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Albuquerque Poet Laureate Featured in Literature Today

Posted by on October 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Albuquerque Poet Laureate Featured in Literature Today

Albuquerque Poet Laureate Featured in Literature Today

Featured in World Literature Today as one of just 16 American Working-class Poets, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy’s Labor tribute poem as commissioned by the New Mexico Federation of Labor:

In the year of our Constitution, 1787, our country was already over 150 years into the practice of creating FREE & CHEAP laborers for life. And in 1786, printers in our then capital of Philadelphia conducted the first successful strike for increased wages.

Over a hundred years later, in 1902 a former dressmaker and schoolteacher known simply as Mother Jones would be called “the most dangerous woman in America.”

And over a hundred years to now, we still have a long way to go in a country that democratically elects leaders who genuinely believe that underpaid teachers (and their unions) are the biggest threat to our future. – HB

The very first unions in America
Were brought here by boat
Broken by back
By whip
And rope

And a bogeyman economy
Do the trick

The only thing scarier
Than labor
Is losing it

Even the House
And Senate
Can come together
Around house
And field
Divide and conquer

Give us power
But not position
Give us personnel
But not privilege
Give us responsibility
But not rights
Or profits
Or shares

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Potter turned Designer turns Filmmaker

Posted by on October 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Potter turned Designer turns Filmmaker

Virgil Ortiz  Star Moto Revolution Cochiti

True to his own vision, Virgil Ortiz is taking his art in yet another direction. The famed potter whose work graces the shelves of everyone from the most avid collector to celebrities and royalty alike, all across the globe, struck out into fashion fame with a wildly successful collaboration with Dona Karen in the early 2000s.

Now the Cochiti Pueblo Native is taking inspiration from his own current pottery series to bring his artistic visions to the silver screen. In his 19 piece eVOlution series of clay sculpture, Ortiz fashions intricate lines into graceful angles representing the New Mexico Pueblos.

Having already translated the storytelling customs of his youth into the visual mediums of clay pottery and high fashion, the two art forms now blend together into the stunning visuals of the Evolution collection – which serve Ortiz as three dimensional representations of the characters he plans to bring to life through film, telling Indian Country Today Media Network, “Evolution,” is a movie script I am writing, my interpretation of the nineteen Pueblos’ revolt, when they came together in 1680 under the direction of the leader Po’pay.”

“The Pueblo revolt is not taught in history classes: with this project, I speak about that first American Revolution, breaking down the script into different series, to make a feature movie about the Pueblo revolt as seen by me, through my characters. It will resemble Star Trek or Star Wars, but with Native characters, and actors—a two-hour movie, with my understanding of history. The movie will give a better story, and get the kids interested, making it easier for them to understand history.”

Read the full article in Indian Country Today here, including the detailed account of the historical basis for the upcoming screenplay, as well as the controversial cultural events Ortiz plans to address in the film.

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Immerse yourself in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Posted by on October 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Immerse yourself in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico by Michael HonackPhoto by Kyer Wiltshire for Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico

Set mind to “open” and make the short drive to the quaint little river town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico – where El Paso goes to cool off, and Albuquerque goes to warm-up in the fall and winter months. No matter what time of year, or from where you hail, the quirky town that has long been world renowned for its year-round healing powers by way of its bountiful hot springs, just might hold something special for you.

The rich history of what was originally “Hot Springs New Mexico” is about to start a brand new chapter that will forever change the face of this hidden New Mexico treasure forever…again.

Back when the 1950s television show “Truth or Consequences” and host, Ralph Edwards put out a national challenge for an American city to change its name, Hot Springs, New Mexico stepped up to the plate and the town began its long, but quiet relationship with modern American show business.

Edwards famously opened each show with the tagline, “Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You”, and this mecca for artists, performers, shop keepers, inn keepers and fine cuisine – yes, cuisine has been doing so ever since. From those drawn there to set up shop, settle-in and create, and the many who have landed there quite by accident over the years, to those who were born and raised, the proud people of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico are indeed waiting to share their talents, wares, and richness of history with you.

As of late the likes of Ted Turner and Vince Gilligan, to name a few, have laid their stamp of approval on the Sierra County gem. The Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa, as recently purchased by Turner, was a welcome refuge for the Breaking Bad creator, who notably spent some time there enjoying a relaxing soak under the stars.

