About the Film

Birth of the Acid Western is a documentry film about movies and moviemakers beginning in Las Cruces, NM, with Orville Wanzer's 1965 film acid western, The Devil's Mistress.

Speak Up Las Cruces: Julia Smith

On the November 27, 2019 edition of Speak Up, Las Cruces, Peter Goodman and Walt Rubel talked to NMSU instructor Julia Smith.

The film in the desert: 'The Devil's Mistress'

In 1965, Bud made a feature, The Devil's Mistress, which was distributed nationally. Back then, all feature films in the U.S. came from Hollywood.


These funds will go towards equipment, production costs, and mostly post-production expenses (editing, color grading, and sound design).

Las Cruces Channel's "Double Talk"

Promoting the upcoming screening of The Devil's Mistress. Michael Mandel: Mimosas & Julia Louisa.

Former NMSU professor’s feature film to return to Rio Grande Theatre

Wanzer’s 1965 cult classic was the first feature film created and produced in the Las Cruces area and premiered nationally at the Rio Grande Theatre.

Wanzer’s fully sustainable and self-made hermitage

The house has been taken over by rattlesnakes beneath the floorboards, vermin in every cranny of the house, and layers of dust from years of abandonment when Bud’s health declined in the 2000’s.

NMSU- Creative Media Institute

Check out some of their reactions to the film and get a sneak peak of some scenes from the movie.

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