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!”
There are at least two sides to every story and often a myriad more modus operandi, even when working from the same playbook, toward the same goal.
The purpose of this very site is to promote any and everyone with an interest in furthering opportunities for New Mexicans through Film, Entertainment and Community Activism. Many such advocates surface and then subside, but something that does not wane is the passion of the people taking up tasks to support New Mexico Film.
Below are the Point and Counterpoint of two very active, if not vocal advocates for New Mexico Film on the Hot Topics of our state governing vs. our collective favorite state industry.
Humanitarian documentary film production is the reason I studied filmmaking. When I came to New Mexico, I met many independent filmmakers struggling financially and working for free and saw Hollywood production companies spending millions on subject matter that didn’t interest me. I became disheartened. However, after noticing Governor Susana Martinez never appointed a chairman for…the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries, I got excited about making Susana Martinez accountable for non-compliance of Film Council bylaws: NMSA 1978, Section 9-15-4.1.
For nearly two years, the NM Governor has stood in her willful defiance of Film Council by refusing to appoint a chairman, failing to meet at least quarterly and failing to report the results of these meeting to Legislature as is mandated. For the last four months, this lawlessness has been made public on the New Mexico Filmmakers Facebook page. Moreover, the following public servants have been repeatedly notified in writing of this very crime: NM Lt. Governor John Sanchez, NM Secretary of State Dianna Duran, NM Attorney General Gary King, NM Director of Boards and Commissions Jeremiah Ritchie, NM Secretary of Economic Development Jon Barela, NM Deputy Director of Constituent Services Henry Varela, NM Film Office Director Nick Maniatis, the NM Legislature along with media at the local, national and international levels. However, it appears that nobody seems to have the courage, ethics or know-how on how to enforce the law at the political level.
Susan Martinez—with her reputation of being a conservative Republican who hates Hollywood—would rather grant her oil friends tax breaks than the film industry. A former Film Council member stated recently that New Mexico lost $300 million in business last year and another $300 million this year as a direct result of Susana’s actions. She took a solo runaway train and deliberately ran it right off the cliff. Many filmmakers and associated businesses have suffered great financial loss due to the changes made in the film industry by Susana without Film Council.
The greatest contribution I could ever make to the NM film industry is to ensure Film Council compliance so that the Governor receives needed counsel and accountability. Word on the street is that anyone who goes against Susana gets fired. When New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis saw the Facebook posts making the Governor accountable for breaking Film Council law, he blocked us on Facebook. My wonder is if Nick enjoys the extra power operating without Film Council, for I cannot fathom why Nick isn’t the one spearheading this effort. The head of New Mexico’s filmmaker union Jon Hendry called the Film Council an “ineffectual vanity council.” Sad.
This matter now stands before the President of the United States of America and the NM Federal Bureau of Investigation. Public servant financial disclosure statements–which are publicly available on the Internet–were posted on this public page; but, since public servants complained, Facebook removed the public information with a warning. Seems New Mexico public servants not only feel they don’t have to comply with Film Council bylaws, by they also believe they don’t have to comply with the Financial Disclosure Act. Time to defend our rights to make politicians obey the law and remain accountable.
Governor Susana Martinez stands 23 months in willful defiance of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries. My focus is on that. If you read the poster that this thread is attached to, you will see the trail of public servants who enable this crime. What I mean about making a mockery of that, is that it’s so blatantly obvious that it’s a joke.
From New Mexico Federation of Labor President Jon Hendry -
Why are people asking me about the Governor’s Council on film? I sat on that thing under both Johnson and Richardson. In fact I was the longest serving member. Tell me one thing, just ONE that we did in ten years of meetings that made a difference? Governors use these commissions to reward friends and give themselves cover. There are real issues out there in our business. This isn’t one of them.
I’ve been reading the postings on impeaching the Governor over not appointing a film advisory council. Much as I appreciate the enthusiasm, I kind of feel obliged to throw my nickels’ worth in here as the only person who sat continuously on every advisory board from Gov. Johnson to Richardson.
