Home Library: New Mexico Filmmaking

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New Mexico Filmmaking

The moderate climate and majestic western landscapes of New Mexico make it an enchanting locale for the motion picture industry. New Mexico Filmmaking got it’s start when Thomas A. Edison’s crew shot the very first film in the state at the Isleta Indian Pueblo in 1897. Silent-era icons like directors Romaine Fielding and Tom Mix shortly followed to take over the small town of Las Vegas, setting the stage for an explosion of western movies.

Today, New Mexico’s generous incentive programs and quality facilities make it one of the top filming destinations in the country, attracting big projects like the Academy Award–winning No Country for Old Men and AMC’s critically acclaimed television series Breaking Bad. In this comprehensive volume, author and film historian Jeff Berg explores the history and legacy of New Mexico on the big screen.

New Mexico Filmmaking by New Mexico author, Jeff Berg, was released last Fall. Here are some highlights:

  • This is the first book written about the actual history of NM made movies, of which there are over 800.
  • Until recently women, Latinos/Latinas, American Indians, and African Americans had few opportunities in NM movies.
  • A number of other films were discovered during research that were not listed in the state film office filmography list, like long forgotten flicks Date with Death and Naked Youth.

When asked what he hopes to see in the next few years Jeff shares, “I’m hoping that potential projects start to see the Las Cruces/Southern NM area as a shooting locale, with the closing of the loophole (essentially it said that any equipment/personnel coming to shoot in NM had to fly into NM, thus negating Las Cruces since they would have to fly to El Paso, Texas) and that the state film office’s location people would encourage work being done beyond the ‘magic triangle’.” He continues, “One of the best films ever made in NM, The Burning Plain, used LC as a principal shooting location. I hope film crews go beyond the traditional triangle that keeps them north of Belen and south of Taos.”

Purchase These Books:

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
at New Mexico State University
1400 East University Avenue,
Las Cruces
located upstairs in their local writers section

Or, visit local bookstore favorite, Coas Books, to see if they might have copies in-stock.

  • 317 North Main Street
  • 1101 South Solano Drive


Keeper Of The Greens

New Mexico FilmmakingKeeper of the Greens author Larry Runyon was a well known, influential turf specialist for 53+ years in the golf industry. As an inventor with more
than eight patents he was constantly pioneering advancements in turf and agricultural plant health and growth.

Polio victim, junior golf champion, professional golfer, teaching pro, greens keeper, course superintendent: to say Larry led an interesting life would be an understatement. Always entertaining and sometimes hilarious, this is the story of a well-respected man who came to call Las Cruces, New Mexico, home.

Calendar of Events

JULY 2016

Annual Electric Light Parade

July 3rd | Las Cruces celebrates with a parade of floats decorated with electric lights with live entertainment throughout the day plus a spectacular fireworks display at night. Free. 575-528-3170 las-cruces.org

Annual Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4th | Entertainment starts before the fireworks so bring your family and enjoy the vendors and all the festivities. Free. Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Dr. 575-541-2000 lascruces.org

12th Annual Country Picnic

July 4th | Bring your own picnic or enjoy food from the vendors while listening to live entertainment. No coolers or pets. La Viña Winery, La Union. 575-882-7632 lavinawinery.com

Heritage Cooking Series

July 9th | Ave Harkness, Interpretive Ranger Emeritus at Fort Selden State Monument, will do outdoor cooking demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 11:30, followed by an historical presentation and food tasting from 11:30 to 12. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. For more info call: 575-522-4100

Wednesday Night Market

July 13th | Come on out for our next Wednesday evening market from 6-10pm. Join the fun, the food, the vendors, the entertainment, and visiting with family & friends! Downtown Main Street. No charge.

Frontier Doctor on the Santa Fe Trail

July 14th | Dr. Willard was one of the first physicians to travel the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and the only medical professional to examine the famed mountain man Hugh Glass after his grizzly bear attack. Glass is the subject of the Oscar-nominated film, The Revenant. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. For more info call: 575-522-4100

Opera Camp

July 11th-22nd | For students entering 3rd – 8th grade. students will use elements of opera, libretto-writing, music composition, and theatrical staging to compose and present their own musical drama. daarts.org/opera-camp or calling 575-523-6403.

