Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Mexico Film Office Announces Filmmakers’ Showcases in Roswell, Carlsbad and Las Cruces

SANTA FE—Lisa Strout, Director of the New Mexico Film Office and Trish Lopez, New Mexico Filmmakers Program Director, today announced a series of three Filmmakers’ Showcase presentations in Roswell, Carlsbad and Las Cruces. The showcases will be held November 3, 6, and 7 and will feature the winning films from this year’s four-day, 2009 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase in Albuquerque. Over 70 local filmmakers from across the state submitted their work to this annual event, where the public had the opportunity to see all of the films on the big screen at no cost.

“This is a great opportunity for the communities in Southern New Mexico to see the work of the talented filmmakers in our state. It is one of the ways we can do our part to bring their work to a wider audience,” said Lisa Strout. “I encourage everyone to come out to support our film community and see how our state is benefiting from our efforts to create film industry jobs and opportunities for New Mexicans.”

“We are extremely proud of our local filmmakers and crew and very thankful to the supporters in Southern New Mexico who are providing these venues,” said Trish Lopez.

Dates and times of the three free showcases are below:

ROSWELL: Tuesday, November 3rd – 6:30pm Introduction of Films
New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) – Daniels Leadership Center
Room 200A/B Auditorium
Roswell, NM 88201
(Directions: On 19th Street, Between North Main and North Kentucky Streets –Turn west at the corner of North Main--Dairy Queen and Walgreens are on the corners of 19th Street)
Questions: Contact Mrs. Linda Marquez, Daniels Leadership Center (575) 624-8148.

CARLSBAD: Friday, November 6th – 5:30pm Introduction of Films
New Mexico State University – Carlsbad
1500 University Dr
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Questions: Contact Cynthia Niedland (575) 234-9412 |

LAS CRUCES: Saturday, November 7th – 1:30 pm Introduction of Films
Fountain Theatre
2469 Calle de Guadalupe (one block south of the Mesilla Plaza)
Mesilla, New Mexico
Questions: Contact Jeff Berg, Fountain Theatre: (575) 524-8287 |

*In addition to the Las Cruces screenings, IATSE Local 480 and will be co-sponsoring a mixer for the Southern NM film community on Saturday, November 7th at 6:30pm in Mesilla, NM.
Film Mixer: Saturday, November 7th - 6:30pm
Vintage Wines
(across the street from Fountain Theatre)
2461 Calle de Principal
Mesilla, NM 88046

2009 NM Filmmakers Showcase winning films to be screened:

Best Comedy Short Film:
Preschool’s a Bit** by Christopher Boone (14 min.)

Best Documentary Short Film:
Abraham Lincoln: The One Sided Story (10 min.)
by Jessie Weahkee

Best Documentary Feature Film:
A Shmal World (46 min.)
by Michelle Friedline & Laureen Ricks

Best “Wildcard” Film:
Vancouver by Bryan Konefsky (13.5 min.)

Best Drama Short Film:
In the Wake by Craig Strong (18min.)

Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film:
The Sitter by Kim Liphardt (4 min)

Best Drama Feature Film:
Price of the American Dream II (Lean Like a Gangster) (1 hr 40 min.)
by Michael Amundsen