In Brief 08-30-12

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‘Bless Me, Ultima’ to be screened in NM after all

SANTA FE — A movie based on Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic New Mexico-based novel “Bless Me, Ultima” will be screened in the state after all.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PYalrp) that the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has scheduled a screening of the film Oct. 17 to kick off the film festival.
The move comes after producers of the film announced it was to premiere in El Paso, Texas at the historic Plaza Theatre, although the novel is set in the small town of Guadalupe, N.M., during World War II, and the film was entirely shot in New Mexico.
The novel follows 6-year-old Antonio Marez, and a curandera named Ultima.
“Bless Me, Ultima” has been credited with sparking the Mexican-American literature movement. It has been banned in some Arizona schools.

Santa Fe Opera’s chief conductor resigns

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Opera chief conductor Frederic Chaslin has resigned and opera officials say a search for his successor will start in the fall.
Opera General Director Charles Mackay said Tuesday that Chaslin was leaving because he wants to focus on composing, and has a busy schedule of concerts and a recording project as music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
The opera has finished this year’s season.
Chaslin, who also is a pianist, was named chief conductor in 2010 and debuted with the opera in 2009 with a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” He was born and lives in Paris.

The Associated Press