NICE ARTICLE ABOUT THIS IN LOCAL E-NEWSLETTER, 9-6-16
Las Vegas, NM has been the locale for so many films and
TV shows for decades that some degree of
“jadedness” has reportedly set in among residents
asked to participate as background “extras” and in
But local video producer Jim Terr reports no lack of
support for his feature-length film, “A Chicken in
Every Garage,” currently nearing completion with
the recent shooting of the opening scene at Charlie’s
The film title is a melding of two famous Depression
era slogans, “A Chicken in Every Pot” and “A Car in
Every Garage.” The film is based on Terr’s run in the
US Presidential Pre-Primary in Arizona in 2012. (Terr
reports that he got 59 votes, “not the worst showing of
all the candidates”), and that he participated mainly with
the making of the current film in mind.
The film has evolved to include themes of mystery,
psychology, and much music -- including by local
performers – and also includes many local scenes
and scenery. Terr currently has a campaign
on www.GoFundMe.com for completion funding –
urgent, he says, since the movie pokes fun at Donald
Trump and needs to be released before the November 8
election. The film also includes elements of his
“Romaine Fielding at the Plaza Hotel” series of stories
and videos, featured at www.TentaclesFilm.com .
The opening scene shot at Charlie’s Spic N Span
starred Santa Fe film union head Jon Hendry as a
psychiatrist speaking to a local civic club about the
story’s main character, who has been in a coma for
years but with very full brain activity, perhaps
imaginary and perhaps based on real experience.
Hendry also donated t-shirts commemorating Las
Vegas’ 100 years of film history, as premiums for
those participating in the project.
Terr friend and associate Gerald Fried of Santa Fe,
composer of hundreds of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated
movie and TV scores including “Roots”
and “Star Trek,” has offered the use of some of his
film music for the project, which Terr says is not
only an honor but a great budget help as well.
Terr has produced over a thousand videos which
have gained over 1.5 million views on www.YouTube.com , including several promoting
Las Vegas with tens of thousands of views.
Over 1.6 million views on our YouTube channel -
and many more views on new videos posted on Facebook
Op-ed published in several papers / sites November, 2016:
Coming to terms with President Trump
Now that the unthinkable (for me and most of my friends, and the pundits) has happened, and after the initial shock, I am seeking a few things to be hopeful about in a Trump presidency.
First, I remind myself that before he became a Republican and Christian and Conservative a few months ago, he was just a playboy Democrat man-about-town businessman. Evidently not a great one, judging from his bankruptcy record and presumably from his never-to-be-revealed tax returns, but a guy who hopefully prefers that he and his buildings survive, above-sea-level, in a world of clean air, water and livable climate.
So I assume that two-thirds of his bluster and his positions were just that, and that he will find a way to walk back much of his pro-gun, anti-abortion, jail-Hillary, anti-immigrant, pro-right-wing-Supreme-Court rhetoric and be forgiven his inconsistency, as he has been so far, by his Faithful. And I assume he wouldn’t like his family (or himself) to become victims of gun nuts and vigilantes.
Second, he’s a self-proclaimed know-it-all, so when he’s confronted with other powerful egos in the GOP establishment I fully expect him to say, eventually, “To Hell with you all,” and do his own thing.
I am looking forward to him having the same experience Barry Goldwater had, when he said in 1994,“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.”
Third, he’s got a family – children and grandchildren – and would presumably like to see them survive and have a good life in a better world. He’s got a wife and daughter he reportedly relies on who are evidently more sensible and gracious than he is. I assume he’d like to make some truly “smart moves” and leave a good legacy, to the best of his ability and that of his advisors.
One of them, Chris Christie, though hated by good Democrats, won my admiration long ago in a fiery speech defending his Muslim New Jersey State Supreme Court nominee from the prevailing “ignorance” (as he called it), and if appointed to head the Justice Department, I have faith in his fairness as well as his intelligence.
Fourth, being in the driver’s seat has got to be a sobering experience. The b.s. and electioneering are over, and his extra-long meeting with President Obama tells me he’s probably serious and humbled (if a guy like that could ever be humbled) by the task before him.
