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Kickstart The Cowgirls, New Mexico, USA

Posted by on June 22, 2012 | One comment

The Cowgirls is a western about a group of school girls forced to take on the roles traditionally left for men, when their ranch is threatened with financial ruin after the tragic death of the rancher. Seizing on the tragedy a local banker and the old ranch hands join forces to force the property into foreclosure thinking that if they refuse to drive the cattle to the annual auction that the wife of the deceased rancher would be forced to default on the loan. They never counted on this cowgirls tenacity and the support of the dozen teenage pupils she has been caring for since they were left on her doorstep during the civil war.

Using the sets, crew, and locations that have made New Mexico one of the leading film states in the country we plan to make a western that would make John Wayne proud. Because New Mexico is such a forward thinking state as far as film production there is a billion dollars in film infrastructure ready to take our modest budget and shoot a film that experts would place valued at millions of dollars. We have great talent attached and the support of a great directing team. Cast attached: Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Kelly Lintz, (Hunger Games, Army Wives), Mackenzie Lintz (Hunger Games), Madison Lintz (Sofia from Walking Dead), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, The Rock), Franco Vega (Social Network), Noel G (Dark Knight Returns), and many others.

-Jim Burleson

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Andrew Sarris, Auteur & New Mexico Film Direction

Posted by on June 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Andrew Sarris, Auteur & New Mexico Film Direction

Film critic Andrew Sarris October 31, 1928 – June 20, 2012

Sarris was primarily responsible for the auteur theory of film criticism, which in a nutshell said great directors and their visions make for great movies. I think that’s especially applicable to NM. If we are to develop a long term, sustainable business model it needs to be not only below the line (BTL) crew (I will modestly say we have the best BTL crews of any state between the coasts) but it also must be above the line (ATL). Great producers, writers, actors, and directors attract projects. Where would New Zealand be without Peter Jackson? Australia without Peter Weir or Baz Luhrmann? New York without Scorsese? Closer to home, Austin would be a minor threat without Rodriquez or Linklater. We’ve really started to move in that direction. If you watch our continuing TV series you will see many more NM actors, though I think we can do a much better job of advancing their cause. We have gone from one or maybe two front line producers to a competitive field of highly qualified producers and production managers, even Oscar winning executive producers such as Tony Mark and Robert Redford. In writers we have our “deans” such as Kirk Ellis and Mark Medoff along with a strong up and coming band nipping at their heels including Carl Lucas in Roswell.

It’s the directors who will bring their vision and eventually the work here. We are truly fortunate to have a national icon right here at Santa Fe University of Art & Design in Chris Eyre. If you think that is too much hyperbole go back and watch the body of his work including “Smoke Signals.” Chris will be creating noise about NM filmmakers, hopefully for years to come. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a heartfelt and sincere thank you to Alicia Keys and Peter Touche for their faith in NM and NM ATL crew in particular. Their work with Mateo Pumphrey & Diego Joaquin Lopez on “Blaze You Out” and Rajeev Nirmalakhandan on “The Odd Way Home” takes courage, especially when it’s your own money involved. When we look back on the history of the NM film business the two of them will hold a prominent place. Mark my words: we will find and promote great directors together. And to Larry, before you even go there – they shoot union when they can.

-BA480

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International film “Divine Shadows” will be a New Mexico production

Posted by on June 22, 2012 | One comment

CONFIRMED BY OHI TODAY! Divine Shadows WILL SHOOT IN NM in 2012 – PER DIRECTOR HUSEIN ALICAJIC!!!

Screen Daily Reports:

[Latitude Media] is working on Australian writer/director Husein Alicajic’s Divine Shadows. The drama/thriller is set in the US Bible Belt where dark secrets are revealed. WME is packaging the project – with Alfred Molina attached — and SC Films International is handling sales. The film will shoot in New Mexico later this year.

“This is one of the most thought provoking and intriguing projects I have read in a long time, and I am looking forward to the prospect of working with such an exciting new talent” said Simon Crowe of SC Films. “Having Alfred Molina already attached speaks volumes for the quality of the script.”

“Despite this being Alicajic’s first feature, he has an incredibly strong filmmaking pedigree” added Jovicic. “His inimitable talent has only been enhanced by directing award winning international shorts and commercials, as well as working with such diverse filmmakers as Alex Proyas and Steven Soderberg along the way.”

Jovicic’s Latitude is also working on The Lost Honor of Katherina Bloom and Place, both to be shot in New York.

Pre-sale trailer, here.

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