Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican ﬁlmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.
The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry decision makers.
WHEN: FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8
WHERE: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
WHAT: Panels and business connections, cast and crew advisement (Full Agenda included below)
The weekend will begin December 6 with a celebration of music through the Santa Fe Music Alliance. Band’s to perform are To Build a Fiee, Sol Fire, and Numbtron (electronic side band with members of the D Numbers.) There will also be a rafﬂe of a music video shoot valued at $5,000 launching at the event courtesy of the Santa Fe Music Alliance.
December 7 Segments include “How to break into show business” for prospective actors and extras, “How to advance your acting career” for those with previous experience and open casting calls for both groups.
“Native New Mexicans are making a living wage in productions across the state,” says Jon Hendry, business agent for IATSE 480, a union of ﬁlm industry workers. “Everyone from Deming to Downtown Santa Fe has benefited from new business and new jobs ﬁlm has created in New Mexico. The programs in this weekend are opening up even more opportunities for all of us.”
In addition, production buyers will be on hand to meet New Mexico business leaders looking to promote or expand their business with the industry. All businesses are welcome.
For more information contact Nani 505-988-7414 x102
Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Ofﬁce to explain New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Ofﬁce the afternoon of December 7. New Mexico has over ten years of experience as an incentive state and offers a competitive Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. In addition, New Mexico has been a leader in crew, vendor and infrastructure growth including the Film Crew Advancement Program which provides career opportunities to resident crew and reimbursements of qualifying residents’ wages to productions. Join us at the luncheon to ask questions and understand these resources available to the industry.
The day will ﬁnish with the announcement of the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project winner, who will win a prize package worth 25k of industry products and cash to turn their 60-90 second trailer submission into a pilot. Submission cut off date is December 1. Details at santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
December 8 with complete the weekend with a Brunch & Panel to discuss topics for the 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will cover topics including Achievable Goals, Power of Persuasion, and The next years of legislation for ﬁlm.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non proﬁt organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014 – currently gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters. Contact SFFF to get involved, info@santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) 505-988-7414 x102
The pizza flip and flop heard round the world is headed toward extinction!
Baddies across the globe better move quick if they want to get their very own, authentic Venezia’s pizza box. The super sized pie made famous by Breaking Bad’s Walter White will soon become “Gino’s Pizza”.
A few weeks ago a whisper came in to the OHI inbox speculating that SONY/AMC may have purchased the now iconic name and logo from the local eatery. But a call to Walter White’s area Venezia’s this morning yielded a giggling, “no” from a staffer – who also said, “I think we’re just getting new owners…”
The name change has been confirmed per the latest #ABQ area val-pak paper coupon mailer, which states right up top, “New Name Coming Soon: Venezia’s Pizzeria Will Become Gino’s Pizza – Same Owner, Same Great Food And Pizza”.
Ciao Venezia’s, bienvenidos Gino’s!
And before we have to say a Bad bye, here’s their website and here’s your own Valpak coupon for Venezia’s. You’re welcome.
We Have reached the last episode of the ABC series KILLER WOMEN. Our goal is to make this the best episode of season one. We are looking for approximately 100 Extras to play the roles of DEA Agents, Paramedics, Police Officers, Coroners, Forensics team.
As we reported here, it’s red for Jen – and now it looks like the A-list actress may also be adding zia flag yellow to her palette, as reports are surfacing that the #NMFilm star is estate hunting in the Land of Enchantment.
KOB-TV says that Aniston has a property broker on the lookout for a Taos area New Mexico retreat, akin to that of Oscar winner & NM res. Julia Roberts.
Aniston spent time in New Mexico last fall while filming We’re the Millers with Jason Sudeikis and Roberts’ niece, Emma. Her time here was not without media scrutiny or scandal, as it was in Santa Fe that the star debuted her mega rock/rink engagement ring and this story made the news of a chatty resort worker getting canned for speaking on an inquiry about the actress.
Even so, other accounts claim that Aniston is looking to NM for a “retreat”, an “escape”. Well, our vast landscapes and broad vistas may be just the ticket for the tabloid darling to get away from incessant reports about the length of her hair or lack thereof and her wedding plans or lack thereof.
If the Greek goddess is indeed New Mexico bound, BIENVENIDOS! And Jen, if you do join us, please be inspired to invest in the independent #NMFilm scene. Your next “The Good Girl” role or break-out directorial/executive producing gig couldn’t ask for a better backdrop!