Understand that the reason you form one of these Councils is not to get advice but to have a Board you can point to and say “these people are in the business and they approved it”, so you’re going to appoint people who pretty much agree with you – not those who would question your judgment or decisions in any way. That is the same across all levels of government. These types of commissions are set-up to allow Departments to report and get their news and opinions on record and to give the administration cover. Having a Film Council appointed by the Governor alone is really pointless in making a difference.
On initiating impeachment proceedings – it’s never going to fly as long as at least a third of the House members are Republicans. It’s again pointless.
This talk of a reconstituted film council is just a distraction. If the intent is to highlight the Governors failure then fair enough. But if the intent is to actually get a Council appointed that will make a difference then it’s not only a wasted effort but it’s a waste of resources. The NM Film Office is tasked to administer and staff the council. It’s time consuming wrangling that many people to attend meetings , prepare agendas and take minutes. With the large budget cuts that have resulted in minimal marketing dollars you’re using staff time and resources that will have to come out of already greatly diminished funds. Is this the best use of their time ? If the board was neutral and knowledgeable then yes. An independent oversight of the State’s programs would be beneficial not only to the industry but to the Film Office. However as the Governor appoints and replaces there’s not even the suggestion of independence. It would simply give the Governors office the opportunity to point to the board and say “this body approves of what were doing therefore it must be right” and many will believe it. Frankly I’m surprised there’s no board as it would be of more use to the administration than to the Business.
Posted by Sindicator on October 10, 2012 | Comments Off
Actress Olivia Wilde, famous for her stunning looks, beloved for her romantic musings on Santa Fe, now dishes on her love life with fellow NM Filmer Jason Sudeikis.
Monday night, live and on stage at a performance of monologues called, “These Girls”, hosted by Glamour magazine, the star said, among other things:
“We have sex like Kenyan marathon runners.”
Well then…we knew girl had passion when we fell in love with her poetic descriptions of her time filming Cowboys & Aliens here in NM back in 2010.
Wilde’s boyfriend and “marathon” partner Jason Sudeikis is currently wrapping-up filming on “We’re The Millers” here in the Land of Enchantment with ROCK star Jennifer Anistion.
Aniston recently made headlines all over the world flashing her meteoric sized engagement bauble out in about in Santa Fe, the same city where Wilde’s Cowboys co-star, Harrison Ford grabbed global attention for marrying his longtime love Calista Flockhart.
We’re not ones to judge or pressure, but we can’t help but wonder if the “blissfully, hopefully, wildly in love” stars may follow in these GRANDE Romantico New Mexico displays of amor!
Posted by Sindicator on August 6, 2012 | Comments Off
UPDATE 8/27/2012:A (*240 SEAT CAPACITY) New Mexico Premiere has been scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, details here.
After a dust-up surrounding the fully booked El Paso, TX world premiere of the New Mexico inspired, shot and beloved film, Bless Me Ultima, local industry insiders are talking.
Albuquerque Film Office Director, Ann Lerner says, “I believe they (the producers) were looking for an unbiased audience reaction to their movie – with an audience that was probably not so familiar with the story of Bless Me Ultima as all of us New Mexicans are. The story is quite dear to our hearts after all!”
Local crew and actors who worked on the production have been widely disappointed along with rabid fans of the literary work (by Albuquerque resident and iconic author Rudolfo Anaya), on which the movie is based, to learn that there is no local screening currently scheduled.
A rep for one of the production companies behind the movie, Monkey Tree Films, has assured locals that a New Mexico premiere is in the works.
State Film Office Director Nick Manianatis confirms to OHI, “We’ve been working with the producers in planning a cast and crew screening in NM – more to come.”
While local talent awaits their time to screen this passion project, Anaya himself has had a private viewing the film. The author had this to say to La Bloga:
The movie is excellent, it captures the story and characters. Every single person attending the screening gave it fantastic, positive reviews.
