Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES--Eastern New Mexico University will host its annual High Plains Film Festival in conjunction with the 35th Jack Williamson Lectureship series beginning Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 on the Portales campus.
Laurel Petty, coordinator of the High Plains Film Festival, says the joint efforts of herself and the coordinator of the Jack Williamson Lectureship, Patrice Caldwell, made sense for this year’s theme. “With the Williamson and science fiction legacy of ENMU and New Mexico, it seemed fitting to tie it in with an ENMU-sponsored film event,” says Petty.
Petty and Caldwell have been putting together the collaborative effort for over a year. Their efforts have brought in two guests: Michael Cassutt and Melinda Snodgrass.
Cassutt has been a story editor and producer on 13 primetime television series, including “Twilight Zone,” the Showtime revival of “Outer Limits” and was a freelance writer for episodes of “Stargate SG-1” and “Farscape.”
Snodgrass has published many books, including the “Wild Card Series” of 19 books about super heroes in the world. She has also written multiple episodes for science fiction series, an adaptation of “Star Blazers” for Disney and six pilot episodes.
More complete biographies are located at www.enmu.edu/filmfest.
Petty says the main purpose of this festival and lectureship is “for people to have fun, expand their appreciation for science fiction film and TV, and enjoy all of this for free!”
For more information and lectureship luncheon reservations, call 575-562-2315 or e-mail Patrice.Caldwell@enmu.edu. For information about the film festival, call 575-526-2229 or e-mail Laurel.Petty@enmu.edu.
Schedule of Events
Jack Williamson Lectureship
Six Minutes into the Future: Science Fiction in Film and TV
Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m., JWLA 112
Friday, April 1, 11:45 a.m., CUB Ballroom
Reservations for lunch by March 25; 575.562.2315 (pay at door)
Friday, April 1, 3:30 – 6 p.m., Golden Library Special Collections
High Plains Film Festival
Universe in 1/10 of an Hour
Friday, April 1, 10 – 11:30am, CUB Pecos Room
Call for reservations by March 31; 575.562.2711
Screenings of award winners
Saturday, April 2, 1-3 p.m., MUS Buchanan Hall