2 Great Events this Weekend

On Thursday, March 14, Reel New Mexico presents the newly completed documentary feature “Rooted Lands” by Renea Roberts and Nancy Dickenson. The screening starts at 7 p.m. at The Performance Space.

Moving as well as educational, and four years in the making, “Rooted Lands” celebrates with breathtaking cinematography the landscapes and cultures that are central to the identity of Northern New Mexico. At the same time, the film follows residents of Mora and San Miguel counties as they mobilize to protect their communities from potential natural gas development through the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The film also spends time with residents living in the oil and gas fields of the San Juan Basin/Four Corners Area, whose lives have been altered to accommodate one of the world’s most powerful industries.

“Rooted Lands” co-producer, director and editor Renea Roberts and executive producer and co-producer Nancy Dickenson will lead a discussion immediately following the screening about the film and the issues it raises. “We hope to bring greater awareness to the issue regionally and to underscore the importance of involvement at all levels to protect our precious watersheds and unique cultures,” Renea Roberts said. More information about the film, including the trailer, is at http://www.RootedLands.com

Reel New Mexico, now in its second year, screens films with a New Mexico connection, on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in The Performance Space. A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door. Directions to The Performance Space and more about Reel New Mexico are athttp://www.reelnewmexico.com

Then, on Sunday, join us for

Questions on the Wall

A multi-voiced poetry reading that weaves film, images and perspective featuring Catherine Ferguson, Colleen Carias, Katherine Seluja, Laurie Hilton AND guests.

At The Performance Space, Sunday March 17 at 2 pm.


Katherine Seluja speaks in the tradition of nurse poets, has received regional awards for her short stories as well as her poetry. Co-author of Braided Voices, she has been published in numerous journals.

Catherine Ferguson, Galisteo artist, short story writer,  featured poet of Malpais Review, co-author of The Sound a Raven Makes. Her poetry and images are featured in whynotapoem production films.

Colleen Carias, poet-filmmaker, her poems appear in journals in print and online. She is a co-author of Braided Voices and producer of why no a poem productions.

Laurie Hilton’s poetry appears in several journals. She is a co-author of Braided Voices, a selection in the last NMWABF.