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
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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
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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.
While states with a smattering of recent film successes and some with storied old classics under their belt have taken their turns at film tourism and tale spinning; the desert gem of global film production now comes to the forefront of film fan experiences by unleashing the power partnership of the magical nuances of visiting our great state with an unparallelled production history.
On Monday the New Mexico Tourism Department and the New Mexico Film Office announced the power partnership of two of the state’s most valuable resources – Tourism and Film.
New Mexico “Film Trails” marries the treasure trove of the state’s unique landscapes and experiences with the only place in the world where Walter White meets The Lone Ranger and at any given moment a cavalcade of Oscar winners pepper the state. Although the local film industry has ebbed and flowed with the impact of a seismic BOOM in recent decades, New Mexico isn’t exactly new to this rodeo with a filmography dating back to 1897.
Let the New Mexico “every man’s” economic prosperity boon skyrocket along with the traveling global recognition of New Mexico as America’s ultimate film travel destination!
Volunteer attorneys and accountants will be assisting filmmakers and entertainment professionals in the following areas:
• Setting up the corporation or LLC
• filing for copyright
• contract questions
• employment questions
• drafting employment agreements for the producer, director, actors and crew
• branding issues
• executing releases and location agreements
• accounting advice
IMPORTANT: While the clinic is free, this clinic is by appointment only and space is limited. Please email Ann Lerner at email@example.com your desired time and a brief description of your legal issues you wish to have addressed at the clinic.
LOCATION: Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM
Thank you for supporting this collaborative pilot project.
May 12 to May 16
Sunday to Thursday 3:00, 7:00
Dir. Antoinette Beumer – 2013 – 100m – Netherlands – In English & Dutch with English Subtitles,
“Rambling road trip film Jackie is a real honest-to-goodness charmer as two Dutch twin sisters head off to the US and the wide open spaces of New Mexico to spend less-than-quality time with their surrogate mother Jackie, a woman they have never met but are forced to deal with when she is hospitalised … the twins are wonderfully played by real-life sisters Carice and Jelka van Houten, while Oscar-winner Holly Hunter has a fine old time playing the weathered oddball Jackie, a woman who has little time for the intrusion in her life but who comes to appreciate the sister’s assistance …Directed with a lot of warmth by Antoinette Beumer (sister of actress Famke Janssen and who made Dutch hit The Happy Housewife with Carice von Houten)” – Mark Adams, Screen Daily
Some tips don’t pan out, some leads don’t come to fruition, but we’re happy to report that today’s announcement from the powers that be indicate our cross-sourced, hot topic of late has been deemed official! WOOT!
SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today that the high-profile action drama JANE GOT A GUN is shooting in New Mexico starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, the upcoming The Great Gatsby), Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover), Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show, The Americans), and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire, Rio). Production will take place in northern New Mexico through the spring. The production will employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, including New Mexico resident and Unit Production Manager Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart, The Book of Eli) and over 400 New Mexico principals and background talent, including James Burnett (The Last Stand, Longmire), Sam Quinn, graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and River Shields (Beyond the Blackboard, Reunion). Gavin O’Connor, who directed Nick Nolte to an Oscar nomination in the action picture Warrior and Janet McTeer to a Golden Globe win in the drama Tumbleweeds, is directing. JANE GOT A GUN is being produced by Scott Pictures’ Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain) along with Portman, through her Handsomecharlie Films, Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian (Our Idiot Brother, Hesher), 1821 Pictures’ Terry Dougas (Swing Vote, The Invention of Lying), and Scott LaStaiti (Love in the Time of Cholera, Turistas). Australian cinematographer Mandy Walker (Australia, Red Riding Hood) is director of photography. Based on a script that was named one of the Black List best unproduced scripts of 2011 and written by Brian Duffield (Monster Problems), JANE GOT A GUN is a Western about a woman who hires her ex-lover to help save her wounded outlaw husband from the gang out to kill him and destroy her. ### Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com
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UPDATE 5/14/13: Congratulations to the New Mexico Film Office on the success of their first Film & Media Conference with over 300 registered attendees and 50 Exhibitors! Plans are already underway for an even BIGGER event next time out!
The New Mexico State Film Office is very excited to present the NM Film & Media Industry Conference on Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th in Albuquerque at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
This will be an excellent networking opportunity for local professionals, aspiring filmmakers and related industry vendors. Panels (10 in all) will cover everything from filming logistics to financing. Exhibitor tables will be available both days. The event is free and open to the public.
Embassy Suites is offering special room rates of $99. You can book here.
