Albuquerque-area students’ movie trailers hits big screen

RIO RANCHO (KRQE) – Movie trailers made by local students are playing a in a theater near you.

“I think it’s just the best thing ever,” said Brianna Jaramillo, a Rio Rancho High School student.

The new Star Wars movie isn’t the only thing bringing a crowd to Premiere Cinema in Rio Rancho.

“It’s definitely cool,” said Bronson Macias, a Washington Middle School student. “It’s amazing that we get this opportunity.”

After winning a new local competition hosted by the Rio Rancho Arts Commission, FBT Architects and Premiere Cinema, Rio Rancho High School and Washington Middle School students got to the theater on Monday to see their own sci-fi movie trailers play on the big screen before a private showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“I grew up with Star Wars. It’s a unique opportunity,” said Matthew Lutz, an art teacher at Rio Rancho High.

“Yeah, big audience,” said Rio Rancho Senior Trevor Amestoy. “It’s nice.”

Rio Rancho won first place.

“It’s exciting to see your students work up on the big screen,” Lutz said.

Washington won first for middle schools and second overall. “Beating high schools and charter schools, which is really cool. I’m very proud of the students,” said Dominic Pettine, a videography teacher at Washington Middle School.

He said his students convinced him to play the disgruntled teacher in the trailer who accepts a mission to help save the world with the best hackers, who also happen to be his worst nightmare, teenagers.

Before hitting the big screen, Washington Middle School students have gotten attention for videos they’ve shared on the computer screen.

A video titled, “I Am Not a Test Score,” spread on social media earlier this year amidst protests against state testing.

Now, they’ve got a new kind of project to add to their resume.

“I just hope we can do it again and maybe have the other classes do it too,” said Tomas Olona, a student at Washington Middle School.

One of the two trailers will show before every screening of the Star Wars movie at Premiere Cinema in Rio Rancho.

A group of judges, including members of the Rio Rancho Arts Commission and other community members, screened 13 video submissions before selecting the winners. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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