POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 9:01pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 1:26pm
Drama Set in 1940's New Mexico Debuts at Plaza Theater
EL PASO — The limousines pulled up to the curb at the Plaza Theater, the crowd responded, and the stars emerged for the anticipated world premier of 'Bless Me, Ultima'. It's a story set in 1944 New Mexico, a richly photographed film about a young boy who meets a mystical older lady. The town thinks she's a witch, but the boy accepts her as a mentor about some of the big questions that every young person faces in life..
The actors walked the red carpet into the theater. The young star of the film Luke Ganalon, says of his experience. "I have a lot of joy and I feel like it was just meant to happen" The well spoken, surprisingly mature youngster says he'd rather be an actor than President.
Miriam Colon, strong in her role as Ultima, says of Ganalon. "He's such a sweetheart. He is totally identified with his character, and so disciplined in his manner that it was a pleasure to work with him."
Executive Producer Christy Walton told Newschanel 9 she is "surprised" by the reception El Paso has shown to the film.
An audience of 12-hundred filed in for the premier..and two hours later most of them emerged with a very positive review.
"Bless Me, Ultima" opens at most Borderland theaters this weekend. If it's successful here, the producers hope for a nationwide release. That could do wonders for the local film industry and all the jobs and tourism it could attract.
The film is rated PG-13, containing some guns, violence, and threatened violence.