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“Family Band” Film Auditions

Posted by on February 29, 2012 | 2 comments
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Feature film holding open auditions Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3 in Santa Fe, NM for Summer 2012 tri-state (CA, NV, NM) shoot.

High concept description: Glee meets The Partridge Family, with a side of The Bangles.

E-mail nmcastingcall@gmail.com for additional information.

From Michael filmmaker John Gabriel:

Working Title: “Family Bands”

Description: Family members find themselves in conflict over the younger generation’s success as a family band – the same kinds of conflict that broke up their parents’ famous rock band 20 years before. The most painful thing, though, is that some of the mothers and some of their daughters are in a serious dispute that may threaten their relationships. Can all of the conflict be resolved before not only the family band but the amilies themselves are destroyed?

Theme: Real love and compassionate communication overcome.

It’s a drama with a good portion of music and a little comedy to lighten the mood now and then.

The youth band sings and plays a variety of types of music. There are sub-groups that specialize in one particular type of music (pop, rock, blues, country, folk, musical theater). The parents’ band sang ‘80s rock in the style of The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Go’s, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, etc. The youngest mom’s solo act also performs a variety of types of music. The grandparents’ band performed folk/country music.

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter-actress Sarah Lonsert has the lead younger generation role if it works out for her to take it. Sarah wrote and sang the theme song (“I Will Rise”) for Michael John Gabriel’s short film “High Casting” and played a small role in the movie. “I Will Rise” has gone on to win the Director’s Award in the Nashville International Song and Lyric Contest. She was recently on the ballot for 8 Grammy Awards. You can hear Sarah sing many of her songs on YouTube.com, ReverbNation.com, and MySpace.com. Here’s a song that demonstrates some of what Sarah can do with her voice as well as showing some of her acting ability. And here’s the one she wrote for my film.

Playing one of the 10-11 year olds will be the amazing young guitarist Zack Quintana. Here he is.

Playing the youngest brother in the older generation will be Jono Manson who is also the Music Producer for the film. See Jono’s bio here and listen to one of his songs here.

Playing the Family Counselor will be Michael John Gabriel.

Most other roles are still open. We are hoping to sign at least 2 well-known actors to the cast.

Most of this movie will be shot in Los Angeles. Some scenes will be shot in Santa Fe and one or two scenes will be shot in Las Vegas.

We’ll shoot it in summer, 2012, or as soon as we have the financing, whichever comes later.

SAG Ultra-Low Budget agreement, which allows us to mix SAG actors with non-SAG actors. Pending financing, the agreement may be upgraded.

Rate/pay: Depends on role and financing. We won’t start shooting until financing is in place. All speaking actors will be paid.

We are now auditioning for actors, who will be able to play the following characters in July, 2012:
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NM Job Creation via Tourism

Posted by on February 29, 2012 | 5 comments

UPDATE 3/2/12: OHI has just obtained the following document, as sent out last month, requesting that state leaders consider utilizing local resources to produce the upcoming NM State Tourism multi-media campaign.

GUILTY – We’re all guilty of corporate chain store shopping and franchise restaurant dinning over the local mom & pop businesses who are struggling to survive in our community.

Does this mean we shall all remain passive in allowing our state funds, though humble by national standards, to follow the same path on a still multimillion dollar scale, by way of whatever cryptic and elusive measures may or may not be ordained?

In what looks a lot like an ever increasing tally of slights to the local film & media industry by the Roundhouse, this particular money train (aka NM State Tourism contract) starts in New Mexico, runs through Texas (to drop off the cash) and only creates local work or pays back to New Mexico what is allocated by the out of state firm.

You don’t get to be the 498,660 ranked website in America (1,411,247 worldwide, insert “lol” here) without recognizing that there IS as much passion and interest as there is talent in this great state and its epic film industry that thousands have worked and lived to embolden over lo these many years.

From those of us who watch and report, to those in the trenches who literally implore the powers that be to lend their support to growing the industry, we all want to know – If we’re truly working to bring productions home, why wouldn’t we produce a production set to represent and draw the world’s attention to us with ample local talent?

IATSE Local 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry proactively set out to offer his industry know-how and resources to the state’s Governor, Susana Martinez and her applicable cabinet members in the above letter dated Feb. 14, 2012 – which all but begs the root question here: If the industry has the support of the current administration why isn’t it being utilized by it?

