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NMJC Offers Summer Documentary Class

6/25/2009 9:56:20 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. As part of New Mexico Junior College’s Summer Session II, English professor Bryan Kirby will be teaching “Documentary Film and Nonfiction Writing.”

The class, which Kirby describes as “fun, funny, exciting, sad, and entertaining,” will examine 20 of today’s “most interesting” documentaries.  For instance, American Meth, narrated by actor and New Mexico resident Val Kilmer, explores the methamphetamine epidemic that is ravaging blue-collar America as well as the steps being taken to bring it under control.  According to one review, the film “paints a picture of both devastation and hope."

Another film that will be examined in the class is Bullrider, which takes an inside look at “the most extreme of extreme sports.”  Riding one-handed on the back of a bucking 2,000-pound bull, bullriders either “stay on for eight seconds, and . . . go down in history,” or “fail, and . . . risk serious injury or death.”  Insights by pro riders Justin McBride, Mike Lee, Tony Mendes, Ty Murray, and others reflect on what this dangerous sport means to them.

The class will meet in Heidel Hall, Room 203, at 9:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning Monday, June 29, and ending Thursday, July 30.

For more information on this class, please contact Professor Brian Kirby at 575.492.2834 or

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