New Mexico’s Midthunder Casting, LLC + Meals For Monologues 2013
Meals for Monologues is a nationwide food bank fundraiser, started by Chicago casting director, Claire Simon, where casting directors volunteer their time to view actors’ monologues in exchange for two non-perishable food items and/or goods, products and/or animal supplies to be donated to a local church or food bank.
This is a nationwide Casting Society of America event, with casting offices throughout the country participating. Proudly presented to New Mexico by Angelique Midthunder, CSA.
Midthunder Casting, LLC will be seeking actors age 10 and up (male and female, all ethnicities) to have a prepared ONE MINUTE monologue that will be digitally recorded – and all actors must bring two (2) items in order to be seen.
Accepted items include, but are not limited to:
• Canned Food Items: canned meats, fish, vegetables, soups, fruits, pasta sauces, peanut butter & jam, baby food and formula
This is a great opportunity for actors to get exposure in the film community, a chance to practice performing in a casting environment, and more importantly, to show that the film industry in New Mexico cares about the community that we live in.
On Thursday Emmy award winner Aaron Paul tweeted out a subtle message about returning to Albuquerque and teased with a general inquiry about who might like to join him for a Breaking Bad tour!
As of today Paul has garnered over 13,000 favorites and 6,000 re-tweets on the comment which was stamped with a Stay Kind hashtag – leading this blogette to believe that the star may be planning some sort of benefit for his stunning bride’s Kind CampaignAll.
Breaking Bad and its fans are no stranger to fund raising for the greater good as the cast and crew were well known for around town, here, here, here and here.
All of which have lent to inspiring some charitable efforts by many Breaking Bad super fans, including our very own raffle and the Walter White Memorial Tribute event that raised over $20K to directly aid Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless!
Looks like Bad will continue to do good for many, many years to come!
Do you have an idea for a television pilot that would trump the ﬁnal episode of Breaking Bad in the Nielsen Ratings?
If so, submissions are being accepted now for the Santa Fe Film Festival Pilot Project, sponsored by Shoot Santa Fe, which, if you win, can get you the resources needed to create either a 10 minute studio pitch or a 22 minute pilot (your choice) that will premiere at the 2014 Santa Fe Film Festival (May 1-4) AND on SFTV -Channel 28.
The guidelines are simple: Trailers should be 60-90 seconds long. Trailer and subsequent show must be shot in and around Santa Fe, and should help attract people to the State. Your show should be budget conscious with a strong enough story to build an on-going series. You must own all copyrights to the piece, and have all clearances in place to win.
Get your submissions in early (deadline is Nov 17), to be included in the “Future” Mix competition on November 21. Submitted trailers will be screened by the public during MIX, and the audience choice winner might receive $500, courtesy of MIX Santa Fe.
The ﬁnal deadline for all entries is December 1st given away at the Tune Up event on December 7th.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive: $2500 from SHOOT Santa Fe, crew hours from IATSE Local 480, cameras, equipment and support services from Panavision, Plus goods and services from Elliot Location Equipment Rentals, Santa Fe Studios, Duke City Catering, and TM Equipment Rentals.
There is an entry fee of $25 ($15 for students) through November 17 and $50 ($25 for students) from November 18 until December 1. Submission forms may be found at santafeﬁlmfestival. com.
NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted and all entries MUST be sent via a digitized ﬁle to the SFFF Dropbox/nani@santafeﬁlmfestival.com or on a thumb drive with a digital ﬁle to the SFFF ofﬁce to 60 W. San Francisco St., Suite 307 during regular business hours.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non-proﬁt, 501 C3 organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014! We are gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters now. Contact SFFF to get involved. info@santafeﬁlmfestival. com
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – ONLINE CASTING CALL FOR WORK MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
From Robert Baxter Casting:
Casting Call for Monday November 18th shoot – 100 people needed to work as Extras on the set of Killer Women in a Bomb scene to play the roles of Bomb Techs, EMTs, News Crew, Sheriffs, Detectives and onlookers.
If you have not been on set with this TV Series, here is a great opportunity to see what an Amazing Cast and Crew these folks are to work with.
IGN has a killer interview with the man who would be Saul Goodman; in it Bob Odenkirk talks his method and his vision for handling the fast approaching revival of Breaking Bad’s savvy, silly, and sometimes sinister criminal lawyer.
Word on the street in the Q is that whether standing-in for Nebraska or any place else, New Mexico will again be the backdrop and location of the upcoming spin-off series.