New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference
May 10-11, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel
Friday May 10th
10:00–11:30AM Table Set-up
11:30AM – Check-in
12:00PM – Doors Open
1:00PM – Opening Address
Speakers: Nick Maniatis, and special guest to be announced
Film Incentives: A Look at the NM Film Production Refundable Tax Credit
Moderator: Tobi Ives
The New Mexico Film Production Tax Credit is essential to attracting productions to our state. How does the tax credit compare to other states and countries? What are the recent changes to the program? Here is your chance to ask questions to a variety of industry professionals about this important incentive. It’s a must-attend panel for local producers and accountants alike.
3:30PM – 5:15PM
Film Financing: A Wealth of Knowledge
Moderator: Nick Maniatis
From crowd funding to equity and gap financing, hear the experts discuss securing resources to produce a project. How do financiers address mitigating risk? When are you ready to seek financing? How do you factor in incentive programs? Leave with a better understanding of this complex world.
Saturday May 11th
8:45AM – Check-in and Doors Open
9:15AM – 10:30AM
Securing Locations: Get Off My Lawn!
Moderator: Don Gray
Equally important for location managers and property owners alike, this panel will discuss how to broach a location, to negotiate a locations contract, to determine fees and to plan for the unexpected. Know what questions to ask productions and understand why production schedules often change. Hear perspectives from all sides.
9:15AM – 10:30AM
Post Production & Emerging Media in New Mexico
Moderator: Eric Renz-Whitmore
Local professionals in Emerging Media, including representatives from the New Mexico Post Alliance and the New Mexico Technology Council, will lead a discussion on the impact of emerging technologies on education, business, and the entertainment industry. Which skills apply to all these industries? Which skill sets are specific to entertainment? How diverse do post production companies need to be to meet their client’s needs? Learn how these entertainment professionals can segue into this new world of emerging media.
10:45AM – 12PM
Let’s Talk Distribution
Distribution is a part of a project’s development plan and being objective isn’t always easy. Who do you talk to? Who is going to buy it From film festivals to the internet, learn what the options are and how to broach marketing your masterpiece. Hear experts discuss where distributor’s go and what they are looking for when acquiring rights. Gain the insights on how best to proceed.
10:45AM – 12PM
Presentation: Emerging Media Startups
Presenter: Armando Kirwin
New technology companies are reimagining every part of the film industry, including: concept development, screenwriting, funding, distribution, exhibition and marketing. Who are these companies and how should a filmmaker work with them? More importantly, how does being on the cutting-edge of technology impact the filmmaking process? Stay up-to-date with this current information.
1PM – 2:30PM
Productions and Vendors Working Together
Moderator: Dirk Norris
Are productions from Mars and are vendors from Venus? It doesn’t have to be that way. This panel will prove these relationships are much more compatible. Learn how productions determine with whom they work and discuss maintaining your business when productions come to town. Understand what it takes to be a vendor in the film industry. You will also hear from local city representatives and a major studio representative.
1PM – 2:30PM
Post Production Tips &Techniques: Finishing Film for Digital Cinema Projection (DCP)
Learn how to prepare and convert your film files for theater projection. Hosted by the New Mexico Post Alliance, postproduction professionals will explore the process of finishing a film for delivery to DCP. This presentation will also include a software demonstration as well as a discussion of industry standards and of the various delivery platforms.
2:45PM – 4:30PM
Logistics for Creative Filmmaking
It’s your one shot so you want to gain from others’ experiences. Discuss ways to maintain the quality of your project during physical production. Hear what you need to know about working effectively with your crew to avoid mistakes that affect your creative vision. Seasoned professionals will review the must-dos for sound, camera and all the other vital elements that will be pieced together for your ultimate masterpiece.
2:45PM – 4:30PM
A Thing or Two about Collective Bargaining
Moderator by: Tobi Ives
New Mexico is an employment-at-will state. And although both union and non-union projects may apply for the NM Film Production Tax Credit, the majority of the shows in New Mexico tend to have contractual obligations with them. This panel is an overview of the various collective bargaining agreements often utilized by productions. When should you consider a contract and with which unions? What is the standard protocol when working with unions and guilds? For all budget sizes and project types, here is a chance to speak directly with union representatives whose jurisdiction covers New Mexico.
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”.
UPDATE 3/14/13 NM Film held hostage in compromise debate:
I’m very disappointed in the lack of compromise by the other party, and by the unbalanced approach to our state budget taken by many lawmakers. While the Democrats want me to agree to pay increases for government employees and larger subsidies for Hollywood corporations, they have refused to pass meaningful education reforms to improve student achievement, and they have refused to lower taxes to make New Mexico more competitive to help businesses grow and to create more jobs…They have also refused to pass a bill repealing the law giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, despite my repeated attempts at compromise.
