Art House Theatre Day
Art House Theatre Day

Screenings: Four Great Films in a Single Day as Art House Theatre Day is Celebrated Nationally

Show Times: September 24th at 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 10:00 PM

Admission: Festival Passes: $25 Members (Now On Sale), $30 Non-Members (On Sale 9/12); $8 At the Door (As Space Allows)

Art House Theater Day is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience. Over 160 theaters will participate in this nationwide celebration of the community growth that art house theaters promote.

Mesilla Valley Film Society celebrates Art House Theater Day with a festival of four classic films that have become patron favorites: The Silence of Cricket Coogler; Salt of the Earth; Bless Me Ultima and Danny Says.

The Silence of Ctricket Coogler, 1:00 PM

Ovida "Cricket" Coogler was last seen alive entering a mysterious car driven by an unknown man in downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico, around 3:00 on the morning of March 31, 1949. Seventeen days later, her body was found in a hastily dug grave near Mesquite, New Mexico. The discovery of the eighteen-year-old waitress's body launched a series of court inquiries and trials that would reshape the direction of New Mexico politics, expose political corruption, and spawn generations of rumors that have polarized opinions of what happened to Coogler that windy March morning.

Richard Startzman, filmmaker and Paula Moore, author of Cricket in the Web will be present for the screening.


Salt of the Earth, 4:00 PM

Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph.

A panel discussion with historians Dr. Jamie Bronstein and Paul Ward will follow the screening.

Bless Me Ultima, 7:00 PM

A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

Chicano literature associate professor Dr. Joyce Garay will speak after the film.

Danny Says, 10:00 PM

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to "punk pioneer" and beyond. Danny's taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.