I am positive la gente is going to love the movie. Like my friend John Nichols said, a novel becomes a short story when turned into a movie. Don’t expect to see the full novel on screen. Everyone knows that.
Carl Franklin did a great job with the story and bringing characters together as familia. Except for Miriam Colón, the cast are actors that don’t have big celebrity names. I hope they do after their roles in the movie. Everyone did excellent work.
Carl Franklin, the director, did talk to me and asked me questions, but the screenplay is his work. I approved his work. Some themes in the novel are left out, but the story works.
I met the director several times here at our home. I was invited to play a role in the movie and attend all shooting events, but I stayed home. My feeling was to let them do their work. I don’t make movies.
I met all the actors at the cast party. They had only positive things to say of the process. Miriam Colón visited me here at our home. She is lovely, a perfect Ultima. Her face shines in the movie, so does Luke (Ganalon) who plays Antonio.
…the people will love it. Will there be critics? Of course. All art is criticized if only by responding to it. Let the people enjoy and judge. I feel confident the movie will be around in 50 years.
Boasting “27 years of Hollywood full Cast & Crew Expertise”, “A1 Star Casting” has swept into New Mexico from…Hollywood apparently, asserting big claims, lofty accomplishments, and big promises.
One hopeful OHI reader came away with the following impression after attending the much hyped NM Grand Opening of A1 Star Casting earlier this month:
“A steady stream of people were coming in to have their headshots done and be put in “A-1 Casting” data base…Michael Matinez, 5x Platinum (15 weeks in a row) is a writer and producer, Wayne Kurzeja received the “Anti-piracy Award” from President Clinton, has 42 years in the “business”.
Joe Guinan is “the man”, moved here from L.A. and has many connections all over the world, [boasts an] email list of appox. 2500 names. He has Academy Award movies, worked with stars like: Tony Curtis. He has “Blue Ray” backing and his next three movies are already being backed…with games, etc…He has other financial backers, writers, film producers and distributors… He’s setting up a web site and plans to bring many of them to NM! Joe plans to try his hand at directing while Chuck Erickson takes over the casting. They have several films in the works…” -Anon
Indeed, New Mexico Business Weekly cites a body of work of over 200 productions by A1 owner, Joe Guinan (as listed on IMDb). And multiple websites list Guinan as CEO, COO, Owner, Producer, etc., all at revolving points in time, under various business names; included but not limited to the following:
Currently “New MexiCANS” are being offered grandiose looking seminars, classes, and resources, for a price, click here.
Locals hoping to make it in the film industry are being asked for cash upfront for an intangible product. In this case the product is the promise of starting your “A1 Star Casting” career.
It seems that hundreds of New Mexicans have already shelled out their five dollars to have headshots taken and posted with A1 over the course of their initial 2-day Grand Opening, which are to be published on the company’s grade F website by the 20th of May, according to the latest updates on said, sad site.
Also posted there are the new “opportunities” coming our way, including seminars for $10, $20, $40 and $50 a head.
Opportunities are our very favorite thing to present to our beloved home state, but from the get go this duck has been quacking. And not far into a few quick web searches of our own did the duck walking and squawking become more and more obvious…
First and foremost, credit for looking out for our own goes to you our readers, who, like that referenced above share our passion for New Mexico film and our amazing local cast and crew talent base.
In our full May 7, 2012 write-up on this matter, one astute attendee took particular note (and photo evidence) of the interesting questionaire presented to talent that day:
“Will you do nudity?”, pays more if yes, “Do you want to become a Actor”, “Could you or someone you know fund $5K thru $500K for a TV Show or Motion Picture.”
Comments and findings from other attendees were quick to follow. A1 was not approached by our publication for a response, but we happily received one from one Chuck Erickson, a top level associate from within A1, stating in part:
“A1 Star Casting is not merely a casting service that just battles for the jobs that come here. We will be making our own product, we have our own equipment, and we have connections to other producers/directors from around the country that the other local casting people do not. We already have 3 such productions lined up for this Summer in addition to 3 of our own productions.
