9/11 movie surprisingly sharp, realistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist “United 93” surprised me. I was expecting a large dose of sentimentality, of sugary vignettes from the passengers’ lives, along with a musically enhanced final battle scene. The actual film is so much better than that. It is strikingly realistic. In fact, it contains not a trace of cheap sentiment, […]

Richardson sees future in wind

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Renewable fuel and film. Gov. Bill Richardson is optimistic New Mexico can be a key state for both, and he highlighted Tucumcari’s role during a Monday town hall meeting. Richardson spoke to a packed crowd at the Tucumcari Convention Center’s meeting room, where the governor heard concerns on […]

Hoop movie filmed in area makes debut

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Former Farwell High School basketball standout Hailey Grimes was one of several area residents to land a role in the movie. (CNJ file photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent “Believe In Me” has hit the big screen. The movie, primarily filmed in Clovis and Portales in the fall of 2004, debuted Tuesday at the Santa […]

Two thumbs down: Gay cowboy movie gets poor reception

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“Brokeback Mountain,” a story about two cowboys who fall in love, had a poor showing in Clovis despite good reviews and Academy Awards nominations. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are many in this town of roughly 35,000 who have built a life around agriculture. It is an industry that […]

‘Believe in Me’ still months from theaters

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A crew member holds a clapboard on the set of “Believe in Me.” Filming wrapped up in November, but producers don’t expect a final product until summer. (File photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in […]

Developing interests

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State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans addresses the audience Thursday morning at Portales City Hall. Homans was visiting Clovis and Portales as part of a trip throughout southeastern New Mexico on Thursday. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Movies and cheese were the main topics of conversation Thursday when area officials met with the state’s […]

People are kind and life is worth living

By Mona Charen Our Thanksgiving family tradition is to go around the table and ask each person to express what he or she is thankful to God for in the year just passed. Being politically minded types, one or more of us frequently mentions that we’re grateful for having been born in the United States […]

Clovis in hunt for another movie

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis has become the closest thing to a Hollywood on the High Plains. Just weeks after producers of “Believe in Me” called it a wrap, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials are recruiting a film with a new set of stars — more specifically Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin […]

It’s a wrap for feature film shot in Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer After over a month of filming in eastern and central New Mexico, the “Believe in Me” cast and crew are calling it a wrap and heading back home. James Carter, director of cinematography for the movie, said the next stage of production could take many months to complete, and […]

Raises should benefit all city employees

Letters to the editor I heard several points of views about city employee pay raises Thursday night. There is no doubt that our police department is underpaid. I pondered the thought of who is to blame for low pay for not only the police department, but all city employees. This issue has been batted around […]

‘HYPE’ to counter Moore film

By Mike Linn: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College officials are inviting students to view a movie on Monday that contradicts Fahrenheit 9/11, the anti-Bush film shown Thursday that garnered numerous calls from students, teachers and community members who thought the viewing was in poor taste. FahrenHYPE 9/11, which challenges filmmaker Michael Moore’s anti-Bush documentary, […]

Showing of anti-Bush film by CCC professor creates stir

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis Community College instructor who invited students to an on-campus viewing of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 has created a buzz among students who felt the viewing was in poor taste. English instructor Paul Nagy said he showed the movie, a documentary highly critical of President Bush’s administration, to […]

Director brings Hollywood to Clovis

Question and Answer Robert Collector is the writer and director of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title. The production crew has been filming in Clovis, Portales, Elida and other eastern New Mexico towns. Collector spoke about his role in film, his Hollywood career and what […]

Behind the scenes: When it rains we’re poorer

John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. After a week of smile-inducing, sunny-looking weather reports […]

Behind the Scenes 10/12

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. For me, the “magic of the movies” […]

Portales teens having ‘reel’ fun

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s […]

Governor pushes for film industry growth

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Gov. Bill Richardson, right, talks with Jim Keith, seated, after a press conference Wednesday during the Clovis/Curry County Chamber luncheon at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he had a big announcement to make about a feature film set for production in […]

Clovis coach in charge of polishing stars’ skills

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Clovis High School girls basketball coach Miles Watters jokes with actors Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNI staff writer Allison Cochran approached the free-throw line Tuesday afternoon and calmly sank two shots. The 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman made countless shots in her four-year basketball career […]

Governor to speak on economic development

CNJ staff New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to talk economics and praise a film being shot in the area during a Wednesday Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting will be at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on 2700 E. Mabry Dr. The public is invited. The governor will arrive at […]

‘Believe’ it; filming about to begin

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Producers of a movie called “Believe in Me” say filming will begin before the end of the month, and their Clovis production office will open Tuesday in the Wells Fargo Bank building. If all goes as scheduled, filming will begin Sept. 28, said co-producer John Manulis. About 70 percent […]