Birth of the Acid Western

Documentary Film

About the Film

Inspired by The Devil's Mistress, the first feature film made in Las Cruces in 1965, Birth of the Acid Western explores the history of the western genre, filmmaking in New Mexico, and the fraught relationship between artists and their art. Smith is working with CMI students and community members to produce the film, and is building an archive around the life and work of Orville Wanzer in collaboration with The Rio Grande Historical Collections at NMSU and the Institute of Historical Survey in Mesilla Park.