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NMSU Instructor Wins Award For Short Border Film

LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico State University screen-writing instructor has won the New Mexico Centennial Award for her film on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ilana Lapid, an instructor in the NMSU Creative Media Institute, won best New Mexican film during the recent Taos Shortz Film Festival for her short piece “Red Mesa.”

The 17-minute film is a coming-of-age story about a young woman living with her grandfather along the U.S.-Mexico border when she begins a forbidden relationship with an illegal immigrant from a nearby ranch.

Shot at Corralitos Ranch, just west of Las Cruces, the film was based on previous experiences for Lapid.

The film was a master’s of fine arts thesis project for Lapid as a graduate student in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.