Your hosts, impresario Joe West and author Andrew Wice, are back to welcome
audiences to the Fifth Annual Madrid Film Festival on Saturday, September 3. Rain or
shine, the short films will be shown outside under the stars, for one night only. Fans are
encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to the Oscar Huber Ballpark to enjoy the very
best short films made in New Mexico this year. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm, and the
program will begin promptly at 7:30 to conclude at 10 pm.
Sitting on a historic baseball field, the audience will enjoy big-screen entertainment in the
open air. The films will be competing for a variety of honors, including the $500 grand
prize Le Palme d’Coal and the Audience Choice Award.
Tickets cost only ten dollars per person, and will be available for purchase at the ballpark
itself. This is event is first-come/first-serve for all seating. No advance sales.
The Madrid ballpark, in addition to being the center of community fun for a century, is of
great historical significance. Built in 1919 and electrified for night games in 1922, it was
the very first lighted ballpark west of the Mississippi. The minor league Madrid Miners
were a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the field hosted Negro League All-Stars
as well as disgraced members of the Black Sox Scandal, playing under assumed names.
Amazing facts and eyewitness accounts of Madrid’s history will play over the PA before
the program begins, a complimentary promotion of the Madrid Oral History Tour.
Joe West is an award-winning songwriter and performer. In addition to his international
touring schedule and nine full-length albums (including his newest, Rodeo of the Soul),
he successfully founded the Theater of Death production company. Please visit
Andrew Wice is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of eight novels, including
To The Last Drop (Bäuu Press, Colorado, 2008), and produced the acclaimed Madrid
Oral History Tour, a smartphone-guided walking tour of the town. Please visit
Doug Speer is a retired producer, creative director and photographer. After 32 years in
corporate communications, he joined the Theater of Death in 2018 as Technical Director
and the inaugural Madrid Film Festival.
Laine Patterson joined the crew 3 years ago, assisting with the Madrid Film Festival and
the Theater of Death: technology, website, photography, and projectionist. She's the
local technologist 15 years in the making. Find her at www.ninedottechnologies.com.