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Re-purpose True Grit Winter

Posted by on May 13, 2010 | One comment

Like winter itself the NM portion of the Coen Bros production of True Grit has gone. But the cotton batting that served as the snowy back-drop for the film during some of its time here is available and useful.

Local business Green Production Resource (GPR) strives to do just that, green production:

“GPR exists to supply knowledge, products and equipment to lessen the impact of film and event production on the planet.”

To learn more about what they do and what you can do to reuse existing production materials or repurpose your own please contact
Holly via email at: holly@greenproductionresource.net

In the mean time there are “miles of smiles” worth of True Grit faux “snow” available for reuse.

Check the NM Film Office web site for more green film making resources.

True Grit Casting Males, NM

Posted by on March 31, 2010 | One comment

According to Talent Hunter dot com the following specific roles are NOW being cast for the New Mexico shoot of True Grit in addition to a general kids/teen/adult male casting call:

“DO NOT submit to this unless you MATCH THE ROLES LISTED BELOW. The casting director is being inundated with emails and submissions from people randomly submitting and contacting them!!

The New Mexico casting director for the Paramount Pictures feature film “True Grit” is currently holding auditions for new roles in the film. These are all speaking principal actor roles in the film, and the pay is SAG rate.

Here is what she is looking for:

● Skinny 10-14 year old male Native American youths

● Native American man, must be thin, 55-70 years old and can ride a horse

● Chinese man 70+ years old” – Talent Hunter

To quote Sherri Shepherd, “And also too,” there is an open call for the TX shoot of the film for a one armed woman here.


Posted by on March 23, 2010 | 7 comments

Coens' True Grit, Damon, Brolin

From Acting Auditions dot org, the Austin Texas based casting director of the NM/TX production, True Grit is urgently seeking the following roles for the TEXAS shoot:

“FRANK JAMES – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a menacing look through his eyes!! Beady-eyed bastard. Very mean looking! Thug. Son-of-a-gun. Not a nice guy!

GRANDMA TURNER – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a a mean woman – decrepit & pruney [sic] looking (great wrinkles/facial lines). She snores loudly! 2 options: Old crone (mean old lady) OR a very large woman (too big to share a bed w/Mattie).

GENERAL WOMEN – Frontier, hard bitten types of WOMEN. Must have interesting faces (facial lines, crooked teeth, larger noses, weathered skin type, hard features). Preferably longer hair w/no artificial color. They need rough frontier types – NOT modern looking. No makeup!

Filming will take place in Austin area, Granger, and Blanco for 3 months.

Interested [qualifying] applicants should call casting office asap! 512-637-6775″

Debbie DeLisi, True Grit Casting
c/o DW Studios Productions LLC
1901 E. 51st Street, Red Bldg.
Austin, TX 78723
email: membership@austincreativealliance.org

Links: Now Playing Austin, Acting Auditions

True Grit Casting, NM

Posted by on January 29, 2010 | 3 comments

The Coen Bros. film True Grit is currently casting the following, speaking roles for the upcoming NM Shoot:

  • “Scrawny”, 10-14 year old Native American males
  • Thin, 55-70 year old Native American male w/horse riding skills
  • Chinese man 70+ years old

Send photo and contact info. to: sidesfromjoedna@yahoo.com

via NM Film Office

FYI: The submission process for the “star making” role of Mattie have just closed.

If you are being considered you will hear from them by Feb. 15. Go NM!

True Grit Girl NM

Posted by on December 2, 2009 | Comments Off on True Grit Girl NM

As we told you here, the incomparable Coen brothers are getting set to produce and direct a new film based on the Charles Portis novel, True Grit.

Casting calls have already been held all over Texas where the film will shoot in addition to aqui in Nuevo México beginning in the Spring of 2010.

Rachel Tenner of Chicago based casting agents TP&R is currently in Memphis, TN attempting to cast a newcomer/unknown in the principal role of Mattie Ross. The agents, who also cast Coen films A Serious Man, Burn After Reading and No Country for Old Men, state they are seeking “a 12- 16-year-old Caucasian girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is. They are open to all looks, so come give it a try. No acting experience is necessary.”

