Though this heartthrob’s TWO New Mexico movies have yet to be released, our Golden Tumbleweed Awards are about the work – and boy has done that along with thousands more full & part-time New Mexicans who’ve worked in NM Film, on projects recently wrapped and/or released!
Clearly a favorite as voted and swooned about around town, Channing Tatum takes the top spot, voted favorite temporary New Mexican in this year’s poll.
This pristine beauty may not have taken a golden statue home last night but she handily raked in the most votes as a NM favorite! Hailee Steinfeld comes-in tops just over NM’s perpetual film noir, nay horror queen, young Chloe Moretz – both of whom were but recently, relative unknowns – both of whom are destined for only major greatness in the future.
Thanks for participating in the voting process this year and check-in here to see the local results and last years noms & top vote getters.
Click here for event details for Albuquerque’s, For Colored Girls Theater Performance!
Regina Dawley, Cathryn McGill, Sandi Kay, Teona Ducre, Dia Gaitirira, Kalene Dan-Jambo, Dominque Gray, Lamonique “Lala” Davidson, Chandra Ursule Brown, Cecelia Webb, Brenda Hollingsworth Marley, Alana Grier
Click the pic to hear me unabashedly gush over one of our most favorite New Mexico ladies – model, actress and now producer, Diana Gaitirira. I was able to chat with her on Friday to catch-up on some of what’s new with her.
Diana gave us an exclusive interview about two of her newest and most exciting projects. Find out what upcoming Rainbow Studios Theater Company production she’ll be starring in at North Fourth Art Center.
Aggressively swiftboated as a nemesis “on the backs of our children”, robbing our state of proper education, health care and on the verge of prompting the release of violent criminals onto our streets – the much maligned NM Film Incentive program holds on to the competitive rate of 25% but is now capped at $45M.
If an epitaph for New Mexico film is being formed, it surely began on the day that action met inaction by way of electoral votes in favor of Susana Martinez over Diane Denish for the next Governor of New Mexico. And if there was a day in New Mexico history that marked a flag flying victory for Corporate loop-holing it would be the same day.
Though I may make quips about having to now move to Utah because even their legislature and hopeful Utes are pulling ahead in the race between many to catch-up to New Mexico in becoming a firm fixture in global film making – it was never about photo ops, events or even so much about film for me.
It has always been about New Mexico for me. Yes, I love the lore of “Old Hollywood”, if even only as an observer, but more happily as an advocate for what the industry lends to our great state. So well captured on the silver screen; whether drafted or reenacted, the stories of triumph over adversity, of enlightenment and empowerment should not be discarded just because of their packaging.
When I was a little girl with a flare for the dramatic – I never wanted to grow-up and move to Hollywood (still don’t), I wanted “Hollywood” to come to me – and it did. When I read Hemingway and Fitzgereld I loved them both – one for his grandiose, self actualizing prose and the other for his innate eloquence in capturing all those and that around him; and Lennon, so biting, so raw versus (quite literally) McCartney so painfully romantic and light.
These balances of the imbalanced are what we are poised to thrive on. We need the trappings of show business like charlie sheen needs to marry lindsay lohan – but what we do need is a future for an industry that employs thousands of New Mexicans, that stirs excitement, inspiration and hopes in our communities. We aren’t Maseratis and reality tv. We’re chicken wing eating, NFL loving reality in a pick-up truck. We’re all that and so much more. But what else? That’s what the bulk of our youth and disenfranchised are asking.
What next? Where do we go from here? Nowhere? To the crack den or to the set? Can I grow-up to make millions in office or will I grow-up just unlucky enough to be oppressed by Corporate America?
While Jeff Bridges is perennially Oscar nominated and crusading to feed the hungry in America let’s tell ours, not for you, not this dream. Apply to Wal Mart again, because social services are being cut so that birth control and government cheese also aren’t an option any longer. No wonder the crack dens aren’t only on the set and petty crime abounds – hopelessness breeds (quite literally) poverty.
So, no I will not actually be moving to Utah, I/we will stay here in the state that we love with the people we love and we will continue to seek out the best in NM Arts, Entertainment, Education and Training – not for the love of “Hollywood”, but for the hope that we can bring a little joy, a little fun, a little encouragement to anyone interested in such things.
Join the online efforts to speak-up for NM Film here, here or here.
UPDATE 3/15/11: Now casting for 18 year old males who could play 16 in the feature film Goats. Needed by tomorrow night for a fitting. They will work Friday and maybe Saturday. Email ASAP please email@example.com.