YOUR “meager” 2M State Tourism dollars are at work on Job Creation, for out of state companies.

The decision to go with the small and relatively new Texas firm, Vendor Inc., may already be generating some tourism revenue, by way of maybe filling some hotel rooms and buying local meals for the out of state advertising firm and their crew*, when they visit NM to execute our new multimillion dollar marketing campaign.

Too bad factoring small business and peripheral spending locally is not taken into any meaningful account by the current administration (oh wait, that’s only when asserted by the evil film industry – Tourism gets carte blanche on claims of grandeur and bloated assertions of ROI – see Catch the Kid). And ~again, in this case, any dollars the Texas firm spends were already New Mexico dollars to begin with.

Though beloved by many (including yours truly), even the casting co. hired by the firm to fill roles for the multi-media ad campaign being shot locally, is not New Mexico based.

At least the gig pays ~well, and so long as they pass the “bag test”, it seems a few New Mexicans will be getting paid as a part of this whole shebang right out of the shoot.

*Unconfirmed – duh, this is a blog not the NY Times

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“The Duke” meets the “Natural Born Killer”

Posted by on February 28, 2012 | Comments Off on “The Duke” meets the “Natural Born Killer”

Atlético Supremo – NM’s Own, Carlos Condit will be presented with a Proclamation by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry this Wednesday, February, 29.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Interim Welterweight Champ will be recognized by “The Duke” for his accomplishments in Mixed Martial Arts.

3:00 pm – Proclamation Presentation by Mayor Berry
Jackson’s Martial Arts and Fitness Academy
2801 Eubank Blvd NE Suite P 87112
This presentation will be open to media only
via Sal Mora

You can catch Condit on New Mexico Style on 2 KASA Fox with Nikki Stanzione, Kristen Van Dyke and Elias Gallegos Wednesday morning and on the radio with Morning Mayhem on 93.3 KOB FM Thursday morning!!!

Thanks Jenn

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Casting the Perfect New Mexican Abuela

Posted by on February 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Casting the Perfect New Mexican Abuela

From BUENO® FOODS: Searching for the Perfect Grandma

We’re looking for a kind-faced, warm, authentic New Mexican Grandma who would enjoy being a face of BUENO® Grandma’s® Tortillas.

Please submit a photo of a favorite person in your life who might fit this description or perhaps it’s YOU.

To enter, post your photo and a brief story about why this “Grandma” would be a good representative for BUENO® Grandma’s® Tortillas. Post on our Facebook wall and email grandma@buenofoods.com.

Selected winner will receive $200 cash, 24 pkgs. BUENO® Grandma’s® Tortillas, gift basket with BUENO® products and promotional prizes for a total value of $350.

Deadline: March 5, 2012.

Please share this post with your network of friends and family. We can’t wait to see all the smiling faces on our Facebook page!

Rules & Restrictions:
Please note: By entering this contest you are agreeing with the following rules and restrictions:
By entering this contest, you are agreeing to allow Bueno Foods to share your name as the winner on our social media sites and our website. In addition, by submitting, you give Bueno Foods permission to use your name, likeness and/or words for use on our social media sites and website, and any other promotional material deemed appropriate. Bueno Foods has no responsibility to maintain or return submitted materials. One entry per person. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter and must live in the United States.

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Bueno Foods does not sell or share any information gathered from individuals entering our promotional contests.

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Escándaloso Ranger – New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Between dueling chopper shots* of a mysterious and remote set, to our own ABC** affiliate broadcasting their interview with the New Mexico extras casting director for The Lone Ranger (record scratch…aka “Silver Bullet” – worst kept secret in town btw and there’s a lot of ’em) Disney’s The Lone Ranger continues kicking-up dust in the New Mexico desert like no other production before it has.

You may recall this whole extravaganza kicked-off when this was the shoot that almost never was, but director, producer and stars alike dug in their boot heels and made it happen. Salary cuts and budget wrangling aside The Lone Ranger will likely continue to spur controversy right up until its DVD/Blu-ray™ release.

The film has already landed on apocalyptic predictions lists as possibly being “the last movie you’ll ever see“, as its first estimated premiere date aligns with the Mayan calendar’s forecast of the end of the world.

So while Marvel’s** entire crew of mighty Avengers were able to sweep in and out of town with ~less ruckus than TLR has had thus far, don’t count the masked man, his loyal sidekick or New Mexico out of the controversial headlines for the duration of filming.

