Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Mexico Humanities Council series on FAKE NEWS. LOOK! It is our own Jim Spiri from Lincoln. He spoke at a Capitan Library program last year.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood Film & Discussion Series

Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 2:00pm

Fake News! 
Journalism Goes to Hollywood Film & Discussion Series
September 23 . 2 pm 
KiMo Theatre . Albuquerque

Feature Film:  

Panelists: Dr. Kimberly Gauderman, Rick Kovak and Jim Spiri

The September Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood feature film will be "Salvador," Oliver Stone's 1986 tale based on the real-life adventures of unconventional journalist Richard Boyle, who finds himself caught up in the vicious political strife in the Central American nation of El Salvador in the early `80s. 

Following the film, panelists Dr. Kimberly Gauderman, Latin American Studies professor, Rick Kovak, award-winning photojournalist, and Jim Spiri, freelance journalist and author, join Devin O'Leary, film critic for the Weekly Alibi, for a discussion on journalism following the film.

This FREE program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood is a film and discussion series hosted by Devin O’Leary, chief film critic at the Weekly Alibi. Following screening of the feature film, O’Leary and a guest reporter or scholar will explore how journalism is represented through cinema. The series examines the role of the press in democratic societies and invites the audience to engage in conversation with the guests about the future of journalism.
Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood takes place once a month on Sundays at the KiMo Theatrein Albuquerque. The series runs through November. 
Devin D. O’Leary has served as the film section editor and chief film critic for the Weekly Alibi newspaper in Albuquerque, NM for 25 years. Last year, he took over as the paper’s managing editor. He has been the booker and host for Midnight Movie Madness at Guild Cinema since 2002. He was the founder of the Alibi Short Film Fiesta and served as its curator for 10 years. Mr. O’Leary spend the summer of 2008 in Hong Kong co-teaching a class on the history of Hong Kong film to a group of filmmaking students from New Mexico State University. He has written and produced four independent feature films here in New Mexico.
This FREE program is part of the Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen series made possible by the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Kimo Theatre, Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, USA
"Salvador," Oliver Stone's 1986 tale based on the real-life adventures of unconventional journalist Richard Boyle, who finds himself caught up in the vicious political strife in the Central American nation of El Salvador in the early '80s.
Dr. Kimberly Gauderman joined the University of New Mexico History Department in 1998. She teaches a variety of courses focusing on early and modern Latin American history. Reflective of her research interests and her concern for social justice and human rights, she also has served as an expert witness on country conditions in Latin American asylum cases since 2010. She works with attorneys across the country on behalf of refugees from the Andes and Central America. In her asylum work for El Salvador, she focuses on the impact of gender, sexual, and gang violence on women, children, and LGBTI persons.
For over 30 years Richard (Rick) Kozak covered the United States and the world as a photojournalist. The majority of those years were with the Washington Times Corporation. Honored for his excellence in photojournalism by the White House News Photographers Association, Kozak was awarded “Picture of the Year” in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. He became Senior Staff Photographer in 2004 with Army Times Publishing, a Gannett Corporation Publication, covering the escalating war in Iraq. Wounded in 2005 while embedded with the military, he suffered a 30% hearing loss. He returned to the front lines with the Marines two days following his injury and over the next three years he would continue to return and cover combat areas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After making several journeys to El Salvador between 1987-1989, Jim Spiri and his wife, Candi, published a photo documentary called, "In the Beginning....El Salvador". In 2007, Jim was invited in by the U.S. Marine Corp to spend time in Fallujah, Iraq, a well known hot bed of insurgent activity during the war years in Iraq. Eventually Jim embedded with numerous Marine units as well as Army units all over Iraq and across a number of areas on Afghanistan. He is currently planning a follow up journey to El Salvador to chat with members of the Army of El Salvador whom he came across in Iraq years ago. Some of Jim's work can be viewed at
Contact Info: NMHC at (505)633-7370 or KiMo Theatre at

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