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“Preacher” pilot getting ready to roll in New Mexico

preacher-comic-book AMC pilot filming in New Mexico OHI

Known for the ABC series “Agent Carter” and his roles in “Captain America” and “Need for Speed”, Dominic Cooper has been cast as Jesse Custer in the upcoming AMC pilot, “Preacher”.

Sneak peeks of production scouting have eked out via New Mexico filmer, “Preacher” series writer/producer, Seth Rogen (#NMFilm Observe And Report).

Joining Cooper and Rogen, “Weeds” actress Elizabeth Perkins and “True Blood” actress Lucy Griffiths round out the cast so far, along with Deadwood’s W. Earl Brown cast as Preacher’s Sheriff Hugo Root.

Locals hopeful of landing a background role can begin the submission process now by sending clear, up-to-date photos, height, weight, hair color, eye color, make, model, year and color of vehicle, and a CONTACT NUMBER to:

See this White Turtle Casting sample email for correct format.

The dramatic series pilot, based on the comic book series of the same name will tell the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher possessed by Genesis, a supernatural entity conceived by the unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon. Given immense powers, the preacher teamed with an old girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and set out on a journey across America to find God, who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven and hold him accountable for his negligence.

The production is scheduled to film in Albuquerque, New Mexico beginning in mid-May.

“Game of Thrones” actor to star in New Mexico made thriller

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau filming movie in New Mexico OHI

The Wrap is reporting that “Game of Thrones” actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will star in the upcoming feature film, “Shot Caller”. The thriller is about a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.

Directed by Roman Waugh, “Shot Caller” is set to film in New Mexico beginning late next moth through mid July.

As OHI reported in March, background casting is currently underway with Robert Baxter. To submit email to:


Casting REAL New Mexico Families for National Commercial

Midthunder Casting

Midthunder Casting is casting interesting, busy, fun New Mexico FAMILIES!
You must have children and/or stepchildren in order to submit
Twins, triplets a plus. The more children the better!
Children all ages from infant to teenager.
Welcoming pets and animals (livestock) of all kinds, too!
Families of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, same-sex, etc…with
interesting lives, occupations or active lifestyles and hobbies, from
artists to ranchers, schoolteachers to rafting guides and everyone in between.

New Mexico residents ONLY,
in and around the Santa Fe / Northern New Mexico region.
The commercial will film IN YOUR HOME, so before you submit, you must
agree to this.

For families with 3 children or more, complete FORM A
For families with 2 children or less, complete FORM B
Forms can be found on the Midthunder Casting website:

Send fully-completed forms to no
later than Tuesday, April 28, midnight, MST
No phone calls.
No mail deliveries.

Auditions will be held Thursday, April 30 – Saturday, May 2 in Santa Fe

May 18 – 21 or May 26 – 29, 2015

May 22 – June 2, 2015

RATE: SAG scale

Today’s NM Film Fix

Now filming:
Feature film, Independence Day 2
Feature film, War on Everyone
Feature film, The Ridiculous Six
WGN series, Manhattan – Season 2
NBC series, The Night Shift Season 2
Netflix series, Longmire – Season 4
AMC pilot, Preacher – in development/scouting

Now showing:
The Messengers – CW
Friday nights at 7pm (MST)

The Night Shift – NBC
Monday nights at 9pm (MST)

Coming Soon:
The Magnificent Seven (reboot), Gold, The Run, Shot Caller, Better Call Saul back any day now.

Sidenote: Better Call Saul actor, Patrick Fabian to judge NM Actor’s Association “15 Seconds of Comedy Fame” with…Swami Rob and the Film Chick.

Now Casting:
Midthunder Casting, On Location Casting, White Turtle Casting, Robert Baxter Casting, Lorrie Latham Casting,
Good Faith scouting for DISNEY XD, now seeking qualified New Mexico youth talent 9 – 16 years old SEE FLYER on the Good Faith Casting Facebook page for details on how to submit and get scheduled for an appointment for the first week of MAY.


The Santa Fe Labor Film Festival will be casting cars and holding a film technician workshop in addition to a whole host of events and a slew of documentary film screenings that will raise your consciousness…Jesse Ventura style.

