County has history of stardom

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of Curry County residents had a small taste of fame when the movie “Believe in Me” was filmed in the area in October 2004. More than 600 locals were used as extras for crowd scenes and about 20 landed small speaking roles, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Big hearts make up for rain

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Scene 37 of “Believe in Me” is shown on Production Sound Mixer Bayard Carey’s monitor during filming earlier this month at Portales Junior High School. (CNJ file photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis News Journal interviewed “Believe in Me” producer Cotty Chubb for insight into the movie. Q:Why did you want to […]

“Believe” preview set for March

CNJ Staff A sneak preview for a movie filmed in and around Clovis will be shown March 8 at the North Plains Mall Cinema 7 Theaters, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. Limited VIP tickets for the sneak preview of “Believe In Me” will go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. […]

‘Believe in Me’ back in town

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“Believe in Me” is based on a true story of a coach’s dream to take a rural Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team to the top. (Photo courtesy of believeinmemovie.com) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County […]

Officials: Film shot in area going to big screen

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Farwell High graduate Hailey Grimes landed a prominent role in the feature film. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A movie about an Oklahoma high school basketball coach filmed mostly in the Clovis area is bound for a big-screen debut in March, according to movie officials. Filmed locally in October 2004, “Believe in […]

Movie still on, official says

CNJ Staff Location manager says film crew expected in Clovis next month. CNJ staff Clovis residents can expect to see a film production crew around town in September, according to the film’s location manager. R. Michael Charske confirmed Wednesday he scouted several locations throughout Clovis for the movie “Seasons of Dust.” “I looked at tons […]

ENMU adding film major in fall semester

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved a new film major that will have 33 core classes in its curriculum Saturday during a regular board meeting. Students can enroll in the degree program in the fall. Robert Vartabedian, ENMU vice president for academic affairs, said the new major in digital […]

Mendoza, Raymond R.

Raymond R. Mendoza, 82, of Cambridge, N.Y., and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Troy, N.Y. Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Los Angeles to Sidney Mendoza and Lupe Contreras-Pascutti, he married Mary Casillas on June 22, 1948. He retired from the trucking business in Los Angeles. He lived part of the year […]

City being considered for movie

CNJ staff Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

May 25, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Finding “Billy” facts an honorable taskWhat an honor for two of New Mexico’s finest citizens to be invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France for the showing of their documentary earlier this month. Tom Sullivan, retired sheriff of Lincoln County, and his deputy, Steve Sederwall, participated in the making of a western documentary […]