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Roadside memorials subject of short film

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Movies > Local elementary school student plays a starring role

By Gina Schultz

While driving anywhere in New Mexico, the medians and shoulders are peppered with crosses and other memorials — Descansos — to remember a life taken on the road. For 11-year-old Christopher Garcia, these tributes to loved ones touched his heart.
The roadside shrines are the inspiration for the short film “Descanso.” The family lives in Velarde and Christopher attends Aspen Elementary School in Los Alamos. “There are lots of descansos between Española and Los Alamos,” mom Sha-Marie Reid said. Reid works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the physics
The 15-minute short film focuses on Archie, the owner of a road construction business. Archie (played by Chris Ranney) and his family are dealing with a loss, in which a descanso was placed on a roadside. Complications arise when he is notified the memorial has to be moved. It is a story themed around the life fact that where there is an end, there is also a beginning.
“It’s pretty sad about have many people have died on the roads,” Garcia said. One in particular is near Española. “It has a teddy bear on it, so you know it was someone young, maybe even a baby that died.”


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