As the world anxiously awaits the final eight episodes of the “best show on television”, Breaking Bad fans are equally curious for the verdict on what comes next for cast & crew.
Even before we learn the fate of Walter White & Co. Br Ba devotees look forward to the most likely spin-off in which the best, slimiest, lawless lawyer around, Saul Goodman will once again ease all with, “Better Call Saul”.
Best news for New Mexico is that if a deal is indeed inked for the series, the most likely place for the Saul Goodman led series to take place would be original series home, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Home to the AMC series, Albuquerque Studios (The Avengers, The Lone Ranger) is well seasoned and at the ready for the return of all things Saul.
Last fall NBC shot the gritty drama pilot “After Hours” across the interstate, as a prospect for last season’s television schedule. After not making the first cut, then being volleyed back and forth from the pick-up list to the tentative list, an off-cycle short order has been placed for at least four episodes of the show.
And as we’ve previously reported, up north some very special goings-on are going on around the return of the A&E hit series, Longmire and the highly anticipated Seth MacFarlane adaptation of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for Fox television.
Posted by Sindicator on March 19, 2013 | Comments Off
Above, while walking the press line at the Tribute to Breaking Bad event held Saturday night at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, Bryan Cranston answered a wide array of inquiries ranging from his thoughts on New Mexico in general to this juicy tidbit on how he sees the journey of Walter White saying:
“My perspective on it is that every human being is fully capable of the wide spectrum of emotions, and even the meekest person among us is a dangerous person given the right set of circumstances and what happened to Walter White was just that. Certain, specific buttons were pushed at a very delicate fragile time in his life and he made decisions that he could not take back and he was on the road, he was on a spiral to hell.”
The Albuquerque Studios, Reelz Channel, YDI Tribute to Breaking Bad culminated in this meet & greet for contest winners and event sponsors, with select media and Albuquerque civic leaders in attendance. The cast mingled with the crowed, signed autographs and posed for photos with sponsors and winners alike. With sponsorship packages and ticket sales, organizers of the fundraiser for Youth Development Incorporated, were able to raise over $28,000 in just a few weeks time to benefit the local youth organization.
After the gang buster success of this, one of the many civic outreach events the production has undertaken in their six years at work here, there was another event held at an undisclosed location.
Though OHI has confirmed that Breaking Bad cameras are still rolling her in Albuquerque, at least for a few more hours, the closed door event turned out to be the show’s wrap party, where the tears and “bittersweet” sentiments that were already beginning to swell at the fundraiser flowed at full speed, as cast, crew, production staff, friends and family shared their parting words of reflection and gratitude.
In a speech addressing the crowed Bryan Cranston thanked AMC and Sony for having the courage to pick-up the show and said, “Even though Vince Gilligan didn’t set out to make a classic that’s exactly what happened. In years to come this show will stand the test of time and scrutiny.”
Telling everyone, “All of you here tonight can say proudly that we worked on breaking bad. Now it’s time to go, it’s time to wrap it up, fold-up our tents and move away but there’s one thing that will never leave us even though we’re leaving this experience and that is from here on for the rest of our lives we will be inexorably tied to each other as a one as a family and I for one am personally am overjoyed to have this opportunity to be w this family all of you, such fine human beings number one and artisans number 2 I love you all I will miss you all, God bless you and God bless you Mr. Vince Gilligan for giving us this opportunity!”
Hometown star Steven Michael Quezada said, “I’m very proud of New Mexico, I’m a New Mexican…the crews here, you have made us proud> We’re gonna do great things moving on in the future. I’d like to thank Mr. Vince Gillagan for giving us that, we are gonna learn from that and we’re gonna go forward and we’re gonna thrive and thank you Governor Martinez. Thank you for signing a bill that will help us…this cast here has changed New Mexico let’s learn from it and let’s move on, thank you very much.”
Anna Gunn too thanked AMC and Sony “for giving our little show about meth a home.” Then addressing her co-stars calling them, “the most generous gifted hilarious group of actors I have loved playing with you every minute and I have loved watching your brilliant work.”