I’m hoping that one term as president will be more than enough for him, more than enough on his résumé, and that he’ll be anxious to move on soon. In fact some are predicting he’ll probably take long, George-Bush-like vacations and leave his VP mostly in charge. (Whether that’s good or bad is another discussion). So I’m hoping he won’t need to keep up the inflammatory and pandering rhetoric for the sake of re-election, because I’m hoping he won’t want it.
I will never forgive or understand those who voted for him, for letting him get away with the secret tax returns, the denials of half the things he said and did, and, mostly, for not repudiating his white supremacist supporters. And I can’t imagine I would like the guy if I ever met him, but I don’t expect to ever meet him. I’m hoping he’s not as vindictive as he has sounded and has encouraged his followers to be, partly because I have made my own anti-Trump views have been very public, and am known to his attorneys.
His sons scare me to death, reminiscent of Saddam sons Uday and Qusay for some reason, but that’s just an impression – maybe in fact they’re great and fair humanitarians.
Time will tell; I will try to be hopeful that President Trump will not upend our world, and will rely on some people experienced in government, and in give-and-take, to do more good than harm.
Just for the record: A recent experience with medical costs Jim Terr - Las Vegas (NM) Optic, 5-1-16
We can’t all seem to agree about much lately, but perhaps we can all agree that in order to address a problem we have to have some accurate information, even if just one person’s experience.
So, assuming we agree we do have a problem with medical costs and coverage (including the specter of going bankrupt from medical costs if not insurance costs), I’d like to share a recent experience with surgery and hospitalization:
A few months ago, in the course of a general check-up, my physician told me that my “outie” belly button is the start of a hernia which, if it ever really popped out, would be a serious medical problem. His advice was that if I could afford it, I should get it reinforced by mesh.
I could finally afford it with my new medical insurance, Blue Cross, purchased through the “Marketplace” (ACA – “Obamacare”) a few months later, so I proceeded. The surgeon who was recommended to me said exactly what my doctor told me – that it was not an urgent procedure but a choice to prevent something serious that might or might not happen in the future.
So, having determined that all costs related to the procedure would be covered, I got the surgery in late December of 2015, in Albuquerque. I was discharged almost immediately, a little too soon, according to some, and sure enough I was taken to the emergency room here in Las Vegas a couple days later, with a couple of painful complications.
I was diagnosed, X-rayed, treated a bit, opiated, and taken by midnight ambulance back to Albuquerque, to the hospital which had hosted the surgery. I was there for a couple scary days before limping out and back to Las Vegas for several weeks’ very slow and uncomfortable recovery – which by the way is what the surgeon had promised me in the first place.
My point, though, is the costs, summarized here and rounded off, and excluding those under $1,000, and figuring out what’s what as best I can from all the billing names that give no indication of what they are:
Now, getting into the realm of the surreal, in my opinion:
• Emergency room in Las Vegas, approximately five hours: $21,300
• Emergency room physician (no surgery or anything dramatic): $1,700
• Ambulance ride to Albuquerque: $1,700
• Now, getting even more surreal, two days in Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque; nothing dramatic, no surgery or “procedures”: $87,500. (That’s right, $44,000 per day!)
Total for this adventure: $125,500, figured conservatively.
Was it “worth it”? Well, it’s nice to have had the repair, but only if I were the successful mega-movie-producer I hope to be could I have afforded it myself, at those prices. Was it worth that much to “society” – us – “The Government,” who paid for it? I doubt it.
Why were the prices so ridiculously high? My understanding is that it’s primarily to cover the costs of those who don’t pay, due to being uninsured. No wonder Blue Cross had to leave the “Marketplace!”