There is an open call in Memphis this Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Memphis Hilton at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. From there Tenner and associates move on to Nashville TN, Little Rock AR, Jackson MS and Oklahoma…heh, hmm – Hello, New Mexico?

Attn: Rachel Tenner c/o TP&R


Coen Bros Scout & About the Duke’s True Grit

Posted by on October 27, 2009 | 3 comments

Roger Deakins, no stranger to New Mexico – working as the Director of Photography on both No Country for Old Men and In the Valley of Elah, is once again scouting the region.

The acclaimed Cinematographer has over 60 film credits including 10 with iconic film makers Joel and Ethan Coen. The trio will be working together next on the Coen’s adaption of the Charles Portis’ novel True Grit.

John Wayne took home the Oscar for his lead role in the 1969 movie. Along with New Mexico, Matt Damon (All the Pretty Horses), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), and Kurt Russell are in talks for starring roles in the 2011 release.

True New Mexico

Posted by on December 21, 2010 | One comment

Like the too little known quote from Barbara Walters to her adopted daughter:

“…born in my heart. Maybe not in my uterus, but in my heart,”

So is our beloved adopted crew thar’ above. True Grit may have an eccentric birth mother in California and ruffneck pa in Texas, but for a time the Grit was all ours.

And we love ’em and root for ’em and take a little applause for the Coen Bros flick for ourselves as True Grit opens WIDE today.

Just look at that movie poster through the eyes of the proud care takers we were. Memmer the April snow? You memmer

Look at ’em – the bestest lil’ actor out there, our repeat NM actor, Mr. Matt Damon, the Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges (for his turn in NM movie Crazy Heart) and that strapping, turk Josh Brolin from NM’s Academy Award winning No Country for Old men and the unsung NM film In the Valley of Elah.

So though this film has outgrown us and spends the holidays with more flashy friends and cities – make no mistake through the life’s blood of this Grit runs true New Mexico.

Don’t forget us young Hailee Steinfeld, sure as you’re to grow into your britches as well as Bridges – New Mexico is behind you and proud like the dickens that that purdy face above took such an incredible turn as the tough as nails, pan faced Mattie Ross in this NM movie.

Here’s NM’s beloved adopted son, Matt Damon flexing his ~acting chops on Letterman last week!

Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

Posted by on March 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

NM’s Own Resident Fish Wrangler Extraordinaire TJ Trout

The awesomeness sure to come from the latest Coen Brother’s/New Mexico Film Industry teaming, True Grit will be filming on location at Monestary Lake through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports that the lake near Pecos, NM is now closed through Friday set to reopen on Saturday.

Fisherpersons wishing to lay line are encouraged to “take advantage of other area trout fishing opportunities, including the Pecos River, which is now clear of ice below Terrero.” – NM Game & Fish

True Girt, NM

Posted by on December 21, 2009 | One comment

UPDATE: January 13, 2010
Casting agent Jo Edna Boldin, CSA
is currently scouting New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado for the still open, “star making” role of Cassie in the upcoming Coen brothers True Grit film.

Online auditions have been extended through January 20. This role is just WAITING for NM talent…

Full instructions here.

Full instructions here.

New Mexico ladies ages 12-17 strongly encouraged to apply!

So far the casting agents for the NM/TX shoot of the Oscar winning Coen Bros. upcoming film have visited Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and are now heading to Oklahoma and Mississippi…

P, p, p, please get your grit on and submit your audition. Full instructions here. Deadline is January 9, high-noon PST.

DON’T act. Spit-fire w/sass required, experience is NOT.

Tip: The film is set to be based on the original novel not necessarily a remake of the 1969 movie.

That is not a type-o above, let’s lock this star making role down with NM talent!

Tobey, Jakey, Jeff or Matt to re-bound New Mexico style?

Posted by on March 22, 2013 | One comment

New Mexico Film Summer Shoot Schedule

Rumors are swirling about who will step in to replace Jude Law in the upcoming Natalie Portman western “Jane Got a Gun”…but has anyone thought that it may be TWO of the a fore mentioned studs instead of just one????

L’est we forget that there’s more than just one vacancy left after the upheaval resulting from a certain director’s direct exit from the film…as we alluded to here, prior to that directorial mess, a genuine scheduling conflict caused a leading man void in the Portman produced pelicula.