Why, even our little space here on the web has been hit with a trickling trail of fury when this blogger chose to publish these pics sent in to us of some rather generic western props – leading to some healthy industry banter?

“Shame on you for posting this! Is your purpose to support the NM film industry and the local New Mexican’s [sic] it employees [sic] or are you one of the weak links in the chain that will cause what remains of the NM film industry to most certainly disappear?” – fb comment

“It must be pictures like these that drove them away from Hollywood….”
– Industry Journalist

Wielding this kind of power delusion to stir-up such controversy, perhaps this blogger can now lead the charge in the next round of TLR Escándalo:

One of the most hotly contested debates from the word “Yo” on this project was the casting of the still smoldering Johnny Depp as Tonto.

While this touch of Chinese, Mexican girl with smatterings of alleged Native American and Irish descent can appreciate the demand to cast true to race, the bigger picture on this big picture is clear, and that is that hundreds of many races now have a chance at work on this sure to be blockbuster New Mexico production (unlike this lost production – but I’m the one running film out of NM).

BUT MOREOVER – The smoking (pun intended) hot Armie Hammer, who’s cast as The Lone Ranger himself, IS NOT FROM TEXAS!

The LONE RANGER was written as a Texas cowboy qué no? Boy is from L.A. Escándaloso up!

*KRQE did it first
**Parent co. Disney

New Mexico, Film & Entertainment, get into it with us on Facebook here.

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Miscelleneous Fact of the Day: NM Strings & Aerophone Edition

Posted by on February 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Miscelleneous Fact of the Day: NM Strings & Aerophone Edition

That’s Albuquerque native (and St. Pius X alum) Sean Kelly accordioning & strumming on the late 1990s hit “Kiss Me” with Sixpence None the Richer.

The song was featured on the teen drama series Dawson’s Creek, the movie She’s All That and played during the worldwide telecast of the wedding of England’s Prince Edward in 1999.

Bonus Strings: Is that Albuquerque born Freddie Prinze Jr.? And that’s Rachael Leigh Cook (stars of She’s All That)…who was just here for her first ABQ Comic Con.

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#NM Tourism Casting

Posted by on February 24, 2012 | 2 comments


*** From On Location Casting ***


Project: New Mexico Tourism

Type: Regional COMMERCIAL. NON-Speaking Principal roles. NON-UNION.

Shoot dates: March 5-8th, 2012 (4 days)
– All 4 days will be full (12 hour) days – Travel between one location to the next is part of the storyline so you will travel with the production crew.
– Call Time: March 5th – Early morning in Albuquerque (Exact time TBD)
– Wrap: March 8th – Late afternoon/evening in Santa Fe (Exact time TBD)

Usage: All media, including but not limited to broadcast, internet, print, new media and industrial.

Terms: Date of first use until June 30, 2013

Territory: Southwestern states – US

Compensation: NON-UNION. $300.00/day plus expenses (meals and lodging). Travel provided by production. Possible buyout, rate TBD. (NO Agency commission)

Talent Specs:

REAL FAMILIES: Caucasian or light skinned Hispanics.
MOM & DAD – 35-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!

KIDS – boy and girl, ages 8-14, fit and cute everyday kids, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!

REAL COUPLES PREFERRED but NOT required: Caucasian or light skinned Hispanics.
MAN – 30-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair (a little bit of grey hair is nice but not critical) . Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!

WOMAN – 30-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!

Overall Talent Considerations: Element tolerance is a plus (cold weather, etc.) Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). Looking for athletic, outdoor adventure types.

Submissions via email ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com subject line NEW MEXICO TOURISM.
All submissions MUST include the following:

-First & Last name of each person being submitted
-Recent individual photo taken within the past (6) months of each person being submitted
-Couple or complete Family photo depending on which category submitting in
-Two working contact numbers
-Statement that you have checked your availability and are available for all dates (3/5/12-3/8/12)
-For each person, please provide a list of experience and level of expertise in any outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, biking, boating, swimming, etc.) as well as a list of outdoor gear they own.


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Fiat of Albuquerque: Open Casting Call

Posted by on February 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Fiat of Albuquerque: Open Casting Call

Edit House Productions, LLC
, and FIAT of Albuquerque are holding an OPEN CASTING CALL for women between the ages of 21 and 40. Must be at least 21 years old to apply, to meet some event entry/participation requirements.