And in a tremendous nod of support to those who crafted the show year after year, “Most of all I really just wanna pay homage to the most amazing crew top to bottom that I have ever worked with in my career. Everyday that I came to work I didn’t feel like I was coming to work, I felt like I was coming to make art, communally with a group of people that I adored and you all are artists. You are all crafts men and woman and you gave every ounce of yourselves with such passion and dedication through sandstorms and snowstorms and scorching heat and everything in between, and I was in awe of what you did and we really became a family.”
Lastly the native New Mexican added, “I have met some of the finest human beings and artists that I have ever come across in all my years working in this business and I feel so blessed because of that and I will be forever grateful for this experience so, Que Viva New Mexico and Que Viva Breaking Bad!”
In a cliff hanger that rivaled any blockbuster suspense thriller, the nail biting, sometimes gut wrenching, emotional roller coaster of our state’s film production saga came to a head this weekend.
First on Friday afternoon when the bad news spread all over the local film community and unfortunately spilled into national media that Governor Susana Martinez vetoed the increased film incentive proposal dubbed the “Breaking Bad” bill, citing lack of comprehensive tax reform as a part of her overall agenda.
Fortunately unyielding advocates for film jobs and the unsung impact of economic growth felt all across the state prevailed to see the most important adjustments to existing state film industry incentives live on.
The torch was carried on for thousands of industry workers and support service businesses in the form of pre-existing Legislative bill HB 641 – ironically titled An Act Relating to the Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare, which rapidly became known as the “Zombie” version of the Breaking Bad bill, largely because the amended act contained the very heart of the incentive changes required to bring more long living, qualified television productions to the state and securing unused budget dollars to roll-over into future years for more film production – all the while not impacting state spending.
Because of stalwart efforts on the floor, namely by bill sponsor, representative Antonio “Moe” Maestes, IATSE Local 480 Business Agent Jon Hendry, and driven on by a strong showing of film community support; by way of a public outcry to the Governor’s office, the “Zombie” bill lived to see another day, passing both the house and the senate, narrowly garnering a show of support from the Governor who promised to sign the bill into law as part of an omnibus tax bill which she deems acceptable and including a majority of her tax plan demands.
The cast of New Mexico’s longest running and most world famous production for whom the original film bill was named, was largely unaware of the drama at a charity event held on Saturday evening at Albuquerque Studios, where they had been filming til 4:30 a.m. Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, R.J. Mitte, Betsy Brandt and Bob Odenkirk, took part in the night’s Youth Development Inc. fundraiser which brought in over $28,000 to benefit children and their families right here in New Mexico, in large part to follow aspirations and become educated in film production careers, as spearheaded by Breaking Bad co-star and hometown activist Steven Michael Quezada.
Even the Mayor of Albuquerque, Richard Berry who lavished praise on the show’s substantial local economic impact and world over notoriety was learning at the same time as the cast that the heavily anticipated television production incentives were in fact one day closer to becoming a reality.
Bryan Cranston, who talked at length with reporters, YDI supporters and government officials in attendance spoke volumes about the value and immense talents of New Mexico cast and crew base, reiterating again and again that 90% of film workers on the six year production are New Mexico workers. Later in the evening at a closed door event, show creator Vince Gillagan too praised New Mexico, saying it’s a place, “which I now call my home”.
The passage of new legislation increasing incentives for long term production investment in our state finally raises the flag which New Mexico film advocates have championed for so long, sending the message to competing states and world wide productions that New Mexico Film is “open for business”.
Posted by Sindicator on March 14, 2013 | Comments Off
Santa Fe & Albuquerque, NM CASTING NOTICE for PRINT JOB – Chevy Silverado
Casting Company: On Location Casting
Audition Date: Friday – 3/15/13
Audition Location: Albuquerque, NM – I25 Studios (NO self-taped submissions – MUST attend IN PERSON)
Shoot Date(s): Varies between 3/22/13 and 3/24/13 – depending on role (see breakdown)
Shoot Location(s): Varies – either Santa Fe, NM or Albuquerque, NM depending on role
Pay rate: $800.00 day (inclusive of any Agency fee if represented)
Run/Usage: FULL Buyout – Unlimited time & Unlimited Use
These will be FEATURED (Non-Speaking Principal) roles for PRINT only.
