Las Cruces director to premier film at Rio Grande Theatre

Las Cruces director to premier film at Rio Grande Theatre

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Las Cruces director to premier film at Rio Grande Theatre

By MIKE COOK

Las Cruces Bulletin

The Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. downtown, will roll out the red carpet for the cast and crew of “Lady Belladonna’s Night Shades,” a locally produced feature film that will premiere at the theater at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

Tickets are $6.50 and are available in advance at www.RioGrandeTheatre. com or at the Doña Ana Arts Council offices on the second floor of RGT from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door. “Lady Belladonna’s Night Shades” (LBNS) is the first full-length movie for the film’s writer and director, David Salcido. Troy Scoughton, Sr., and Troy Scoughton, Jr. serve as producers.

“This is all very exciting for me,” Salcido said. “I worked within the studio system for over a decade, back in the ’90s, but never really expected to find myself working in the film industry again and certainly not in this capacity. To have the opportunity to write and direct something like LBNS, then watch it come to life at the hands of equally passionate actors, filmmakers, editors, musicians and more – I don’t think I can find the words to express what a thrill it all is.

“And how cool is it that the premiere will be at the historic theater I managed when I first moved back to Las Cruces eight years ago? It’s almost like everything is coming full circle,” he said.

Las Cruces actress Tawnya Bass plays the “pivotal role of Lady Belladonna, the Mistress of Perdition and top Soul Broker of the Abyss,” Salcido said.

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In supportive roles are local actors Donny Prosise, who has also appeared in the films “Perfect” and “The Baking Dead,” and Jack Lutz, who has appeared in “Truth” and “Good Night Sleep Tight.

LBNS is an anthology “that takes elements of Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”, “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” and Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark, then shakes liberally to create an irreverent showcase for short films packaged together under a common theme: The Sins of Man.

Included in the anthology will be “Last Night On Mars,” written and directed by Troy Scoughton Jr.; “Perfect,” written and directed by Salcido; and “The Wake Up Call” and Sins Of Man Contest winner “Wolff’s Law,” both written and directed by Sheridan O’Donnell.

“All of the shorts, as well as the wrap itself, feature the work of New Mexico actors and crew,” Salcido said.

“It’s been a year in the making, but we are finally ready to unveil what we hope will become a series of anthologies showcasing short films and giving short form filmmakers some exposure – a pursuit which is near and dear to my heart,” he said.

Will LBNS be a hit?

“Who knows?” Salcido said. “I have no delusions here. We had a very low budget to work with and had to cut a few corners to make it happen. I know the finished product won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but we had a lot of fun making it and if we can find a way to parlay it into a regular series on some video streaming platform like Netflix or Amazon, that will be a fantastic achievement.

“Not just for me and the people associated with the movie, but for future filmmakers, as well,” he said. “That has been my underlying agenda all along. Put some of these talented people to work, create a platform for getting short films out there and raise the profile of independent filmmaking in southern New Mexico.”

To help celebrate the Oct. 21 premiere, Project Mainstreet will host a reception on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. The reception will include free hot dogs for the first 200 ticket holders, provided by Happy Dog, and “a red carpet leading to the entrance of the theater, with paparazzi on hand to capture the moment in true Hollywood style,” Salcido said.

A question-and-answer session with the film’s cast and crew will follow the screening.

The film’s producers are PRC Productions and Borderlands Media. PRC Productions is a Las Cruces-based, fullservice production company formed in 2010, he said. Borderlands Media works to market independent films to major retail and rental outlets, Salcido said.

For more information about the film, contact Salcido at 571-7694 or David.S@Borderlands-Media.com. Visit www. prc-productions.com and www.borderlandsmedia. com. For more information about PRC Productions, call 652-3836 and visit www.PRC-Productions. com.

For more information on the premiere, call the Doña Ana Arts Council at 575-523-6403.

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