FIAT of Albuquerque is searching for a person to represent FIAT of Albuquerque’s product, the FIAT 500. The majority of this representation will be in person at community events, concerts, and other public displays. Additionally, the person who secures the contact may have the opportunity for television appearances and commercials for the FIAT of Albuquerque store, to be paid in addition to this contract. The person awarded the contract will be trained to understand the FIAT brand and vehicle features.

FIAT of Albuquerque anticipates several evening and/or weekend events each month. Each event will be 2 to 8 hours in length. FIAT of Albuquerque will be offering $25/hour for appearances and $15/hour to train the contracted individual. This will be a contract position, with the person receiving a 1099 at the end of the year.

Some acting or runway experience is requested, but not required. Training and your commitment to all contracted appearances is REQUIRED. A criminal and DMV background check will be conducted and a spotless public image MUST BE MAINTAINED at all times during the contract period.


Saturday, March 3rd
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fiat of Albuquerque
5700 San Mateo NE
Albuquerque, NM

Applicants are asked to bring a headshot and resume.

For more information, contact Ed Smith at Edit House Productions 505-896-3388.

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Hello Cowboy – Dennis Quaid to Saddle-up New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 22, 2012 | One comment

The long rumored, dramatic series pilot prospect, centered on Rodeo Cowboy turned Clark County Sheriff, Ralph Lamb appears to be materializing right here in New Mexico.

Local industry diehards (literally) are purportedly prepping in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Albuquerque to receive the CBS Studios pilot for the untitled “Lamb” project.

The real-life career of Las Vegas Sheriff, Ralph Lamb spanned nearly two decades in the 60s and 70s, where his now storied figure, known as the “Cowboy Sheriff” reportedly oft engaged in hand to hand combat up against formidable foes including members of the Mafia and the Hell’s Angels.

James Mangold (Wolverine, Walk the Line) is set to direct the periodic series pilot as penned by Nicholas Pileggi (GoodFellas) for a prospective spot in a fall 2012 CBS line-up.

The rumors on top of rumors (aka trusted industry reports/sources and whispers in the wind) say that none other than Dennis Quaid is slated for the lead role as Lamb himself with one formidable foe role being filled nicely by Michael Chiklis.

Our sources and scheduling alike would mandate that the project is currently in pre-production, to be followed by March shoot dates.

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#NM No Style for Anti-gay Rights Gov.

Posted by on February 21, 2012 | Comments Off on #NM No Style for Anti-gay Rights Gov.
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Casting Business Types and Tatooed Man

Posted by on February 21, 2012 | Comments Off on Casting Business Types and Tatooed Man


1.) PAID, NON-SPEAKING role for MALE ACTOR , with tattoos.

2.) MALE and FEMALE actors needed for non-speaking PAID roles in industrial style educational video.

Office workers, professional attire.

Shooting Dates: March 2nd and 3rd
in Albuquerque, NM

Actors will be paid $50.00 for half day shoot and lunch will be provided.

This is part 2 of a series on Personal Information Destruction

(If you worked on the first installment, please don’t submit for this one)


Shooting time could be as little as 2 hours, up to 4hrs. Lunch included regardless.

Please email your headshot to:

Suggestion: Title your submission either TATTOOED MAN -or- OFFICE WORKERS as applicable.

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NM Series Alums Strike New Deals

Posted by on February 21, 2012 | 2 comments

Two beloved figures in scripted drama, near and dear to the hearts and wallets of many in the New Mexico Film industry have inked deals to work new projects as the sun sets on their respective 5 year long NM series.

Mary McCormack is making the move from dramatic series Fed to sitcom mom. The In Plain sight star has been cast to lead a new comedy pilot from the mind behind the HIGHlarious New Adventures of Old Christine.


In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack, has lined up her next series gig, playing the lead in Kari Lizer’s untitled ABC comedy pilot (aka The Unprofessional). The multi-camera comedy, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne (McCormack), a high-powered executive who, having dominated the corporate America for years, now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers.

Also hot off the deadline:

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has signed a new overall deal with the studio behind the acclaimed AMC drama series, Sony Pictures TV. The rich 18-month pact kicks in retroactively to November, when Gilligan’s previous deal with the studio expired (he has been working on the show without a contract for the past three months), and will keep him at Sony though June 2013. The deal covers Gilligan’s services as executive producer/showrunner on the final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad, which will begin production in late March. The order will be filmed in two batches of eight episodes, with a break of several months between for writers to work on scripts. The pact also includes development component, with Gilligan expected to focus on new projects for Sony after he wraps Breaking Bad.

