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NMFilm Futures:Local Impressions from AFCI

Posted by on June 20, 2012 | Comments Off on NMFilm Futures:Local Impressions from AFCI

Images via New Mexico Film Office / Montana Film Office

A message from New Mexico IATSE Local 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry:

Having just returned from the LA Locations Expo, I have a few observations on where I believe we are going with our business here in NM. In LA, I also had the chance to talk to various people from around the country to confirm what I believe is happening nationally.

First, congratulations to everyone who attended the show and participated in the many events. Our Shoot Santa Fe partners reached into their own pockets to finance a booth, two parties, and several in-person meetings with possible clients, and they did an excellent job. Nick and Tobi from the NM Film Office along with Ann from ABQ, Jan from Otero County, and Lisa from Santa Fe did a great job at the NMFO booth which as usual looked spectacular. I can’t help but believe we had a large positive impact in allaying the many rumors I heard about NM’s demise. It’s just unfortunate that we only got to talk to the people who attended the show. Thanks to Santa Fe Studios and Santa Fe County for the full page ad in Variety which allowed us to reach a larger audience.

I had a frank discussion with a senior representative for a major studio and a production entity as well as a representative from one of our facilities about their belief that we need to rebate out-of-state crew members (particularly above the line) in order to remain competitive. It may surprise some to know that we have already done this on a couple of occasions for a limited amount of crew on major motion pictures. There is a provision whereby this can occur, but of course the taxes have to be paid and the circumstances have to be extraordinary. (On that note congratulations to NM Taxation & Revenue for auditing actors and loan-out companies to ensure they have paid their entire NM tax liabilities. It’s important that those of us who pay NM taxes know that everyone is being treated equally.)

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Corrales, NM Bosque Fire Livestock Evac.

Posted by on June 20, 2012 | Comments Off on Corrales, NM Bosque Fire Livestock Evac.
Click here for New Mexico Fire Information* Updates

*Fire is burning into areas with less vegetation on Sandia Pueblo, east of the Rio Grande. Corrales, BIA, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and State Forestry Responding. Helicopter 341, 1 Blackhawk, 1 Seat (812), 1 Air Attack.

KOB | KOAT | KRQE

via KOAT First Impression Rodeo
7001 Coors Blvd.
453-3877 or 417-9776

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse
1043 Rodeo Lane
238-1499
867-1499

via KOB
413 Reclining Acres Road
Corrales, west of Loma Larga
554-7344

via KRQE
New Mexico Fair Grounds
508-9026

5 p.m. Corrales, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Sandoval County, and Albuquerque response teams are on the ground. Livestock is being evacuated, incoming trailers appear to be having trouble entering the area.

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