The Mesilla Valley Film Society is a not-forprofit organization, the mission of which is to provide independent, foreign and documentary films to audiences in southern New Mexico and west Texas. The Fountain Theatre is located at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, a half block south of the plaza. Films are shown evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Exceptions: last Thursday of the month: 1:30 matinee but no evening show; last Saturday of the month: no matinee. Ticket prices are regular $7, senior/student $6, member $5, child $5, and Wednesdays $5. For more information, call 524-8287, or go to mesillavalleyfilm.org.
April 28 – May 4: The Heart Outright (Local film, director: Ross Marks, 94 minutes)
Stephen Ryder swore he’d never return home after a tragic ordeal. But when his mother dies, he is forced to confront his past. Starring Brad Makarowski, Jessica Medoff, Joshua Rowan, Mark Medoff and Corinne Fox.
May 5 – 11: The Last Word (Director: Mark Pellington, 108 minutes)
Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship. (IMDB) Starring Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, and AnnJewel Lee Dixon.
May 12 – 18: Un Padre No Tan Padre (Director: Raúl Martínez, 94 minutes, in Spanish with subtitles)
When Don Servando Villegas gets expelled from his retirement home, his younger son Francisco takes him in. Don Servando is about to find out the truth about his son and his way of living. (IMDB) Starring Héctor Bonilla and Benny Ibarra de Llano.
May 19 – 25: Growing Up Smith (Director Frank Lotito, 102 minutes)
In 1979, an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. (IMDB) Starring Jason Lee and Roni Akurati.
Note: Thursday, May 25, will have a 1:30 matinee and no evening screening.
Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m. only: Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (Directors: David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky, 93 minutes)
The life of Vincent Van Gogh, as presented through the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum gives an intimate look at Vincent’s life through Theo Van Gogh’s letter collection, as well as the over 200 paintings he inherited after his brother’s death.
May 26 – June 1: The Women’s Balcony (Director: Emil Ben-Shimon, 96 minutes)
The women in an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem are appalled when their synagogue gets a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles. The ladies soon decide to fight back against his ultratraditionalist beliefs, while raising money to repair the “women’s balcony” in the synagogue. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Note: Saturday, May 27, no matinee.