SANTA FE- The New Mexico Film Foundation announced that Santa Fe filmmaker Michael Becker’s film “Delivery From Earth” will premiere at locations around the country including the Kennedy Space Center on Dec 4th as part of the launch of the Orion Spacecraft. Becker won the Lockheed Martin Filmmaker Grant offered by the New Mexico Film Foundation earlier this year.
Becker was one of 30 New Mexico independent filmmakers who submitted an application for the grant. Applicants were asked to submit a concept for a 3-5 minute movie that deals with the theme of deep space exploration and pioneering and asks the questions ‘…and what now…do we stop exploring?” Becker’s film offers a promising vision of the future in “Delivery from Earth.” The story follows a young Navajo boy and his family as they watch history in the making – the birth of the first human born on Mars.
Nearly 200 museums and science centers around the United States will participate in the Orion First Flight Viewing event, streaming launch videos, holding panel discussions and displaying space exploration exhibits. Participants will have the option of including Becker’s film in their programing.
Becker plans on traveling to Florida several days prior to the launch to talk about his film and to witness the launch of Orion Spacecraft on December 4th. “From the seed of an idea about a child born on Mars, a project was realized by bringing together many talented people. We hope audiences enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” Said Becker.
The following is a list of First Flight Viewing Events locations in New Mexico:
New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo, NM)
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque, NM)
Robert H. Goddard Planetarium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center (Roswell, NM)
Hefferan Planetarium (Albuquerque, NM)
E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center (Farmington, NM)
A complete list of participating Event Viewing locations can be found here.
On the heels of the hottest news in modern day New Mexico Film, OHI has the scoop on major industry opportunities!
The Santa Fe Film Festival’s second annual, “Film Industry Tune Up”, brought to you by the Santa Fe Economic Development Department is taking shape as follows:
How to do more business with the film business
Meet and Greet with the people who make buying decisions for major motion pictures – How your business can do more business with the film business & Hosted Continental Breakfast
2014 Legislative Session Filmmakers brunch and panel. Lawmakers discuss the Power of Persuasion and what’s ahead for the New Mexico Film Industry and the Breaking Bad Bill.
MY MOVIES, MY MONEY
With Mindy Jones, LCSW and location scout & assistant, and Puck Stair, 480 E-Board Member. Learn the answers and more at this financial literacy class designed specifically for film & television crew.
What’s a tax deduction?
How do I find the best heath care plan?
How do I find and manage my union retirement account?
How do I go on unemployment?
What’s a GRT and how does a kit rental work?
Mingle with film and TV pros as you fine-tune your craft and show your best work. Take advantage of acting, makeup & headshot sessions, and get valuable industry tips from SFFF’s immensely popular casting panel!
All of this AND CASTING for at least TWO BIG SANTA FE productions! Both “LONGMIRE” four and season two of the WGN series, “Manhattan” will hold extras casting calls during the weekend Tune-up!
This is a can’t miss industry event. For filmmakers, by filmmakers, lawmakers and deal makers!
No one in the industry can afford to miss it, and everyone can afford to attend – all admittance is FREE of charge!
Narrated by New Mexico’s own Steven Michael Quezada, “NMBH1001 BEHAVIORALNM 2930H” is the real life horror story of what has become of Behavioral Health resources and services in our great state.
As unconscionable as the denigrating measures described in the film may seem, a recent Election 2014 inquiry by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico yielded an answer from the state’s sitting Governor which failed to even include a mention of behavioral and mental health needs, though the question itself specifically asked to comment on meeting those needs.
This weekend in Santa Fe, the newly established New Mexico Film Foundation (NMFF) held its first ever “Friendraiser”.
Saturday June 7, 2014 the NMFF board, staff and their event sponsors hosted the gathering of a few hundred filmmakers, friends and fans of film.
The pinnacle of the evening came as NMFF President and Executive Director, Dirk Norris, announced the availability of an annual, $5000 screenwriters grant, made possible by the generous donation of the night’s guest of honor, George R. R. Martin (GRRM).
The prolific author who penned the novels which spawned the hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones” is a Santa Fe resident, known to many locals as the owner of Santa Fe’s own Jean Cocteau Cinema. On Saturday night GRRM expressed his eagerness to see what Sci-fi projects, hopeful local filmmakers will have to offer in the coming years.
“The New Mexico Film Foundation is excited and honored to be working with George in this way,” said Norris, “and appreciate his generosity in helping the independent film community in New Mexico.”
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Screenwriting Grant Details:
$5000 will go to an aspiring screenwriter, annually.
The 2014 submission process will open on June 14th.
Applicants must be a resident of New Mexico, 18 years old and NOT a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction
or Fantasy genres.