IF anyone has ever taken a word of my advice on what a riveting film NM’s Own 2009 “Brothers” was, they’ll know that both Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are a natural fit to work with Portman, and as for Jeff Bridges…well, CRAZY HEART!!!! Need I say more? If so, how ’bout a little film called “True Grit”, starring the naturally dreamy and perfectly aged Jeff Bridges!

Finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t disclose that Bridges’ co-star in Grit, none other than THE Matt Damon of the long ago NM Film, “All the Pretty Horses” is, as of this writing, a scheduling clear contender…

Of course it will be no surprise if none of the above make it to set, as is the world of movie making…maybe one of the locals can take a stab at one or two of the vacant roles on this pic.

Meanwhile, word on the wire is that another long lived leading man is recently signed on for a yet to be announced NM western, namely one Kurt Russell who is said to be on board with “Bone Tomahawk”, led by Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter).

Keep your ears to the grindstone my friends, New Mexico’s Summer shoot schedule is set to be a bumpy ride!

New Mexico Film: Getting Into It

Posted by on December 3, 2012 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film: Getting Into It

Extras & Background Casting

On Location Casting – FREE Talent Application

EG Casting – Talent Application

White Turtle Casting – (Breaking Bad, After Hours)

Talent Agencies/Casting Directors

A&M Talent House – (The Hunger Games, No Country for Old Men, The Lone Ranger, Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Longmire)

Applaus Talent Agency – SAG-AFTRA Franchised Agency

The Phoenix Agency – Modeling and Talent Agency

Sheryl Roberts – Casting Director, Producer, Acting Coach

Jo Edna Boldin – Casting Director/Department (SEAL Team Six, True Grit, No Country for Old Men, The Book of Eli, 3:10 to Yuma, Crazy Heart, Terminator Salvation)

Youth, Education & Training

CNM – Film Crew Technician, Certificate Program

Public Academy for Performing Arts – Award winning education and training for students grades 6-12

Marie A.K. McMaster – Youth Actors Intensive

Film Acting and Auditioning Course with Actress/Director, Lora Cunningham – Albuquerque Actors Studio

New Mexico State University – Creative Media Institute

NMSU Doña Ana Branch Community College – Digital Graphics Technology AAS Degree

NMSU Doña Ana Branch Community College – Film Technician Training Program

NMSU Alamogordo – Digital & Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Eastern New Mexico University (Roswell) – Film & Digital Media Programs

Eastern New Mexico University (Portales)Digital Film Making

New Mexico Highlands University (Rio Rancho)Media Arts & Technology

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) – College of Fine Arts

Santa Fe University of Art & Design – Film School

Resource Organizations & Associations

YOUR New Mexico Film Office

New Mexico Film Offices and Commissions by Region here.

New Mexico Women in Film
– Support for the expansion of women’s role in the film industry.

SAG-AFTRA New Mexico Local Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts – IATSE Local 480

To include, exclude or otherwise update your listing here, please write to ifo@oneheadlightink.com.

The Last Stand Villainous Cast

Posted by on September 12, 2011 | One comment

Das Auto guy, aka most grotesque use of a wood chipper on film guy is set to be muy peligroso in the New Mexico action/western Film “The Last Stand”.

Peter Stormare is no stranger to the villain’s seat, known for his roles in Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Minority Report and Armageddon, where even if he isn’t playing THE Bad Guy he’s freaking unnerving at every turn!

Variety reports Stormare, “would play Burrell, a war vet who is commissioned by the main villain to lead an eight-man crew and take out the sheriff and his team.”


Ji-woon Kim will direct Schwarzenegger, Stormare and Austin all recently announced to star in this, the film career comeback vehicle for Schwarzenegger – in which he’ll play the small town sheriff taking on a powerful drug cartel.

The location casting director on this project is the esteemed Jo Edna Boldin (True Grit, No Country For Old Men, Sunshine Cleaning, Terminator Salvation, +++).

Local extras/background casting and crew details expected soon for the “The Last Stand”, set to begin production in Valencia county next month for a January 2013 release!

