Portales residents prepare to receive red carpet treatment

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Plans are being put into motion to bring the locally-filmed movie “Believe in Me” for a Hollywood-styled premiere at the Tower Twin in Portales.

Utilizing the communities in Portales and Clovis for filming during October of 2004, the film is based on the true story of a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team.

Several local residents in the area participated in the filming of the movie, according to Tower Twin general manager Michelle Goodwin. When the word came the movie would premiere in select venues, Goodwin received calls from concerned citizens expressing a desire to see the movie premiere in Portales, she said.

“There were a lot of people here in Portales who took time off to be extras for the movie,” Goodwin said.

Michael Martinez of Portales and Goodwin have begun a campaign for the movie to premiere in Portales.

“The reason we are doing this is to showcase Portales. The people (residents) came out and showed what Portales could do (for the film crew),” said Martinez, one of the extras in the film.

Martinez wants to have local businesses paint the movie’s logo on its windows and to make and post rally signs on First and Second streets similar to what is done during Portales Ram games, Martinez said.

Once these steps have been completed, Goodwin will be sending photos and other information about the desire for the film to premiere in Portales to the film distributor. Goodwin has hopes that these steps could persuade the distributor to premiere the movie locally, she said.

“We’re going to go all out. We’re trying to get as many people involved in this as we can. We are definitely open to any help we can get from anybody,” Goodwin said.
Martinez plans to attend the Feb. 20 City Council Meeting to address the issue.

For information or to volunteer, contact Michael Martinez at (505) 219-9118, or the Tower Twin at 356-6081.