Transparency, yes. Drop-kick, no. If the url isn’t down, as it habitually is, contact NM Governor Martinez here to say, “KEEP & COMPETE NM FILM @ 25%”
Is in the midst of an ongoing national economic downturn the time to blindly stab away at an industry that New Mexico has gained proven global leadership in?
While “think tanks” and “industry insiders” alike name New Mexico time and again as one of the few states in the nation with a stronghold on securing Film as a viable and sustainable industry into the post fiscal crisis, the State Legislature is weighing the sweeping proposal by our new Governess to cut NM Film Production Tax Credits to one of the lowest rates in the country – equal to that of our neighbor Texas.
NY, GA, LA, and MI already offer equal or more in incentives than New Mexico and would likely gain much needed ground in carving out their own stake in the industry if we’re willing to let our leadership hold lapse at this critical point in the nation’s economy.
Governor Martinez claims that the cut would save NM $25 million in the next fiscal year. Premature at best to be asserting such a bold bottom line statement, being that it is commonly acknowledged by proponents and opponents alike that there is no cognitive data of what actual impact the industry has on the state – therefore aren’t we asking to cut the legs off the pony before asking him to do another trick?
Last week the Roundhouse saw an outpouring of impassioned presence and testimony when HB-19 was presented to kill incentives altogether, effectively ending careers and businesses that already feel the instant pinch when they get the “rescind order” calls the state’s experiencing in even just this time of flux.
The Bill, brought for the third year running by Roswell Rep. Dennis Kintigh (R), was tabled 5-4 in a cross party vote by the House Committee hearing the matter.
In addition to the threat to slash put forth by Governor Martinez, two Senate Bills are still in play during this 2011 New Mexico Legislature set to affect the state’s film program:
Only a “chick” could truly appreciate the epic meltdown that surely spewed forth from the mind of the exquisite flower that is Camille Grammer (a.k.a. what Michael K. looks like in his mind) when her estranged cheating, cross dressing, pretentious husband (he is still her husband) regaled Not Regis and Kelly about his pending road trip/love fest with the childlike version of herself he’s itching to make his bride.
My own chick ears perked-up further when Kelse went so far as to name Fanta Se specifically (and by that I mean passive aggressively) on his long list of United States road trip must see destinations – I thought surely that’s a stab aimed direct toward Camille’s perfectly silicone framed heart…because a few years back Kelse was in rare prick form when he so obnoxiously berated his ride up NM’s Own WORLD RENOWNED Sandia Peak Tram, arranged by the exquisite flower herself while Kelse was here filming Swing Vote to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
That footage was surely lost in the mega fubar that was NBC’s late night shake-up. But maybe some YouTube whiz could dig that up for us…the gist of it was he hated and berated calling it a tram ride up “a hill”.
Well now that Kelsey has found “enhanced love in his life” (surely his children are none the better for such flippant statements, but any-a-hole takes a trip) maybe Grammer will find the City Different to his liking this time out.
I only hope Kelsey’s stick is promptly removed or that he’d at least wear the Scarlet DB on his prominent forehead and embrace his true self the way Camille proudly wears the authentic awesomeness that is her exquisite-flower and nothing else self!
In this edition of things that don’t need to happen: NM’s Own Mishka, oh wait – I like Mishka and she has emotional range, I mean Minka Kelly has been cast in the latest installment of Charlie’s (please let me rest in peace) Angels.
The upcoming CA² production returns to its small screen roots on ABC with original series producer Leonard Goldberg. Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) round out the trio.
The series pilot will be set in Miami and will reportedly feature the voice of Robert Wagner as Charlie!
UPDATE/Escándalo 2/8/11: According to the Daily Lobo, the America’s Next Top Model ~auditions held on the UNM Campus yesterday did not go off without a hitch and a heaping bowl of disappointment for dozens that were turned away.
This year’s cycle has upped the proverbial ante by only accepting beauties 5′ 7″ and over which obviously puts Nuevo Mexico at a height-disadvantage, now I don’t know if it was spelled out in the prerequisite we ourselves linked you to below, but we sure are sorry to hear that anyone was disappointed with their experience (or lack there of) at the auditions.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it a million times more – New Mexico’s got talent, young, old, short, & tall! Please do keep checking in with us for casting, crew and other local opportunities – Dirt off your shoulders beauties!
Premiering Saturday February 12 on HBO, here is your first look at the New Mexico production, starring veteran NM film actor & part-time resident Tommy Lee Jones and equally accomplished and award winning actor Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2009 we brought you a glimpse into the life of an artist.
“Gianni [Lopergolo] joined the Hasbro family in 2002 and completely reinvented the way product photography was done for the toy company. With over a thousand original photographs spanning his impressive Hasbro career…” – Hasbro
Sadly Gianni passed away last night in Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife and three children.
Now available from Hasbro, insight – a collection of visual art photography by Hasbro Professional Photographer and Artist Gianni Lopergolo.
A devoted family man as well as a “trail-blazing” photographer, Gianni is now unable to work due to the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which he has been living with for over three years. Hasbro and a team of its producers and writers are proud to offer this compilation of over 100 photo images from within Hasbro’s own creative studios to showcase Mr. Lopergolo’s unique vision and stunning artistry, while raising awareness and funds for Gianni, his family and others suffering from this crippling disease.
Please visit Hasbrotoyshop.com to purchase this one of a kind action figure collectible – which includes images of iconic characters such as “DUKE, BARONESS and COBRA COMMANDER from Hasbro’s G.I. JOE brand as well as CAPTAIN AMERICA and SPIDER-MAN from its MARVEL line and LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER action figures from its STAR WARS line”.
And to learn more about the fight to defeat ALS click here.