How does every other industrialized society manage to have good-to-excellent medical care covered by a “single-payer” system for everyone (ask people from those countries how good the medical care is or isn’t; don’t ask Rush Limbaugh et al)? An incredible mystery! It could have something to do with their lack of for-profit “healthcare” outfits, headed by CEOs making tens or hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Let’s compare the above to the experience of a local physician who shattered his elbow in a bicycle accident in Spain this past year. He was transported by ambulance to urgent care, then to hospital, given X-rays, a complicated four-hour surgery by a team of 10 people he (a physician) judged to be excellent, pinned and wired back together, and kept in hospital for three days of IV antibiotics due to the nature of the open contaminated fracture into the joint.
He was billed a total of $5,000, perhaps because he was not an EU citizen paying into the system. The cost here in the U.S. would have been at least what my total bill was, over $100,000!
Call that “Socialist,” call it “Herman,” as my doctor dad used to say, but this remains the only country with a million people or more declaring bankruptcy every year due to medical bills, and millions staying in jobs they’d rather not in order to have health insurance.
The solution won’t come with Bernie Sanders or anyone else being elected, in my opinion, but by our facing the problem and the possibilities. And perhaps the solution for the problems with our local, formerly “community owned” hospital lies in the same direction.
Jim Terr is a singer/songwriter, documentary and film producer and satirist raised in Las Vegas, N.M.
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Turbines May Have a Bright Future
They are small and look more like art than innovation. But the mini-windmills
built by a British company could soon be on roofs across Europe and the
US -- if German energy giant RWE has its way. more...
"Jim Terr's YouTube
videos topped 100,000
views in 2008 [now over one million ],
so why shouldn't he self-celebrate? Ego and genius self-perpetuate. You
gotta hand it to Jim. If there's a reason to whip out a camera, a subject
out there to be shot, Jim's been there, going there or there right now.
Or sitting at home manipulating stock footage into some rudimentary animation.
And when there ain't nothing else to do, hell, he'll just write a song
and film himself playing it. I tease and needle, because that's the vital
role he plays in Americana."
Jim Terr projects
for dropping by. See belowfor
from Santa Fe, New
Blue Canyon Productions is a vehicle for various entertainment and media projects produced by Jim
Terr -- a New Mexico native who is an occasional commentator in local
and national media, an actor, singer-songwriter, video producer &
his letters and articles, Jim Terr makes too much sense. In any other
country he would have long since been locked up." - Jonathan Alter,
Senior Editor, Newsweek
Terr's spirit shows through consistently in the essays, songs and other
projects he creates. It's the droll, sardonic, 'cut the B.S.' outlook
that is known around the world as 'American.' His tone is especially
valuable in an election year." - James
"A gentle agitator...who's come up with a way to lower the country's
quotes do not indicate support
of any or all Jim Terr projects
“I am totally satisfied with your first class approach to my video project.” --Matt Kuhn
star film maker?
"Production value and budget always counts less than a great "script" If I had money for a flutter on one NM filmmaker (or disposable income for a speculative investment ) then Jim's my guy."
--Jon Hendry, IATSE
Terr’s creativity and versatility are unmatched. Well, almost unmatched."
"One of the true creative geniuses of our time. ...This
guy does some of the best satire in the business. One of the great comedic
and auditory geniuses of our day."
- Thom Hartmann
highly creative, satirical Outlander and asskicking comedian without
parallel; an excellent writer...reminds me of Calvin Trillin...Jim
Terr has too damn many websites"
preview): It’s not often that an artist who recognizes himself gets
recognized. Wild and reckless Jim Terr knocks ’em dead with his original
one-man, beer-spitting, lady-killing, Brechtian-obfuscationist performance-art
masterpieces that shock grandparents everywhere. (Santa Fe Reporter
Boy learns at an early age
to disappear into the background
of a favorite film, "Small Time Crooks," starring
Woody Allen & Tracey Ullman
Just a nice shot I got -- of Russian porcelain.
