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KiMo Theatre Chronos Film Festival Schedule
November 3, 2011
Master of Ceremonies, John Kapelos
9:00 am registration
Opening speech by Philip Bloom keynote speaker and guest of honor.
Screenings 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Break for lunch 12-1:00 pm
1:00 John Kapelos shows “Commentary”
2:00 pm Audio Talk by Gary Lux
3:00 pm Panel Discussion by Philip Bloom, Jon Connor, Cristina, Eric Kessler, Gary Lux, Jared Levy, Brad Kremer, and others.
4:00 Jared Levy Shows Graffiti Fine Art
Philip Bloom introduces “Koyaanisqatsi”
5:00 pm “Koyaanisqatsi” by Godfrey Reggio
6:45 pm “Enter the Dojo” by Matt Page
7:15 pm ”Mother’s Red Dress” by writer/director Edgar Michael Bravo and Producer John Paul Rice
10:00 pm Meet-up at the One Up Bar
Friday, November 4th, 2011
Master of Ceremonies: John Kapelos
10:00-11:00 am Talk by Philip Bloom
11:00 am-12:00 pm Screenings
12:00 pm-1:00 Brad Kremer Film and Talk (kids)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Jon & Cristina Give Masters in Motion Talk
4:00 pm-7:00 pm Break
7:00 Dinner Reception TBA with Party
8:00 pm John Kapelos introduce Steve Weiss for awards ceremony.
8:30 pm Performance by Amanda Ply
November 5, 2011
10:00am 3pm Shooters Run with Philip Bloom, Brad Kremer, Jon Connor, Cristina Valdivieso, Jared Levy and others.
Closing Party with The Strange
5pm Downtown Albuquerque
$12.00 Films only
Seniors and Students
$10.00 TOTAL anything with student school ID
$30.00 for day or evening only pass to panels and discussions.
$60.00 for full day pass
(times and showing subject to change)
Iron Man 3 will use about 1,000 extras during the film and there will be over 550 crew jobs and will be shooting from May 2012 until January 2013 with a Memorial Day weekend release in 2013.
– Premiere Casting, on the Cast & Crew Call for the NORTH CAROLINA production
Despite “The Letter” circulating among film and television execs as drafted from the office of your Governor, New Mexico is watching a short list of productions dwindle as industry insiders name names in this losing game.
Within the last few days everywhere from mainstream media to a palpable buzz on the social net is touting the big win over New Mexico North Carolina scored in landing the third installment of the Iron Man franchise.
“My top priority is creating jobs, and this film production will mean high-quality, well-paying jobs for North Carolinians…I pushed hard to get the revamped film incentive passed, with the help of a number of lawmakers, and now we see that initiative doing exactly what it was designed to do. 2011 has been North Carolina’s busiest year in the film industry with productions having a direct spend of over $200 million. Iron Man 3 will add to this record breaking year and carry over into 2012.” – NC Governor, Beverly Perdue
Just as recently as the broadcast of the Iron Man loss, industry bible Variety lists New Mexico as one of the states suffering production losses at the hands of Government unrest.
ABC Family ramps up production on The Lying Game this week after shooting its pilot right here in New Mexico back in 2010. The show was picked-up just as our legislature, under new leadership was batting down about our film incentive program. The show’s regular series production has since moved to Austin, TX.
We were also home to the Longmire television pilot shoot this Spring. Production on that series is eminent, where is the question. OHI’s late August inquiry into that yielded a lengthy “no comment” regarding the filming location for the 10 episode pick-up from an A&E rep.
While we still have Arnie, yet another pilot and the fifth & final seasons of Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight respectively on the horizon, there needs to be more fuel under this fire. ¿Qué no?
Award winning screenwriter Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish) scripts and will direct the upcoming film, Fort Bliss. The independent war drama is the story of a female soldier who returns home after a long tour in Afghanistan struggling with traumatic emotions and trying to rebuild the relationship with her five year old son.
Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Machine Gun Preacher, Source Code) is set to star. The $2M film will be produced by Myers, Brendan McDonald and Adam Silver.