HUNTERS (NON-Union) – male, Caucasian, age range 42-46, rugged, outdoors types. Prefer those with real hunting experience (it will be an Elk Hunting ad but any hunting experience is acceptable) but not required. Pay rate: $800.00/day (agency fee included in rate). Shoot dates: Fri. 3/22/13 AND Sat. 3/23/13 (TWO DAY shoot! MUST be available for both dates). Shoot Location will be SANTA FE, NM (self-travel to location).
CAMPERS (NON-Union) – male, Caucasian, age range 34-44,rugged, outdoors types. Prefer those with real outdoors camping experience but not required. Pay rate: $800.00/day (agency fee included in rate). Shoot dates: Fri. 3/22/13 AND Sat. 3/23/13 (TWO DAY shoot! MUST be available for both dates). Shoot Location will be SANTA FE, NM (self-travel to location).
PLANT NURSERY GARDENER #1(NON-Union) – male, Hispanic, age range 34-44, rugged, outdoors type. Prefer those with real gardening experience but not required. Pay rate: $800.00/day (agency fee included in rate). Shoot date: Sun. 3/24/13. Shoot Location will be ALBUQUERQUE, NM (self-travel to location).
PLANT NURSERY GARDENER #2 (NON-Union) – female, Caucasian, age range 34-44, rugged, outdoors type. Prefer those with real gardening experience but not required. Pay rate: $800.00/day (agency fee included in rate). Shoot date: Sun. 3/24/13. Shoot Location will be ALBUQUERQUE, NM (self-travel to location).
SUBMISSIONS ASAP via email to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line CHEVY SILVERADO and role submitting for. Submissions MUST include a RECENT (taken within the past 3-6 months) COLOR PHOTO of what you currently look like, height, weight, hair color, first & last name, contact number and any outdoor experience you have.
We will be contacting you Thursday afternoon/evening to schedule audition time.
**ONLY BOOKING these roles at this time!! NO other submissions please**
Immediate New Mexico Casting Notice: Chevy Silverado Print Ads
Posted by Sindicator on January 18, 2013 | Comments Off
In addition to this beautiful specimen of arachnid (as expertly handled by professional scorpion wrangler Dusty Webb), we’ve recently discovered that SUPER cute Martial Arts star Bren Foster (above left) has been added to the Force of Execution cast. He is here in Albuquerque right now filming with Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and many talented locals!
The film, currently shooting downtown – next headed to I-25 Studios, is a reunion on many levels. Foster and Seagal recently worked together on Maximum Conviction, which also paired Force director Keoni Waxman and producer Phillip B. Goldfine (above right).
There was a spike in web chatter when it was first reported that Seagal would be re-teaming with Machete co-star Danny Trejo (pictured below with local actor Joshua R. Aragon) for this project!
New Mexico Film production vet, Jenny Gabrielle (SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, Sweetwater, The Banshee Chapter, Georgia O’Keffee, The Dry Land) also stars!
Hometown super star Steven Michael Quezada was slated to appear in the film, but his current Breaking Bad shooting schedule conflicted with filming dates.
Force of Execution is the story about a crime lord torn between his legacy and his desire to get out of the life of crime that has built his empire, when a new player to the scene tries to use the town anti-hero’s network to climb to power. The only friend the crime lord has is his assassin protégé who has troubles of his own. An epic battle of underbosses and crime lords. Only one will come out alive.
Seagal, Goldfine, Benjamin Sacks, Jim Burleson, and Binh Dang, Producers.
Posted by Sindicator on September 28, 2012 | Comments Off
BREAKING NEWS: Santa Fe IFF Changes Screening Date for BLESS ME, ULTIMA with Rudolfo Anaya in Attendance Due to Overwhelming Community Response
**All tickets purchased for the original Wednesday Oct. 17 showing will receive entrance to the after party at Zia Diner on Wednesday, October 17th and also have a seat at the premiere on Thursday, October 18th at the Lensic.**
Santa Fe, NM: The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announces that the screening of BLESS ME, ULTIMA will now be at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on the 2nd day of the fest with Rudolfo Anaya in attendance on Thursday, October 18th to accommodate the overwhelming community response.
