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 www.reelnewmexico.com