"By the time I was 17, life was really whippin' up and the son of a gun never stopped. It has been a dead run for 90 damn years and my ears laid back all the time." -- Max Evans
Internationally-renowned, best selling New Mexico author Max Evans, a true Renaissance man, has also been a miner, prospector, movie producer, soldier, husband, father and artist. He was a legendary hard-drinking, calf-roping cowboy who helped establish the New Mexico Film Commission. At 92, Evans is a gifted raconteur, one of a kind, and a vanishing breed of hero of the American West.
OL' MAX EVANS - THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS is a fast-paced ride though changing times and includes Max telling his stories of Hollywood, studio executives, ranching, publishing houses, brawls with Hollywood friends such as director Sam Peckinpah, spiritual encounters with animals, tales of the changing West and more.
Acclaimed actors Sam Elliott and Peter Coyote lend their voices to the film. Coyote is the narrator and Elliott (who appeared in Evans' film HI-LO COUNTRY) bring Max's prose to life. The film is composed of a number of episodes from Max Evans' life, told through interviews with Max and his friends and colleagues, narration, still photographs, location footage, graphics and re-creations Winner of the Western Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, Evans career spans more than 60 years, over 25 books, and includes the novels Bluefeather Fellini, War and Music; short stories For the Love of a Horse and Animal Stories, A Lifetime Collection. Evans' movies include "Rounders," and "Hi Lo Country."
OL' MAX EVANS - THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS. A Film by Lorene Mills, Paul Barnes & David Leach.
Lorene Mills - Co-Producer. Lorene Mills is the host of New Mexico PBS-TV's longest running public affairs program "Report from Santa Fe." During Nearly 50 years on the air, Lorene and "Report from Santa Fe" have given viewers a unique opportunity to become part of a series of remarkable conversations - always thoughtful and engaging, often surprising - held in a warm and civil atmosphere. Lorene began her career in academia, earning her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado. She has always loved books and writers and author Max Evans has been of her favorites for years. She first interviewed him in the late 1990s and this film, "OL' MAX EVANS - THE FIRST THOUSAND YEARS," grew out of her love and deep appreciation for his works.
Paul Barnes - Co-Producer. Paul Barnes has worked on documentary films since graduating from NYU's Film School in 1973. Free-lancing as a film editor in Manhattan for nearly 20 years, Barnes worked on such films as "No Maps On My Taps," "Say Amen Somebody," "Wasn't That a Time" and Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line." In 1984 he first worked with Ken Burns on his Academy Award-nominated "The Statue of Liberty." The collaboration was so successful that Burns asked Barnes to be the lead editor on his classic PBS series "The Civil War." Barnes worked exclusively for Burns for the next 25 years on such projects as "Baseball," "Jefferson," "Lewis & Clark," "Jazz," "The War," and "The National Parks" among others.
In 1998, Paul began producing with Burns. The first project, "Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony," was followed by "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" which won the Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special in 2004. Barnes also produced and edited the acclaimed series "The Roosevelts (2014).
Paul ended his career as an editor on the highly acclaimed recent broadcast "The Vietnam War." He retired to Santa Fe with his husband of 32 years, Vernon James, in 2016.
David Leach - Editor. David has been making films for over 40 years. He lived and worked in Toronto from 1971 to 1990 cutting commercials, documentaries and television dramas including "Lonesome Dove: The Series." Since moving to New Mexico with his wife Linda, he has edited numerous broadcast television and feature documentaries. In 2015 he was awarded Best Editing by the United Nations Association Film Festival for "Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning," David also edited "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary."
Barry Kirk - Cinematographer. Director and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Barry Kirk began his career as a still photographer. With his personal mantra that half the world is back-lit, Barry's discerning eye has created memorable images and spectacular lighting. Carrying a camera around the world for over 30 years, he has had the honor of shooting for the Smithsonian Museum, National Geographic, Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Olympics, Kentucky Derby Museum, Discovery Channel, and UNM Center for Regional Studies.
Directing and shooting for both national and international advertising agencies, Barry has collaborated with multiple art directors and creative teams.
We're so pleased to announce that Max Evans has been inducted into the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame! The event takes place February 11 at 7 pm, Sweeney Convention Center, Santa Fe. https://nmfilmhalloffame.org/awards/
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1pm at the center for Contemporary (CCA) Cinematheque, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. For tickets call (505) 982-1338 or purchase at CCA.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m at The Screen. Part of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Oct.18-22 Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) -- 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 982-1338
Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 4:00 p.m.
KiMo Theater -- 423 Central Ave NW Albuquerque, NM 8710 (505) 768-3522
December 3, 2017
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum -- 4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, NM 88011 (575) 522-4100
Please Note! Due to overwhelming demand both screenings in Las Cruces have sold out and no more tickets are available.
A terrific February 9th article about the New Mexican Film Office's 50 year history and Max Evans by Santa Fe New Mexican Pasa Tiempo contributor Jon Bowman here.
"If you thought about how a film documenting the life of writer Max Evans might feel, you'd drift to relentless winds, danger, baritones and..."
"Max Evans did not, as he likes to boast, experience a life of adventure. He was the adventure, and he's outlived most of those who weathered the storms he likely created over the years..."
"In his 93 years, Evans has come out of every situation with a grand story and he'll tell you about them if you have the time..."
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