Santa Fe IFF and The Lensic are honored that author Rudolfo Anaya will be at the New Mexico premiere of BLESS ME ULTIMA to accept the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s American Author Award and to sign his books before the premiere. Luke Ganalon the actor who stars as the young Antonio, and Benito Martinez, who plays Antonio’s father Gabriel, will introduce the film.
Due to the astounding advance ticket sales, Santa Fe IFF has also extended the BLESS ME, ULTIMA events to two days beginning on the 1st day of the Fest, Wednesday, October 17th with a special party hosted by the Zia Diner where owner, restaurateur Beth Koch has created a menu inspired by the recipes from Rudolfo Anaya’s book to celebrate the NM premiere of the movie at 9 p.m. at 326 South Guadalupe Street in the Rail Yard.
The venue and date of the screening of BLESS ME, ULTIMA have been changed from Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at Warehouse 21 to Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m. at the Lensic. Tickets for the screening are available now at ticketssantafe.org and the Lensic box office 505.988.1234.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors andcorporate partnerships to help fund the Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this years’ committed sponsors: (media partner) Hutton Broadcasting; (official sponsors) Inn and Spa at Loretto, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Studio X, Hotel Santa Fe, Lensic, Warehouse 21, Lensic Performing Arts Center; (community sponsors) IATSE Local 480, HDNM, ,La Posada de Santa Fe Resort, Garrett’s Desert Inn, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Zia Diner, Cowgirl BBQ, Flying Star, Ore House at Milagro, Santa Fe Studios, Santa Fe Studios, Garson Studios, Albuquerque Studios, Whole Foods; (signature sponsors) Tamalewood, High Desert Digital, Meow Wolf, Fred Ray Lopez of Santa Fe Tinworks; (contributing partners) Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwest CARE Center, Quail Run, KUNM, Hinkle Law Firm, Farm to Restaurant New Mexico, Winds of Choice Chiropractic Healing; (festival partners) Ace Hardware, Century Bank, Image Ratio, One Mind Design.
Other partners include: Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Kindle Project, and the McCune Foundation.
About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and Film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF’s all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers, and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year’s Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe.The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission in exhibiting the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships.
The 4th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film takes place October 17 to 21, 2012. For more information contact:
The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place October 17 to 21, 2012. For more information contact:
Posted by Sindicator on September 24, 2012 | Comments Off
New Mexico Philharmonic Brings PULSE Performance to the KiMo:
ALBUQUERQUE, NM, August 1, 2012—Last year the New Mexico Philharmonic presented an avant garde program at the KiMo Theatre that featured electronic music and innovative film. This year,the PULSE concert is bringing an important question to the forefront: How would you change the world?
The answer came in the unusual form of New Mexico-produced documentaries with music from a New Mexico composer performed and produced by New Mexicans that truly touch the heart.
This amazing and unique collaboration comes to life on Sunday, September 30th at 4 p.m. in the most New Mexican of places, the historic KiMo Theatre with stories that highlight global issues and combine a magical performance by the New Mexico Philharmonic with the viewing of incredible scenes from two documentary films.
The issues covered include homeless children and solutions to the homeless issue in the Emmy® Award winning Documentary “LOOKING IN: Children Who are Homeless.” One of the solutions to global warming/climate change is the focus of the national PBS documentary, “The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth.”
The musical score to each of these programs was composed by New Mexico musician Jeffrey R. Jolly. The documentaries were produced and directed by New Mexican Chris Schueler. In, addition, for each of the films vocalists—a children’s choir for “Healing the Earth,” and the New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church Choir for “Looking In”—will bring stirring performances that enhance the auditory experience.
A group of talented teachers and students from the Albuquerque Studios Film & Technology Academy of the Atrisco Heritage Academy High School as well as from DATA Charter High School will compile a video project that will be screened to the music of Albuquerque composer Daniel Davis.
Don’t miss this inspirational program created by New Mexicans for New Mexicans that will move you in new and surprising ways.
If purchased prior to September 1st, adult tickets are $24 and $16. On September 1st they will be $30 and $20. Student tickets (available only at the KiMo ticket offfice) are $10. Ticket information is available online at www.nmphil.org. Call 505-323-4343 to reserve your ticket now.
