By Devin D. O’Leary
Punch Up at Tingley
Looking for something to do on Monday, Feb. 25? Well, you could help make a Hollywood movie. The feature film Love Ranch, directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray) and starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Joe Pesci (Casino), will be shooting a period boxing sequence at Tingley Coliseum on the Expo New Mexico grounds. Doors open at 7 a.m. and producers are hoping to pack the venue. The film is set in the ’70s, so willing extras are asked to “look their ’70s best.” Prizes will be awarded for best ’70s hair, best ’70s wardrobe and best ’70s car. I suggest everyone arrive wearing purple glitter hot pants, rainbow suspenders and a silver afro wig. That’ll make the film look extra ’70s!
Love Ranch is a fictional story about the husband and wife owners of a successful Las Vegas brothel whose lives become tangled with that of a famous South American boxer. The day-long film shoot at Tingley will consist of three boxing matches over a 12-hour period beginning at 8 a.m. Willy Villanneva will headline against Lorenzo Estrada, Archie Ray Marquez will go up against Cesar Valenzuela and a final bout will feature Joe Cruz against Jose Garcia. Throughout the day, a staged boxing match with actors Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Bo Brown will be filmed. All those in attendance will be part of the film’s crowd scenes.
In order to keep people around, producers will be raffling off two motorcycles, two ATVs, a pool table, bicycles, grills, golf clubs and other prizes every half hour. Special refreshments from some of Albuquerque’s best restaurants will be served to the first 5,000 fans. Musical and comedy acts will be around to fill in gaps between the action.
Tickets are required to get into this event, but are complimentary and can be picked up at the following locations: Carefree Spas, Triple 7 Auto Sales, 93.3 KKOB FM, Zanagara Dodge and On the Matt Fight Shop.
Last October, the 48 Hour Film Project’s sister competition, the National Film Challenge, took place Oct. 19 through 22. Teams from around the world wrote, shot and edited short films in two days. The teams were each given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre. They had exactly 48 hours to complete their films. More than 180 teams entered the competition and it was announced earlier this month the team from Albuquerque, Rattlesnake Wash Productions, had walked away with the 2007 Grand Prize for their film “Time Cougars.” The film also captured an award for “Best Acting Ensemble.”
Heartiest congratulations are in order for the filmmakers: team leader Isaac Kappy; Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen (known far and wide as The Pajama Men); actor, writer and director Ross Kelly; actor, editor and director Reuben Finkelstein; cinematographer Nolan Rudi; writer Josh Klein; and actor and artist David Kappy.
If you’re in the area, you can see the short sci-fi comedy at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Calif., beginning on Feb. 29. Otherwise, you can view it on YouTube (just do a search for “Time Cougars”).
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