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ENMU Alumni: From College to Big Screen
by Phillip Young
A man gets out of prison and hitchhikes across the country to find a job and his place in the world.
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Every year, the Sundance Film Festival picks independent films and premiers them at the weeklong event. This can be one of the greatest opportunities for a filmmaker, director, actor or set worker to get their name into the working world.
Famous films such as Clerks, Little Miss Sunshine and Super Size Me got their big break at Sundance. ENMU Digital Cinema Arts students dream about getting to work on set for a movie that gets premiered at Sundance.
For six ENMU alumni, this dream came true. ENMU Alumnus David P. Moore, (Best Boy Electric) Caleb Leslie (Grip), Hobie Kelting (Grip), Gabriella Vigil (Grip), James Perkins (Electric), and Britnie Burds (Assistant Production Coordinator) were given the opportunity to work on Calvin Reeder’s The Rambler; a film starring Dermont Mulroney that was shot in Carlsbad and Roswell, , N.M., and premiered at Sundance last week.
Mr. Leslie graduated in 2007 with a BA in Digital Cinema Arts with emphasis on writing, directing and producing. Soon after, he attended ENMU Roswell’s technical film program to get certified. He has worked as a grip and in the make-up department for five movies, and is currently working at the Amarillo News Station as a creative TV producer.
A grip is someone who is responsible for different riggings, such as producing lights, manipulating sunlight with mirrors and shine boards, and hanging lights or lifts from the ceiling. “The work was tough,” Leslie said. “We worked long shifts, about twelve to fourteen hours a shift, often six to seven days a week. But it paid off; working on set was a lot of fun, and very rewarding.
" It was a blast getting to work with such a great cast, and crew. And it’s really cool to have this premier at Sundance. Getting a film into Sundance is the hard part. I can’t wait to see where the film goes from here.”
Mr. Moore graduated in 2011 with his BA in Digital Cinema Arts. He then became a part of ENMU Roswell’s film program, and has since worked on several small films and a music video. Mr. Moore currently works and lives in Portales.
Mr. Moore was hired on to the set as best boy electric for his experience. The best boy electric manages the grips, and the crew who work with the set work. He is in charge of assembling a crew to work on set, equip the rental house or space with everything that the crew may need, and is in charge of moving an entire set.
“Working on The Rambler was challenging, and the work was hard, but very rewarding,” Mr. Moore said. “It gradually became easy. The actors were very courteous when working around them, and Calvin (the director) knew how to work well with his crew. Even the hard work ran smoothly.
“We were constantly moving the set, which means taking the house, lights, everything to another place. We sometime had to move twice a day!”
Getting an opportunity to work on sets like this is very uncommon, especially when it gets picked up by a major film festival.
|Heather McIntosh, Calvin Reeder, Lindsay Pulsipher and Dermot Mulroney|
Mr. Moore shared that a major name distributor, Anchor Bay Entertainment, is going to distribute the film. Anchor Bay Entertainment has distributed critically acclaimed movies such as Robert Schwntke’s R.E.D., and Peter Heslov’s Men Who Stare at Goats. “I hope that this does really well in the small screen theaters, and makes its way to the big screen!” Mr. Moore said.
“It’s really amazing all the possibilities that can open up. You just got to go where the work is, because the work won’t find you. Meet all the people you can, and work hard-do the best job you can, and be friendly because people will remember who you are. Working in the film industry is like going to war; the work is tough, but you get to bond, and make friends with people that you couldn’t find anywhere else.
Ms. Burds graduated in 2010 with her BA in Digital Cinema Arts. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Communication. She then became part of ENMU Roswell’s film program. She was called to be the Assistant Production Coordinator by Alan Trevor, one of the producers for The Rambler.
Ms. Burds has worked with Mr. Trevor before in Roswell. As the Assistant Production Coordinator, Ms. Burds got to work alongside the producers of the film. The Assistant Production Coordinator makes sure that all the paperwork for payments and accounting was done.
“Working with all the producers who were from Los Angeles was very exciting. It was a great opportunity to experience what it’s like to work for larger movies.” Ms. Burds said. “When the movie was announced that it was going to be premiered at Sundance, I was thrilled! I kept posting interviews and pictures on my Facebook page.”
She added. “It was really easy, and fun to work on this film, because there were a lot of ENMU Alumni, and a lot of people who were apart of the film program in Roswell. I recommend to all the DCM majors to be a part of the ENMU program in Roswell; it’s really easy to get your name out into the film world through them. And go where the film is! New Mexico is constantly filming movies since there are tons of beautiful environments to shoot at.”
ENMU Hosting Exhibit by 'Disillusioned' Artist
story and photos by Shantiana White
Sherry Shiner, a 1982 ENMU graduate who received a Bachelors of Science degree in two-dimensional design, has an exhibit of her artwork in Golden Library in commemoration of Black History Month.
The exhibit is representational of several years of the artist's creative ability in art.
Disillusioned by a series of unsatisfying experiences with the art market, she chose to work quietly outside of the art scene as a freelance artist.
The artist said, “I'm planning on reconnecting with the art community, with intentions of pursuing my original goals and dreams which over the years had became displaced and lost.”
Mrs. Shiner feels that each piece has a connection to her.
