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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



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