Contact: Nani Rivera

The Santa Fe Labor Film Festival is Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3
On Facebook and at:

Sol Acting Academy Young Actors Showcase

Sol Acting Academy Youth Actors Showcase OHI

Sol Acting Academy and Stephen Burhoe invite you to witness “the best young, New Mexican talent around!”

Pass The Remote!
Sunday, May 3rd at 3:00pm and 6:00pm
Sol Acting Pro Kids Showcase!
Seniors/Under 12: $5
General Admission: $10

TICKETS for 3:00pm – 5:00pm showcase

TICKETS for 6:00pm – 8:00pm showcase

Sol Acting Academy classes for youth and children aim to instill communication and leadership qualities that will inspire their students for a lifetime. Students engage in positive, creative, self-esteem building learning experiences that are structured to develop their appreciation for artistic endeavor, while teaching teamwork and communication skills that are vital to young adult development. Sol teachers have experience working with kids who are new to acting, interested in acting, and those currently signed on with local talent agencies who want to further develop their skills and confidence.

“At Sol Acting Academy, we are not striving to build the best kids acting program in the state, we’re striving to build the best program in the country,” said Burhoe. Join the proud Acting Instructor for this Sunday showcase of young actors who are eager to demonstrate their talents and what they’ve learned at Sol.

Albuquerque Restaurant History up for auction

A small part of “Breaking Bad” history and an Albuquerque institution, Paul’s Monterey Inn served up an unparalleled New Mexico fine-dining experience since 1971. Paul’s was featured in the Oscar caliber New Mexico film, “Crazy Heart” and played backdrop for one of the many nerve wracking scenes in the world famous New Mexico made television series, “Breaking Bad”.

Locals have been reminiscing and sharing their Paul’s Monterey memories ever since news broke of its closing in late February. Now restaurant ware collectors (if there is such a thing), New Mexico film fanatics or just those weepy for days of Paul’s past can have a piece of the iconic restaurant.

On Wednesday, April 29, Bentley & Associates, LLC will be auctioning off all the remaining goods from the retro feel steakhouse. Whether a simple glass or plate might catch your eye or if you’re in need of an entire corner booth, visit the auction page here for more details.

#NMFilm DVD Release: 50 to 1, available April 28

#NMFilm 50 to 1 now on DVD OHI

The New Mexico made movie, “50 TO 1″ based on the incredible true story of New Mexico’s own underdog racehorse Mine That Bird who against all odds won the 2009 Kentucky Derby will debut April 28 on DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The film tells an inspiring and humorous account of real American cowboys and the series of seemingly insurmountable challenges they encountered on the way to Churchill Downs, when Mine That Bird and his misfit owners beat the odds and came out Derby winners.

Skeet Ulrich (“Law & Order: LA”) stars as Chip Woolley, Mine That Bird’s trainer, and Christian Kane (“The Librarians”) stars as Mark Allen, the horse’s owner.

Appearing as himself is Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, who guided Mine That Bird along the rail to pass 18 horses in 20+ seconds for his astonishing win. 50 TO 1 also stars William Devane (Interstellar), Todd Lowe (“True Blood”) and Madelyn Deutch (Like a Country Song).

50 TO 1 is produced and directed by veteran producer and Oscar® winner Jim Wilson (Best Picture, Dances With Wolves, 1990), who also produced The Bodyguard and Wyatt Earp. An avid horse-racing fan, Wilson was devoted to getting the film out of the starting gate, so he personally raised more than $8.5 million to get the movie into production. 50 TO 1 is a heartwarming film that proves even underdogs can keep up in the final showdown with the world’s racing elite. The screenplay is by Faith Conroy and Jim Wilson.

Bonus material for 50 TO 1 include an in-depth making of featurette, allowing audiences to go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to learn how they adapted the greatest horse race in history to film. Also included is a laugh-out-loud blooper reel.

Synopsis: A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.

50 to 1 has a run time of 111 minutes. It is rated PG-13 for some suggestive material & a bar brawl. A laugh-out-loud blooper reel is also included.

