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#1 Apr 23, 2010
Such a shame this wonderful event was taken from Alamogordo. I suspect if locals had supported it a bit more it might have been as successful here. Now it's going to wind up nothing more than a liberal love fest instead of a family film festival as it was meant to be. Oh well. Joan Griggs worked her butt off for this festival and as soon as she had to quit, off it goes to Las Cruces. And off goes another possible money-making event. When is Alamogordo going to see it needs to help itself in order to be a success?
#2 Apr 23, 2010
And I realize it eventually priced itself out of the local market. But that took place after a few years of low turnout here. Once the Hollywood folks came in and started running things, it was a lost cause for us. So sad.
#3 Apr 23, 2010
Not sure it 'priced itself' out of the local market - tickets for the films here were only slightly more than tickets for the Hollywood junk usually shown here. The last year the festival was in Alamo it lasted a full week using 2 or 3 screens at a time - too much for the local community to support. In Las Cruces, they showed one film Thursday and then a full slate the rest of the weekend - and it was over. I saw some excellent films there and I hope they did enough business to continue the Festival in the future.
Since: Dec 08
#4 Apr 23, 2010
Hmmph. Can't be a very good festival. They didn't even mention my favorite Wes Studi part - The Sphinx in "Mystery Men".
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