Saturday, June 27, 2009

Becoming Eduardo Premieres in Las Cruces

Las Cruces-Made Movie, 'Becoming Eduardo" Premiers at Rio Grande
June 25, 2009

Jun. 25--LAS CRUCES --Catch the debut of hometown stars and filmmakers with local roots at a special screening today. The final cut of "Becoming Eduardo," a locally-produced independent film, will be screened at 7 p.m. today at the Rio Grande Theatre on the Downtown Mall.

Among filmmakers on hand for a question and answer session will be Rod McCall, the director and writer of the movie, which is based on the novella "Alternative Ed" by LouAnne Johnson, a former Las Cruces High School teacher who wrote "My Posse Don't Do Homework," which became the hit 1995 film "Dangerous Minds."

McCall also co-produced the film with Bradley Littlefield and executive producer Garland Bills.

The film was shot last summer in southern New Mexico with primary locations in Hillsboro and Truth or Consequences.

"Becoming Eduardo" features newcomers Julian Alcaraz, Elizabeth Blanco and Mike Dunay as well as film and television veterans A. Martinez, Holly Riddle, Josh Cruze, Gary Perez and Elizabeth Pena.

Filmed in association with The Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University, where McCall is an instructor, "Becoming Eduardo" also features actors Mariah Talent and Adrien Gloria from Las Cruces' Alma d'Arte charter high school for the arts, as well as the school's executive artistic producer and founder, Irene Oliver-Lewis. Several of McCall's students acted as production assistants on the film.

According to a synopsis provided by McCall, "Eddie Coraz n (Alcaraz), a

16-year-old juvenile delinquent and secret reader, who attends an alternative high school in rural New Mexico, now walks a thin line between tragedy and glory as he searches for his place in the world. Torn between the violent macho world of his best friend T.J. (Dunay) and the academic world inhabited by understanding teachers and a bewitching college-bound beauty named Lupe (Blanco), Eddie finds himself pulled in opposite directions, but realizes that the course of his life is, indeed, up to him. Making the right decision, however, is much harder than it seems."

Tickets, at $6, can be purchased online through or For information, call the Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) at (575) 523-6403. Proceeds from the screening will benefit DAAC programs.

S. Derrickson Moore can be reached at

If you go

What: "Becoming Eduardo" screening

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Rio Grande Theatre, Downtown Mall

How much: $6

Info & tickets: (575) 523-6403. or

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