Skarsgård and Peña kick off “War on Everyone” in New Mexico


Now THIS is confirmation. Days after speculation ran rampant that Swedish star Alexander Skarsgård would replace young Garrett Hedlund to lead John Michael McDonagh’s, “War On Everyone” with Michael Peña, the production has released the above set pic…along with McDonagh’s exuberant announcement of the commencement of filming, now underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“It gives me great pleasure to declareWar on Everyonewith my fellow combatants, Michael Peña and Alexander Skarsgård. We look forward to the battles ahead, and we will go on with a spirit that fears nothing. That’s Homer, by the way.”

The film, shooting in New Mexico through at least mid-May also stars, Caleb Landry Jones, David Wilmot, Paul Reiser, Tessa Thompson and just announced Theo James. “War On Everyone” is a jet-black comedy about two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he…

The Three States of New Mexico Film


On Saturday, the Las Cruces Sun News published a story as part of “an occasional series about the film industry in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico”, titled “Officials discuss plans for film industry in Las Cruces”, which says in part, “With new tax incentives for filmmakers passed by the New Mexico Legislature this year and money being gathered to build a soundstage in the Las Cruces area to attract more big-name productions, local film advocates are searching for a way to get a piece of New Mexico’s growing film industry, which spent more than $1 billion over the past five years.” Going on to cite a “bill passed in the 2015 legislative session, specific to Las Cruces, is the reappropriation of $555,000 for the construction of a soundstage, or studio, that would provide production companies with a fixed facility to shoot films or television shows in Doña Ana County.” All in support of spurring film and television growth in the southern region of the state the likes of which both Albuquerque and Santa Fe already benefit from.

Santa Fe based business agent for the state’s film workers union issued the following retort to the piece via his Facebook page on Sunday night.

“First I love that there’s a conversation on the future of Film in Las Cruces but as always I believe that conversation is happening in a vacuum. Those of us who actually talk to picture companies daily ( like me, I talk to at least 10 to 15 companies a week who are either here, thinking of coming here or were here and are in the rebate process ) have never heard that pictures bypass LC for Abq or SF because of lack of stage space. The number one reason is lack of crew. Number two is lack of something unique or at least better than the other options. We had a good start on crew when Mike Lawrence was there. He was 100% with us on the best way to learn how to make movies is to work on a movie set and learn from real technicians and we shot multiple projects including (my favorite filmmaker ever ) the multiple award winning “Red Mesa ” with Union funds. Now [they’re] back to theory and classroom at DACC and your best assets Mark and Ross and shooting with kids who will leave the state and take [their] knowledge elsewhere ( which is ironic since the best thing you have going is Mark staying home ). You build crews from the strong, the willing and the invested. Give me someone who loves movies and I will give you a film technician. Like Dan or Pepper.
On infrastructure me and the NMFO are 100% in agreement. The investment needs to be private so there’s skin in the game. But the seed and the field comes from the government. Again find me a place and we can build you enough of a set that we can hang our hats in and we can do the rest. Can’t find a western backdrop? Close a street and let us haul in dirt. Or a hacienda. Whatever. Build it and they will come (note the big hoopty the paper missed is designed to kick start the production of commercials a natural for Southern NM) Finally you need a hook. Not sure it’s good that the WSFF went away but honestly I’m the last couple of years it wasn’t the national fest you deserve. Let’s build a great one around Mark’s big whoop. I will lend you the best fest planner in the state who works for us. And put some other resources in if I’m matched. But it just doesn’t take competence it takes [concern] and cash, which we can find if there’s a real commitment from the community.
You can’t wait till you figure out sound stages. We had a business in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for 40 years based on locations crew and sets before we built stages. That’s the end game. That’s where [they’re] at in GA now and were in Nola 5 years ago and ABQ 8 years ago. If “build it they will come ” won’t work and you’re walking away from years of work, health Insurance and pension contributions while you wait to see if it works. My plan, the industries plan is quicker and cheaper. Plus it’s proven. Your call”

Commentary by IATSE Local 480, Business Agent, Jon Hendry

Catch the related firestorm of comments on this topic and add your own, here.

Today’s NM Film Fix

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500 2nd Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
10AM – 5PM

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