While it is true that these films are mostly in the lower to medium budget range and will likely not get much more than a small theatrical release at best we have the distribution channels avail that will allow us to make money with these small films which will allow us to make more. Also with the New Media Contract, we will be able to get non-union actors into SAG-AFTRA.” -Chuck Erickson
We feel it only fair and balanced to share with you, along with the boastful claims made by the company itself, the rapidly changing product information as forwarded to us by concerned readers.
Jane Doe forwarded link, after link in regards to conduct unbecoming, or at least in stark contrast to what A1 presents itself to be and what the company and its affiliates actually churn out.
The following are recent screen shots from the pages of “ALL MEDIA DISTRIBUTION”, featuring Joe Guinan and Chuck Erickson (which have now been removed), on set of their credited work now “In Post Production”:
**WARNING** **CLICK THROUGH IMAGES TO ENLARGE * NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK or CHILDREN**
Sure adult porn needs distribution too, right? Just ask Kim Kardashian.
HOWEVER, buyer beware when asked for cash upfront for purported work in “film”.
Do your research and let’s continue to look out for each other!
Description: Family members find themselves in conflict over the younger generation’s success as a family band – the same kinds of conflict that broke up their parents’ famous rock band 20 years before. The most painful thing, though, is that some of the mothers and some of their daughters are in a serious dispute that may threaten their relationships. Can all of the conflict be resolved before not only the family band but the amilies themselves are destroyed?
Theme: Real love and compassionate communication overcome.
It’s a drama with a good portion of music and a little comedy to lighten the mood now and then.
The youth band sings and plays a variety of types of music. There are sub-groups that specialize in one particular type of music (pop, rock, blues, country, folk, musical theater). The parents’ band sang ‘80s rock in the style of The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Go’s, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, etc. The youngest mom’s solo act also performs a variety of types of music. The grandparents’ band performed folk/country music.
Multi-award winning singer-songwriter-actress Sarah Lonsert has the lead younger generation role if it works out for her to take it. Sarah wrote and sang the theme song (“I Will Rise”) for Michael John Gabriel’s short film “High Casting” and played a small role in the movie. “I Will Rise” has gone on to win the Director’s Award in the Nashville International Song and Lyric Contest. She was recently on the ballot for 8 Grammy Awards. You can hear Sarah sing many of her songs on YouTube.com, ReverbNation.com, and MySpace.com. Here’s a song that demonstrates some of what Sarah can do with her voice as well as showing some of her acting ability. And here’s the one she wrote for my film.
Playing one of the 10-11 year olds will be the amazing young guitarist Zack Quintana. Here he is.
Playing the youngest brother in the older generation will be Jono Manson who is also the Music Producer for the film. See Jono’s bio here and listen to one of his songs here.
Playing the Family Counselor will be Michael John Gabriel.
Most other roles are still open. We are hoping to sign at least 2 well-known actors to the cast.
Most of this movie will be shot in Los Angeles. Some scenes will be shot in Santa Fe and one or two scenes will be shot in Las Vegas.
We’ll shoot it in summer, 2012, or as soon as we have the financing, whichever comes later.
SAG Ultra-Low Budget agreement, which allows us to mix SAG actors with non-SAG actors. Pending financing, the agreement may be upgraded.
Rate/pay: Depends on role and financing. We won’t start shooting until financing is in place. All speaking actors will be paid.
We are now auditioning for actors, who will be able to play the following characters in July, 2012: » Read the full post
Posted by Sindicator on February 16, 2012 | Comments Off
UPDATE:Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Goats! The indie film distributor, which also released NM production Passion Play, is planning a theatrical release this spring.
