MORIARTY, N.M. (KRQE) –
It’s not the most glamorous place in New Mexico, but some filmmakers from New York are putting it in the spotlight: Club 203, a truck-stop strip club near Moriarty.
It is the focus of the pilot episode for a new series that follows two women across the country as they try out different jobs.
For now, you have to get to a computer to watch the pilot episode on www.vice.com, but these filmmakers are hopeful you will soon be tuning in on TV.
The series is called, “Every Woman.”
In the pilot episode, filmmakers Natalia Leite and Alexandra Roxo traveled in August from New York to Moriarty.
“Well, someone on the Internet when I read a review was like, ‘This is the place where strippers go to die,’ ” Roxo says of Club 203 in the episode.
The club is right off I-40 and caters mostly to truckers passing through. The pair danced at the club for a week and lived in the motel next door.
They say they wanted to put themselves in these women’s shoes, or in this case, high heels.
“We want to generate discussions around sexuality and gender expectations and seeing how these things play out,” Leite said.
Vice.com just released the pilot episode on its website this week.
Future episodes will follow Leite and Roxo to other parts of the country doing all kinds of jobs.
So, why start near Moriarty?
“We are not your average gentlemen’s club that’s for sure,” the club’s owner told KRQE in May. Leite and Roxo agree.
“Club 203 and the people there, dancers there, are very different than the stereotypes,” Roxo said.
The two call the place special and unique and said they love New Mexico.
“We are not trying to judge anybody,” Roxo said. “We’re not trying to say we’re experts on anything. We’re just going in, showing something through our eyes, our camera’s lens, our artistic vision and then boom.”
They said the experience taught them a big part of the dancers’ job is being a counselor and people should let go of their judgments when it comes to strippers.
The pilot episode is the only one online now.
The filmmakers say it will likely be another three to four months before another episode is released.
The ladies said they first discovered that club near Moriarty while scouting locations for a feature film they are working on. They plan to shoot that in New Mexico this summer.