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KiMo Theatre Hosts a Free Screening of Local, Low-budget Western

Celebrating the DVD release of ‘The Righteous and The Wicked’, shot in New Mexico in 2009 and nationally distributed by Lionsgate, on December 2nd, 2011.

ALBUQUERQUE (November 7, 2011) – The Righteous and The Wicked is the newest film from Albuquerque writer/director Craig A. Butler (Land of Entrapment, Duke City Nights) and producer Peter Fishburn. On Friday, December 2nd, the cast and crew will celebrate the release of the film on Lionsgate DVD with a free screening of the film at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Shot on a shoestring budget in New Mexico in the summer of 2009, The Righteous and The Wicked has been picked up for nationwide distribution through Lionsgate. The film will be available on DVD starting November 15, 2011. DVDs will be available for sale at the Dec. 2nd screening, which will feature an introduction by writer/director Craig A. Butler and a short Q&A with the cast and crew. The screening is free to the public as a promotion for the DVD release.

The Righteous and The Wicked is a blending of two classic movie genres: the Western and the heist film. It turns the Western convention of a lone gunman facing off with a gang of bad guys on its head by following the planning, execution, and consequences of the heist from the gang’s point of view. One-time cattle rustler and bandit HossĀ  Williams is getting too old for his life of crime and he knows it. His new gang has six members, each with a specific role to play in his final heist. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until one of them starts playing by his own rules.

The cast of The Righteous and The Wicked features New Mexico actors Craig Myers (5 Shells), Justin Tade (Book of Eli), Billy Garberina (Necroville), Jeremy Owen (Paul), Phil Duran (Stiffed), Alexander Thorne (The Bigfoot Election), and A.J. Rome (Scoundrels). The film’s running time is 97 minutes. The KiMo Theater is located at 423 Central Ave. NW, in the heart of downtown Albuquerque. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 7:30. Admission is free.