The motion picture business in New Mexico is booming. Almost every week articles in newspapers or reports on radio and T.V. boast of the new movies that are in production in the Land of Enchantment. Today seems to be a “golden age” for the New Mexico film industry.
But, is it?
Certainly film production in the state is doing well. But perhaps a look-back at the earlier years of New Mexico’s participation in filmmaking would be informative. Perhaps the actors and producers and film crews of only a few years back can show us the foundations of today’s successes. Film historian and author (New Mexico Filmmaking and Historic Movie Theatres of New Mexico) Jeff Berg will return to the Special Collections Library with another in his series “Movies Made in New Mexico", except this show is an all new one, featuring 'New Mexicans Who Made Movies, Part Deux'.
In past presentations he has discussed the variety of dramas, westerns, and comedies produced in the state since 1897. In his most recent production, Jeff will introduce his audience not only to several New Mexico films, but to the history of stars and producers such as Val Kilmer, Shirley MacLaine, producer Hal Wallis, Glen Campbell, Dan Blocker and actress Martha Hyer.