Filming the State
Fe Filmmaker Will Produce Radio Drama
Emily Esterson, 11-28-06
the film industry really as good as it seems in New Mexico? With announcements
Seagal movies being shot downtown (today's Albuquerque Journal),
and the Department of Labor saying the information sector's improvement
in job growth is partly due to the film industry, nary a negative word
can be spoken. And hey, it's pretty fun.
filmmaker Jim Terr has been a tenacious, if sometimes strange, force
in the locally-grown entertainment media market. Now Jim reports that
one of his short films - the one he says is his best - will be produced
as a two-hour radio drama for local and national broadcast on KUNM,
Albuquerque's NPR affiliate, in the summer of 2007. Casting sessions
were held last week, bringing in over 100 actors to auditions in Santa
Fe and Albuquerque. "The Home of Katie Archer" has a familiar
ring; it started life as a story about an actor struggling to make it
as a full-time carpenter and part-time actor in a small New Mexico town
visited often by Hollywood movies and settled by Hollywood actors.
has since morphed into a larger tale with a historical back story. Terr
writes on his website that
he's already spoken to several "well-known celebrities" about cameo
voices in his radio play. He's also hoping to produce the script as
a full-length feature film. [see project
Seventeen Traditions" - BEAUTIFUL talk about how his
parents equipped and inspired him to be an activist, inadvertently or
otherwise, by Ralph Nader. Whatever you think about Ralph's presidential
runs, this isn't about that. Very funny, thoughtful and rich. Explores
how people gain a "civic sense," and why so many think that's
so unusual. AUDIO 45 minutes: Real
28 (7MB) MP3
(42MB) Taken from this
HUGGING IS NOT A CRIME
Marisa Crockett talks to an Albuquerque police officer at the University
of New Mexico on Tuesday about her "free hugs" project. Crockett,
a Canadian, is traveling across the United States in her bio-fueled
car. She offers hugs to attract people so she can talk to them and get
the word out about her recycling program. The officer was responding
to a complaint about her offering hugs but left after discussing with
her what she was doing.
Shaminder Dulai Albuquerque
I use some more than others
(like only once, in some cases), but I was just going through my "favorites"
and selected a few that some of my eclectic friends might find useful.
In addition to Wikipedia, etc., of course.
While there are
individual videos on YouTube which have gained millions of views,
Terr is proud to have built his
viewership by posting a wide variety of videos -- 62 to date -- beginning
16 months ago with a video called "Santa
Fe Stops," showing vehicles speeding through a Santa Fe stop
Terr videos produced
as far back as 1992
are included on his YouTube "channel."
Thousand" video features a hot boogie-woogie piano background
track by former Santa Fe resident Clay
Cotton, now stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. Terr hopes that
exposure of the new video will increase CD sales for Cotton, and says
he never tired of Cotton's piano
playing in the hundreds of times he heard it while editing. "In
fact, it got better and better."
37 of Terr's
shorts - including previews of two forthcoming videos -- are excerpted
for the "Hundred Thousand" collection, ranging from actor and
comedy sketches, political satire and commentary, crafts and trades,
documentary excerpts, proposed feature film "trailers," advertising
parodies, local cultural events and restaurant visits, interviews,
live performance excerpts and musician portraits.
was included on the music clips excerpted in the new video, however,
due to clashes with the background piano track. In fact, Terr's most-viewed
video, "One Year
Old Child Prodigy Piano Genius" , with over 50,000 views,
was not even included in the new collection.
as authors Tony Hillerman and Douglas Preston, humorist Dave Barry,
actor Kevin Pollak and NPR broadcaster Scott Simon are included in
the videos, as well as stills of and references to President Bush,
Valerie Plame Wilson and others.
In the latter
piece , Terr admits that the production of short videos has gotten
to be a bit of an obsession, but he credits and thanks YouTube for
making it so easy for videomakers to post and to find videos. Terr
has mostly not taken advantage of other video-posting sites thus far.
He has also posted the Santa Fe-related videos on his own www.SantaFeShorts.com
site, which links to the YouTube videos.
Now that I'm older,
I still got me hair,
But there's still things 'bout which,
If I were sufficiently a pessimist,
I might still be willing to bitch.
Sittin and standin',
movin' me bowels,
Trying to unlock the damn door.
Life is a more static, less automatic,
Now that I'm 64.
