4th Annual Madrid Film Festival
Under the Stars at the Historic Oscar Huber Ballpark
Your hosts, impresario Joe West and author Andrew Wice, are back to welcome audiences to the Fourth Annual Madrid Film Festival on Friday, August 27. For the first time it will be shown outside, under the stars, for one night only. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments to the Oscar Huber Ballpark to enjoy the very best short films made in New Mexico this year. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm, and the program will begin promptly at 7:30 and conclude at 10 pm.
Sitting on a historic baseball field, the audience will enjoy big-screen entertainment in the open air. Comedies, dramas, music videos, animation and documentaries offer an entirely original cinematic experience. The films will be competing for a variety of honors, including the grand prize Le Palme d’Coal and the Audience Choice Award.
Tickets will cost only ten dollars per person. Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be postponed to the following evening of Saturday, August 28. In the spring, the Madrid Film Festival on Tour will bring the films to audiences around the state of New Mexico.
The Madrid ballpark, in addition to being the center of community fun for a century, is of great historical significance. Built in 1919 and electrified for night games in 1922, it was the very first lighted ballpark west of the Mississippi. The minor league Madrid Miners were a farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the field hosted Negro League All-Stars as well as disgraced members of the Black Sox Scandal, playing under assumed names. Amazing facts and eyewitness accounts of Madrid’s history will play over the PA before the program begins, a complimentary promotion of the Madrid Oral History Tour.