The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script.
Complete information for submissions will be available on the New Mexico Film Foundation website beginning June 14th, 2014.
The submission process will continue until September 15th, 2014. A winner will be announced in in November 2014.
The mission of the New Mexico Film Foundation is to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial support and educational opportunities to New Mexico Independent filmmakers.
The George R.R. Martin screenwriting grant is the first grant the New Mexico Film Foundation has offered.
For more information about the foundation, and to make your tax deductible donation, visit their website at www.nmfilmfoundation.org.
The man who will forever be the bad guy from Ghost, turned mega star portraying a Commander in Chief on ABC’s mega hit series, Scandal is New Mexico bound.
Actor Tony Goldwyn is set to portray the icky, disgusting scourge, Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs in the upcoming Lifetime television movie, Outlaw Prophet. Yuck. But hey, the truth or something like it, must be told through film. Look at this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, 12 Years a Slave.
Subject matter aside, production on the movie based on the New York Times best-selling book, When Men Become Gods will begin in northern New Mexico next month.
The movie is said to detail the rise to “leadership” by Jeffs and the eventual outlaw status he amassed before being taken down by Federal Agents. One can hope that the script will also address the harrowing bravery of the women who fought back against this beast.
Book your room at the famous Murray Hotel in Silver City, NM by Thursday February 13, 2014 for a special Salt of the Earth anniversary release rate!
Call 575-956-9400 now!
Silver City, New Mexico – Women run over, kids hurling stones – in the Mideast? No, Grant Co. NM, 1951 – Fallout of the eventually victorious strike by the Ladies Auxiliary Local 890 which inspired the historic labor film, “Salt of the Earth”.
On Saturday March 15, 2014 The Real Miners of United Steel Workers District 12, “Salt of the Earth” Era Elders, AFSCME, and IATSE Film Workers Union, invite one and all to Silver City, New Mexico for the 60th anniversary of the “Salt of the Earth” film release – in recognition, celebration, and in the name of the continued struggle for justice for the American worker.
“Salt of the Earth” is based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico involving Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage equality with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by management. “When an injunction prohibited [the miners] from picketing, the women – wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters – took the workers’ place on the line.”
Blacklisted for many years as being too inflammatory in exposing issues the Federal Government wanted suppressed, “Salt of the Earth” provides a moving example of community solidarity and the pivotal role of women in traditional families as well as their value in the workplace. The film was written, directed and produced by members of the original “Hollywood Ten,” who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds.
Summary of anniversary events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which spawned film:
9:45AM Bus transportation to EVENTS
Grant Co. Business Conference Center
3031 Hwy 180 E, Silver City, NM
10:00 AM – Coffee Reception, Union Hall in Bayard – light refreshments.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tour – Mining/strike & film history tour, includes Bayard & Hurley.
1:30 PM – Lunch (L890) Union Hall in Bayard.
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM WNMU Fine Arts:
Reception honoring remaining pioneers and their families – Foyer music & displays.
Action and support opportunities for today’s workers who continue to face issues of inequality.
Panel discussion moderated by Erica Willis, with surviving activists/family members, organized labor representatives, featured elected officials and scholars.
Visual historical exhibits.
Premiere Screening of “Silver City Dreaming”
Feature Screening: “Salt of the Earth”
Panelists and organizers are available for comment and/or interview.
For scheduling contact:
Miles D Conway, Communication/Mobilization
AFSCME Council 18
Joint the event page here, get alerts and RSVP here.
FREE tickets are available ALL over Grant County, NM. Click here for pick-up locations.
Persevering efforts such as the support and passage of that bill are what keep the state’s film industry alive and healthy. Production benefits, amazing facilities and unparallelled talent & crew base are what continue to build New Mexico back up to its full potential as a global hot spot for film and media.
As soon as news of the “Breaking Bad Bill” flooded the nation’s industry wire, the local industry enjoyed an uptick of projects going from “pending” to a “go”, with series pilots and series runs such as “The Night Shift” and “Killer Women” putting New Mexicans back to work. More series and films are headed down the pike.
So let’s get ready and get behind the business of more business for New Mexico. #NMFilm support means more private sector jobs & industry growth!
Film & Media Day Open Casting Call for UPCOMING 2014 NEW MEXICO FILM PROJECTS INCLUDES – BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: Longmire Season 3, Hieroglyph, Good Kill, The Manhattan Project…scheduled as follows!