As the major professional orchestra in the state, the New Mexico Philharmonic is committed to inspiring audiences of all ages and backgrounds through its artistic excellence, innovative programming and educational and community engagement. The New Mexico Philharmonic is anon-profit corporation recognized as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. To learn more about upcoming performances or to become a volunteer, please visit www.nmphil.org.
Posted by Sindicator on September 17, 2012 | Comments Off
POINT via Ann Lerner, City of Albuquerque Film Liaison:
The film industry is alive and well in Albuquerque.
We’ve seen a variety of film activity in the area this year. “In Plain Sight” finished Season 5, filming out at I-25 Studios and on location around town. “Breaking Bad” shot eight episodes of Season 5, and will be back in December for eight more episodes. “The Last Stand,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, filmed in Downtown Albuquerque in January. (Watch the trailer to see an impressive stunt across the intersection of Fifth and Marquette.)
And, oh yes, the largest movie being made in the world this year, “The Lone Ranger,” chose Albuquerque Studios as its home for offices and sets and built two western towns out by the Rio Puerco, filming here for months.
“2 Guns” just wrapped, “Lone Survivor” starts filming in October for nine weeks. Two other films will be shooting this fall as well.
Numerous independent filmmakers are making low-budget projects – from features, to shorts, to webisodes.
So why do people like to film in Albuquerque? Besides the 310 days of sunshine, no natural disasters, close proximity to Los Angeles, an easy-to-use film tax incentive and a strong film crew base, we have a world-class infrastructure of stages, equipment companies, suppliers and businesses relating to the movie industry.
And Albuquerque can double for many different location looks – we can be Cincinnati (“Wild Hogs”); Munich (“Beer Fest”); Mexico border crossing (“2 Guns”); Los Angeles (“Crash TV”); New York (“The Resident”).
But I think a large part of the reason people like to film in Albuquerque is because of the open reception filmmakers receive from neighborhoods and businesses and the administration.
We offer one-stop film-permitting. We recognize that filming dates may change due to weather or illness or some other factor and are flexible.
Our filming guidelines require production companies to limit the number of large vehicles in a neighborhood and provide notification of filming dates and times. We have a program asking productions to give $100 to the neighborhood association for each day of filming. To date, over $60,000 has been raised.
We respect the production companies and welcome them for bringing in new money and providing well-paying and creative jobs for our citizens.
Production companies respect our highly skilled labor force and willingness to allow filming in the area.
Our reputation is strong. The Film Office is busy reading scripts and leading location scouts for potential future work. We’re issuing permits. Our phones are ringing.
Thank you for keeping Albuquerque film friendly!
COUNTERPOINT via Jon Hendry, President New Mexico Federation of Labor:
Our film liaisons are a hidden treasure.
The hard work of such great people as Ann Lerner in ABQ, Jan Wafful in Alamogordo, and Lisa Van Allen in Santa Fe, along with a dozen others around the state who back up the New Mexico Film Office and do great work in their communities, is a huge part of our industry success. I believe that Ann’s excellent editorial in today’s Journal speaks highly of her office, her pride in the community, and the effect that we in film have had on so many ancillary businesses. Bravo!
However, I respectfully disagree on the state of the NM film business. When 50/1 wraps, there will be slim pickings for NM crews through Breaking Bad‘s final eight episodes. While Lone Survivor is trying hard to employ as many locals as they can, for technical reasons they have to bring in more crew than we would like in fields where we are not strong. Hopefully, that is something we can all address in the future. One film can’t carry more than 1000 qualified technicians plus actors, stunt people, drivers, PA’s, and the host of others who have come to rely on this business. Rumors of an eminent super-hero movie only help a little, since we know that the vast majority of key or best boy positions will not go to locals. While they may fill hotel rooms, rent cars, and buy lumber, these kinds of movies don’t always help the working crew. We can’t expect micro budget pictures to pay comparable rates or the benefits we need; that’s ok, bring them on, we appreciate them, but it’s not the road to full employment.
As well as things are going, the warning lights are also flashing, and I believe we’re reaching that critical area where we need to deal with these situations in the upcoming legislative session. After two years we know what works and what doesn’t. My suggestions follow. On most I think you’ll find general industry consensus and on others some dissension, but I think we’ll find some suggestions that the legislature can agree with and that will allow the taxpayers to feel they are getting a good return on their investment.
