ENMU to host inaugural film festival

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will host its first film festival from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the University Theatre Center. The High Plains Film Festival will feature a Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, filmed in 1969, and a discussion led by the editor of the film, Jack Sholder. After a […]

Film legend, conservative activist Charlton Heston dead at 84

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Charlton Heston, the Oscar winner who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s and later championed conservative values as head of the National Rifle Association, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his […]

Governor to judge film festival

PORTALES — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has been added as a judge for Eastern New Mexico University’s High Plains Film Festival.

ENMU accepting High Plains Film Festival entries

ENMU Seeks Entries for New Film Festival PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is accepting short film entries through March 21 for the first High Plains Film Festival. A judging panel of award-winning actors, directors and screenwriters will award six $500 prizes. Winning entries will be screened May 4 in Portales, at a location to […]

Multitasking leads to meltdowns

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist My former editor, Scot Stinnett, shook his head one evening when he walked in and saw me simultaneously developing film, eating dinner and proofreading a story. I thought I had this multitasking thing down perfect: Once every minute, jiggle the stainless steel container with the film developing solution and the roll […]

Film festival draws crowd

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cedrick Rael stood outside the Lyceum Theater Saturday and watched independent filmmakers and enthusiasts sharing ideas about movies. This is the best part of a film festival for him, said Rael, who founded the Fiery Film Festival six years ago. More than 100 people filed into the Lyceum Saturday […]

Clovis set as site for world premier

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers By Jennifer Laurent Cannon Connections Clovis will be the location of a world premiere Friday when “His Eyes, My Eyes” is shown during the Fiery Film Fest. Starring Clovis native Ashley Southard and Caleb Brandon, and shot in Clovis, the movie is approximately 30 minutes long. It is directed by […]

Film fest set for weekend

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers Clovis will host a world premiere Friday when “His Eyes, My Eyes” is shown during the Fiery Film Fest. Starring Clovis native Ashley Southard and Caleb Brandon, and shot in Clovis, the movie is approximately 30 minutes long. It is directed by Cedrick Rael, founder and director of the Fiery […]

Documenting destruction

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Freedom Newspapers: Helena Rodriguez Paul Hunton of Portales works on footage on his computer he is compiling for a documentary, “Cranked Out Clowns.” By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series dealing with the effects of methamphetamine addiction and its growing impact on local communities. Paul Hunton wants […]

Education Digest: Clovis High earns accreditation

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis High School earned accreditation for the 2006-2007 school year from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, according to a Clovis Schools news release. To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and […]

Iranians use epic film as political weapon

By Freedom Newspapers The movie “300” is making news all over the country, earning $70 million at the box office during its March 9 opening weekend, the biggest March movie opening ever. The movie depicts the ancient Battle of Thermopylae; it’s an epic tale of the little guy (King Leonidas and his army of 300 […]

Film leaves locals satisfied

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Marta McGonagle of Los Angles, an actress in “Believe in Me,” and John Manulies, a co-producer of the film, take a few moments to chat Thursday evening with Clovis fans at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis took itself out for a […]

County has history of stardom

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of Curry County residents had a small taste of fame when the movie “Believe in Me” was filmed in the area in October 2004. More than 600 locals were used as extras for crowd scenes and about 20 landed small speaking roles, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Big hearts make up for rain

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Scene 37 of “Believe in Me” is shown on Production Sound Mixer Bayard Carey’s monitor during filming earlier this month at Portales Junior High School. (CNJ file photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis News Journal interviewed “Believe in Me” producer Cotty Chubb for insight into the movie. Q:Why did you want to […]

“Believe” preview set for March

CNJ Staff A sneak preview for a movie filmed in and around Clovis will be shown March 8 at the North Plains Mall Cinema 7 Theaters, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. Limited VIP tickets for the sneak preview of “Believe In Me” will go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. […]

‘Believe in Me’ back in town

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“Believe in Me” is based on a true story of a coach’s dream to take a rural Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team to the top. (Photo courtesy of believeinmemovie.com) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County […]

Officials: Film shot in area going to big screen

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Farwell High graduate Hailey Grimes landed a prominent role in the feature film. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A movie about an Oklahoma high school basketball coach filmed mostly in the Clovis area is bound for a big-screen debut in March, according to movie officials. Filmed locally in October 2004, “Believe in […]

Movie still on, official says

CNJ Staff Location manager says film crew expected in Clovis next month. CNJ staff Clovis residents can expect to see a film production crew around town in September, according to the film’s location manager. R. Michael Charske confirmed Wednesday he scouted several locations throughout Clovis for the movie “Seasons of Dust.” “I looked at tons […]

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for academic affairs, said the new major in digital […]

Mendoza, Raymond R.

Raymond R. Mendoza, 82, of Cambridge, N.Y., and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Troy, N.Y. Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Los Angeles to Sidney Mendoza and Lupe Contreras-Pascutti, he married Mary Casillas on June 22, 1948. He retired from the trucking business in Los Angeles. He lived part of the year […]