Domenici documentary premieres at policy conference

September 15, 2011: Update from The Domenici Institute

The documentary “DOMENICI” will premiere at the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference. (Submitted photo)

The documentary “DOMENICI” premiered at the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference. (Submitted photo)

“DOMENICI” will be available in late September for viewing online and also will be available for purchase.
Please check the The Domenici Institute website at the end of September for additional information

“This is a story about a baseball player, a teacher and a lawyer. About a father and a patriot. This is about leadership.” – Sam Donaldson, narrator

From Russia to the Rio Grande, Senator Pete V. Domenici has used his leadership skills to change lives worldwide. Narrated by award-winning journalist, Sam Donaldson, the documentary “DOMENICI” chronicles the historic career of New Mexico’s longest serving United States senator through eight presidents and four decades of change. With stories from Bob Dole, Chris Dodd, Howard Baker, Bill Clinton, Lamar Alexander and many staff and friends, we learn about a man known as “Pete” and discover how he helped New Mexico and the world.

“He has made America safer, Russia safer and the world safer,” says former President Bill Clinton, referring to the historic work at the end of the Cold War.

And at home, Domenici may have saved the acequias of New Mexico, along with the silvery minnow.

“There will never be another Pete,” says Jose Otero of Bosque Farms.

According to Senator Bob Dole, who worked with Domenici to balance the federal budget, “If you look back now and see where we are today, had we followed some of Pete Domenici’s efforts way back in 1985, we might be out of this mess.”

The documentary highlights Domenici’s remarkable achievements with the federal budget, energy policy, national defense and nuclear non-proliferation, as well as his work as a champion for individuals suffering from mental illness and, of course, his amazing accomplishments in New Mexico. From locations halfway around the world to the shore of the Rio Grande, the documentary captures a piece of history that will live forever at New Mexico State University’s Domenici Institute.

“The history is astounding,” says Emmy Award-winning Producer/Director Chris Schueler. “And this man’s ability to connect with people, ranging from small communities in New Mexico to nuclear scientists in Russia, made it possible for him to do things for our state and the world that affect us all.”

According to Executive Producer Lisa Breeden, “These are stories very few people know about the senator. And yet, through them, we can see how his leadership has shaped our state and country.”

“DOMENICI” will be an integral part of the Pete V. Domenici Archives at NMSU in Las Cruces. The project also will serve as background for the living legacy of Senator Domenici in the Domenici Institute’s annual Public Policy Conferences to raise awareness and spark discussion of some of our country’s most challenging problems.


August 19, 2011 by Janet Perez, NMSU News Center

A one-hour documentary film on the life and career of retired U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici makes its premiere on the final day of the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference.

The conference, hosted by New Mexico State University’s Domenici Institute, takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. The documentary will air on Sept. 1 at the conference’s closing luncheon.

“DOMENICI” chronicles not only the life of the former senator, but it also looks at the impact Domenici — and by extension New Mexico — made on national public policy.

The film, narrated by ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson, includes commentary from former President Bill Clinton and former senators Robert Dole and Howard Baker, among others. Staff and friends also are interviewed.

The documentary highlights the achievements of New Mexico’s longest-serving U.S. senator ranging from the federal budget and energy policy to national defense and nuclear non-proliferation.

“He has made America safer, Russia safer and the world safer,” Clinton said in “DOMENICI.”

Domenici’s impassioned work on behalf of individuals suffering from mental illness also is featured in the film.

“This documentary is an important record of the contributions retired Sen. Domenici made to the people of New Mexico and to every citizen of this nation,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of NMSU’s College of Business and director of NMSU’s Domenici Institute. “He worked cooperatively for the best interests of the nation. Today’s political leaders would do well to emulate the example set by Sen. Domenici.”

After the documentary’s premiere, it will air on KRWG Las Cruces PBS at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2, and on KOB Albuquerque NBC at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Two additional educational videos will be released early next year. The videos will supplement the original documentary by highlighting some of Domenici’s work with natural resources, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the LES Uranium Enrichment Plant and Native American endeavors — significant contributions to the state of New Mexico.

The 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference costs $50 to attend, with registration and payment available online at domenici.nmsu.edu. The event is free to students. For more information, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066.


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