1) We need to return to the original legislative intent of $50 million. In order to do that we need a cost of living increase as we’re the only “capped incentive”. That is going to seem extremely moderate now but we need the protection for the hyper inflation that may occur and could basically wipe us out of the business. By doing so we ensure that in real dollars the $50 million stays constant.
2) TV series employ more New Mexicans in all facets of the business than anything else, and we need to give them the certainty they will get their money when they make a commitment to us which could be up to five years. I’m open to suggestions on how we do this but I think the way is to exempt them from the cap.
3) We need to make some technical changes in the language of that rather rushed bill that allows a rollover of unused credits that we can accumulate as we already have a substantial balance from the last few years and a payout of $50 million. There is no reason for it to be staggered if we have the money. Sitting on it doesn’t help anyone, especially the state budget process.
4) We need to set up a system that, when Tax & Rev has approved a rebate, picture companies can monetize this. I believe the private banking system can look at doing this. I also believe some of us in NM might contribute to a fund that would not only give a return but help us get more pictures and, most importantly, ABQ, Bernalillo County, SF city & counties, Alamogordo, and Otero County could look to their bonding capacity to help this occur. It would be very useful if we could put this money in to the project while they are still here shooting and spending money and not two years down the road when they are long gone. Alaska is looking at a cash flow model, private funds can move much quicker than governmental entities, but Tax & Rev would have to come up with a certification program.
5) Perhaps most controversially, I think we need to do much, much more to ensure that the companies generating the rebates for the production entities are NM based and the money stays in the state. It’s almost a game to figure out how to make out of state people and equipment and other purchases rebateable. We shouldn’t be asking Tax & Rev to play “whack a mole”. When we solve one issue another pops up and that’s not good. We thought the bricks and mortar requirement solved this but in some cases it made it worse. I want to be able to say with hand on my heart that we rebate no one from out of state and we keep the money here where it was generated and where it’s needed. Any perception that this is welfare for Hollywood isn’t good. This should be a legislative priority.
I’m open to other suggestions. What I can’t work with is a situation where on the top end we’re being squeezed by the amount of money we can put out and on the bottom end we are squeezed because these companies are employing fewer New Mexicans and spending more money with large chains who don’t pay taxes here or out of state companies are working through facilitators instate that help them get an undeserved rebate. If anyone else feels we’re doing sensationally well I am happy, after ensuring confidentiality, to share payroll figures with you – it’s not great.
Posted by Sindicator on September 10, 2012 | Comments Off
Santa Fe, NM – Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival for the 5 day fest, Wednesday, October 17th through Sunday, October 21st. All Festival passes and day passes can be purchased through the Lensic box office or ticketssantafe.org. Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will feature 80 films over 5 days and nights, host 20 filmmaker forums/workshops, Awards Ceremonies, VIP Events, a Filmmakers’ Brunch and 6 After-parties at the hottest venues in Santa Fe. Full schedule can be seen at Santafeiff.com.