Thanks Brent via THR
Christopher Neil’s directorial debut recently screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. His film, Goats shot right here in NM last spring and featured some of our favorite local talent, including Vince McDaniel and Shenita Moore.
Here are a few reviews from that screening:
“Goats is…filled with gorgeously composed shots and some absolutely stunning cinematography by Wyatt Troll. The shots in the desert are of a painterly beauty…” – Movie City News
A “perfectly balanced, albeit insane cast.” – Screencrave
“The cast presents the subtle humor and the deep touching moments eloquently. This film is a must see for anyone that enjoys a coming of age story…” – Christian Cinema
“Goats defies convention by blurring the lines between genres and challenging the notion of what the typical coming of age story needs to be. The film surprises at every turn.” – Pro Networks
Having a self-absorbed New Age mother and an estranged father means 15-year-old Ellis Whitman has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: a goat-trekking, marijuana-growing sage called Goat Man. So when Ellis decides to leave the alternative ways of his desert homestead for a stuffy East Coast prep school, major changes are in store. But not in the way you’d think. Though often stoned, the exceedingly smart and capable Ellis effortlessly aces school and excels at track. As the year progresses, it’s his relationships with the adults in his life that test him, challenging his beliefs about responsibility and trustworthiness.
With its expansive vision of family and passel of delicious oddball characters transposed from screenwriter Poirier’s novel with deadpan naturalism, GOATS wryly balances satire with poignancy and tenderness. Ellis’s eventual disillusionment with his various “parents” forces him to seek and find strength within and to realize the truth about love: it’s never perfect, but it is always there. – C.N.
The Goats script is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name. Both the novel and the screenplay were penned by Mark Poirier.
The film stars David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Anthony Anderson, Keri Russell, and Graham Phillips. In addition to the New Mexico shoot, the 2011 production also filmed in Tucson, Arizona and Watertown, Connecticut.
Posted by Sindicator on February 1, 2012 | Comments Off
LIVE from NM Film & Media Day 2012 here at the Roundhouse where SB0168 goes to the floor today at 2 p.m.
If you feel passionately about what New Mexico Film lends to our great state, please visit YOUR Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee here, and contact your committee members to ask them to support SB0168, to REPEAL FILM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT CAP.
Posted by Sindicator on December 1, 2011 | Comments Off
COOL! Good thing I don’t fancy myself an investigative reporter, because this was news to me…JUST HEARD from the crack on-air team that makes & breaks news on epic, emmy winning television that YOU voted OneHeadlightInk.com into the top 5 “Best Blog” category of Albuquerque the Magazine‘s coveted Best of the City issue.
Not bad for a formerly little girl from Bosque Farms and her Mr. Big!
I’d like to thank YOU, Big Daddy, and especially Grandma & Grandpa for instilling in me the delusions of grandeur that drive me to yammer on, and on at you about my passion for all things New Mexico EntertaiNMent, from right here on our little space on the web for the past three years!
THANKS for reading and voting!
Congrats to politico blogger extraordinaire, Joe Monahan for besting the rest of us in the top five two out of the past three years!
Posted by Sindicator on October 7, 2011 | Comments Off
IN A WORLD where independent art struggles to see the light of day and the plight of many oft goes unheard, until the twain meet…comes the short film, YELLOW
Set and filmed in New Mexico last summer, Albuquerque actress Andrea B. Good stepped into the role of producing to help bring this important true-life story to the screen.
Written and directed by Emmy Pickett, Yellow “is about the beginnings and the transition from poverty to greater prosperity to ease their struggles and earn for themselves and their families”.
Recently featured in *The Santa Fe Reporter Pickett explains “I really see a huge call for Native American stories that are realistic and not stereotyped”.
Good, herself Native American adds, “It brings so much opportunity for the people of New Mexico and the Native American
For its strength of story and the importance of making that story heard, the filmmakers are actively seeking to make the short drama into a full length feature.
Stay tuned for the upcoming short film trailer and share this story with film enthusiasts to help pump that life’s blood of independent film, that all important “light of day”.