And very soon, droves of those who have their sights set on reaching the stars will begin pouring into the area. Just minutes from historic Old Town Truth or Consequences, at their well known, easy access freeway exit, you’re just a short ground-shuttle ride away from the world’s first commercial Spaceport; where all the world will turn in their quest for civilian space travel. Adding to the area’s tapestry of evolutions including their prehistoric history, Native American heritage, pioneer settlement, arts and entertainment contributions, military defense development, and armed services will be its history making involvement with U.S. commercial space exploration.

Before Beibs, Jolie, Pitt, their entourages, and many more book their itinerary and discover what is currently at your disposal, take some time off the beaten path at Interstate 25 Exit 79 – for art that inspires, town’s people who welcome and hot springs that beckon around every bend – because you can’t find a better bet than Truth or Consequences for a great, largely undiscovered, New Mexico weekend getaway.

Asian Fusion? What? Yes!

From moving moments at the all volunteer Veteran’s Memorial, to the fresh, flavorful cuisine a la chef Joseph Schmitt at Latitude 33, and everything in between – including the seasonal events that take place throughout the year in the happy riverside town and surrounding areas, keep an eye on Sierra County.

Visit these and many more OHI tested and approved area attractions in T or C:

Pelican Spa
Grapes Gallery
Latitude 33
Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa
Café Bella Luca
River Bend Hot Springs
Geronimo Springs Museum
Hamilton Military Museum at Veteran’s Park
Rio Bravo Fine Art
Passion Pie Cafe
Sumthins Ice Cream
Truth or Consequences Art Hop
Sierra County Fair
Ralph Edwards Park
Dukatt ’71 Custom Shirts

If you’re heading to Truth or Consequences or just interested in learning more about the town, look-up these prominent locals to help guide your experience:

Cindy Bellelli – Bellelli Productions
LaRena Miller – Exec. Dir. Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway
Sid Bryan – T or C Emerging Community Development
Cary “Jagger” Gustin – Sierra County Arts Council President
Linda DeMarino – Executive Director T or C Main Street

To purchase the insiders guide to T or C, “Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico” by Michael Honack (pictured above), visit the Sierra County Arts Council here.

Then if you want to take a peek into the future of space travel, check-in with FTS Tours at the Space Place.

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Take The Last Stand movie poster challenge

Posted by on October 18, 2012 | Comments Off on Take The Last Stand movie poster challenge

Here’s your chance to make a quick getaway with action-packed prizes!

Design your own movie poster for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming New Mexico movie, “The Last Stand” and tweet or Instagram your creation with #TheLastStand for your chance to WIN swag and have your artwork featured!

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CHRONOS – New Mexico

Posted by on July 28, 2011 | One comment




“It’s About Time”


NOVEMBER 3RD, 4TH, & 5TH, 2011


The mission of Chronos is to celebrate the art of altered time perception cinematography including time-lapse, slow motion, and stop motion photography. The Chronos Film Festival will create a forum for innovation, technology, digital media and education that will encourage youth involvement through film scholarship. We are proud to partnered with YDI Digital Arts Outreach as our main beneficiary, and will also contribute monies to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Mexico.

The Chronos Film Festival will launch with a showing of Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi” at 1200pm (noon) on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at the Historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque, with a second showing at 4:00 pm. We are also proud to announce the 2pm showing of No Restrictions Entertainment film “Mother’s Red Dress” a social issue film written and directed by Edgar Michael Bravo and Produced by John Paul Rice. We will close the evening with a film with “Commentary” a film by John Kapelos, showing at 6:00 pm. The Albuquerque Film Office is a special sponsor and contributor to these events.

The Chronos Film Festival is honored and proud to present an impressive *lineup of altered time perception photography and film-making talent from all over the world!

Chronos Film Festival... "it's about time..."

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Immortal Imaging

Posted by on April 25, 2011 | One comment

Painting by Gabriel Ballantine

Now that’s Entertainment – our friend, NM actor Jackamoe Buzzell is as passionate about life as he is about art! Here he is in character at Vernon’s Jazz Club next to his likeness, artfully captured by Gabriel Ballantine.

Most of the friends we’ve been fortunate enough to make while covering local entertainment are simply inspirational in their voracious quest to perform and present their craft!