FILM AND MEDIA DAY CASTING CALL
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10th, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
State Land Auditorium
304 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501 Map/Directions
“This movie is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time! Coming from a military family and my husband being a Marine, this movie brought me to tears many times. Mark Wahlberg and the actual survivor who helped direct the film [have] done an amazing job, I can’t imagine how painful it had to be for him to relive this event and the loss of his brothers.” – Jenn B
Former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, Dirk Norris has announced the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”
While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” said Norris, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”
Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative ‘above the line’ writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.
Norris said there is tremendous support for the idea of a Film Foundation, and plans are in the works to gain more support by holding a series of social events for film makers throughout the state. Going to various parts of the state where men and women create films will help shine a light on the work they are doing, said Norris.
The New Mexico Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which has partnered with From The Heart Productions to serve as tax exempt fiscal sponsor.
“We are proud to be a fiscal sponsor for the New Mexico Film Foundation. We look forward to working with their filmmakers to create compelling films that make a difference in people’s lives,” said Carole Dean owner and president of From the Heart Productions. From The Heart Productions is a 501(c) 3 non-profit founded by Carole Dean to help filmmakers get their projects produced.
The New Mexico film, Drunktown’s Finest will be featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but that isn’t the only chance NM has a chance to shine in Park City!
Members of the New Mexico Film Industry are strongly encouraged to RSVP as a guest of Shoot Santa Fe for this free Sundance Film Festival mixer.
The Monday on Main Street reception is a chance for NM filmmakers to invite their guests & associates to mingle and exchange ideas and opportunities in the center of the country’s most revered independent film stage.
Feature film about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, an inspiring underdog tale of misfit cowboys and their long shot racehorse, stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch, Todd Lowe and jockey Calvin Borel.
HOLLYWOOD, CA — “50 to 1,” the new major motion picture about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, opens theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country, says producer, director, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of “Dances With Wolves.”
Wilson said dates in other states will be announced when they are finalized.
“We decided to open the film in New Mexico because it’s a New Mexico story,” Wilson said. “It’s about a very special group of people and their little racehorse who went up against impossible odds and ended up shocking the entire racing world with a victory like I’ve never seen before.”
The inspiring underdog film stars Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, “Scream,” “As Good As It Gets”), Christian Kane (Leverage, “Friday Night Lights,” “Secondhand Lions,” “Just Married”), William Devane (24, “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Hollow Man”), Todd Lowe (True Blood, “The Princess Diaries,” Gilmore Girls), newcomer Madelyn Deutch and real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Wilson and co-writer, co-producer Faith Conroy will join members of the cast at the film’s world premiere March 19 at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.
The film was shot at more than 30 locations in New Mexico – from Santa Fe to Las Cruces – and multiple locations in Kentucky and California, including Sunland Park, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park racetracks, where Mine That Bird actually raced.
“We even shot in the real barn and stall where Mine That Bird stayed at Churchill Downs,” Wilson said. The movie follows a fun-loving group of New Mexico cowboys who go on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. The cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.
“I had been waiting for a great racehorse story for a very long time,” Wilson said, noting he had read numerous horse racing scripts throughout the years but never found what he was looking for. “But when I watched what unfolded at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I was stunned. I’ve always been a fan of true underdog stories, and after meeting the owners, trainer and finally Bird himself, I was hooked. This story had all the cinematic elements you could ask for. It’s been a real adventure and one I am proud to share with the world.”
Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for “Dances With Wolves,” which he produced. Other producing credits include “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Swing Vote,” “Mr. Brooks” and “Message In A Bottle.” Wilson’s previous directing credits include “Head Above Water,” “Whirlygirl” and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., “Laffit: All About Winning.”
“This is a feel-good film,” Conroy said. “It’s a real romp, but it’s also a film with a great message of hope for dreamers of the world.”
Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.
“His favorite pastime is eating peppermints,” Conroy said.
On Saturday December 7, as a part of the three day New Mexico Film Industry Tune-up, local talent is invited to participate in the first NEW MEXICO SIZZLE REEL shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
“Who travels to the biggest film festivals in the country? Who stands out as the face of New Mexico talent to global filmmakers? YOU DO…or at least you WILL.
Be a part of the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel” and be showcased around the country and all over the world [via the web] for your part in the state’s great film industry.”
To be featured: Come to Saturday’s event in your own select wardrobe and have a 30 sec monologue prepared. You will be film prepped, put through hair and makeup, lit and shot to be featured in the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel”, which will be taken to the next Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and distributed to top indie producers all around the country over the next calendar year. Both SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent welcome.
In addition to a top tier casting agent panel, FREE head shots and 30 sec. promo production, prominent state legislators will be on hand at the FREE legislative brunch. The working lunch will host true experts on state production funding. Actual film industry buyers, the people who spend movie millions, will be in attendance to network with your local film related businesses and services. All of this & more at your disposal – for free!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013 Santa Fe Music Alliance celebration of music in film with bands Sol Fire, To Build A Fire, and DJ’s Bacon and Feathericci from Numbtron ($10 entry, includes food & drink).