You can bet we’ll be following these two developments for you ABQ. Here’s hoping we’ll see these two back in NM productions!

After all, ABC/ABC Family (parent co. Disney) is no stranger to NM and Vince Gilligan has conveyed more than an affinity for the Land of Enchantment…to be continued…

Thanks Liz

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Billy Shakespeare

Posted by on February 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Billy Shakespeare

Billy Shakespeare: Writer and director Deborah Voorhees calls her film, Billy Shakespeare a modern Shakespearean comedy.

The writer not only liberally uses the Bard’s improbable comic devices such as the love triangle, mistaken identity, and the disguised heroine but Voorhees also melds today’s conversational speak with Shakespeare’s elevated and often [bawdy] vernacular.

This contemporary comedy of errors seeks to answer: What if Shakespeare never lived in the 1500s but lived in L.A. today peddling his screenplays?

Renaissance and modern sensibilities clash when an all-male stage version of Macbeth and the misogynistic low-budget film The Taming of the Shrew open simultaneously. The combustion makes “The Bard” the most controversial screenwriter in Hollywood.

The all New Mexican staffed & cast film will premiere at The Misty Moon Gallery in London this May.

Contact writer, director, producer Deborah Voorhees, at deborah.voorhees1961@gmail.com for more information about domestic screenings and distribution.

For upcoming “Acting for Film” workshops for students in Ruidoso and London contact:
Voorhees Films
131 Cedar Crest, Nogal, NM 88341

Follow Billy Shakespeare on Facebook here.

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Foos in Space – New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Foos in Space – New Mexico Style

In a quest to push American music beyond the stratosphere, the Foo Fighters have announced their intentions to record their next album in outer space!

Why not? Their fans and the Grammys were “over the moon” (forgive me M.K) for the back to basics garage band recording methods on their most recent album…

As you and the whole wide world ought to know, there’s only one way to launch the Foos into space and that means first stop, NEW MEXICO baby!

Yes, the one and only commercial spaceport on the planet calls The Land of Enchantment home. So, in addition to the Foo ties that bind our great state to the band, their galactic transit aspirations would bring them our way again!

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#NM Goats – Seeking Distribution

Posted by on February 16, 2012 | Comments Off on #NM Goats – Seeking Distribution

UPDATE: Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Goats! The indie film distributor, which also released NM production Passion Play, is planning a theatrical release this spring.

Thanks Brent via THR

Christopher Neil’s directorial debut recently screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. His film, Goats shot right here in NM last spring and featured some of our favorite local talent, including Vince McDaniel and Shenita Moore.

Here are a few reviews from that screening:

“Goats is…filled with gorgeously composed shots and some absolutely stunning cinematography by Wyatt Troll. The shots in the desert are of a painterly beauty…” – Movie City News

A “perfectly balanced, albeit insane cast.” – Screencrave

“The cast presents the subtle humor and the deep touching moments eloquently. This film is a must see for anyone that enjoys a coming of age story…” – Christian Cinema

“Goats defies convention by blurring the lines between genres and challenging the notion of what the typical coming of age story needs to be. The film surprises at every turn.” – Pro Networks


Having a self-absorbed New Age mother and an estranged father means 15-year-old Ellis Whitman has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: a goat-trekking, marijuana-growing sage called Goat Man. So when Ellis decides to leave the alternative ways of his desert homestead for a stuffy East Coast prep school, major changes are in store. But not in the way you’d think. Though often stoned, the exceedingly smart and capable Ellis effortlessly aces school and excels at track. As the year progresses, it’s his relationships with the adults in his life that test him, challenging his beliefs about responsibility and trustworthiness.

With its expansive vision of family and passel of delicious oddball characters transposed from screenwriter Poirier’s novel with deadpan naturalism, GOATS wryly balances satire with poignancy and tenderness. Ellis’s eventual disillusionment with his various “parents” forces him to seek and find strength within and to realize the truth about love: it’s never perfect, but it is always there. – C.N.

The Goats script is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name. Both the novel and the screenplay were penned by Mark Poirier.

The film stars David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Anthony Anderson, Keri Russell, and Graham Phillips. In addition to the New Mexico shoot, the 2011 production also filmed in Tucson, Arizona and Watertown, Connecticut.