Santa Fe IFF kicks off the festival with the New Mexico premiere of BLESS ME, ULTIMA. based on the iconic novel by beloved New Mexico Author RUDOLFO ANAYA. It closes on Sunday evening, October 21st at The Lensic Performing Arts Center with the New Mexican premiere of best-selling Author JUDY BLUME’s TIGER EYES directed by her son Lawrence Blume. “Shot in state and featuring charismatic performances from both Russell Means and son Tatanka, Lawrence Blume’s TIGER EYES – based on the classic teen novel by his mom Judy Blume – stars “Gossip Girl” WILLA HOLLAND as Davey, the teenager hurled into growing up after her father is murdered and mom relocates her and her younger brother from Atlantic City to Los Alamos, New Mexico.” ( Lauren Wissot Filmmaker Magazine and Santa Fe IFF Director of Programming) Judy and Lawrence will be in attendance and Judy Blume will sign her books after the premiere of TIGER EYES at the Lensic, The screening will be preceded by Santa Fe IFF’s Non-Juried Awards Ceremony hosted by GARY FARMER Santa Fe IFF’s Advisory Board Chair when TIGER EYES star TATANKA MEANS will be awarded the festival’s First Annual Tamalewood Award for his work in New Mexico. Judy and Lawrence Blume will also join Santa Fe IFF’s Screenwriting panel with RON BLOOMBERG (THREE’S COMPANY, ALL IN THE FAMILY) on Saturday, October 20th at 4 p.m. at Warehouse21.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support ofsponsors andcorporate partnerships to help fund the 4th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this years committed sponsors: (media partner) Hutton Broadcasting; (official sponsors) Inn and Spa at Loretto,Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Studio X, Hotel Santa Fe, Lensic, Warehouse 21; (community sponsors) HDNM, ,La Posada de Santa Fe Resort, Garrett’s Desert Inn, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Zia Diner, Cowgirl BBQ, Flying Star, Ore House at Milagro, Santa Fe Studios, IATSE Local 480, Santa Fe Studios, Garson Studios, Albuquerque Studios, Whole Foods; (signature sponsors) Tamalewood, High Desert Digital, Meow Wolf, Fred Ray Lopez of Santa Fe Tinworks; (contributing partners) Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwest CARE Center, Quail Run, KUNM, Hinkle Law Firm, Farm to Restaurant New Mexico, Winds of Choice Chiropractic Healing; (festival partners) Ace Hardware, Century Bank, Image Ratio, One Mind Design.
Other partners include: Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Kindle Project, and McCune Foundation.
About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and Film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF’s all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year’s Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe.The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission in exhibiting the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships.
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.)
Posted by Sindicator on June 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Image via Santa Fe Studios
New Mexico Film isn’t in just one territory or confined to one metropolis. From Cuba to Silver City and everywhere in between, New Mexico film workers reside.
Neighboring states are clamoring to keep-up and nationwide industry reports name NM time and time again as the state to beat.
The Hollywood Reporter notes, “third only to California and New York in the number of skilled crewmembers locally available…”, New Mexico is handily holding its own with resources at the ready for YOUR NM FILM.
Coming soon from Western New Mexico University’s school of Applied Technology, Central New Mexico Community College, IATSE Local 480 and the Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce, is a promotional video collaborative showcasing the state’s southwest region film resources, locations and film related education programs, as detailed here in the Las Cruces Sun News.
For your convenience in reference here are the latest links to NM City and County Film Commissions, Competitive State Film Incentive and New Mexico State film based education programs (TBA).
“Albuquerque, N.M., will also receive an advanced [sic] screening due to filming that took place there as well.”
Well hell New Mexico, whatta ya’ know? While local news is quick to report that the country is in a race to procure a pre-screening of NM’s Own (in-part), Marvel’s AVENGERS, per the AP wire pickup:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook fans are getting an early shot to see the all-star superhero tale “The Avengers.”
Disney’s Marvel Studios announced Monday that it will offer advance screenings around the world in cities where “The Avengers” has gained the most fans on Facebook.
Early screenings will start with shows in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston and Miami on April 14, nearly three weeks before the film’s May 4 U.S. debut. Admission will be free, first-come, first-served.
Marvel plans another round of early screenings in five more cities. Fans can lobby for their city on “The Avengers” Facebook page.
“The Avengers” features Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner.
Posted by Sindicator on March 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Friday night über producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a call for Albuquerque restaurant suggestions. He’s certainly not suffering any shortage of sweet eats as he’s also tweeted an abundance of cake on the Albuquerque Studios set of The Lone Ranger here in NM. Werd in to OHI also says that five star craft service is a set staple.
Sunday, whether trekking out to another filming location, sight seeing or restaurant hunting it looks like The Lone Ranger producer ventured North of Albuquerque…
Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer may have been the subject of a routine traffic stop in Taos County today.
An individual named Jerome Leon Bruckheimer was pulled over by police on State Road 75 this afternoon in southern Taos County. Local police dispatch stated it was likely a routine traffic stop but offered no other details.
That also happens to be the full name of the renowned film producer who is heading up the Disney film, “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp that is currently shooting in New Mexico.