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Continental Breakfast
Meet and Greet and chat with the people who make buying decisions for major motion pictures. – How your business can do more business with the film business.
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Working Lunch 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.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Demonstration
Panavision will be demonstrating their newly launched Primo V series lenses.
2:00 PM – 8PM Head Shots
Get your headshot taken for extras casting agents
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Panel
Casting Session Number One “SO YOU WANNA BE IN MOVIES”
Panelist: Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Elizabeth Gabel, Lorrie Latham
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Panel
Casting Session Number Two “LIGHT YOUR ACTING CAREER ON FIRE”
Panelist: Kerry Barden, CSA, Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Tamara Decker.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Awards Ceremony – Shoot Santa Fe trailer contest grand prize winner to be announced
Celebration and DJ
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Brunch & Panel
2014 Legislative Session Filmmakers Brunch and panel. Law makers discuss the Power of Persuasion and the next 5 years of legislation for film.
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
The New Mexico State Film Office (NMFO) will host a Town Hall meeting in Silver City on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. This Town Hall follows a series of Town Hall meetings that took place in Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Roswell, Raton, Clovis and Carlsbad. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis will discuss the state of the film industry including future productions and opportunities available to New Mexico residents. The meetings are intended to provide an open forum for each community to share information about local activity such as educational programs and film related business as well as relaying any issues of concern.
Prior to each Town Hall meeting, participants will have an opportunity to have their headshot (photograph) taken by a representative of the film office which will be given to Extras Casting Directors in New Mexico. This opportunity is for informational purposes only and is not in response to a particular production.
The Silver City Town Hall will be held at the historic Silco Theater and will celebrate the first lighting of the recently installed marquee. The Silco Theater was built in 1923 and served Silver City for many years as a performance and movie theater. In January 2006, the Silver City MainStreet Project re-opened the theater and funds are now being raised to renovate the space into a movie theater again.
Following the Town Hall there will be a special screening of The Making of a Marquee (TRT – 15 minutes). This short documentary provides a brief history of the efforts leading to the installation of the Silver City MainStreet Project’s new Silco Theater marquee.
The Town Halls are free and open to all, including students, local filmmakers, businesses and the general public. The New Mexico State Film Office collaborates with local film liaisons, schools and chambers of commerce in conducting these events.
The schedule for Wednesday, November 13, 2013 is as follows:
7:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions by George Dworin, Silver City Arts & Cultural District and Tourism Director
7:15 pm – State of the NM Film Industry by Director Nick Maniatis
7:30 pm – Recent Films in Grant County – Arlene Schadel
7:35 pm – Film Locations by Don Gray, NMFO contracted Locations Manager
7:40 pm – Q & A
8:00 pm – Special Screening of The Making of a Marquee
There is no RSVP necessary to attend any of the Town Hall meetings and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the discussion. The expected timeframe for the town hall is approximately two hours with Q&A.
For more information on the 2013 Film Industry Town Hall meetings contact Dirk Norris at 505-476-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starts Friday at Laru Ni Hatu Cafe 3413 Central with a “Meet the Filmmaker” Reception from 5:00-6:30. the films begin at 7 pm., and continue Saturday and Sunday at the Guild Cinema 3405 Central. The winning films from each category will be shown around the state. Stay tuned for a schedule of those screenings, in Portales, Roswell, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Grants and Taos.
Block A Friday Oct 25, 7:00-9:00pm
Lindsy Campbell The Brazilian
Renea Roberts Rooted Lands – Tierras Arraigadas
Lauren Petzke Zombiewood
Michael Zeilik Psyche Ascending
Anne Stirling Quirky View
Block B Saturday Oct 26, 11:00-12:40pm
Jeff Hudson MC Mistabil’s Great Big Phat Poetry Show
Miranda Jensen Bimos du Jour
Grizelda Quintana All Nations
Jon Barr Alumni Band
Catherine Fridey All in a Day’s Work
Block C SaturdayOct 26, 1:15-2:50pm
Eric Smigiel A Figment of My Imagination
Tyler Green\Dusty Deen Red Dog
Christopher Wright Canyon Road Pilot “The Fire”
Dillon Cullinan Dive
Jennifer Jordan Walking Shadow of Danny O’Shea
Clyde James Aragon The Zombie National Guard
Block D Saturday Oct 26, 3:15-5:35pm
Samanta Filer The Sword of Arundel
Amber/Angelique Midthunder Don’t
Matt Stanasolovich When I Get Out of Here
Forrest Godluck Sun Kink
Block E Saturday Oct 26, 6:00 8:15pm
Morse Bicknell Matanza
Nina Knapp The Sandoval 64
Danny Gura Placed
Kelly Urig The Chile Film
Block F Sunday Oct 27, 12:00-1:35pm
Holly Adams The Man App
Richard A. Baldomar Left Behind
Jean Stevens A Tale of Two Poets
Sylvia Padilla Blue Aria
Block G Sunday Oct 27, 2:00-3:40pm
Michael/Geri Lynn Miller/Weinstein Matthews Justice Denied
Rick Chapman Scene from a Modern Man
Miguel Arambula Weird
Gabe Priestley Bad Dog
Block H Sunday Oct 27, 4:00-6:30pm
Evan Curtis Snowdysseus
On August 1, 2013 Governor Susana Martinez announced the formation of a pilot program to put military veterans to work on movie and TV productions in New Mexico.