Goats is currently seeking distribution.

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Video of the Day: Double Feature

Posted by on February 15, 2012 | Comments Off on Video of the Day: Double Feature

Blackout Theatre
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Teepees, Railcars and Studio Lots OH MY!

Posted by on February 14, 2012 | 2 comments

I have NO IDEA which New Mexico production these stills, of what look like western set props, on the lot just outside of what appears to be the famed Stage 4 of Albuquerque Studios could be for – HOWEVER, they seem to look very aLONE on the RANGEr, as captured sometime this week…

There’s no way of knowing for certain exactly when these shots were taken since they’ve turned up via field mouse, who seems to have inadvertently snapped them while en route from one New Mexico location to another to fulfill the remainder of his entries for the great “Get the Picture” campaign…going on now!

In possibly related news, here is more on the Disney shoot of The Lone Ranger, now in pre-production…hmm, wasn’t Jerry Bruckeimer recently spotted in the Q?

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This is Valentine’s Day

Posted by on February 14, 2012 | Comments Off on This is Valentine’s Day

For the most part we don’t observe Valentine’s Day around here, though we are big proponents of celebrating love (in all its forms) year ’round!

As you all know, one of my great loves is the fine state of New Mexico, but as in most relationships we don’t always see eye to eye…whether downtrodden by local “professionals” throwing shade my way or the front office imposing fundamentally disparate legislation on the priorities and values many of us hold so dear, New Mexico and I don’t always get along.

This (below) is not part of the best Texas based ad campaign that 2M New Mexico dollars can buy (or is it). It is however how many of us may feel when certain individuals and worse, governing bodies seem to let us all down.

Old v. New Mexico

In 2010 one of our state’s most perpetually mishandled problems was again brought to our collective consciousness (in a somewhat more connective way than the all-too-regular reports of locals perpetrating their 4th, 5th, 12th or even 20th recorded drunk driving infraction – yielding little to no consequence to them), when NM’s Own, Jackie James who is beloved by her friends, family & (as it so happens) her “6” fans, became another victim of the plague that is drunk driving in New Mexico.

Thankfully Jackie of 100.3 The Peak, survived to tell her story – though just last week, due to yet another lapse in “the system”, was at first denied the opportunity to address the courts and her offender in this case.

This week at a so called, “re-sentencing” hearing Jackie and her husband/co-host, Tony Manero were permitted to present statements to the court. It is unclear if the the conditional discharge granted to the drunk driver in the original hearing will have to be upheld (more from KOB-TV here).

In the meantime whether from your neighbor, mother, daughter, brother, or friend with an inappropriate crush on you, I wish you all the kind of heartening love, support & appreciation that this husband/co-host and best friend conveyed to the sometimes very unjust system regarding his very just feelings about the near fatal tragedy that rocked this public NM couple.

Here is Tony’s statement to the court of the Honorable Denise Barela Shepherd, Second Disctrict Court, State of New Mexico:

“Thank you your honor-

My name is Anthony. I am the husband of the victim. Her car was hit directly by a drunk driver on the morning of…

We do a morning radio show together, and I can’t tell you the stories we’ve discussed regarding drunk drivers in our state. We’ve all heard them…Gordon House…Dana Pabst…Entire families wiped out because of some careless drunk that decided to take someone else’s life. Before [that day], I can’t tell you how many times I hoped that would never happen to us. We don’t go out at night very often. We hardly ever drink alcohol. Yet, on that morning, it did happen. In an instant, our lives changed. All because of the actions of someone [who] decided he could do it. He could get from point A to point B and not get caught. Someone [who] decided that even though he was too drunk to drive…he would risk it, because he had to get somewhere. Someone [who] decided to break the law and show absolutely no regard for human life…by getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle drunk out of his mind.

As she was driving to work, my wife’s car was hit on the passenger side by someone running a red light at Paseo [Del Norte] and San Pedro. Someone traveling at such a high rate of speed that he himself was ejected thru the windshield. Someone [who] was so intoxicated that he had no idea how he ended up on the pavement. Someone that would change our lives in an instant.

