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Reel New Mexico Shows Western Retrospective October 8


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.


“Powwow Highway” shows on Tuesday August 13

On Tuesday, August 13, Reel New Mexico is proud to present “Powwow Highway,” an offbeat road film which tracks the journey of mellow Philbert Bono (Gary Farmer), a Montana Cheyenne tribe member who has to drive hundreds of miles to pick up a sister arrested in Santa Fe. Accompanying him is the intensely political Buddy Red Bow (A Martinez). Together, the two discover that they have much to learn from each other about life and strife.  “Powwow   Highway” was awarded the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival.

Reel New   Mexico presents films with a New   Mexico connection on the second Tuesday of each month (Note change from Thursday to Tuesday), at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space in La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. For a truly memorable evening, don’t miss “Powwow   Highway” on August 13. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Directions to the venue are at

Four Short Films PLAY July 11




Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at La Tienda

Reel New Mexico, the state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to celebrate high summer with four short films, each quite different from the others. They will be screened on Thursday, July 11, at La Tienda Center in Eldorado, starting at 7 p.m.

“Underway,” a Western fantasy from Paul Marcus, gives us a mysterious and truly haunting woman, cast out of time and place, who must search for clues about who she is and where she is going. The short comedy “All in a Day’s Work” centers around a hapless guide who keeps trying to corral a group of dazed and enthused tourists exposed for the first time to the wonders of northern New   Mexico.

Meow Wolf’s chronicle of their recent exhibit, “Construction and Destruction of ‘The Due Return,’” assumes a sailing ship from another dimension has beached on the sands of Santa Fe, submerging those curious enough to enter it in a rich history from a distant world.

Dusty McGowan’s “Mickey” tells the story of a down-on-his-luck boxer who stumbles on a unique opportunity to become an unlikely hero.

The filmmakers will discuss their works after the screenings.

Reel New   Mexico presents films with a New   Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space in La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. Directions to the venue are at . A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. IN AUGUST WE MOVE TO SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH!



On Thursday, June 13, Reel New Mexico is excited to present “Becoming Eduardo,” an award-winning feature film directed by Rod McCall of Las Cruces. McCall will discuss the film and take questions from the audience after the screening. The program starts at 7 p.m. at La Tienda Center in Eldorado.

Based on the novel Alternative Ed, by LouAnne Johnson, “Becoming Eduardo” tells the story of Eddie Corazon. At sixteen, the former straight-A student has become a juvenile delinquent attending an alternative high school in Rosablanca, New Mexic. There he falls in love with a college-bound girl and discovers he has a knack for poetry. But a few bad choices result in Eddie’s being sent to live with his bachelor uncle Tio in Truth or Consequences. There he takes to calling himself Eduardo, as his exposure ot Tio’s way of life shatters his masculine stereotypes and inspires himself to view himself – and the world – in a new light.

Director Rod McCall, who will discuss the film, teaches Storyboarding and Directing at New   MexicoStateUniversity. Julian Alcaraz, the actor who plays Eddie, has gone on to become a regular in the new cable version of “90210” and is one of the leads in the big studio remake of “Red Dawn.” “Becoming Eduardo” has been shown at 17 film festivals throughout the world and won three awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2009.

Reel New   Mexico presents films with a New   Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space in La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Directions to the venue are at

Sundance Winner “Buck” shows Thursday May 9


May 9, 7 p.m. at La Tienda

Sundance Audience Award winner 


On Thursday, May 9, Reel New Mexico is proud to present “Buck,” a stunning documentary about a horse trainer best described as a real life horse whisperer.

The New York Times called it “mesmerizing viewing [that] holds your attention and heart.” Salon termed it “impossible to resist.” The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “an exceptional slice of Americana [that] transports us to a better world. At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, “Buck” won the Audience Choice award. 

This richly textured and visually stunning documentary follows master horseman Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. He eschews the violence of his upbringing, teaching people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Filmed throughout the West, “Buck” is a truly American story of a man who dramatically transforms horses – and people – with understanding , compassion and respect. You don’t need to know horses to love this beautiful, haunting tale.  

John Parks, of Trinity Ranch just south of Eldorado, has known and worked with Buck for more than two decades and counts him as a close friend. Immediately following the screening, he will answer audience questions about Buck the man and about his amazing techniques. 

Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space in La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. For a truly memorable evening, don’t miss “Buck” on May 9. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Directions to the venue are at


The Cities Where Americans Don’t Feel Safe

Originally posted on 24/7 Wall St.:

110924049According to polling service Gallup, 72% of Americans surveyed in 2012 said they felt safe walking home at night. This is a slight uptick from 2011, when 71% of respondents said they felt safe.

