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REEL NEW MEXICO independent film program June 14

REELNEW MEXICOpremieres two films June 14

Contact:  Diane Thomas or Bill Osher       505-466-1265, reelnewmexico@gmail.com

On Thursday, June 14, Reel NewMexico, a monthly series showcasing independent films with aNew Mexicoconnection, presents three short films by filmmakers, who will be present at the screening to discuss their works. Two of the films “Eighty Years through the Lens” and “The Road to Tantura,” are premieres. The third, “A Piece of Pie,” has won multiple festival awards. The program is at7 p.m.at La Tienda Center in Eldorado.

“The Road to Tartura” is by Hala Gabriel, aLos Angelesresident currently working inSanta Fe. Tantura was her parents’ small village inPalestine. In 1948, when the State of Israel was created, they and their fellow villagers were forced to leave. Through interviews with the now scattered villagers and the Israeli soldiers whose orders were to wipe Tantura off the map, Gabriel seeks to reconstruct what happened, “so forgotten voices can be heard and all of us can heal and move forward.” She submitted  “The Road to Tantura” as an unfinished film for audience feedback.

“Eighty Years Through the Lens” is the work of Santa Fean Kevin J. Kelly who, after a career as a clinical psychologist, began making films four years ago. This film explores the life and work of 89-year-old George T. Henry, who has been the official photographer at a small Midwestern college for the past 68 years. Henry’s other accomplishments include flying B-24 bombers in World War II, serving as a white-water river guide for 45 years and, recently, photographing wild black bears in northern Minnesota. Kelly will be present to discuss the film.

“A Piece of Pie” was directed bySanta Fe’s Janet Davidson, who will discuss the work. It is a short narrative comedy about a contest for a piece of pie that escalates into a gunfight. Inspired by early Clint Eastwood westerns, it pits the old, wild West against the new, citified West. After its debut at the Santa Fe Film Festival, where its script won the prestigious Governor’s Cup, it went on to take numerous other awards and honors, including Best Short Comedy at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Audience Award at the New Mexico Filmmakers Festival and a regional win for International Women’s Day.

 The Reel New Mexico program for Thursday, June 14, begins at 7 p.m.Suggested admission is five dollars at the door. Directions to La Tienda are at www.reelnewmexico.com  

ReelNew Mexico, which has been very well received, was formed to fill a need for an ongoing, noncompetitive venue forNew Mexicofilmmakers. Unlike film festivals, Reel NewMexicohas no entry fee and gives no awards. Proceeds from the $5 suggested at the door go to meet expenses and to participating filmmakers for ongoing projects.

Don’t miss these innovative and engaging films.

 Contact:  Diane Thomas or Bill Osher     505-466-1265


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


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