From the Producer, on how important NM’s economic incentives for filmmakers are in motivating filmmakers to work here:
I have a passion for Acting and for film! I have been Acting since I was 8 yrs old when I did my first school play, from that point on I knew [it was] what I loved and what I wanted to do. Film was to became my Dream. When I was in High School I was asked by my teacher, “By the time you are 30 yrs old what will you have wanted to have done in life?” I said my dream was to be in couple of big movies and i want to have produced or directed a short or a feature film.
So here I am, I’m 38 and I have done a lot. It is really hard when you first start out, because you see I am full Blooded Native American, I am Navajo, Apache and Zia and there [are] lots of sacrifices, when you go on every audition you’re thinking positive, this is the one it well make me. So when Hollywood started coming here it was a blessing for many many many people just like me who can’t move away to Hollywood or New York. It opened the doors wide open for so many people like me who have a real talent and passion for Film.
Having the New Mexico Film incentive is very important it has brought a lot of business to New Mexico. I can’t even count how many different business get used for the films that come here to New Mexico, from clothing stores to trading posts, schools to food stores to people’s homes. It all brings money to my home town. But the best part is that it makes the Dream of a person like me come true.
It brings so much opportunity for the people of New Mexico and the Native American Community . And working on this project with Emmy is one I will hold dear to my heart. This is why I love film because you can create something so beautiful, and you meet and work with wonderful people like Emmy Pickett. – Andrea B Good
*The lead actress named in the SFR article has been replaced.
The mission of Chronos is to celebrate the art of altered time perception cinematography including time-lapse, slow motion, and stop motion photography. The Chronos Film Festival will create a forum for innovation, technology, digital media and education that will encourage youth involvement through film scholarship. We are proud to partnered with YDI Digital Arts Outreach as our main beneficiary, and will also contribute monies to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Mexico.
The Chronos Film Festival will launch with a showing of Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi” at 1200pm (noon) on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 at the Historic KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque, with a second showing at 4:00 pm. We are also proud to announce the 2pm showing of No Restrictions Entertainment film “Mother’s Red Dress” a social issue film written and directed by Edgar Michael Bravo and Produced by John Paul Rice. We will close the evening with a film with “Commentary” a film by John Kapelos, showing at 6:00 pm. The Albuquerque Film Office is a special sponsor and contributor to these events.
The Chronos Film Festival is honored and proud to present an impressive *lineup of altered time perception photography and film-making talent from all over the world!
Posted by Sindicator on May 11, 2011 | Comments Off
While arts & entertainment industries work and reach out to help and inspire the youth in our community “Harry” Winston Brooks and his sheep fumble, stumble and corrode the hopes of our children by continuing to violently ream out the finances of our educational system.
Here’s New Mexico movie veteran Megan Fox artfully illustrating our looming fate as originally posted April 7, 2010.
Megan’s latest New Mexico movie is due out within the next few months and the fleecing of our educational economy has been nefariously re-contracted through 2014!!!
Albuquerque School District budget cuts are being volleyed-about right now, meanwhile Hollywood West churns out a plea on their own state’s educational budget woes with passionate player Megan Fox in this Funny or Die PSA.
Posted by Sindicator on May 9, 2011 | Comments Off
Just in time for post Mother’s Day goodness, budding actor, NM res., über muscle man David Robbins recently shot over this lovely lil’ Thank You Note much to the delight of the cockles of my heart!
Feedback of such sweetness and light are the very reason I maintain this here ‘dot’ on the www with the support of my team, internal and ex (wink)!
As the ‘mother’ of this cyber spot it’s my goal to feature the people and opportunities of my favorite state, so when Nuevo Mexicans (and beyond) make a connection, get a part, warm a heart, inspire and get inspired it’s my privilege to bear witness and calling to report!
I love it here and I love the people I get to meet virtually and IRL!