In some cities, far fewer people felt safe at night. In Stockton, Calif., where Americans felt the least safe, less than half of respondents were comfortable outside of their homes after dark. Based on Gallup’s survey, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 cities where Americans feel the least safe at night.

Click here to see the 10 cities where Americans don’t feel safe

Of the 10 metropolitan statistical areas where the fewest people felt safe walking home at night, eight had crime rates above the national rate of 383.6 per 100,000 as of 2011. Among these cities was Memphis, which had the nation’s worst violent crime rate at just over 980 violent crimes per 100,000…

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Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.

At The Performance Space at La Tienda 


In the tradition of their acclaimed “Rumi Returning,” Cynthia Lukas and Kell Stearns’ film “Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point to a New World” explores humanity’s longing for love and peace. Set to the music of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, it features the spiritual wisdom of the Dalia Lama and sacred activists throughout the world. A “must see” film, it was featured at the United Nations 2011 Day of Peace broadcast and premiered at the World Peace Festival in Berlin.

Filmmaker Q and A after the screening. 

$5 suggested at the door


Monthly screenings of New Mexico’s

finest independent films




 Monthly screenings of New Mexico’s finest independent films



 Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.

At The Performance Space at La Tienda

 Yes, it can happen here. The documentary “Rooted Lands” follows residents of nearby Mora and San Miguel counties as they mobilize to protect their communities from the threat of hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking. The film’s breathtaking cinematography celebrates the landscapes and cultures of the area and makes their battle all that more crucial and affecting. If you are concerned about the future of our environment, you won’t want to miss “Rooted Lands.”

Q and A with filmmakers Renea Roberts and Nancy Dickenson follows the screening.

$5 suggested at the door







REEL NEWMEXICO kicks off the 2013 season witha new film by two of last year’s most popular filmmakers.

 “Still Dreaming” is a documentary feature from Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson, makers of last year’s award-winning, standing-room-only “Shakespeare Behind Bars.” Where the 2012 film chronicled a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in a medium security Kentucky prison, “Still Dreaming” tells the story of the high-stakes return to the stage by a group of entertainers living at a home for aging actors just outside Manhattan.

 A work-in-progress, shown for audience feedback, “Still Dreaming” follows two young co-directors and an ensemble of actors in their eighties who mount a production of the Bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” After six eventful weeks of rehearsals, they pull off two vibrant performances for friends and family. Along the way, the film explores hard questions about what should be asked of senior citizens and what they should ask of themselves, whether creativity is an essential human endeavor even into old age, and what is the value of community and intergenerational endeavors.

With the exception of this year’s opening program, set for February 21, all screenings take place on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space in La Tienda, a comfortable 100-seat venue with state-of-the-art equipment, located at Eldorado, off 285 just 10 minutes south of the Plaza. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. More about Reel New Mexico and directions to the venue can be found  at

A romantic evening: “Missing You” & “Phoenix”

 On Thursday, October 11, Reel New Mexico screens two films by Albuquerque filmmakers. “Missing You,” a delightful feature-length romantic comedy, is by Phil Duran. “Phoenix,” the haunting coming-of-age short film that opens the program, is by Sarah Northrop, the editor of “Missing You.” The program starts at 7 p.m. at La Tienda Center in Eldorado.

“Missing You” tells the charming story of Laura, who is beautiful, intelligent, fast approaching thirty, and has a plan for her life. However, Laura’s life plan requires that she find “the one,” and when the film opens that feat is still just a dream. Meanwhile, Rick, a handsome and successful young man about Laura’s age, struggles to understand women as he, too, searches for that special someone. Rick and Laura share similar interests, goals and desires, live in the same city, frequent the same establishments, even know some of the same people. Their paths cross time and again, but they keep missing one another. Will they ever meet? And if they do, what then?

 Phil Duran, writer and director of “Missing You,” retired after twenty years from a career in law enforcement and began making films. One of his earlier works, “The Righteous and the Wicked,” is currently distributed on DVD by Lionsgate.  

 Phoenix,” the short film that precedes “Missing You,” isa haunting tale about a boy coming of age in a post-apocalyptic world, who is torn between saving the life of his father and running away with a beautiful adventuress. It was forged during the Albuquerque 48-hour film project this July and marks the directorial debut of Sarah Northrop, who edited “Missing You.” It was co-written by Northrop and Giuseppe Quinn, photographed by Craig Butler, and stars Phil Duran, Merritt Glover and Dylan Montoya.


