Snow in the Desert

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Bliss
March 2, 2015

It snowed in New Mexico Friday night.

Back door of snow

For us desert rats, it’s a big deal.

Tabletop of snow

Here is my patio table with a seven and a half inch layer of snow.

Seven and a half

I had almost gotten rid of my snow boots during my last garage purge.

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I’m glad I didn’t. They made tromping around the back yard so much fun!

Footprints in the snow

Poor Bird is wondering

Bird and Pig Buried

“Where’s Pig?”

Snow covered tree and sky

By late morning, the New Mexico sky had returned.

Bird and Pig Reunited

By the following afternoon, Pig had returned, too.

Cat unaffected by snow

This is how the cat feels a snow day should be spent. Or any day, for that matter.

Sun Belt Express at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

October 20, 2014 § 2 Comments

Bliss
October 20, 2014

It has been a while since I’ve been out until one o’ clock in the morning. Good thing I bought that sleep mask at Big Lots.

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On Saturday I went to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival to attend the screening of Sun Belt Express. I went with the Cheza Jouer Films duo and one of the film’s producers, Kenneth Segura Knoll. The movie played at the Jean Cocteau theater, owned by none other than George R.R. Martin. Sun Belt Express is a gem of an indie film about a divorced, broke teacher who supplements his income with a side job smuggling people across the border from Mexico. On what is supposed to be his final run, he discovers his idealistic teenage daughter stowed away in the trunk of his car. A hilarious disaster of an adventure ensues.

At the center of this movie were the men hiding in the trunk of the car, hoping to start a new life in the U.S. It made me think of one of my favorite scenes from the “Homecoming” episode of Smallville where Oliver Queen is being interviewed by a combative TV anchor and he says that he’s not “putting up razor wire fences to keep out immigrants, who only want what our grandparents wanted.”

I really love a people-bonding-through-adversity-story. This movie had father-daughter bonding, down-and-out-comrade bonding, man-woman bonding, woman-girl bonding. And lots and lots of laughs—like, till my eyes watered. The shots of the gorgeous New Mexico sky were just icing on the cake.

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Me and Miguel Sandoval, one of the stars of Sun Belt Express. When I first saw him, I was like “Why does he look so familiar? Who did he play that had a cool, calming, authoritative presence? Who was it??” It was District Attorney Manuel Devalos in Medium, that’s who.

Check out more on Sun Belt Express here: http://sunbeltexpressmovie.com

 

Breaking Bad Fan Pack Raffle – UPDATE · New Mexico, Film & Entertainment in ©Sindication

April 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

The final season of Breaking Bad doesn’t air until August 11, and I’m okay with that. It gives me time to catch up, and considering I’m still on Season 2, I need all the time I can get. I can’t just whip through six eps at a time like some people I know. I tried that, and ended up dreaming that I’d been kidnapped by drug dealers.

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Breaking Bad on AMC

Crazy, right? It was so vivid, too. I even remember the street address of the drug dealers’ hideout. I’m sure I’d have to read a whole book of dream symbolism to analyze this, so I’m just going to move on. After watching the four-episode arc where Walter and Jesse are terrorized by the insane, amped-up psychopath Tuco, I had to pace myself.

On another note, here is something really cool related to Breaking Bad. New Mexico film industry blogger extraordinaire One Headlight Ink has put together a fabulous Breaking Bad Fan Pack Raffle. All proceeds go to the Barrett House Foundation, a shelter and resource center for homeless women and children in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can purchase raffle tickets at the link below.

Breaking Bad Fan Pack Raffle – UPDATE · New Mexico, Film & Entertainment in ©Sindication.

AMC Announces Breaking Bad’s Final Return on August 11

Wonder Woman Comes to Community Cinema

March 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Wonder Woman (TV series)

New Mexico PBS is hosting a free public screening of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, Wednesday, 3/27, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. This Independent Lens feature traces the fascinating birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman.

I am super excited to go to this. I LOVED the TV series with Lynda Carter. I was the lonely only child always looking for someone in the neighborhood to play with me. But if one of the neighbor kids came by and asked me to come out and play during an airing of Wonder Woman, forget about it. Catch y’all later, I’d say.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, displaying her a...

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, displaying her ability to deflect bullets using her bracelets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a teenager, watching Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and her pure, strong femininity made me feel like it was okay to wear flattering tops and necklaces and colorful dresses. With all the conflicting societal messages I felt bombarded with as a girl, it was a relief to be able to embrace and flaunt my femaleness instead of fear and hide it.

The Wonder Women! screening at the Kimo Theater will be followed by an interactive discussion, and costumes are encouraged. Why don’t I have my Wonder Woman costume together yet?!

What is your favorite Wonder Woman incarnation: the 1970’s TV show, the 2009 animated feature, the Wonder Woman: Odyssey graphic novel, the recent DC comics reboot? Will anybody ever be able to follow in Lynda Carter’s footsteps??

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