|UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Want to see White Oaks in the movies before visiting? You have several viewing options. The most recent was a wonderful French-noire documentary called "Requiem for Billy the Kid." The indie "The Outfitters" (starring Dana Delaney, among others) is also a fun look at the local persona. "Young Guns" featured White Oaks as part of the story of Billy the Kid, though the movie wasn't actaully filmed in the area. The "No Scum Allowed" sign reportedly inspired a sign saying the same on the White Oaks Saloon. Cue the popcorn, spend some time on the tube in White Oaks, New Mexico.|
Requiem for Billy the Kid
This modern-day French-noire film is about Billy as viewed from the present day landscape of Lincoln County. It features locals from Lincoln, Capitan and White Oaks, while the real star is the way director Anne Feinsilber directed the work. Get ready to look at the Billy the Kid story in a French-sultry sort of way. It's worth it just for the smoky rendition of "Knocking on Heaven's Door." It sort of compares Billy's unfullfilled (?) life to that of a French poet that died before his time. As Netflix put it: "Amid gorgeous scenic shots and vintage photographs, Feinsilber also explores parallels between the Kid and the short-lived French poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose words are read here by Kris Kristofferson."
Short on gunfire; large on characters.
This independent film wanted to be The Milagro Beanfield Wars but, dah...., that had already been made.
There's not a local around who can't tell you where every scene is this film was taken, including the No Scum, the defunct Rodeo Bar (outside of Capitan) and the old bean mill out in Claunch.
What can you say. This is a modern American classic and the post popular film every made about Billy the Kid, mainly because of an all-star ensemble cast lead by a wild-eyed Emilo Estevez.
It did establish, though, a film personal for Lincoln, White Oaks and the surrounding countryside. A sign on the outskirts of White Oaks (in the film) saying "No Scum Allowed" is believed to have been the derivation of the current "No Scum Allowed Saloon" in White Oaks. (With the prior owner it was the "White Oaks Saloon," no scum allowed.
|Email a native. Billy the Kid artist rendition by Jeff Chapman . This site and www.museumsoflincon.com created and maintained by the White Oaks Arts Council, Inc . Brad Cooper, designer.|