Filmmakers discovered the uniqueness of Las Cruces many years ago,
as some of the first silent short films that were made in New Mexico were shot in 1911 in and around the old Cox Ranch, now the Dripping Springs Natural Area. These films, including titles such as ‘The Dude’ and ‘Fool’s Gold’, which have sadly been lost to time.
It wasn’t until the 60’s when a number of filmmakers rediscovered the area, and films such ‘Hang ‘Em High’, with Clint Eastwood and the very tongue in cheek comedy, ‘Up in the Cellar’ which offers a scene of the destruction of downtown Las Cruces for ‘urban renewal’, were shot here.
Over the years numerous productions have come to town, with over 120 films shot at least in part, in or around the city of crosses.
Film historian, author, former Mesilla Valley Film Society board member & Las Cruces Bulletin film reviewer, Jeff Berg, will be presenting a
series of clips from some of the films shot in Las Cruces, including some pictures you have heard of and others that might have escaped your attention. The program will be about 90 minutes in length offering a history of Las Cruces’ filmmaking ‘career’, which includes the pilot episode of the famed TV series ‘Cannon’, ‘The Burning Plain’, featuring one of actress Jennifer Lawrence’s first roles, perhaps a work or two by Mark Medoff and a scene from the unforgettable ‘Truck Stop Women’.
Audience participation is strongly encouraged as long as
you don’t throw things…