My wife has never hurt a soul. She is not only the most caring wife, but also the best mother to our three children. She has helped raise over 2 million dollars for UNM Children’s Hospital, and entertains thousands every weekday on our show. If not for the side impact airbags in her vehicle, she could have been killed. Her head could have been dragged along the pavement until her car came to a stop. Not only would my families’ lives had been changed, but the community would have been affected as well. Instead she had to suffer through the pain of broken ribs, a broken nose, bruised sternum, a concussion, and a massive gash across her nose and eyelid. Not to mention the psychological damage from all of this. 18 months later, and she still flinches when we drive together. Occasionally she’ll tell me small things that she remembers from that day. Yet she still has very little recollection of the actual impact.

I on the other hand, have a very clear memory of that day. From my drive from work to UNMH…not knowing how bad it might be. To walking into the triage to see my wife, with a gaping head wound lying on a bloody gurney, and telling her everything would be okay. The feeling of complete and utter helplessness as my wife squeezed my hand as hard as she could while they stitched her wound shut. The tears she shed in the hospital, as I called her mom and dad to let them know what happened. Picking up my children from school…and having to explain to each one of them that some horrible person had hit her car while he was driving drunk. Seeing the story on the news that night that an Albuquerque DJ had been hit by a drunk driver…That day is crystal clear. The anger that I had when I finally had a chance to spend some time alone with my thoughts is still very…crystal…clear.

I have never been so shocked as when it came time to get my wife’s belongings from her car. Sitting in a junkyard, it was unrecognizable.The passenger’s side was hit so hard that it caved in both of the wheel wells. Airbags on both windows had deployed, along with the steering wheel. One of the big mysteries when talking with my wife, was how she had gotten out of the vehicle. She has absolutely no recollection of how she got out. When she was hit, her car rolled over on its side. Her side. She couldn’t exit the passengers door, because it was caved in, and the glass had shattered out. It wasn’t until I saw the blood. All of the blood. From the steering wheel airbag, to the ceiling above where she sat. I followed the path…from between the front seats, over the middle row of seats…blood. Enough to form a solid trail. Then over the third seat, and out the rear window…which had also been shattered. With a gaping wound over her eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and other injuries, she had to crawl out over three rows of seats.

Her recovery from this accident continues to this day. But I am fortunate. I still have my wife and best friend. I still get to laugh at her jokes, and enjoy my time with her. If there is one thing that has come out of this, it is how precious life is. How delicate it can be…and how it can change, thru the careless actions of others, in an instant.

Mr. ______a few words for you…I hope from the bottom of my heart that you don’t take our state’s lax drunk driving laws lightly. On that morning, you could have killed someone. And not just anyone, but my wife, a loving mother and daughter. Someone completely innocent of your ignorant actions that morning. Someone who never deserved to be on the end of your speeding weapon. Some people call this a mistake, or an accident. I call it a choice. You choose to drink…and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. I find people that commit this crime to be a disgrace. How someone can feel they can do this to others is beyond me. Did you think you’d get to where you were going without hurting anyone? Did you feel that you were able to do this before…so why would this time be any different? Every action has a reaction. Your actions that morning nearly killed my wife…and this is my reaction. You’ve been handed a second chance by the state of new mexico. I can only hope that your future choices aren’t as deplorable as the one you made that morning.”

Tony’s Statement | Jackie’s Statement | KOB-TV Coverage

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Writing is Fundamental

Posted by on February 11, 2012 | Comments Off on Writing is Fundamental

Daniel Radcliffe encourages young writers in this quick video for the BBC 500 Words competition (UK residents).

Emerging Writer Poetry Postcard Competition – Emerging Writer

Annual Poetry Competition – Poetry Out Loud

Non-profit women writers org. – A Room of Her Own

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Feature Film “Spells” Casting Leads for Santa Fe Shoot

Posted by on February 9, 2012 | One comment

“Spells”, a full length feature romantic comedy is currently seeking submissions for the following roles:

Female, 20-30, intelligent, good at comedy

Male, 20-35, handsome, good at comedy

SAG contract – $100 a day, plus benefits for SAG actors.
Non-SAG compensation depends on experience and the size of the part.
Actors will receive copy, credit and meals.

To be considered for an audition, please submit photos and resumes electronically to:
(email for mailing address if necessary)

Shooting is scheduled for two weeks, mid-March in Santa Fe (flexible day-out-of-days) for the movie on SAG low budget contract – both SAG and non-SAG actors may audition.

Director: Deborah Dennison (international award-winning filmmaker and production executive)
Production Company: Heartline Films

Email contact: daid@cybermesa.com

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