New Mexico Big Screen String: Lit. Edition

Posted by on July 11, 2011 | Comments Off on New Mexico Big Screen String: Lit. Edition

ICYDK: You can’t throw a stone without hitting someone or something tied to NM Film – but don’t.

Like the intricate threads woven throughout classic literature…such as in a Cormac McCarthy novel turned film…like the Coen Bro’s Oscar® winning turn at the McCarthy best selling novel, No Country for Old Men, so is New Mexico woven into the fiber of Global Film…

Garret Dillahunt the lovably daft undersheriff to Tommy Lee Jones in No Country is named as the lead in the New Mexico production of The Boys of Abu Ghriab.

Another No Country star, Woody Harrelson is soon to be seen in the HBO original film Game Change which recently wrapped Northern N. Mex. filming…

The Coen bros put “pen to paper” for the reboot of the 1966 film Gambit, this time out starring Cameron Diaz & Colin Firth now filming in…yes, New Mexico!

The likewise best selling Dean Koontz novel turned highly anticipated NM movie, Odd Thomas is (back) at work this week.

Odd director Stephen Sommers also churned out 2009’s GI Joe which starred Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum…Sienna’s current project, Just Like a Woman is now casting and set to shoot right here in NM.

Tatum’s upcoming New Mexico movie Ten Year is expected to premiere this year…but you never can tell, another GI Joe co-star Rachel Nichols starred in the NM film Bird of the Air (formerly titled The Loop) and we’re still waiting on its release.

This isn’t the first NM term for Odd Thomas star Anton Yelchin, who is back for another run as he was for the soon to be released thriller Fright Night.

Anton’s co-star in Fright, Colin Farrell is too a repeat NM filmer as he previously starred opposite the Oscar® winning Jeff Bridges in…the wholly New Mexico film Crazy Heart.

Bridges also worked in NM…in last year’s True Grit along side Matt Damon who first worked NM waay back in ’99 in All the Pretty Horses a film based on the novel of the same name by…you guessed CORMAC MCCARTHY…

And that’s a Big Screen String…New Mexico Style!

Golden Girls

Posted by on February 5, 2011 | One comment

Favorite Temporary New Mexican Actress

As you’re whiling away the hours of this weekend waiting for your chance to vote on your Favorite Local Talent…keep your eyeballs cozy with these Big Screen “Hollywood Types” who’ve worked in NM Film.

Like their A-List male counterparts all of these lovely ladies have nabbed a nom for Favorite Actress in OneHeadlightInk’s 2ND Golden Tumbleweed Awards Poll!

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!

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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!

A Bill and a Phil for NM Film

Posted by on February 3, 2011 | 2 comments

From the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico: FILM CREDIT STUDY

Santa Fe, NM- With more than eleven thousand New Mexicans drawing a paycheck either directly or indirectly from the film industry, lawmakers feel more study must be done before the State’s Film Tax Credits are abandoned. San Jose Senator, Phil A. Griego (D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos-39) just introduced a proposal to look at the impact the state’s Film Tax Credit has on New Mexico workers.

Senate Joint Memorial 15 asks the New Mexico Legislative Council to appoint an interim Film Investment Committee to review and analyze the state’s Film Tax Credit. The Committee will look at the advantages and disadvantages and recommend legislation for any policy changes.

“Let’s hold off before we do anything and really study the issue,” said Sen. Griego, “then make a determination, number one, whether 25 percent is too much and we have to go back to 15 percent.” The Senator says we need to look at whether the tax credit has had a positive or negative effect in New Mexico and whether we should even keep it at all. “We’re not going to know those things until we have a full and complete study,” said the Senator.

Sen. Griego hopes with the committee “the Governor and Legislature can work together to study the effects of the Film Tax Credit and where we’re going.”

Senator Griego said many of his constituents have praised the Film Tax Credit for helping the state’s economy, “I’ve heard from small businesses that have done well in working with the film credits. You’ve got travel agencies, caterers, car rental people, grocery stores, lumber stores.” The Film Industry has helped the state’s construction industry, said Sen. Griego, hiring people to build and take down sets, as well as electrical, plumbing guys. “I think what we’re going to find is that this film credit has had a very positive effect on New Mexico,” said Griego.

Senator Griego also says we also have to consider schools including both community colleges and charter schools that have created curricula to train people as producers, directors, and stage crafts workers.