13th-Annual Ice Cream Sunday

July 17th | The 13th-annual Ice Cream Sunday is set for 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, which happens to be National Ice Cream Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 17. No passes for this event. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. For more info call: 575-522-4100

Full Moon Hikes

July 19th | Hike the moonlit dunes with a ranger. Reservations are required and accepted 2 weeks in advance through our website; park entrance fees and program fees apply; 7:45pm. White Sands National Monument. US Hwy 70, Alamogordo NM. Info: (575) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa

Tequila, Taco, Cerveza Festival

July 23rd | The 2016 Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Summer Music Festival will be held on Saturday July 23rd from 5pm-12am at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum! This is an event geared to showcase diverse Mexican beers & worldwide tequilas plus unique taco recipes. info@partytenders.com

4th Annual Mulligans Fore Mutts Golf Tournament

July 30th | 4th annual golf tournament will be bigger and better than before! Picacho Hills County Club. More information: 575-373-0159 or fundraising@apalascruces.org


Tax Free Weekend

August 5th-7th | During that time the law provides a deduction from gross receipts for retail sales of qualifying tangible personal property; in effect allowing the retailer to sell the items “tax free.” The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 5, 2016 and concludes on August 7, 2016 at midnight.

Wednesday Night Market

August 10th | Come on out for our next Wednesday evening market from 6-10pm. Join the fun, the food, the vendors, the entertainment, and visiting with family & friends! Downtown Main Street. No charge.

Men Who Cook

August 13th | Men Who Cook is a one-of-a kind event where “celebrity” chefs from Doña Ana cook for the attendees! (575) 522-1232 mvhfmenwhocook.org

Back to School

August 15th -17th | Back to classes for K-12, and Pre-school. Las Cruces Public Schools. More info at: lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/superintendent/calendars/

Relay for Life of Dona Ana

August 19th | The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fund raising event to end cancer. Ron T. Gallo T-ball Field. wendy.kaplar@cancer.org

Las Cruces Beer Festival

August 19th | The 2016 Las Cruces SUMMER Beer Fest will be held on FRIDAY August 19th from 5pm-12am at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum! This is an event designed to feature 240 diverse beer selections available for sampling & purchase. info@Partytenders.com


Sunset Stroll Nature Walks &

Patio Talks

The Sunset Stroll Nature Walk is an easy (less than one mile) stroll through the dunes to look at the geology, plants and animals of the dune field. Some climbing on the dunes is involved. The walk is timed to end at sunset in order to provide good photographic opportunities. The Sunset Stroll is held every evening throughout the year and the start time varies. 4-5pm; free admission. White Sands National Monument, US Hwy 70, Alamogordo, NM. Info: (575) 679-2599 or www.nps.gov/whsa

Big Daddy’s Outdoor Market

Every Saturday & Sunday | 5580 Bataan Memorial E. > Largest Flea & Farmers Market in Southern New Mexico. A wide variety of merchandise and produce is sold at the Big Daddy’s. 6:30am–3pm. Free admission & parking. 575-382-9404.

Bird Tours

Every Saturday | Join a park volunteer and learn the birds that are found in The Mesilla Valley. 7:15am. $5. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. 575-523-4398. www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/mesillavalleystatepark.html

Downtown Art Ramble

1st Friday of each month | Do the Downtown Ramble through galleries, shops, businesses and restaurants. Enjoy art openings, exhibits, music, entertainment, open mic opportunities, shopping, refreshments and more. 5–7pm. Free admission. Downtown Main Street. 575-527-5018. www.downtownlascruces.org/map-directory/

Mariachi Sundays

Every Sunday (July – November) | Mariachi music, bring the family and listen to the wonderful mariachi music at the Plaza. Free admission. Old Mesilla Plaza. 575-524-3262. www.mesillanm.gov

Music in the Park

Every Sunday (Now – September) | A 14-week musical extravaganza offering Las Crucens a mix of music performed by local, regional and nationally recognized artists. 7pm. Free admission. Klein Park, Apodaca Park, & Young Park. 575-541-2200. www.las-cruces.org

The Reading Art Book Club

Every 2nd Wednesday | Reading Art Book Club meetings are free and open to the public. Join us even if you haven’t read the book! The Museum of Art. For more information or for details on book selections, contact the Education Curator, 575-541-2217.

NMSU Athletics

Goooo Aggies! For a complete schedule of sporting events, please call or visit: (575) 646-1420 or www.nmstatesports.com


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