New Mexico History Museum presents Radical Southwest: A Film Series

New Mexico History Museum presents
Radical Southwest: A Film Series

In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, this film series explores the Summer of Love, with a New Mexico twist. The series features both iconic films and personalities and more local stories in an effort shed light on a period that shaped our region in ways that continue to resonate 50 years later.

$70 general/$60 CCA and Museum of New Mexico members (does not include Long Strange Trip screening)
$90 general/$85 CCA and Museum of New Mexico members (including Long Strange Trip screening)

All shows except Long Strange Trip: $10.50/$9.50 CCA or Museum of New Mexico members/$8.50 student/senior/military/educator
Long Strange Trip: $25 via the Lensic box office, 505-988-1234,

Starts May 14, 2017 - February 11, 20

Woodstock                    May 15        Oscar Winner: Best Documentary  
“Inspires meditation as well as joy, dark thoughts as well as hopeful ones.” –Roger Ebert
At the height of American angst over the Vietnam War, some 400,000 young people gathered for what became the world’s most famous concert.

Bob Dylan’s Don’t Look Back            May 16
“An unforgettable all-access pass.” –Village Voice
D. A. Pennebaker captures Bob Dylan on-screen as he never would be again during his 1965 tour—his last as an acoustic artist, and the distillation of a seminal moment in time.

Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire (1973)    May 18
“Simply one of the most beautiful and moving music documentaries I have ever seen.” –Telegraph
During a 1972 tour, the legendary musician/songwriter/poet performs his classics—“Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,”
“Chelsea Hotel,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “So Long, Marianne”—even then, the most reluctant of folk-music heroes.

Long Strange Trip            May 31        Screening at The Lensic, $25
“The first two hours is a great rock doc. The next two are the most exuberant and heartbreaking profile
of fame I’ve ever seen.” –Vanity Fair
The Grateful Dead emerged from the San Francisco scene with a blend of bluegrass, folk and improvisation. In an age of drug-fueled experimentation, cultivating a fan base willing to travel to new realms of experience. Martin Scorsese presents this tapestry of the era’s most unlikely rock heroes.

Remembering La Alianza & the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid         June 4       
“They stole our land and gave us powdered milk!” On June 5, 1967, members of the Chicano activist group La Alianza Federal de Mercedes, with its charismatic leader Reies Tijerina, raided the Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, intending to free fellow activists they felt had been illegally detained. The resulting gunfight and manhunt became international news, bringing attention to a long history of injustice in Northern New Mexico. Join a panel of artists and historians who present a look back at an event that continues to resonate today.

Monterey Pop            July 12        
“The perfect, fortuitous match-up between rock and cinema.” –Armond White
In June, 1967, the first & only Monterey International Pop Festival captured a decade’s spirit & ushered in a new era of rock n’ roll. With Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Ravi Shankar and Jimi Hendrix.

Zabriskie Point            August 9
“***** … at all times freaky and far-out,” –The Guardian
The visionary poet Michelangelo Antonioni sets this avant-garde classic in the American Southwest, telling the story of a campus radical who steals a plane and meets a secretary in Death Valley, “a midwife to the desert reveries of David Lynch, and provided an acid flashback to Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST” (The Guardian).

Dying to Know            Sept. 13       Presented by director Gay Dillingham & special guests
“The trip of a lifetime … an admiring, even loving celebration” –LA Times
In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher.

Dolores          October TBD            Presented by director Peter Bratt
“Energetic, engaging … celebrates the 86-year-old’s myriad accomplishments.” –Variety
Dolores Huerta, the enigmatic, intensely private founder of the United Farmer Workers, is one of the most important activists in American history, and yet still missing from the history books. Peter Bratt’s documentary sheds light on New Mexico’s fearless, tireless and very human civil rights hero.

Willie            November 12            Presented by director Danny Lyon w/ Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn
“Essential and revelatory … resonates even louder today.” –Vogue
Famed artist Danny Lyon, the official photographer for Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and present at almost all of the major historical events during the Civil Rights Movement, presents his classic film, shot over the course of 15 years in Bernalillo, following a man in constant, defiant conflict with and against the judicial system.

Easy Rider        December 13            Presented by Lois Rudnick
“Stunning … drives its remarkable power and conviction from the reality of the faces and the face of the
American Southwest and South.” –LA Times
After two hippies on Harleys find themselves with some cash, and on the run, they head on a cross-country tour, stopping in New Mexico, where they find a commune with residents who are both open-minded and perhaps spiraling out of control, and into small-town America. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s film remains a defining work of the 1960s.