UPDATE 3/2/11: Goats Casting Call for boys and men who can pass for 14-18 years old prep school students. Tomorrow at noon at Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, NM.
Note: Come clean shaven, hair groomed. Think Prep School. Ready to meet Director who will be picking actors on the spot. Noon to 3pm.
6000 Pan American Freeway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Goats starring Graham Phillips, and David Duchovny is looking for school aged looking adults to play as private school attendees and also administrators and teachers. Please send current headshots and resume including age and wardrobe sizes asap to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shooting starts March 12th. This is a paid extra’s job.
I first met Mary when I was in 8th grade, she was 12 and in 7th grade at the same Jr. High School. She was in the choir and I was in the band. We had many friends in common and we would hang out at her house which was just down the street from the school.
We went to different high schools though so we didn’t see each other as much but we did manage to have an on and off again relationship.
I remember the exact moment I fell in love with Mary. The picture of that moment is forever burned into my brain. I see that picture in my head constantly!
My band was playing a show at the old Beach Boys house in our hometown of Whittier, Ca. I had just pulled up and was getting ready to unload my drums when all of a sudden this gorgeous 6 ft blonde comes walking out of the house. It was Mary!
I hadn’t seen her in a while but in that time she had grown into this beautiful woman. I knew at that very second that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
I so cherish that moment and am so thankful that my brain took a snapshot of it and constantly shows it to me. It was and still is the best moment of my life! – Don Ivie
Though you can’t quite call foul – Not when your home goods are drop-kicked left on the curb with a giant, lighted, pulsing arrow sign around ‘em saying, “TAKE ‘EM!” – enter UT, CA, etc., etc.,
New Mexico Film Futures – 17th item on the Legislative agenda today
Letter from NM Film Advocate to Senate (as fwd. to us):
Dear Elected officials,
below is an article regarding what Utah is doing FOR their film industry while you contemplate what you are going to DO
I spoke with someone from the film industry in Hollywood, and he said quote…
“Well, that’s it… It’s over for NM.
Theres no saving NM now… Utah has bigger cities, very similar landscape, its closer to LA, home of the Redford Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah, and much more… Including crews based in LA are allowed to come and work!”
It is now time for you to quit meddling in an industry that is employing New Mexicans..Utah is seeing and seizing the opportunity we are taking for granted.
Please be logical. And please read the article below.
February 24, 2011 – Albuquerque, NM – While lawmakers in Santa Fe debate cuts to New Mexico’s highly successful film incentive program, their counterparts in Utah are expanding the Bee Hive state’s similar program and removing its sunset provision.
In a 57 to 12 vote, the Utah House decided on Tuesday to both raise the 20% credit to 25% and make the program essentially permanent.
“Utah has looked at what we have done here in New Mexico and wants to emulate our program,” said Santa Fe based producer, Alton Walpole. “They recognize that this industry creates good jobs and attracts investment that creates a positive overall economic impact.”
The Utah legislation, HB 99, also adds digital media companies to the eligible applicants column for the incentive.
“As a state that adopted incentives early, we got a head start in building infrastructure and developing a skilled work-force,” said Walpole. “This has made New Mexico one of the top destinations for production and new media markets like digital effects. With other states rushing to duplicate what we’ve achieved here, attempts to cap or reduce our incentives send exactly the wrong message about our long-term commitment to this industry. In this competitive environment it’s vital that our lawmakers protect our strategic advantage by continuing to support and even improve New Mexico’s program.”
HB 99 now moves to the Utah Senate, where Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser is the floor sponsor.
One Legislator’s Reply:
Are you telling me I should give up our attempts to compromise with the Governor? I thought we were working to save the industry, perhaps you echoing you[r] friend from Hollywood’s sentiments might be an issue for you.
We were fortunate to receive several replies ourselves from some of our elected officials – none we received were quite so combative. We’re thankful that our Legislator’s are listening – so please do keep-up your efforts to have your voice heard!
Come root for your home team at the 2nd Annual Duke City Classic!
The Albuquerque Kings will be hosting the 2nd Annual Duke City Classic Wheelchair Basketball tournament on February 26th and 27th, 2011.
Teams from Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico are set to play in a wheelchair basketball tournament long overdue. Located directly between states that hold one or more wheelchair basketball teams, New Mexico, via I-25 and I-40 is centrally located, great for a Southwest tournament.
This event is completely free and open to the public. Come out and experience this high speed, intense sporting event. T-shirts and concessions will all be on sale and local business and groups will have booths for you to visit.
The tournament will be held at the Albuquerque Job Corps Gym. Games will be played from 9am to 8pm on Saturday and 8am to 1pm on Sunday. The event name is 2011 GO Unlimited Duke City Classic.