Shooting is scheduled to begin June 2012 right here in New Mexico.
As always, UPDATES TO FOLLOW…
Variety reports that Fort Bliss is budgeted at around $2 million with filming is set to start June, 2012 in New Mexico.
The Daily Blam – Today, EUE/Screen Gems Co-owner and COO Chris Cooney confirmed that the Marvel Studios production of “Iron Man 3” will shoot at EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington, NC for the majority of the production.
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue joined Cooney at a press conference at the studios this afternoon. The major motion picture is scheduled for release in 2013. Marvel executives considered locations in Los Angeles, Michigan and New Mexico before deciding the right mix of space, talent, and incentive were available in the North Carolina coastal city.
“We aggressively pursued this piece of business,” says Cooney. “We negotiated hard, and it paid off…. » Read the full post
Our favorite part-time New Mexican, beloved meth maker the world over, kick-a** actor and pre-marital counseling advocate, Bryan Cranston will hit the big screen next summer in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages with Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige.
We know him for his critically acclaimed success on television, his generosity in giving back to the community, local stand-up, of course those Emmy wins and now we’ll see Bryan Cranston in his film singing debut!
As Mayor in the hair band, glam rock world of 1987 Cranston is set to belt out the classic Pat Benatar anthem, Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
Here’s a sneak peek at your man Bryan taking a turn at the microphone in a 2010 episode of SNL:
In addition to Rock of Ages, Cranston has completed work on the upcoming films, Total Recall, John Carter, Red Tails and Leave. Currently filming Argo and slated to star in London Fog. But next up >> Cranston and the rest of the good time gang of Breaking Bad are due back in NM for the fifth and (hopefully not) final season shoot!
I am casting an episode of Fatal Encounters for NBC Universal true crime documentry series which will be shooting in Albuquerque Oct 27th thru Oct 30th. We are looking for non union or (Fi Core) re-cre actors. Specifically were looking for:
Female, 30 yrs old, light brown hair must be comfortable in her underwear no nudity involved.
Male 52 yrs old Hispanic\Caucasian. Graying hair and mustache.
Day Players for this shoot are;
Two Brothers, White/Hispanic, mid 20s short dark blond hair.
One Female white\Hispanic,50s short medium height, average build, brown shoulder length hair.
One Female 70s short medium height, average build. gray or white hair.
One male Caucasian male 20s to early 30s medium height, average/ athletic build.
One female 20s to 30s medium height, average build.
We will be casting a few roles from submissions for this shoot from these actors. Were also looking for a few extras to be in a casino scene and to play Police Officers. Please send all submissions to email@example.com
DATELINE AUSTRALIA, (not part of the USA) – No wonder no one can find NM on a map of North America (I’m looking at you USA Today of the early 90s, which reversed NM & AZ…At least you had the pre-cognition to cite the future likeness in immigration “standards”).
You can take the Native American out of Tonto, but can you take the West out of this western?
The Lone Ranger project has been all but laid to rest once already, to that end producers are now addressing ongoing budgetary concerns. Specifically, Jerry Bruckheimer deconstructs the approximate $10M price slash for The Hollywood Reporter, including the back-and-forth possibility of breaking-up the NM portion of the shoot, hauling it out of the West and into Louisiana where incentives are higher.
“We redid the production plan. We originally laid it out to avoid winter. Every single location we had, there was winter — 30s at night, 50s during the day, best-case scenario. We were jumping around. California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah. If we had a big crowd scene and then the next day we were shooting just Tonto and the Lone Ranger, we still had the crew “on” because you have them weekly. So we bunched the sequences that were big together, and for the smaller scenes [we] laid off the extras, the effects people, the makeup people. It costs an enormous amount with 150 extras on the set. It’s not the extras, it’s the people that support the extras. You’re still carrying all the wardrobe, makeup and hair people. We bunched together scenes with Tonto and the Lone Ranger, so we had a much smaller crew. We saved about $10 million just by doing that.
