Press release: ENMU hosting second annual High Plains film festival

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is hosting the High Plains Film Festival 2009 on Sunday, May 10 in the University Theatre Center. Special guests will be ENMU graduates and professional actors Michelle Tomlinson and Landall Goolsby, as well as documentary filmmaker Erin Hudson and audio recordist Jon LeBlanc.

At 2 p.m. films and clips from the workshop presenters and ENMU students and faculty will be screened, followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public (free to ENMU students and employees with ID).

For pre-registered high school and college students, the Film Festival begins at 8 a.m. with a “Documentary Production Workshop” with Hudson of Rotation Films and audio recordist LeBlanc. At 10:15 a.m. the students will participate in an “Acting for the Camera Workshop” with Tomlinson, Goolsby and LeBlanc.

For more information, contact festival coordinator Laurel Petty at 575-562-2229, e-mail or visit

Biographies of the special guests are below:

Michelle Tomlinson is a film/television actress based in Los Angeles who recently earned the Pretty/Scary Award for her work in The Cellar Door, a horror and psychological thriller that is earning its own recognition for improving upon the girl-trapped-by-a-serial killer storyline. Other lead credits include Kevin Tenney’s Brain Dead (which has just been theatrically released) and the independent drama Indelible (recently named the winner of the 2007 Gold Eddy Cri Film Festival and received six nominations at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival). Tomlinson just wrapped shooting two pilots, The Seer in which she’s a series regular playing a detective, and in the upcoming Backfire in which she plays the gun-toting Nicole Dubois. She also recently shot a role on Worst Week for Director Michael Lehmann.

Landall Goolsby not only owns a video store in Portales, but also appears on some of the DVDs. Some of his credits include Video Store: The Movie, Target Versace, Gardens of the Night, and playing Andy Warhol on American Dreams on TV. Other appearances include Criminal Minds and Cold Case on CBS. His largest profile role was in The Eye with Jessica Alba. He has also appeared in The Last One, a horror film, and a pilot for Spike TV called 1,000 Ways to Die.

Erin Hudson is a documentary filmmaker originally from Albuquerque. Concerned, committed and passionate about storytelling, she is a producer, director, cinematographer, editor and educator. Her priority is to collaborate with communities and individuals to share stories rarely seen on the big screen. Hudson received her graduate degree in documentary film and video from Stanford University. Her short films have screened in festivals world-wide and she has received numerous awards, including a Student Academy Award and a New Visions New Mexico Award.

Jon LeBlanc, a New Mexico native, is a freelance engineer and audio consultant holding a degree in audio production from the Art Institute of Seattle. With over 10 years of professional experience, he is very skilled in music recording and live event production, as well as audio for radio, Internet, television and film. After moving to eastern New Mexico in 2002, he became production director for a Clovis radio group until its disbandment in 2005. From 2003-2007, he owned and operated an area venue which featured local and national independent artists and musicians. LeBlanc resides in Portales and is currently working on the production of a series of independent films.