FILMMAKERS INVITE PRESENTING SPONSORS TO UNDERWRITE BROADCAST
New Mexico PBS, KNME will broadcast the oral history documentary, Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco on October 12, 2017 at 7pm within Hispanic Heritage month. The film will also have two free preview screenings: October 4 at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque and October 5 at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.
The film follows celebrated folklorist Nasario García doing what he loves: wandering through landscape and memory amid the ghosts towns of New Mexico’s Rio Puerco valley, reviving recuerdos of his youth when the ranching villages thrived and viejitos elders told stories beside a river that once ran.
The documentary production team is currently working on a final cut of the film as they continue to fundraise for finishing funds. “We’re thrilled to have this film air on New Mexico PBS,” says director Shebana Coelho. “It’s been and continues to be a beautiful relationship with them – they’ve been so encouraging. And now that we have a broadcast commitment in place, we have beautiful opportunities for donors, underwriters and presenting sponsors. By helping us finish the film, supporters will not only receive promotional recognition, but will be a vital connection to bringing our cultural heritage stories to life on screen. We invite you to go with us on this last leg of a journey that started over three years ago.”
“From a one-room schoolhouse in my native Río Puerco valley to my retirement as a university professor has been a marvelous journey,” says Nasario García. “But the capstone to the dreams in my life is reflected in the film Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco, currently in progress, about the past and present of my beautiful valley.
Dr. García, now in his eighth decade, is the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement award from the Historical Society of New Mexico. Since 1970, he has been sharing stories about life & loss, myth & magic, farming & drought in the Hispanic villages of the valley where he was raised. Located near Cuba NM, and southeast of Chaco Canyon, the Rio Puerco villages thrived between the 1900s to the 1950s. This iconic valley, noted for the volcanic plug, Cabezon Peak, is deeply connected to New Mexico’s history: illustrated by famed Spanish mapmaker and explorer, Miera y Pacheco and chosen in 2012 to represent New Mexico on a special U.S Post Office stamp issued on the state’s centennial anniversary.
“I believe this is really a good fit for New Mexico PBS and our audience,” says Joan Rebecchi, New Mexico PBS Director of Content. “It is such a moving documentary about the land, memory and story, set in the ghost towns of New Mexico. As part of our mission to inform, engage, and connect New Mexico’s diverse communities, New Mexico PBS strives to tell those stories unique to New Mexico.”
To see a trailer, and clips, read the story of the film, and contribute towards the film’s finishing funds, visit the film’s website http://www.nasarioremembers.