-Governor Susana Martinez 3/13/13
See a breakdown of the “Hollywood Bashing” by New Mexico’s premiere Political Blogger Joe Monahan here.
Mary Ann Hughes, vice president for film and television production planning at the Walt Disney Co., which owns and operates several television networks, told the Journal she is watching the legislation closely.
“It’s a game-changer for us,” Hughes said. “It puts New Mexico as among the top leaders in the world regarding locations for a television series.” -Albuquerque Journal 3/13/13
“Big studio execs ready to move production to New Mexico when “Breaking Bad” bill signed by Governor Martinez” -James Hallinan
“The biggest casting session the state has ever seen is going down TOMORROW, February 22, 2013 in Santa Fe (11am-4pm)!
What started out as an open call for six current and future film and television productions has grown to NINE upcoming projects!
Including FOUR Westerns in Santa Fe, an untitled sci-fi, fantasy in Albuquerque, TWO road movies in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, a gritty thriller set for Deming and Albuquerque AND two TV shows!!!”
Rumor has it that at least 4 and up to 7 movies and TV productions will be casting at this one-stop-shop style call at New Mexico Film & Media Day 2013. Mark your calendars and keep watch right here…
What we know so far:
Casting directors, film personnel and industry workers and students will be on hand for the all day multi-media event at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 22, 2013.
Two more productions that this film fan hadn’t even heard of yet called The Signal and Runaway are also anticipated to be represented.
No specifics are available at this time (believe me, I’ve been hunting for them), but standard audition and casting call protocol should be followed.
STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR MORE – UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!
While you wait, get on the horn, fire-up your keypad, and/or make the trek up to the roundhouse to respectfully speak to YOUR state representatives. The time is NOW to engage in meaningful dialogue in support of the New Mexico Film Industry – learn more here.
“My child once toiled for meager wages and pitiful benefits at the very Big Box store that is allowed, by this administration and those like it, to oppress its workers and steal from our state by slipping through gargantuan tax loopholes allowing their billions to grow by paying lower tax rates than your dying, locally owned corner store. Film has provided an education, immeasurable training in multiple trades, a thriving and fulfilling career that pays a living wage, provides security, benefits and limitless opportunities for advancement and growth. THAT IS WHAT NEW MEXICO FILM HAS DONE TO MY CHILD.” -Voice of the People
CALL THIS OUT! #NMFilm does not ride in on the backs of our children, it DOES NOT free criminals onto the streets…IT DOES pour money, jobs, tourism and training into the state, and IT IS the ONLY “incentivized” state industry with a CAP! Tell Susana to LIFT THE CAP, CLOSE CORPORATE TAX LOOPHOLES, and STOP limitless OIL & GAS subsidies for her high dollar backers.
CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES NOW: FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR HERE.
Like taxes, completed annual reports from YOUR state government agencies are currently due out to the public. Of utmost interest to this bloggette are where the numbers shake out for New Mexico Film.
If you too want to know what the official reports say regarding the state film industry, click here for the full 2012 “Performance Measures Report & Program Highlights” from the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD), parent department of the New Mexico State Film Office.
For ease of reference, here are all the points made in the annual review regarding the film industry:
The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has completed a successful year working to assist productions with the financial aspects of their projects and guiding them through incentives, such as the Film Production 25 percent Tax Rebate and the Film Investment Loan Program. NMFO worked diligently in FY12 to help connect productions with industry-related organizations, businesses and communities throughout New Mexico. Another measure of success came from the noteworthy development of several new initiatives. What follows are NMFO highlights from FY12:
In the fall of 2011, the New Mexico Film Office Director met with 18 studios and production entities in Los Angeles to review New Mexico’s film incentives. As a result, NMFO saw an increase in inquiries from production entities.
In support of additional marketing, the New Mexico Film Office assisted the City of Santa Fe in representing New Mexico at the Sundance and South by SouthWest Film Festivals, by providing information and photographs on New Mexico film locations and other state industry resources. NMFO also attended the Locations Tradeshow in Los Angeles in June, and was successful in marketing New Mexico to Los Angeles producers, generating the submission of over nine scripts to NMFO for location assistance.
* Because the New Mexico 9000 Program was in flux, the goal of 15 was not
reached in FY12.
The Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP), available through the Job Training Incentive Program, serves as an incentive for participating companies to provide more job opportunities for New Mexicans in primarily technical film positions.
• In FY12, eleven companies and twenty-three New Mexicans
The Pre-Employment Workshop Training Program, also available through the Job Training Incentive Program, serves as means to increase qualified manpower for this industry.