Then we looked for the best break in tax incentives. We found that Louisiana gave us a better tax incentive than New Mexico — that was another $8 million. We’re still shooting in New Mexico, and we might [also] go to Louisiana. We’re asking New Mexico to come closer to the Louisiana incentive.
We dropped our California location not because they didn’t offer a tax break but because it was another production office that we had to open. Every time you have a new location, you have to use crew time setting it up for you. There are a lot of expenses.”
Bring it all the way home New Mexico, get a piece of this epic Disney Western with some back-end action or something in exchange for meeting the request…Keep our hotels loaded, tourists coming and our cast & crews employed…and maybe a little global PR to follow, so maybe the rest of the country learns in this century that NM is part of the continental UNITED STATES AND that we have better skiing than AZ.
N. Mex has already lost Quentin Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western Django Unchained starring Leonardo DiCaprio, NM Fave Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, which starts shooting this November in NOLA.
UPDATE 10/18/11: Third-part hosting is the “hanging chad” of this contest. Please stand by to get your votes in for our girl Dia…
Though the registration and voting process leave much to be desired, namely ease and functionality, the campaign brought to you by local a.m. television show New Mexico Style, is a good one and it’s a great opportunity to showcase New Mexico talent.
Prestigious New Mexico jeweler to the world (and Breaking Bad), Gertrude Zachary is holding a Model search for the next face of Zachary…
The contestants have all been entered at New Mexico Style and now it’s up to YOU to crown and otherwise bejewel the WINNER!
Tops with us is perennial OHI fave Diana Gaitirira! An obvious beauty, replete with all the talent, charisma and star quality to represent Zachary and New Mexico with style!
Laborious and convoluted as the process may be (good practice for the easier government election process) log on to Kasa.com specifically here to cast a vote for actress/model/spokesperson extraordinaire – the beloved Diana Gaitirira!
VOTE daily, now through October 23. The winner will be revealed on New Mexico Style Friday, November 4th, 2011
Most definitely barreling toward New Mexico at the speed of light and sound is an elite group of filmmakers, equipment and technological innovators, artists and rabid film fans!
One of these breakthrough film makers is Jared Levy. Fresh from a two year stint in São Paulo Brazil, Levy is bringing his latest film, Graffiti Fine Art to be featured in New Mexico’s Own Chronos Film Festival.
A journalism and documentary film graduate out of Syracuse New York, Levy credits direct interface with his subjects such as the time spent quite literally camped-out on the streets of Brazil to capture the amazing visuals of the underground art scene there, as illustrated by international artists who flocked to the exhibition for the chance to be showcased. Moreover Levy names innovators in DSLR equipment, technology and his peer pioneers for pushing the envelope in the medium for his ever ongoing “education” in film.
Overly humbled and sweet when acknowledging his role at Chronos as a unique opportunity to represent the medium amongst and on panel with the artists, manufacturers and outlets that aim to support the creative arts, even naming Philip Bloom “a professor” in his field, Levy noted that the participation of Steve Weiss, Eric Kessler and the support of Vimeo as key elements to the excitement surrounding this first ever festival of its kind.
When I got a chance to catch-up with Jared, the versatile artist had just wrapped some visual shooting of Jay-Z and co. at the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation’s Carnival: Making The Ordinary Extraordinary, where the star raised over $1M in a matter of hours for college education funding for underprivileged youth.
Now after showings of his award winning, labor of love, Graffiti Fine Art at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Fest and Urban Media Filmmakers in Atlanta, Levy is headed our way.
Is the same distribution hause that brought Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers 1-2, Thor and The Avengers…to the world via New Mexico sets & shoots eying NM for a 25th anniversary sequel to Top Gun?
Whether Paramount is full-throttle on this project or not remains to be seen, however industry bible, Variety reports that X-Men: First Class and Thor writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to write Top Gun 2.
Top Gun ’86 director Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The Lone Ranger) and Maverick himself, Tom Cruise have talked openly about likely involvement in the 21st Century sequel.
Perhaps most notably, Scott is on record as saying, “I’m not waiting for a script. I’m going to do my homework. I’m going down to…Nevada, down near New Mexico and it’s a whole different world now…These computer geeks — these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.”