Reel New Mexico screens films with a New Mexico connection, on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space in La Tienda, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. For a delightful evening, be sure to catch “Missing You” and “Phoenix” on October 11. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Directions to the venue are at 


100 Years of New Mexico Film



On Thursday, September 13, REEL NEW MEXICO presents a fascinating and entertaining overview of the history of filmmaking in New Mexico from 1898 to 1990 from the perspective of film reviewer, historian and fanatical movie enthusiast Jeff Berg. Titled “New Mexico in the Movies – the First 92 Years,” Berg’s program, designed especially for Reel New Mexico, uses numerous film clips and Berg’s own delightful behind-the-scenes narration to show the solid foundation on which the film industry in New Mexico rests today. The program starts at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space.

 New Mexico’s filmmaking history is rich and varied. Since Thomas Edison arranged to shoot the first known piece of motion picture film at the Isleta Pueblo Day School in 1898 to the present day, more than 500 feature films and television shows have been shot within the borders of our state. To add a unique historical view to the state’s centennial year, Berg has assembled an all-new set of clips from made-in-New Mexico movies especially for Reel New Mexico.

Formerly of Las Cruces and recently relocated to Santa Fe, Berg got the idea for a series of programs on New Mexico films from a weekly film series he hosted in Las Cruces, which included numerous made-in-New Mexico movies. The films Berg will cover at his Reel New Mexico program encompass all genres, from comedy to drama to Western to horror. He will offer background on each movie, including shooting locations, insider trivia and New Mexico history, in a blend of humor and information that encourages audience participation. In this exciting premiere presentation, the audience will visit every corner of the state, from Farmington to Carlsbad and from Clayton to Lordsburg and learn about the three distinct periods in New Mexico’s film history. Berg promises there will not be a pop quiz afterwards.

Reel New Mexico, a monthly program of films with a New Mexico connection, was formed early in 2012 to fill a need for an ongoing, noncompetitive venue for New Mexico filmmakers. Unlike festivals, Reel New Mexico has no entry fee and gives no awards. Proceeds from the $5 suggested at the door go for expenses and to the filmmakers for ongoing projects. Don’t miss “New Mexico in the Movies,” Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space

3 Short Films in August


August 9: Three short films for everyone

On Thursday, August 9, Reel New Mexico, a monthly series showcasing independent films with a New Mexico connection, breaks with its usual “grownup-centric” programming to present an evening of three short films – celebrating sustainable  gardens, antic birds and a stellar adventure – that the entire family can enjoy. Filmmakers will be present to answer questions and talk about each film after it is shown. The program starts at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space.


“El Salon Mexico” is a charming animated adventure set to the music of Aaron Copland. A boy, his burro and his rooster sneak away from home one night to see their first fiesta, never imagining the adventures they will have. The film, funded with a $20,000 New Mexico New Visions grant, was made by Paul Glickman, an Oscar-winning animator, and Tamarind King, a talented young graphic artist and animator who began work on it when she was still in high school. It made the first round in the “animated short” category for an Oscar in 2011 and has won numerous festival awards, including “Best Animation” in the Rome (Georgia) International Film Festival and “Best Animation Short for kids 8-12″ in the Kids First Film Festival. Santa Fe filmmaker Michael Zeilik, executive producer of “El Salon Mexico,” will discuss the film.   


“The Birds of the Bolsa Chica” was made by Santa Fe filmmaker Hal Ralston, initially so his wife, a teacher, might have something to show her students before a field trip to the Bolsa Chica wetlands. The State of California purchased 880 acres of the wetlands in 1997 for an ecological preserve and restoration was completed in 2004. Ralston made the film to celebrate the birds, who he says are the true owners of the Bolsa Chica. The music soundtrack was added to focus the children’s attention on the actions of the birds. Hal Ralston will discuss his film.


Community Garden: New Mexico/South Africa” was made by Santa Fe filmmaker Debra Denker to explore what the El Dorado School Community Garden in the community of Eldorado just south of Santa Fe and another community garden in the poor, rural community of Acornhook in South Africa have in common. A lot, she discovered. Both are part of a worldwide community garden movement which, in addition to encouraging production of fresh, nutritious food, benefits their local communities and underscores the importance of water to sustainable food cultivation.  Debra Denker will discuss her film with the Reel New Mexico audience.


So don’t miss Reel New Mexico, Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space in La Tienda at Eldorado, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Full directions are at 


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