“I think we need to work with the industry to come up with a plan to as to how to continue film work in the state flowing, that is not only going to satisfy the state but satisfy the industry.” The Senator said states across the country are pulling back on their film credit programs because of the economy, but “what we want to do, is we want to lead the pack in attracting the film industry and then make a determination as to where we’ve got to go.”

More than 150 feature films, television series and other productions have been shot in New Mexico since the start of the Film Tax Credits several years ago. Among the films and other productions shot in this state last year alone; True Grit, Iron Man 2, Bless Me Ultima, Stargate Universe: Malice and [so many] more.


2ND Annual Golden Tumbleweed Noms

Posted by on February 1, 2011 | 5 comments

Favorite NM Actor

via Wire Image

For your perusing pleasure, OneHeadlightInk presents just a dozen of some of the gentlemen who graced New Mexico over the past year or so with films wrapped or released in and around 2010.

Stay tuned for your selections for Fave Actress, Best Picture, Best Television Series, Series Actors, Fave Local, Dubious Honors, Most Wanted and much more in this year’s version of our annual Golden Tumbleweed Awards!

Click here for the last year’s inaugural round-up! Including the previous winner in this category who is back in the running again…gotta love us some sexy, “repeat offenders”! Many of this year’s contenders are habitual NM Movie Makers!

All Polls close Sunday February 27…Get your vote on!

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Coens’ Latest Go in New Mexico

Posted by on November 20, 2010 | One comment

From the brothers Coen comes True Grit the latest film from the team that shot their Academy Award winning film No Country For Old Men aquí también.

Starring more Emmy winners such as Jeff Bridges who won best actor for the NM film Crazy Heart and NM vet Mat Damon.

New Mexico Film Yesterday Today y Mañana

Posted by on June 14, 2010 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film Yesterday Today y Mañana

Yesterday – as the twang talkin’, gun slingin’ youth Jimmy Blevins, Lucas Black was but a child actor in his turn alongside former child star Henry Thomas (ET) and a fresh faced Matt Damon in NM’s Own All the Pretty Horses back in 2000.

Today – Black is a repeat offender all growed-up in the creepy NM thriller Legion. Both flicks are now available on DVD.

image via Greg Solano

Mañana – Damon will be seen in the upcoming Coen Bros release of True Grit with yet another NM repeat, the one and only Jeff Bridges, who took home the best actor Oscar for his role in the NM film Crazy Heart earlier this year.

Remembering Dennis Hopper

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 | 2 comments

The Last Film Festival

Tomorrow the Turner Classic Movie network will dedicate its primetime and overnight line-up to the films of the late Dennis Hopper. The schedule per TV by the Numbers is as follows:

“Tuesday, June 8
8 p.m. (ET) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.

10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar® for his performance.

12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray’s searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.

2:30 a.m. Easy Rider (1969) – Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.

4:15 a.m. Night Tide (1963) – Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.” – TV by the Numbers

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is currently available (click here to leaf through the book), a biography by American writer Tom Folsom titled, Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was announced before his passing, and a showing of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is scheduled for July – September.

The final movie starring Dennis Hopper titled The Last Film Festival, a comedy is pending a release date.

Hopper had also recently voiced a character in the upcoming animated film, Alpha and Omega:

Front Seat to Oscar

Posted by on March 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Front Seat to Oscar

Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges has been hard at work in New Mexico filming The Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor in ’08, his Oscar winning turn in Crazy Heart in ’09, and currently starring alongside Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the latest Coen Brothers NM film True Grit.

Bridges will perform with his band in a first ever live show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on April 18 at 3:00 p.m.

According to Santa Fe dot com: “In addition to the live performance, there will be a screening of ‘Crazy Heart’, a silent auction of movie memorabilia and a raffle. This charitable event is being staged to raise money for New Mexico Film Makers Give Back, a program of IATSE Local 480, which raised over $100,000 last year to fund local charities…

The Lensic is located at 211 West San Francisco Street. The Box office can be contacted at 505-988-1234 or www.ticketssantafe.org”

Links: Santa Fe dot com, ABC News, The Santa Fe New Mexican, IATSE Local 480, The Lensic

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