The veterans movie production program is a multi-state agency partnership which aims to increase the hiring and training of military veterans for productions by movie studios and television production companies here in New Mexico.
Governor Martinez announced the new program, “Operation: Soundstage”, before a crowd of veterans and National Guard members at the New Mexico National Guard Armory in Albuquerque. “Movie and television productions offer job opportunities that are great matches for the skill sets our veterans learn through their service in the military,” said the Governor. “As a result of their military training, veterans can lead or take orders–and know the value of the teamwork required by movie makers on any given project.” Governor Martinez explained.
The New Mexico Film Office, through the Jobs Training Initiative Program, currently finances training that helps New Mexico crew members advance their education and become qualified for new crew jobs. These funds are only available for a limited number of positions for each production.
Martinez says, “Operation: Soundstage will add an additional position on each production to be filled specifically by a New Mexico veteran.” Operation: Soundstage will also help ensure that veterans who are eligible for the G.I. Bill will be able to access film-career development programs offered at several New Mexico colleges.
Military veterans provide an excellent pool of skilled and talented professionals who would be ideal to fill “off-camera” job openings such as carpenters, electricians, editors, technicians, production assistants, makeup artists, caterers, drivers and dozens of other positions typically needed for television and movie projects.
The announcement comes on the heels of the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Labor which shows the national unemployment rate of veterans between the ages of 18-24 at a startling 20.5%–compared to the overall June national unemployment rate of 7.6%.
Governor Martinez also pointed out the financial incentives available to any employer who hires unemployed veterans:
· A $2,400 federal business tax credit for employers hiring veterans who’ve been unemployed for at least four weeks.
· $5,600 for veterans who are unemployed at least six months.
· Up to a $9,600 credit for certain service-connected disabled veteran
· $2,400 for each hiring of a veteran who receives Supplemental Food Assistance (―Food Stamps‖)
· The Governor also mentioned the state law she signed last year which gives up to a $1,000 state business tax credit for each hiring of a recently-returned veteran.
“Veterans make a great fit for production companies working here in New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez. Veterans have sacrificed to serve our country and have already proved that they have earned the chance to be considered for any job availabilities here at home.
This annual Showcase by the New Mexico Film Office features films by artists from all over the state. The Guild Cinema will once again host local filmmakers and global film enthusiasts October 25-27, 2013.
The New Mexico Film Office’s call for entries for the 2013 NM Filmmakers Showcase in Albuquerque, is NOW through Friday, September 20th at 5:00 pm. Entries postmarked after this date will not be accepted. Because the venue has a limited amount of screen time, film submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Mailed entries must be postmarked by September 20th.
Entry forms will be available at The Guild Cinema box office and on our website here.
Dirk Norris, manager of the New Mexico Outreach Programs said, “We are happy to be able to present the Filmmakers Showcase again this year. And for the first time we are including Webisodes as a category. This new genre is an example of new distribution models that are coming into their own.” Other categories include: Drama, Documentary, Animation and Experimental films. There is no minimum run time and the maximum run time is two hours.
A panel of local film professionals will judge the films in various categories, and winning films will be traveled around the state by the New Mexico Film Office in collaboration with local theatres. “The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase is a great opportunity for local filmmakers to have their projects screened for the public,” said Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office.
Meet the filmmakers at an opening night reception at Laru Ni Hati Café (3414 Central Avenue, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106). The reception will be held on Friday, October 25th from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. The Showcase is free and open to the public to attend. There is no charge to submit an entry to the Showcase. For further information, contact the NM Film Office Outreach Programs Manager, Dirk Norris at the NM Film Office: (505) 476-5671 or by emailing to dirk@nmfilm. com.