Speaking of Breaking Bad in the streets, OHI Reader R.W. writes:
“We want ed to come visit Albuquerque in December for our vacation and visit some of the BB sites. Is there anybody we can contact about this?”
Boy, is there ever! Here are some resources to check out before your visit:
In the meantime, here’s our friend Trixie ConQueso, NM performer extraordinaire – who just so happens to be tailor made to play busty blonde sidekick to Odenkirk’s Saul like no other could – with her rendition of what could be a helluva sexy theme song for the yet to be titled Saul Goodman show!
On March 6, 2014, one feature film will debut in one hundred cinemas across the United States in the 2nd Annual Feature Film Project. Audiences at each venue will be asked the question.
Should this film return to this cinema for a theatrical release in 2014?
If the majority vote “yes” then that film will return to that cinema for a series of screenings that year.
The Feature Film Project is a venture presented by the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival tailor made for flmmakers, producers, production companies and sales agents who would like to screen and market their feature film through an already established cinema network across the USA.
Over 100,000 film-lovers attend MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival in over 300 cinemas across six continents annually during one week each year. MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world today, it is the the world’s first global film festival. Out of the 300 Cinemas that partner with the Festival over 50% of them are in the United States. MANHATTAN SHORT has a direct mailing list of over 70,000 film lovers,in the USA alone with all of them in close proximity to each participating cinema in the Feature Film Project, who are all ready and waiting to judge your film on March 6, 2014
The Deadline for entries is December 13. 2013
The selected Feature Film will be marketed through the same channels as MANHATTAN SHORT.
Financials – The Box Office of the films’ theatrical releases throughout 2014 will be the following. Cinemas shall retain 50%, Filmmaker/Producers receive 25%, MANHATTAN SHORT will receive 25%.
MANHATTAN SHORT will cover the costs of Posters & Shipping.
Filmmakers/Producers shall retain 100% of all digital downloads, VOD, DVD and cable TV rights. The Project is about getting a film into cinemas and letting the public discover it.
Come be a part of an incredible project. We’re looking for speaking roles and featured background players!
Synopsis: When a man accused of murder is found not guilty, he quickly discovers that a return to a normal life is impossible. With an entire city hell bent on his destruction, he decides the only way to get his life back is to find the man responsible for the crime and bring him to justice. There’s just one catch…
Production Title: “The Invisible Man”
Project: SAG New Media
Genre: Dark Comedy
Production Location: Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Director/Writer: Joshua Klein
Producers: Lava Buckley, Marcia Woske
Director of Photography: Ariel Rakes
Editor: Reuben Finkelstein
Timeline: A portion of this project will be shot on November 23 and 24, 2013
11 Jurors: Ages 30 and over to deliver the news.
40 Townspeople: Ages 30 and over. Men and Women.
2- Bailiffs: Men in good physical condition.
1 Judge: 50s (Male or Female)
6- Hotel Guests: Men and Women of all ages
Casting will be on November 14, 2013 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
At Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd. NE #114
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Pay is currently volunteer but in addition to being on camera as an integral part of the production, you can win one of several raffle prizes including:
The New Mexico Women’s Baseball League has been invited to compete in the Roy Hobbs World Series at spring training facilities in Fort Myers Florida November 15-19.
From the founder:
Our team name is Enchantment. We have a talented roster full of players from all over the world and a 1 in 6 chance of bringing home a World Series Championship. We are currently attempting to offset our trip and uniform expenses but the bottom line is we need to raise $25,000 to take 13 players and 2 coaches to the 4 day competition. If we do not raise this money, we won’t be able to go. I know it is easy to look away but even the smallest donation will help us and donating is even easier!
We can also make an appointment and come to you! Nexus Brewery here in Albuquerque has provided us with our first small sponsorship and our first Go Fund Me donation came from Kim Robertson all the way from Australia. Kim is asking, “don’t let me, a lone Aussie, be the only donor!!!!” Unless they wish to be anonymous, anyone who helps us reach our goal will be recognized on our banner that will be hung by our dugout at each of our games. We are guaranteed to play at least five games and there will be a total of 232 teams from all over the world at this tournament. We will also recognize sponsors/donors on our team t-shirt, poster, program and on Facebook & Twitter.
At this time, your New Mexico Women’s Baseball League is not asking sponsors and donors to buy specified packages, but to collaborate with us to meet a desired and suitable amount which all will benefit from. Furthermore, we would like to extend our hand to provide any additional support that any donor and sponsor may need.