But most importantly – location scouting. Here’s an eyeful of Paramount distributed, New Mexico films for the scout’s arsenal…
UPDATE 12/08/11: Just days remaining in the fundraising efforts to produce the forthcoming documentary to help find answers in the UNSOLVED disappearance of New Mexico teen, Tara Calico. This film is being executive produced by dear friend to NM, actor RJ Mitte. Click here to help.
Mitte, of NM’s Own AMC hit television series, Breaking Bad has signed-up to produce a documentary by Melinda Esquibel centering on the unsolved 1988 disappearance of Valencia County New Mexico teen, Tara Calico.
“Albuquerque is pretty much a second home to me. I can’t stand that there are so many stories like this, and no one gets a chance of getting their story told…We have the opportunity of getting this story told.”
– RJ Mitte to KRQE
Learn more about the case, the film, and how you can help here.
Mickey Mouse likes the house that New Mexico built. Disney is the parent co. to ABC, ABC Family, ~Dreamworks and Marvel, all of whish (Messican typo, that stays) have worked NM productions – from multiple television pilots, tv movies, to a couple lil’ family films like Thor and The Avengers.
Now ABC has a budding prime-time drama series hit on their hands that has some NM paw prints all over it.
Series star, Emily Van Camp is a NM movie vet with her work on the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard. As we told you here the sweet hometown boy in the show is played by NM native Nick Wechsler. And as we’ve been following here, we anxiously await the directorial debut of Revenge villainess vixen extraordinairess, Madeline Stowe – which is slated to bring WOLVERINE and Edward/Jacob or whoever Robert Pattinson plays in Twilight to New Mexico!
So ICYMI: The show is awesome and easily scores a 4 on the Scoville Scale of hotness for its New Mexico connections alone and a solid 10 for its viewability – LOVE IT!
I like the character of Tonto. I think I have interesting plans for the character, and I think the film itself could be entertaining and very funny. But also I like the idea of having the opportunity to make fun of the idea of the Indian as a sidekick — which has always been [the case] throughout the history of Hollywood, the Native American has always been a second-class, third-class, fourth-class citizen, and I don’t see Tonto that way at all. So it’s an opportunity for me to salute Native Americans.
– Johnny Depp on portraying a Native American character in The Lone Ranger
TMZ OHI has obtained a copy of the letter drafted straight from the top of New Mexico State Government, inviting film and television productions to bring their projects here.
Being the fount of useless opinion that I am, I have to interject that film like enchiladas, New Mexico simply does better, and supplemental to this letter, maybe a NM goods gift bag, and demo reel would better serve this campaign.
But I defer to more intelligent, actual journalists who have pointed out here that most importantly omitted from this letter is an explanation or breakdown of the new, “bewildering” film incentive rebate structure (maybe it’s in an attachment).
Perhaps better than any paper attachment, armed with the letter NM’s Own Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis did recently trek to Los Angeles to meet with top film and television studio execs (next time also take chile).
We are assured that YOUR New Mexico Film Office Director and his team, under New Mexico’s Economic Development Department, are working for you in capably and fully representing the state’s best interests to bring film jobs and revenue home. Here in a clip from the NM Film Works radio program are Maniatis and NM Filmmakers Program Director, Trish Lopez explaining in detail the changes to the New Mexico Film Incentive Program.
With other states (NC, LA, TX, UT, GA) clamoring for and hammering out deals to the North, South, left and right of us, we better have barrels loaded and be at the ready to bring it full board to ensure we back our leadership in achieving “ongoing success” in New Mexico Film.
As evidenced by continual coverage in the national and international media, the world is watching New Mexico as a strong presence and contender in film production.
Pictured and transcribed here for all the world to see is the Governor’s letter to “Hollywood”. Below see the recent story featured in industry “bible”, Variety on top New Mexico studios.
The three-point punch here is that leadership is backing the industry, our top state film representative has put out the open call and YOU (statewide studios, talent, crews, youth & workforce training, local businesses, et al) are poised to put an everlasting shine on New Mexico Film. Get into it!
