary works and social activism of Taos resident John Treadwell Nichols, renowned author of the ‘New Mexico trilogy’ (The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, The Nirvana Blues), Hollywood screenwriter, and author of non-fiction volumes such as On the Mesa, Keep it Simple, and Dancing on the Stones. The documentary, around the hub of an extensive interview, provides an intimate account of the creative literary process as exemplified in a gifted, determined, and unrepentantly radical American writer.  Mr. Nichols will be our INVITED guest, as is director, Kurt Jacobsen.   (subject to change!)
The $5 suggested donation at the door goes for expenses and to bring in filmmakers for other screenings.


For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634.

Website for the film- http://milagroman.yolasite.com/

REEL NEW MEXICO- FEB 2015

REEL NEW MEXICO!

 On Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7 pm, REEL NEW MEXICO will present RED SKY AT MORNING, (which was shot mostly in Santa Fe, Galisteo and Truchas) at the Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado.

The 1971 film is based on the novel by Richard Bradford, who lived in Santa Fe for many years and is a quiet coming of age tale that takes place in the early days of World War II.

Richard Thomas stars as Joshua, whose well-to-do family moves from the deep south to New Mexico at the outbreak of the war. His father (Richard Crenna) is called to service, and it is up to Joshua to help take charge of the family home, as his mother (Claire Bloom) falls into a well of self-pity, longing for the amenities that were available to her at the family home in Alabama, while falling prey to a sycophantic cousin who mooches off Joshua’s father’s generosity. Co-stars Desi Arnaz, Jr. (nominated for a Golden Globe) and Cathy Burns help introduce Joshua to his new life in New Mexico.

The $5 suggested donation at the door will go for expenses and to bring in filmmakers for other screenings.

Screening on Thursday, March 12, will be ‘The Milagro Man: The Irrepressible Multicultural Life and Literary Times of John Nichols.’

This film is a 78 minute feature documentary exploring the literary works and social activism of Taos resident John Treadwell Nichols, renowned author of the ‘New Mexico trilogy’ (The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, The Nirvana Blues), Hollywood screenwriter, and author of non-fiction volumes such as On the Mesa, Keep it Simple, and Dancing on the Stones. The documentary, around the hub of an extensive interview, provides an intimate account of the creative literary process as exemplified in a gifted, determined, and unrepentantly radical American writer.  Mr. Nichols will be our INVITED guest.  (subject to change!)

For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466-1634


REEL NEW MEXICO RETURNS!

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What do Lucky Gagin, Henry Fonda, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Divine, Rosalind Russell, Warren Beatty and Johnny Cash all have in common?They will all be on the big screen at the Performance Space on Thursday, Oct 9 at 7 pm as part of a presentation of Made in Santa Fe films. All seats, $5.00- cheap! AND you can bring food over from La Plancha!

Presented by New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg, this program will include approximately 15 clips from movies that have been filmed in or around Santa Fe since 1936.  The clips run from 2-5 minutes and after each, Berg offers live narration and strongly encourages audience participation (except for throwing things) during the 90-100 minute program.

A fun blend of comedy, action, and scenes from known and little known movies, this program will mark the return of REEL NEW MEXICO to El Dorado!

For more information, please contact Jeff Berg at 466 1634.

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Films used in the show

INDIAN DAY SCHOOL
TEXAS RANGERS
RIDE THE PINK HORSE

FANCY PANTS
HOLLYWOOD OR BUST
WHERE ANGELS GO, TROUBLE FOLLOWS
THE McMASTER’S

CHEYENNE SOCIAL CLUB
BILLY JACK
A GUNFIGHT
TWO-LANE BLACKTOP
RED SKY AT MORNING

THE FORTUNE
LUST IN THE DUST

POWWOW HIGHWAY
SANTA FE


Reel New Mexico Shows Western Retrospective October 8

REEL NEW MEXICO SCREENS WESTERN RETROSPECTIVE

On Tuesday October 8 at 7 PM, Jeff Berg will show a compilation of great clips from westerns filmed in New Mexico and comment on their place in film history. Jeff is a film historian, film critic, and film buff who currently is involved in managing the new Jean Cocteau Theater. This is his second appearance at Reel New Mexico. His first was well attended and very entertaining. Because of his encyclopedic knowledge of the film industry he is able to provide background and insider information denied to most film lovers.

This will be our last program in 2013. We’ll crank up again come winter.

 


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