OLC Still needs vintage style bikers – Think Café Racers meets Marlon Brando in The Wild One
1960s Era BIKERS – Male, Caucasian or light Hispanic, age range 18-55, minimal tattoos, SHORT hair. This is not your typical modern day “biker” look, it is more “wholesome” or retro. (see photo) Looking for guys who are experienced riders and who have a valid NM motorcycle license.
Please email recent photo ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line 1960s BIKER. Be sure to include your photo, a photo of your bike, year/make/model of your bike, first & last name, contact number and availability between 3/22/12 to 4/11/12.
1960s VEGAS SHOWGIRLS – Female, Caucasian or light Hispanic, age range 18-40, height range 5’6″-5’9″, weight range 115-150, attractive, MUST have dance experience (prefer ballet) and be able to perform in a Rockettes style kick-line. Will need to be able to dance in high heels wearing SKIMPY (revealing) but heavy costume. Higher pay rate.
Please email recent photo ASAP to: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line SHOWGIRL DANCER. Be sure to include a face shot and a full body shot, contact number, dance experience and availability between 3/22/12 to 4/11/12. We will call you to set up a time for you to come by our office to be put on video.
ALSO NOW CASTING YOU & YOUR VINTAGE AUTO (1963 & older): Click here to submit.
The 1960s period drama we first told you about here, is now casting “bikers” for filming in the Las Vegas, New Mexcio area.
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis will star in the crime drama based on the true story of Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb.
From Extras Casting Director Tina Kerr:
Project: CBS Pilot – Untitled Las Vegas-Ralph Lamb Project, starring Dennis Quaid
Shoot dates: TBD – tentatively Tuesday 3/27/12, Wednesday 3/28/12, Tuesday 4/3/12 AND Tuesday 4/10/12. Would need to be available on ALL shoot days for continuity purposes.
Shoot location: Las Vegas, New Mexico
Compensation: NON-UNION- Rate TBD (possibly $200.00 for 8 hours -including bike- plus overtime after 8 hours – pending approval)
Talent Specs: MALE BIKERS
**PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU FIT THE LISTED CASTING SPECS. THERE ARE NO OTHER ROLES AVAILABLE!!**
BIKERS – Male, Caucasian or Hispanic, 18-50 years old, confident riders, NOT overly tattooed, prefer shorter hair to long hair, NOT a “scruffy” biker look more like late 50s. This is supposed to be 1960 in old Las Vegas, NV. Classic. Looking for 1950s-1960s era bikes also.
Overall Talent Considerations: NO professional acting experience required! Bikers would need to be willing to possibly be filmed in their underwear, get wet (hosed down in a jail scene) and possibly wear bald caps to simulate you having your head shaved (if you are not already bald!) The bikers get run out of old Las Vegas by the “new sheriff in town”!
HOW TO SIGN UP:
In-Person Photos (PREFERRED!): We would like to have you come in to our office to let us take a photo of you and do a brief on-camera interview about your bike experience. If interested – please come to our office TUESDAY-THURSDAY from 3/7/12-3/21/12 between 3:00pm – 7:00pm. **BRING A PHOTO OF YOUR BIKE THAT WE CAN KEEP!!! We are located at I-25 Studios -9201 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 – on the frontage road between Tramway and Alameda. Please park in the rear of building (West entrance) and enter through doors that say Albuquerque Police Station. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY – JUST SHOW UP (ONLY if you fit the casting
If you are unable to make it to an in-person interview – you may email us a recent photo as listed below:
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.
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?
Posted by Sindicator on February 4, 2012 | Comments Off
The “fifth and final” phenomenon strikes New Mexico twice this year as Albuquerque is in the midst of taking its final turn as backdrop and host to USA Network’s hit series In Plain Sight.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry touts the production saying, “The cast and crew have been instrumental in showcasing our city’s natural beauty, and creating jobs by staffing 90% of their crew with New Mexico residents.”
Mary Mac & Co. have called NM their IPS home since 2007.
The final season is currently on location in downtown Albuquerque (as spotted here) and surrounding areas – polishing off the series from their longtime home base in I-25 Studios.
Season five premiers on March 16 and concludes in May.
So as New Mexico preps to bid a sad, but fond farewell to the production, as in the case of its sister series Breaking Bad, this is last call!