It's only the
new 54, that's what they say,
But that's a load of bull and it's hard to take.
And no doubt when I am 85,
I'll know me attitude was a mistake. -But meanwhile…
Send me postcard
telling me please,
Where I left that note
Reminding meself where I left the auto keys,
And where I put that linament to rub on me knees.
If I stay out
til eleven or twelve, dial 944. (or is it 991?)
Life is more static, less automatic,
Now that I'm 64.
pictured in video: (YouTube)
Cathy Lee Crosby
Ian McKellen (Sorry - mistake - he was born
Craig T. Nelson
JT YouTube videos as of end of October, 2008.
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Obama can help sell books. When he's seen reading a book on a plane or carrying one in his hand during his travels,
it can create a stir. When Obama was photographed holding Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer,
the book's sales bumped immediately, and requests for media interviews with the author surged.
Another time, Obama mentioned that he was reading a new book about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, causing a stir
at several different publishing houses — each of which offered titles on the former president. (But this phenomenon does not seem to hold true for Jim Terr books - SEE BELOW.)
If you are a fan of independent films, there are more options than ever that allow you to tap into the stream of releases entering the market. Technology has made it easier for producers and distributors to get their content into the homes and devices of audiences due to the emergence of mobile devices coupled with digital streaming. If you are a fan of indie films it does not take anywhere near as much effort to search for new sleeper hits as it did in the old days. Additionally, if you are looking for in depth documentaries that will open your eyes to the world around you the choices are more varied and plentiful with streaming services.
In the olden days of VHS tapes and Mom n' Pop video stores in every small town as far as the eye can see, people that wanted to watch independent movies or underground documentaries had to search through the collections of passing caravans or worse: make bootlegs. It was a rough time but things have changed big time since then and now film connoisseurs can indulge their fancy by tapping into a number of great new sources that have sprouted up recently thanks to advances in streaming video.
DirecTV offers an entire catalog of documentaries to select from, the range is as varied as the field. According to their directory there are over 350 to pick from the next time you sit down to watch. That is literally weeks of footage to immerse yourself and the family into. Your mind will be buzzing with all the great information to take in from the DirecTV documentary offerings. There is no way you know all this stuff or have watched all these, and if you try there will be more added before you can get through them all. Sign up for DirecTV using www.SaveonTVDirect.com to save a few dollars.
If you prefer streaming services like Netflix they have you covered. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices now it is possible to dive into a great film anywhere, so long as you have a subscription. They make available an ever expanding group of indie films from around the world, an impressive stock of cinema. Since they are now producing shows for distribution they have sort of entered the indie television field as well. There are plenty of amateur film makers putting their creations onto Vimeo as well.
So the next time you are looking for a movie that is outside the Hollywood mainstream or seeking education through videography give these streaming options a try. You never know what you might discover, maybe while checking out the group of offerings you find a new personal classic. Just because they are high budget extravaganzas does not mean they are highly entertaining. Often times these movies have great actors that are working on a passion project for little more than the desire to see a movie get made, to tell a particular story or play a certain character. The documentaries take a risk to expose an issue or cause, in some cases risking the crew by adventuring into hostile territories or incurring financial responsibilities beyond the involved individuals personal capacity to account for the costs.
Two women friends had gone for a girls' night out.
Both were very faithful and loving wives, however
they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi
Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to
pee, so they stopped in the cemetery.
One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought
she would take off her panties and use them.
Her friend however was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them.
She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave
that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she
proceeded to wipe with that.
After the girls did their business, they proceeded to
The next day, the husband of one of the women was concerned
that his normally sweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over, so he phoned the other husband and said:
"These girl nights have got to stop! I'm starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!"
"That's nothing," said the other husband,
"Mine came back with a card stuck to her ass that
'From all of us at the Fire Station.
We'll never forget you.' "
Bonded for life.
A guy starts talking to two women in a bar; they turn out to be Siamese twins, and they wind up back at his apartment.
He makes love to one, and then starts to work on the other.