The New Mexico Women’s Baseball League is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) organization and we would greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution. If you have yet to do so, please click the like button on our fan page at, https://www.facebook.com/NMWomensBaseballLeague and follow NMWBL on Twitter.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help make some dreams come true and we can’t tell you how helpful this will be for us all. As always, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me either here or you can call/text me anytime at (505)710-8657.
New Mexico Film, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, tells the story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on the New York Times bestseller, this story of heroism, courage and survival directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) also stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. LONE SURVIVOR will be released by Universal Pictures in platform engagements on Friday, December 27, 2013, and will go wide on Friday, January 10, 2014.
A person whose heart
Is unquestionably true
To the country and her colors
The red white and blue
Whether a draftee or a volunteer
There was no hesitation,
In responding to the call of our nation
Whether at home or overseas
Whether in war or in intermittent times of peace
The veteran served with commitment and resolve
Which both mind and body would involve
The risk to both was always great
Requiring faith, suffering fate
The losses — lives and limbs and mental health —
A gift to us of their whole self.
To those brave men and women on this Veterans day
With grateful hearts to you we say
We miss you, we love you, and we thank you
Every single day.
And for those who still serve
On active duty and reserve
For your safety and health and families who wait
UPDATE 11/11/13: NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
If EW is to be believed the following casting call has been issued for “anyone (who fits the following casting specifications) with a video camera”:
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
A confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios on Thursday.
With that, New Mexicans are again wondering, who, what, where, when, and how much of the new Star Wars franchise might end up in the Land of Enchantment.
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here, the “force” is expected to land in New Mexico despite persistent rumors, some convos around town and even investigative reporting that says otherwise.
In addition to knowing that the state has been looked at for both studio and location settings, our current findings, erring on the side of hopeful, point to a fall 2014 location shoot being likely (or at least possible) in New Mexico. As we like to say, “nothing’s official until someone yells that’s a WRAP!”
And now to address one inquiring OHI reader, BG writes:
“I was just curious if by any chance you know what extra-casting
agencies I should sign up with in order to get a chance on Star Wars
episode VII here in NM?”
Well B, we direct all hopefuls to check-in and register with all the hard working and most reputable casting directors we report on listed here, many of which have long resumes with the largest films and television shows the state has ever seen, including The Lone Ranger, No Country for Old Men, Breaking Bad and so much more.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Officially announced shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios – UK, with Los Angeles and New Mexico, USA also on the proverbial call sheet…
For our friends and readers around the world here is the UK casting call forecast ICYMI!
The Latino laden New Mexico production of ABC’s Killer Women is just beginning to get the hype it’s due.
The midseason prime-time drama is executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara.
The show is the English language revamp of the Spanish novela Mujeres Asesinas, a Latin American series, originally aired in 2005, which was an adaptation of Marisa Grinstein’s trilogy of the same title, based on true stories of Argentine women driven to murder by various forms of abuse.
Latin World Entertainment, helmed by Vergara – the highest paid woman on television, sold the series about the complex world of Texas Rangers to ABC last year. Co-produced by Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), the script adaptation was written by Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven, The Playboy Club).
Vergara is using her success to create opportunities for other Latinos who want to make it in Hollywood. Killer Women stars lead actors Alex Fernandez and Martina Milans, and also features multiple Latino actors in various episodes.
In September Vergara told Agencia Efe, of Fox News Latino, “It makes me very proud to be Latino, today and always. Although now Latinos, the culture and everything Hispanic is getting more fashionable, the reality is that we know that being Latino, having those values of family, unity, working ability, delight in moving forward and that joy that identifies us, it’s something divine. It’s an honor, a privilege for me to be Latino,”
The first Operation Soundstage orientation for Veterans interested in working in the State’s Film Industry will be held this Friday, November 15, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Albuquerque.
Though not a requirement to participate in the Operation Soundstage program, in which the state will reimburse part of the wages of a veteran being trained as a crew member by a film or television production in New Mexico, the list of veterans and reserve component members who complete the orientation workshop will be submitted to participating companies.
To enroll in the first Operation Soundstage orientation, email the NMFO info@nmfilm .com and provide the following information:
First and Last Name
NM City/Community of Residence
Type of Government Issued Military ID and correlating ID. No.
There is limited seating so you must confirm registration with Sherry England.
You must also be registered with New Mexico Workforce Connection.
For questions about NMWC, email Chris Zafra.
DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: Sign-in begins at 1pm, workshop takes place between 1:30PM to 3:30PM