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2015 Groundbreaking Film
Mata Ortiz: The Untold Stories
Reveals true and inclusive stories previously overlooked
Silver City, New MexicoOctober 1, 2015
Filmmaker Ron Goebel presents a new documentary shot on location in Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. Interviews with artists and researchers native to the region reveal the town’s accurate and complete history which has up to now been clouded by outside myths.
Through moving interviews and extensive research, Mata Ortiz: The Untold Stories presents a rare look at the true history of a remarkable village. Revelations by researchers Julián Hernández and Jim Hills, by archaeologist Fabiola Silva, and by artists including Marisela Ortiz and Diego Valles bring to light an older, more inclusive, more widespread Mata Ortiz pottery movement than has previously been put forward.
Award-winning artists including Laura Bugarini, Héctor Gallegos, Jr. and Carla Martínez shine as they discuss their art and village life. Young potters share their passion for innovation. New sculptor Martín Cota opens up about moving from clay into bronze sculpture. Potter/guitarist Elí Navarrete provides traditional Mexican music throughout.
“Manuel Olivas was the first modern potter to use Paquimé motifs in the region. He started in 1952.” ---Professor Julián Hernández
“Juan Quezada was not the first potter in Mata Ortiz. My nephew Félix Ortiz was first. And then his brother Emeterio.” ---Jesús Ortiz Aguilera
“We would be so proud if people would recognize our father Félix Ortiz for whom he was, a master potter…a pioneer of Mata Ortiz pottery.”---Marisela Ortiz
In thanking the film makers, Professor Hernández says, “We thank you. You are our voice and you are like messengers from the artists, from the potters and not only the potters, all the people.”
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Solicitation of the Southwest New Mexico Green Energy and Jobs Stakeholder Board Members
The Southwest New Mexico Green Energy and Jobs Stakeholder Board will consist of thirteen local government appointees from Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties, the City of Bayard, Village of Columbus, City of Deming, Town of Hurley, City of Lordsburg, Village of Reserve, Village of Santa Clara, Town of Silver City, and Village of Virden along with twelve applicant selectees from the business, utility, school, and community at large sectors. The Stakeholder Board members will serve a four year term with the understanding that if he/she misses more than three consecutive meeting or more than half of the meetings in a fiscal year without being excused from the Board shall be regarded as being in non-compliance and must be replaced.
The Board will:
Make and pass recommendations necessary for the successful implementation of the Regional Strategic Plan.
Adopt and Revise By-laws.
Fix time and place of meetings and the method of notice of the meetings.
Provide an active role in partnership with the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (Fiscal Agent) and the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Board in the appointment, hire, and/or retention of the Executive Director.
Assure the establishment and maintenance of offices at a place the Board may designate.
Appoint advisory committees and define the duties of the committees.
Establish Policies and Procedures that govern its conduct, to include Conflict of Interest and Public Hearing policies.
Provide an Annual Report to local governments, the Southwest New Mexico Green Energy and Jobs Taskforce, and funders.
The Board shall promulgate and adhere to policies and procedures that govern its conduct. A member or designee shall perform his/her duties as a member, including his/her duties as a member of any committee of the Board upon which he/she may serve, in good faith, in a manner he/she believes to be in the best interests of the Region and implementation of the Regional Strategic Plan. Please click here for the application it is due by October 13, 2015.
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