Price: $0.00 – free and open to the public
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 26th and 27th, 2011
Time: CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE
Location: Albuquerque Job Corp – 1500 Indian School Road NW, Albuquerque NM 87104
As we’ve been following for you here, here, here and here New Mexico’s new Governor has her sights set on executing the state’s firm hold on U.S. and Global filmmaking.
As the 2011 Legislative Session draws nearer to its close, Film Incentives have indeed remained a sticking point – but don’t take it from me…here are two real reporters reviewing what’s really going-on and undone in Fe.
In the Santa Fe Reporter – Zane Fischer paints the all too real picture of Susana Martinez as a Corporate Loophole loving, “HOLLYWOOD” hating, Tea Party standard play-booking, inflammatory statement making swiftboater (my words not his).
In the Santa Fe New Mexican – Trip Jennings details the battle in the roundhouse between NM Film and the above mentioned (Corporate Loophole loving, “HOLLYWOOD” hating, Tea Party standard play-booking, inflammatory statement making swiftboater).
MI – demonstrates the err, UT – is at the ready, AL – really puts out, TX – matches the seemingly arbitrary 15%, LA – braces…and NM?
You’ve seen him co-star with “Demi Moore” in New Mexico’s own premiere music video beckoning the star back to her home state…You may have caught the Slow Burn of New Mexico’s Ultimate Party Rock Band, but now you can see a whole new side of Slow Burn front man Eric Blaze…
Along with the Rock Star, Risqué Cabaret presents the Wall Street Tease, Latin Lover, Italian Stallion, Hottest Cowboy and more!
New to the Q, this Male Review is bringing the show to YOU tonight!
Doors open to the LADIES at 7 – show starts at 8 thru 10 o’clock. All are welcome to the coed dance party 10:30 til close!
As much as I enjoy not being single, I KNOW and enjoy that there are many, many Hot Singles in NM!
The Q specifically is currently seeking to showcase its finest.
Albuquerque the Magazine is holding its annual Hot Singles search (now through May 22) – and though their bountiful supply of high gloss, full color pages with artfully photographed and displayed beauties, sexy beasts, model citizens and humble hotties can never fully capture the hotness of NM singles they will try and YOU will enjoy!
The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso is conducting a model search for its new signs, advertising and website.
Casting call…from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at LAT Studio, 11601 Pellicano, Suite B-16.
The winner will not only be the face of The Outlet Shoppes but also will win a professional photo shoot, an overnight stay at Inn of the Mountain Gods and a $500 gift certificate from the mall. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. March 4 at The Outlet Shoppes.
GOING GOING GONZO UPDATE 2/21/11: As reported *below MI lawmakers are batting about their film incentives to an even lesser degree than NM is and they’ve now LOST their stake in the NM bound AVENGERS movie. via NM Business Weekly
WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON SB 568 (puts a prohibitive cap on incentives) and HB 479 (decreases incentives from 25% to 15%) – raise your voices to the capitol.
UPDATE 2/21/11: SB 568 has been laid over. Another day to contact YOUR senate committee…all the contact info. and links to the bill itself below. Go New Mexico!
UPDATE on the competition 2/20/11:
*MICHIGAN – Law makers are proposing a more straight forward/above board cap that has MI film supporters calling foul, fearing a steady stream of taillights heading OUT of the state. – Full Story here.
ALASKA – Increased film incentives range from 30% up to 44%. Full story here.
On Thursday, the last day to submit bills to the 2011 NM Legislature, SB 568 – the FILM PRODUCTION & EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT bill was introduced just under the wire…”In essence, this bill pits film against education retirement and caps the film credit at $45M.”
Film and Fashion Industry Nights Expands to Santa Fe: (Official Press Release)
Albuquerque – With two years of successful monthly Art of Fashion Shows and weekly Film & Fashion Industry Nights at some of Albuquerque’s most exclusive locations, Buzz Networking owner Stephen Cuomo is expanding to Santa Fe.
“Santa Fe is such a dynamic city, known worldwide for its fashion, art and jewelry, and it only makes sense for the only weekly networking event for the film and fashion industry to be in our state’s capitol”, said Stephen Cuomo. “I want to produce a hip scene for creative people to mix and mingle, collaborate and share ideas”.
The weekly Film & Fashion Industry Nights will begin on Thursday March 3rd at Rize Nightclub at 135 W. Palace Avenue with a free kickoff fashion show featuring local boutique designers and models. The event will begin at 8:00pm and last well into the night. » Read the full post