So, up until and beyond the point in time when a manuscript, screenplay eh hmm, or treatment of mine finally hits the buying price of my dreams, I’ll still plug away at the research, fake reporting, innocent gossiping, and broadcasting I’ve come to love – I’ll just get to do it wearing better slippers.
THANK YOU! Thanks to every industry contributor, reader, actor, artist, activist and friend for being a part of what drives a shared passion for focusing on New Mexico Talent – the greatest thing since green chile!
In the immortal words of Ray Charles via Jamie Foxx, “Yeah, yeah, I’m gonna make it do what it do, baby.”
Keep it here and tell yo’ friends…so much more to come on the exploits of Mr. Robbins and the many, many, many locals shaking things-up!
UPDATE 5/5/11: ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “As Cool As I Am” for MONDAY 5/9/11 AND TUESDAY 5/10/11. MUST be available ALL day, BOTH days!! Pay rate for this show is $64/8 ($8-hr). OFFICE WORKERS: male & female, all ethnicities, ages 20s-50s, with office attire (doesn’t have to be suits but should be work clothes). MUST be in OLC database with updated profile. Please post here ONLY if you fit specs and are available.
UPDATE 4/22/11: EXTRAS CASTING for As Cool as I Am is set to begin in New Mexico conducted by mega casting AGCY On Location Casting. Shooting will take place in the Albuquerque area 5/9/11 through 6/10/11. WIDE RANGE of PAID extras and stand-ins will be needed. Check OLC on facebook for specific types and more details or click here or here.
NM – Principal casting for this film is being handled by Jo Edna Boldin C.S.A.
The live action star of this weekend’s top box office flick will be next month’s Indie film hunk, NM Style.
Fresh off his success in the Spring Spheres Holiday movie Hop, James Marsden is New Mexico bound! Marsden will co-star with Gen-X teen angst queen, Claire Danes in As Cool as I Am.
Written for the screen by Virgina Korus Spragg, Max Mayer (The West Wing, Alias) will direct the movie based on the contemporary coming-of-age novel by Pete Fromm. The story centers around Lucy Diamond, the spirited teen daughter of self-absorbed parents played by Marsden and Danes.
Shooting is set to begin May 9 right here in New Mexico. The Wrap reports today that the lead role of Lucy Diamond has yet to be cast. Full character description(s) and recent submission info. after the jump >> » Read the full post
Posted by Sindicator on April 18, 2011 | Comments Off
While Fright Night holds tight to its official trailer the Wholly New Mexico film that’s destined for a limited release before hitting the DVD bin and Netflix circuit makes a great showing in this theatrical trailer!
Wily willed co-star Mickey Rourke made headlines last week yo-yoing between trashing the flick and reneging to reining-in powerful statements made about his leading lady, the lovely Megan Fox.
Last week Rourke told peeps at a Hollywoo party that PP is just a “terrible, terrible movie” and then later dropped the cool waters of ‘you ain’t all that’ on his previous statements about Fox being one of the most talented actresses of all time, by reemphasizing, “that I’ve worked with” then allegedly adding the patented Mickey Rourke f-you smirk that keeps us all coming back for more no matter what revision of his face we’re confronted with.
Here’s Mick’s rebuttal to the mag that printed his less than stellar review of Passion Play:
“Hey, guys. When I talked to you, I was at a party. It was loud and crowded, I was in a shitty mood and I was trying to get rid of your reporter. Mitch (the director of the movie) is one of my best friends since we were kids. I loved working with him and would do it again tomorrow. I don’t know why I said that stupid shit. I love Mitch, I love Megan. My bad.”
Congrats to all our talented locals that worked on this epic saga!
And whilst we wait to see the official Fright Night trailer here’s what the star of that flick said in front of a crowed screening the film to stick his foot in his gorgeous mouth over his latest Wholly New Mexico Movie:
“Meself, as a fan of the original, it doesn’t change. I don’t think I’ll have a copy of this version in my library, but I have the original at home…” – Colin Farrell
Later explaining to EW “What I meant was [I wouldn't own it] because I’m in the f-ing thing!” He said he cringes when he watches himself. “It’s always uncomfortable.”