GLORIOUS UPDATE: HB-19, The Bill to Kill Film is dead! Tabled 5-4 in first committee!!!!!!! NEXT UP though, a push by Gov. Susana Martinez herself to LOWER incentives to 15% – effectively eliminating New Mexico’s competitive edge over other states.
Coincidentally Texas film incentives currently sit at 15% and several other states meet or beat New Mexico’s 25% – But no other single state can boast the #1 city in the country and #3 place in all of North America for Film.
Tonight while you’re watching Modern Family, washing down your binge-sized serving of McDonald’s with red wine (oh wait, that’s me), NM’s Own Jessie Tyler Ferguson is in the Q…
As you can see below (depending how far into your box of wine you are), Jesse Tyler is in town to attend a local PFLAG meeting with his dad, aww.
No word yet if JTF will make his way N. to make a showing at tomorrow’s Roundhouse presentation of the Bill to Kill NM Film…I’m sure the Albuquerque Children’s Theater prodigy could lend a lot to what will hopefully be a productive conversation of all the NM Film Industry brings to the state, such as inspiring and affording opportunity to young people who will grow and go out into the world making us all proud to call them New Mexican!
Hello Albuquerque!! You may have heard The James Douglas Show, you may have seen The James Douglas Show…you might have even partied with The James Douglas Show – but NOW if you wanna get down to business and make the cut you can BE an honorary part of the SHOW!
Try-out for your chance to be featured with the SIX TIME GRAMMY NOMINATED kings of FUNK!
Please see below for the casting requirements and details for the latest James Douglas Show music video directed by Eric Martinez, produced by Jerry Angelo and Fire Born Films…
100 businesses that support the the Film Industry will be featured in a short film. They will be filmed holding a sign in front of their place of business, non speaking. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate!
The bill to put an end to our Film Incentive Program is being heard this Thursday, January 27th @ 1:30PM in Room 317 – Film Works for New Mexico
“…the song tell[s] a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalyptic overreaction by military forces.”
With the Epic “Ignore” going on at the Roundhouse toward the passionate & viable industry we call Film, there have been several calls to action to show support for simply maintaining something that thousands of New Mexicans have already worked so hard to attain – the very prestigious, successful and promising position New Mexico holds as a LEADER in Film and Production.
Those of us already in the campaign know what we’re fighting for and if anyone is unaware we should all be at the ready to $pell out for them the impact on our great state this brightest light since green chile shines down upon us. These may be romantic, enigmatic, fanciful descriptions of a very real threat posed by those armed with manipulated numbers and forked tongued “data”, printed out in upteenlate on official letterhead paper – but that cannot win out over the facts in the end?
Like a big screen saga in itself, we hope and quite literally pray – not for an apocalyptic overreaction resulting in the obliteration of this industry we hold so dear, but simply to be heard and understood for all that Film brings to the businesses, students, artists, communities and trades of New Mexico – that the evil that is arbitrary crosshairs is removed and that the true examination and transparency of the state’s film programs is provided, as promised.
Far many more of us care about this teeming situation than can possibly collectively voice, center stage at the rotunda, but let’s do show our support and at least know that we stand together for something that will benefit New Mexico for generations to come, if not lost on deaf ears. We know their eyes might see.
Wear your Roundhouse Red, fly your flag, float your balloon to keep New Mexico Film – perhaps we can achieve at least a seismic shift in awareness that we are here and we support each other.
“…three of our current productions are in the final push phase. We’re short staffed in a few vital areas where we need additional artists to help with the effort. You’ll see below there’s a list of the positions for which we’re currently recruiting. Please feel free to forward this information to the skilled and experienced artists whom you know. Please note that due to the nature of the production crunch we’re in, newly hired artists need to hit the ground running. As such, these opportunities probably aren’t right for super new college grads or career transitioners looking for a change. Thanks for your understanding.
Senior to Intermediate level abilities:
Cloth / Hair
Effects TDs — Houdini experience required
Look Dev Artists
All positions are either in Culver City, California or Albuquerque, NM.
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Thursday Jan 27, the New Mexico Legislature will hear a bill to kill the NM film incentive program. Show your support for the industry and attend the House of Representatives debate – If you’re seeing RED, poised to be in the RED or just support the cause, wear RED on Thursday.
Kill New Mexico Film, Drill Baby Drill!? If New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez gets her way our state will effectively eliminate our ranking as the top spot in the nation for Film Production – Giving our JOBS, REVENUE, and the SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY for future generations away (TEXAS ANXIOUSLY AWAITS) Mom’s & Pop’s jobs are poised to FALL as the CORPORATE LOOPHOLE REMAINS WIDE OPEN — and Gas & Oil Subsidies ABOUND!
Hot Links a.k.a. Being Ignored by Governor Susana Martinez:
And now for lovers of great flavor combinations, such as “peanut butter & chocolate” comes one of my most favorite pairings, a hot whitey and a spicy Mexican (see our wedding album, Ricky and Lucy [i know, i know he's Cuban], The Erica Viking show w/Big Benny Martinez, etc., etc.).
Tomorrow night all eyes in Burque have a chance to see the hottest show in town including an acting/comedy team of the aforementioned variety.
Keepin’ it Latino’ish, razztacular and New Mexican!
Thanks to Jessica Miser-Alba and George Lopez for keeping NM and proud Latinos everywhere in the swing of Awards Season with their multiple Razzie Award noms for sour performances in two New Mexico movies.
Jessie was nominated three times over, including a nod for Worst Supporting Actress in the NM Film, The Killer Inside Me.
Jorge too nabbed several noms (one for voice acting – ouch), including Worst Supporting Actor for NM Film, The Spy Next Door! Woot!
See the entire list of dubious nominations here presented by the greatest, unsung, poetic mind of our time…