Birth of the Acid Western is a work in progress documentary on film culture in New Mexico since the turn
of the 19th century up to the “birth” of the acid western genre with Orville Wanzer’s 1965 film The Devil’s
Mistress, and the fraught relationship between artists and their art.
The Devil’s Mistress transforms the Western into what Wanzer described as a “modern western, without
the cavalry and without the Indians.” The movie tells the story of four robbers on the lam, escaping toward
the Organ Mountains when they happen upon the devil and his mistress, and meet their doom.