Dear Production Executives,
New Mexico like many states has been tasked with bringing certainty and predictability to its budgetary process under difficult economic time. New Mexico’s film incentive program was recently re- with great effort to maintain its success while balancing the needs of our state. I am happy with the compromise made during this past legislative session and I support the continued growth of the industry and the creation of more job opportunities for New Mexicans.
We continue to offer one of the most competitive industry incentive packages in the United States.In addition to the film incentives our job training program and low interest film loans are available for productions shooting in our state.
Our exceptional and experienced crew base is the largest between coasts. New Mexico currently has five studios containing 14 sound stages and over 200 film-related businesses including post production facilities. Direct flights from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Los Angeles are just another convenience for studio productions.
With over 300 days of sunshine annually, New Mexico [insures] some of the most [awe]-inspiring and diverse landscapes in the world. We have a film-friendly community [network] throughout the state and a dedicated film office whose staff will assist your production through its [entirety].
This industry is a very important sector of our state and I am committed to its ongoing success. I look forward to working together in bringing your next production to New Mexico.
By Kathy A. McDonald from the cyber pages of Variety:
Santa Fe Studios
Built by producers for producers. That’s how CEO Lance Hool describes the [now] completed Santa Fe Studios. Two 18,000-square-foot adjoining soundstages are the principal elements of phase one of the project that also includes 26,000 square-foot of adjacent office and support space. Located on a 65-acre campus 15 minutes from central Santa Fe, the facilities boast state-of-the-art specs.
Tech highlights include 40-foot ceilings and acoustic design by Bastien and Associates Architecture, which lists Manhattan Beach Studios and Los Angeles Center Studios are among its credits. Hool expects Santa Fe Studios to open in the fall; negotiations are ongoing for the inaugural pic, as well as a camera house and grip and electric tenants.
Since Santa Fe Studios’ inception five years ago, much has improved in the area, says Hool: the local crew base has expanded significantly, and daily flights are available directly into Santa Fe from Los Angeles. Shuttling of above-the-line talent is kept to a minimum as most opt for digs in Santa Fe.
Other notable features: Pueblo-style architecture that echoes Santa Fe’s Native American heritage as well as eco-efforts, including a water catchment system and native plant/drought tolerant landscaping.
A stone’s throw from the airport, Albuquerque Studios is the state’s major purpose-built facility with eight full-service soundstages; the largest four are 24,000 square-foot each with heights up to 55 feet. Adjacent stages can be combined for more space as needed. A one-stop shop offering everything from grip and lighting to production trailer rentals to camera packages, the facility currently houses “The Avengers” and “Breaking Bad.”
Located on the Santa Fe U. of Art and Design’s campus, Garson Studios (founded by thesp Greer Garson) recently made major upgrades including new HVAC. Stage A is 14,000 square-foot with a permanent greenscreen cyc. Smaller Stage B (7,500 sq. ft.) is used for both production and prep. Production office space is adjacent. More than 30 films in 20 years have used facility, most recently “Bless Me, Ultima,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Paul.”
Fulcrum Building (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
Seeing potential in the defunct manufacturing plant, Lionsgate took over the converted facility for both its “Wildfire” and “Crash” skeins. Two soundstage-type spaces (50,400 and 63,000 square-foot) with 30-foot ceilings are the draw, plus 25,000 sq. ft. of adjacent office space. Colin Firth starrer “Gambit” recently booked it for greenscreen work.
Contact info: Brian Anderson, Roger Cox & Assoc., 505-379-6030
A former microchip processing plant, I-25 Studios consists of 505,000 sq. ft. on 60 acres. The largest soundstage is 29,000 square-foot with a 21-foot height. Utilized as home base for USA’s “In Plain Sight” for four seasons, the location has since hosted an unnamed TNT pilot, “Breaking Bad” and a Dolce & Gabbana spot featuring Scarlett Johansson. In October, three new soundstages and additional base camp space will double production capacity.