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 […]

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 […]