He realizes that the first one might get bored watching, so he asks her what she'd like to do.
She says, "Is that a trombone in the corner? I'd love to play your trombone."
So she plays it while he screws her sister.
A few weeks later, the girls are walking past the guy's apartment building.
One of the girls says, "Let's stop up and see that guy."
The other girl says, "Gee...do you think he'd remember us?"
LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Conservative demagogues who are familiar with Jim Terr might ask, “Jim, why do you hate America so much?”
Everyone else who has heard Terr’s twisted country tunes about our current national morass might wonder why he isn’t famous yet.
Terr has been kicking around the music and film business ever since he graduated from Northwestern University in the early 1970s with a major in partying and a minor in English literature.
While Terr has written some beautiful mainstream country tunes, he’s best-known for his novelty songs, which take on corporate greed, the NRA, menopause, Walmart, Glenn Beck, day trading, Santa Fe tourists, the American health care system, Joe the Plumber, Texas school board members, global warming, Karl Rove and Facebook.
Have we left anything out?
Oh, yes. Terr has also skewered common grammatical errors, the BP oil spill and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg’s annual Thanksgiving piece on her mother-in-law’s cranberry relish recipe.
“Believe me,” Terr assured me, “I’m an equal opportunity annoyer.”
Terr, who has lived and worked in Santa Fe for most of his career, is back in his hometown of Las Vegas these days. Terr (rhymes with “burr” – as in burr under the saddle of just about everybody) has been on my radar screen for a couple of decades, mostly because of his profuse letter-to-the-editor offerings, but it was two of his most recent songs that persuaded me I needed to finally meet him.
“The Campaign Finance Song” is a subversive little piece that takes on the fundraising system that keeps members of Congress chasing campaign contributions. Terr’s solution is for each of us to just kick in six bucks and eliminate the possibility of special interest influence.
And “Standard & Poor” examines the economic slide of the upper middle class. “I guess I’ve been downgraded, now I’m standard and poor,” is the money line.
Over coffee and papitas at the Spic & Span cafe, a short walk from his family home, Terr told me that finding targets for satire is as easy for him as tuning in to the news of the day or listening to people talk. His songbook grows thicker every day.
“Since I’ve been in Vegas, I’ve been on a real amped-up song-writing streak,” Terr said. “Sometimes, I write a couple a day.”
It’s not like there isn’t plenty of material out there for a willing satirist, and Terr sees something to get worked up about everywhere he looks.
Indeed, Terr has a stunning array of songs and videos available on his websites, www.jimterr.com and www.bluecanyonsatire.com and on YouTube, where he recently passed 600,000 views [now over one million, as of June 2014]. His oeuvre includes a spoof commercial spot for turquoise-encrusted jackalope droppings as well as “Chicken Stock,” a Jewish parody of Woodstock, and a rock ‘n’ roll song about a public health care option accompanied by singing hamsters.
Which is to say he’s not exactly mainstream.
Still, Terr put out a record called, “Please Cut My Song, Mr. Travis” and even though Mr. Travis has not yet complied, Terr hopes to someday write a country hit.
Even though he has been aired on NPR and other nationwide radio broadcasts and he has released a handful of CDs, he says he barely makes a living writing and recording songs. His new CD, unreleased and as yet unnamed, is mostly comedy, only some of it political, and Terr said he’s tried to trim out the most partisan tracks.
“It just cuts back your market to have songs about hating Republicans,” Terr acknowledged.
Even so, the new CD will include “What We Need Is Another Texas President” and “Bosses of the World Unite.”
And, for the record, Terr doesn’t really hate America. He just wants to keep it from flushing down the drain.
“I don’t hate Republicans,” Terr assured me. “I’m anti-demagoguery and mass hysteria and so I attack it when I see it.”
Terr also likes to take a break from politics and just have some fun. Two of his most popular recent releases are “Mama Don’t Send Me to the Big Box Store” and “Do They Have Email in Heaven?” The punch line to that tune, which could be the official anthem of the 2000s, is “cause if not, I don’t want to go.”