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El Mitote, Aug. 25, 2013

August 25, 2013


Aug. 25--Bless Me, Ultima, the film adaptation of the Rudolfo Anaya's novel of the same name, continues to garner recognition from the film community. Most recently, the New Mexican-filmed flick snagged three Imagen awards, accolades that aim "to recognize and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media," according to The Imagen Foundation's website.

The film won best feature film; Luke Ganalon, who plays the young protagonist Antonio, won best actor in a feature film; and Miriam Colon, who plays the healer Ultima, won best actress in a feature film.

Bless Me, Ultima's DVD release is set for Sept. 17.


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg likely distracted Santa Fe Opera viewers with her presence this past weekend. Someone also spotted the justice milling about Santa Fe during the last week. Ginsburg has served on the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993, and she usually attends The Santa Fe Opera during the summer.


Robert Redford also was spotted at The Santa Fe Opera on Monday. The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star will be in Captain America: The Winter Solider.


New Mexican filmmaker Jim Terr is launching a new project, and he's seeking to crowd fund the endeavor through Kickstarter.

The film, Snapdragon, focuses on the legacy of country singer Buddy and his two brothers, one of whom is a disfigured head who writes songs. Terr plays most of the major roles, but those who fund the project for $99 or more will be included in the movie. The filmmaker is seeking $7,790 by Sept. 18, and he's already raised $1,100 as of Friday morning.

The movie also would boast cameos from national personalities such as the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon, author and humorist Dave Barry, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Hodding Carter III, talk-show host and broadcaster Jim Bohannon, journalist James Fallow and actor and member of the Firesign Theatre group Philip Proctor.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page at Also check out Terr's music video, "Viva Las Cruces," which focuses on Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at


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