• In FY12, eight workshops were conducted and one-hundred
and twenty-two New Mexicans attended
Digital and Emerging Media
A newly developed Pre-Employment Training Program for Emerging Media was approved by the JTIP board. This program will assist New Mexican students in post-production related film programs (available through higher education institutions in New Mexico) to gain experience with emerging media companies while incentivizing these companies to relocate or expand in New Mexico.
NMFO established a contract to research digital and emerging media and the potential benefits to the New Mexico economy. “Emerging media” is having a profound influence on the world’s healthcare delivery system and research laboratories, such as Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories. In addition, experts predict that the billion dollar industry of digital media game development will be the fastest growing form of media in the next decade. Currently 55 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have instituted mobile applications software as a way to interact with their students.
Town Halls were coordinated in F12 that provided regional forums, free and open to the public, to discuss industry-related inquiries.
They were held in Gallup, Farmington, Las Cruces, Raton, Roswell and Ruidoso. A casting session was added to Raton’s Town Hall to assist New Mexicans in contacting local casting directors. Town Halls will commence again in FY13 in conjunction with regional liaison meetings.
The New Mexico Film Office continues to support and grow the Statewide Film Liaison Network. Communities and tribes designate individuals to assist and prepare their area for a variety of industry activities. Formal letters that were sent to chambers, local governments and tribal entities helped to continue to increase the number of state film liaisons in rural areas of New Mexico. The annual meeting of liaisons takes place in July of each year. The First Annual Education Summit will be held in September of 2012. New Mexico colleges and universities offering programs in film, digital media or emerging media technologies will have the opportunity to come together to network and share their stories at this Summit.
A newly developed Pre-Employment Training Program for Emerging Media was approved by the JTIP board. This program will assist New Mexican students in post-production related film programs (available through higher education institutions in New Mexico) to gain experience with emerging media companies while incentivizing these companies to relocate or expand in New Mexico. NMFO established a contract to research digital and emerging media and the potential benefits to the New Mexico economy. “Emerging media” is having a profound influence on the world’s healthcare delivery system and research laboratories, such as Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories. In addition, experts predict that the billion dollar industry of digital media game development will be the fastest growing form of media in the next decade. Currently 55 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have instituted mobile applications software as a way to interact with their students.
To increase awareness of the success of the film industry in New Mexico, the New Mexico Film Office developed thematic categories and plans for interactive maps of statewide filming locations to be made available for public download. Ultimately, this initiative will provide an economic tracking tool to promote and support film tourism. NMFO has requested collaboration with the Department of Tourism to determine regional touring itineraries. Studio assistance has already been confirmed to market this initiative. A prototype map was completed and plans to further develop this initiative have been scheduled for FY13.
Additional NMFO numbers and information can be found in these select pages of the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s 2012 Q4, Quarterly Report.
THIS Q4 report includes NMEDD finalized numbers and measures, including the recently publicized $224.6M being reported as direct spending from the industry into the state economy (pg. 18) New Mexico Film performance measures such as; Number of media industry worker days, Economic impact of media industry productions in New Mexico (in millions), Number of films^ media projects principally photographed in New Mexico, Number of major film productions made in New Mexico greater than $1M.
Posted by Sindicator on January 6, 2013 | Comments Off
As we reported to you here first, Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman would be headed back to film New Mexico for the upcoming drama, Jane Got a Gun.
This will be the third NM film in recent years for the Thor (2011) and Brothers (2009) actress. The latter co-starring iconic, indie darling, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jakey’s equally iconic and critically revered, sister/actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is too headed for a repeat visit to NM, following-up her role in New Mexico Film, Crazy Heart back in 2008, Maggie is back NOW to star in, Frank.
Jane Got a Gun will strike-up filming this spring. Downtown Albuquerque is currently bracing for Frank to start rolling this week!!!
Wonder if Natalie will be back to NM yet again to reprise her role as Queen Amidala????
Posted by Sindicator on December 27, 2012 | Comments Off
At OHI we’re BIG fans of the beautifully talented NM couple, Alan and Diana Giatriria!
Learn some of what we know and love about them here, discussing their latest documentary film project on N.M. Film Works Radio.
The acting, filmmaking dynamic duo are presently at work on productions from their company, Cheza Jouer Films which is striving to keep the oral traditions of storytelling alive.
“These are the stories that were told to us by our forefathers. These are the stories that have been hushed,overlooked, and omitted from the classroom.Watch,learn,and share these stories to ensure that they live forever!”
And here is the trailer for their forthcoming film, “Sandals Worn Backwards”:
Please contact Cheza Jouer with inquiries, and for participation and investment opportunities.