If you’ve got the yen to be a thespian, have the creative drive and passion for action that you just have to share GET INTO IT!

Many people write to me and ask where & how to get started on being cast in a feature film or television show…

Now I may not be able to cast you myself, but New Mexico is home to dozens of casting agents and agencies and I’ll tell you what I tell inquiring minds – get listed!

On Location Casting, White Turtle, EG Casting and Sheryl Roberts, to name just a few, have online databases or contacts to get-in with them.

Another thing I like to pass along is this: Be it background, extra, stand-in, or grip. On Stage, Film, TV, Web, or Print DO IT. Because believe you me it’s another world on set, under the lights, anywhere in front of or behind the camera…

New Mexico independent films, and web series’ go a long, long way and the experiences you gain with them are priceless – so if it’s for Meal & Reel or as a set or stage volunteer…find your fit in the industry today!

Keep-up with everything NM Entertainment with me, online all the time here at OneHeadlightInk.com.

Must See Links:
Fans Of Film – Important info. and resources on all things Indie
The New Mexico Film Office – Statewide resource directory and official notices
Blazed Entertainment – Promotions, Events, Artist Development & Booking
Classes & Workshops – Current links to featured programs

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Art of Life

Posted by on January 28, 2011 | One comment

In 2009 we brought you a glimpse into the life of an artist.

“Gianni [Lopergolo] joined the Hasbro family in 2002 and completely reinvented the way product photography was done for the toy company. With over a thousand original photographs spanning his impressive Hasbro career…” – Hasbro

Sadly Gianni passed away last night in Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife and three children.

Today we can all have a part of his passion which is preserved in his book, insight: Photography and Dioramas by Gianni Lopergolo.

Gianni’s book is published and available through Hasbro. Proceeeds benefit the National ALS Association and the Gianni Lopergolo Foundation, a private fund established for his three young sons.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2009
Insight: by Gianni Lopergolo

Now available from Hasbro, insight – a collection of visual art photography by Hasbro Professional Photographer and Artist Gianni Lopergolo.

A devoted family man as well as a “trail-blazing” photographer, Gianni is now unable to work due to the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which he has been living with for over three years. Hasbro and a team of its producers and writers are proud to offer this compilation of over 100 photo images from within Hasbro’s own creative studios to showcase Mr. Lopergolo’s unique vision and stunning artistry, while raising awareness and funds for Gianni, his family and others suffering from this crippling disease.

Please visit Hasbrotoyshop.com to purchase this one of a kind action figure collectible – which includes images of iconic characters such as “DUKE, BARONESS and COBRA COMMANDER from Hasbro’s G.I. JOE brand as well as CAPTAIN AMERICA and SPIDER-MAN from its MARVEL line and LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER action figures from its STAR WARS line”.

And to learn more about the fight to defeat ALS click here.

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Visiones de Arte

Posted by on December 17, 2010 | One comment

“Give the gift that will truly last a lifetime…” It’s a mobile device and webcam world, but there are real, classic options to capture the beauty that is “you and yours“.

Contact Visiones Photography for portrait sittings and your all occasion photography needs. Every family deserves a quality portrait keepsake – Jessica Quinn delivers.

Give the gift of true art to your loved ones this holiday season.

Contact Jessica’s Visiones Photography here.

“She loves what she does and that love is what creates the best product for her clients. Visiones Photography guarantees great professional work for reasonable and affordable prices.”

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Remembering Dennis Hopper

Posted by on June 7, 2010 | 2 comments
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The Last Film Festival

Tomorrow the Turner Classic Movie network will dedicate its primetime and overnight line-up to the films of the late Dennis Hopper. The schedule per TV by the Numbers is as follows:

“Tuesday, June 8
8 p.m. (ET) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.

10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar® for his performance.

12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray’s searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.

2:30 a.m. Easy Rider (1969) – Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.

4:15 a.m. Night Tide (1963) – Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.” – TV by the Numbers

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is currently available (click here to leaf through the book), a biography by American writer Tom Folsom titled, Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was announced before his passing, and a showing of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is scheduled for July – September.

The final movie starring Dennis Hopper titled The Last Film Festival, a comedy is pending a release date.

Hopper had also recently voiced a character in the upcoming animated film, Alpha and Omega:

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