Longtime resident and generous benefactor of many worthwhile places and causes in New Mexico, George RR Martin knows a thing or two about art, passion and a good get. Back in 2015, the living literary legend and “Game of Thrones” icon talked to Albuquerque’s 94 Rock Morning Show about why film matters and needs to be retained at full strength in his beloved state.
Members of your local Film Union, led by IATSE 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry, countless New Mexico film businesses, related services and organizations are working around the clock at the State Legislature’s Special Session, going on now, to ensure New Mexico’s future in film remains secure.
On top of the mounting data and reports detailing the tremendous benefits to the state economy, local business opportunities and industry growth potential comes a Bill from House Republicans that aims to cut the programs that have built our now world famous, first-class film industry.
The legislation that earned a “do pass” in House Committee with a party-line vote, late last night, will now move on in the session for further consideration. While the number tinkering could end up being as much as a 50% decrease to the state film cap, guised as a so-called “cost saving” measure, the hard numbers and facts show that the the offset of a theoretical, and down the road, marginal savings in incentives would actually result in realtime job and economy losses.
The details, dubbed the “Reel” facts, are now being reported at the Shoot New Mexico page, which invites conversation and ideas for the next steps in actionable measures to make sure New Mexico’s film futures remain intact for future generations, including those who will be affected as early as the beginning of the year 2017.