“Color is my companion. I like introducing unrealistic passages of color into my paintings, which can sometimes be described as a combination of realism and surrealism. I want people to see the world through my eyes, which is the lively, exciting, vibrant beauty of the creation,” said artist who enjoys working with acrylic paints.
Mrs. Shiner added, “I like to do a study in black and white before painting in color and sometimes will not use color because the black and white study ends up describing the subject just as well.”
When asked her favorite subject to draw, the Portales native replied, “ I like to paint and draw a variety of subjects. I do not like being typecast as an artist that paints in any pa rticular genre or style.”
In the exhibit, Mrs. Shiner also has a cutout of the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew.
“I love to make cutouts, but would like to have a studio or workshop in order to make more,” she said.
“I feel like I had lost the ability to believe in myself as an artist, but found myself again. I'm ready to show my artwork to everyone now,” she said.
Mrs. Shiner is currently working on expanding her portfolio and preparing for more upcoming art shows.
Most of the pieces in the exhibit may be purchased at Mrs. Shiner’s website:
|Cynthia Irwin Williams Lecture Set for February 8|
|Dr. Catherine Cameron (photo by Jason Ortiz)|
The annual Cynthia Irwin Williams Lecture will be from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building. It is free and open to the public.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Catherine Cameron, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado. She works in the northern part of the American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras (A.D. 900-1300).
Her research interests include prehistoric migration, the evolution of complex societies through the study of regional social and political systems, methodology of defining social boundaries in the past, and prehistoric architecture.
She works in southeastern Utah at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash, and published a monograph on this research in 2009 (Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan, University of Arizona Press). She also studies captives in prehistory, especially their role in cultural transmission.
She published an edited volume on this topic in 2008 (Invisible Citizens, Captives and Their Consequences, University of Utah Press). She has been co-editor of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory since 2000.
For more information, call Andrea McDowell at 575.562.2696.
- The Bluff Great House and the Chaco Phenomenon
Catherine M. Cameron
University of Colorado
Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture, February 8, 2013
The Bluff great house site is located on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. It was the focus of six seasons of excavation research conducted by the University of Colorado (CU). Bluff had some involvement with Chaco Canyon, the great Pueblo center of the 9th to 12th centuries and is one of the few Chacoan sites in this region to have been recently excavated.
University of Colorado field school student Tracey Chirhart excavates in Feature 2, one of the large, deep rear rooms at the Bluff great house. (photo by Steve Lekson, University of Colorado)
The location, in use since at least A.D. 500, saw the construction of a multi-storied Chacoan great house, great kiva, earthern “berm,” and prehistoric road segments in the late 11th or early 12th centuries. The great house continued to be used (perhaps most intensively) during the post-Chaco era until about A.D. 1250.
Southeastern Utah contains a number of Chaco and post-Chaco great house communities and CU also conducted survey and test excavations at the Comb Wash community about 25 miles north of Bluff. Our primary research questions focused on Bluff’s relation to the complex developments in Chaco Canyon and the nature of post-Chaco use of great houses both at Bluff and Comb Wash.
Jonathan Till and Vaughn Hadenfeldt expose one of the wide core-and-veneer walls in the east end of the great house. (photo by Ken Abbott, CU Public Relations)
This presentation highlights some of the remarkably Chaco-like aspects of the Bluff great house, and presents surprising continuities at the site after the Chaco region collapsed. In contrast, the post-Chaco great house at the Comb Wash community has a number of Chaco-like features, but others that recall typical construction throughout the northern San Juan region.
Bluff and Comb Wash are used to explore and evaluate current models of the Chaco regional system.
Reading List If You Want to be Prepped for Lecture
Cameron, Catherine M.
2009 Chaco and After in the Northern San Juan: Excavations at the Bluff Great House. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Kantner, John, and Nancy Mahoney (editors)
2000 Great House Communities across the Chacoan Landscape. University
of Arizona Press, Tucson.
Lekson, S. H.
1999 Chaco Meridian. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek, California.
2009 A History of the Ancient Southwest. School for Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.
Lekson, S. H. (editor)
2006 The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon: An Eleventh-Century Pueblo Regional Center. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2007 The Architecture of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.
Mills, Barbara J.
2002 Recent Research on Chaco: Changing Views on Economy, Ritual, and Society. Journal of Archaeological Research 10(1): 65--117.
Reed, Paul F
2008 Chaco’s Northern Prodigies: Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region after A.D. 1100. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake.
Van Dyke, Ruth
2008 The Chaco Experience: Landscape and Ideology at the Center Place. School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
|Billy Mitchell Paints Plans for Retirement
(photos by Wendel Sloan)
Billy Mitchell, painter, was honored with a retirement party on Thursday at the Physical Plant. He will ride off into the sunset on his Harley-Davidson – which he frequently scared people to death by zooming off at 70 MPH with them clinging to the back.
|Gift from Sisters at NMSU to Sisters at ENMU
(photos provided by Esthela Banuelos)
Two sisters, Victoria and Paola Banuelos, attending New Mexico State University, made this tissue box for their two sisters, Monica and Esthela Banuelos, attending ENMU.
|Campus Sculpture Protecting Eyes from Sun
(photo by Jacob Marin)