Stir that pot boys! Keep ‘em talking, get ‘em watching! Go New Mexico Film! And now if you need a warm fuzzy, mosey on over to the eloquence of sexy Olivia Wilde’s love letter to NM here.
The New Mexico Arts & Entertainment boom brings major productions, entertainers, artists and trades to our state. Whether they blow through town, return with the ebb and flow of their projects or they stay and become one of our own, all the big names mean big notoriety and even bigger opps for NM’s ample local talent!
All of the gorgeousness above worked NM Film in 2010 with productions that wrapped or released last year – save the lovely Rachel Nichols, her Santa Fe Film The Loop wrapped in ’09 and got a 2010 release date pushed out to 2011 – but we just had to fit her in, lest we’d be remiss…
Vote for your fave now and feel free to write-in your own! Plus there’s still time to send us your favorite local actor/actress suggestions to add to our growing list of noms!
Here is your look at last year’s faves…thanks to Natalie Portman and Megan Fox for being “repeat offenders”. And here’s to many, many more to come!
Transparency, yes. Drop-kick, no. If the url isn’t down, as it habitually is, contact NM Governor Martinez here to say, “KEEP & COMPETE NM FILM @ 25%”
Is in the midst of an ongoing national economic downturn the time to blindly stab away at an industry that New Mexico has gained proven global leadership in?
While “think tanks” and “industry insiders” alike name New Mexico time and again as one of the few states in the nation with a stronghold on securing Film as a viable and sustainable industry into the post fiscal crisis, the State Legislature is weighing the sweeping proposal by our new Governess to cut NM Film Production Tax Credits to one of the lowest rates in the country – equal to that of our neighbor Texas.
NY, GA, LA, and MI already offer equal or more in incentives than New Mexico and would likely gain much needed ground in carving out their own stake in the industry if we’re willing to let our leadership hold lapse at this critical point in the nation’s economy.
Governor Martinez claims that the cut would save NM $25 million in the next fiscal year. Premature at best to be asserting such a bold bottom line statement, being that it is commonly acknowledged by proponents and opponents alike that there is no cognitive data of what actual impact the industry has on the state – therefore aren’t we asking to cut the legs off the pony before asking him to do another trick?
Last week the Roundhouse saw an outpouring of impassioned presence and testimony when HB-19 was presented to kill incentives altogether, effectively ending careers and businesses that already feel the instant pinch when they get the “rescind order” calls the state’s experiencing in even just this time of flux.
The Bill, brought for the third year running by Roswell Rep. Dennis Kintigh (R), was tabled 5-4 in a cross party vote by the House Committee hearing the matter.
In addition to the threat to slash put forth by Governor Martinez, two Senate Bills are still in play during this 2011 New Mexico Legislature set to affect the state’s film program:
There’s no passion like comic passion…all the epic story intensity and character mania will reach fever pitch in BURQUE in just a few short weeks when…
THE HULK, THE GREEN LANTERN, LT. BOOMER, SHEBA, BOBOA FETT, CHEWBACCA, YODA, COLONEL WILMA DEERING, BUCK ROGERS AND MANY MANY MORE beloved characters from so many iconic sagas, and the fascinating & talented people behind them make their way to our fair city to exhibit, mingle and DAZZLE!
Amid all the hero gazing, check out the many artists’ displays, competitions, and sponsor exhibitions!
Keep-up with all the Albuquerque Comic-Con details and events here.
“The first 10-12 short films submitted that have the caliber of prospering in this venue will be invited on a first come basis and advertised on the website as an official selection in competition for the Comics in Film Festival – Best New Original Comic Book Genre Film” – Fireborn Films
*Short Films must be based on original work, characters and ideas unless written permission has been granted