Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is already garnering critical acclaim for his portrayal of Cecil Gaines in “The Butler”, coming to theaters on Oct. 18, 2013.
While the world waits to see that film in which Whitaker co-stars with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, and many more stars bringing the riveting, real-life story of one man’s rise above a tragic and violent past to an epic life of service under a record seven U.S. presidents, the actor is hard at work in New Mexico on another dramatic film set.
The Land of Enchantment is full of rising stars, pictured above with a very slim Whitaker is one to watch. Local actor Joshua R. Aragon (Force of Execution, 2 Guns) is currently at work with Whitaker on “Enemy Way” in Albuquerque.
The production has been underway for a couple of months in the Deming, New Mexico area, the shoot is expected to continue to roll through the end of May.
“Enemy Way” is the story of ex-convict, Willie Garnett, who tries to use his second chance to escape his former life of crime. While imprisoned, he converted to Islam, which makes him a target of the local sheriff who is hell bent on exposing Garnett as a violent man.
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“Enemy Way” is due for theatrical release in the fall of 2013. In the meantime check out the first official trailer for “The Butler”.
Posted by Sindicator on November 10, 2011 | Comments Off
Written and directed by Albuquerque native Craig Butler (Land of Entrapment, Duke City Nights), ultra low-budget western, The Righteous and the Wicked was shot right here in New Mexico during the summer of 2009.
Earlier this year the homegrown production was picked-up for nationwide distribution by Lionsgate and will be released on DVD November 15th. It will also be available on Amazon, Netflix, and more outlets to come.
In commemoration of the release and distribution of the film, the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque will host a free screening on December 2.
Writer/Director Craig Butler, members of the cast & crew will be on hand for introductions and a short Q&A. Doors open at 7 p.m., entrance is free and the DVD will be available for sale.
I did take advantage of the film incentive tax rebates and received great support from the state during the whole process. Despite the discouraging stories we’re hearing like losing Iron Man 3 to North Carolina, I still think there’s tons of potential here for making our own opportunities. I for one plan to keep making features here no matter what happens.
- Craig Butler on the state of NM Film
Synopsis: The Righteous and The Wicked is a blending of two classic movie genres: the Western and the heist film. It turns the Western convention of a lone gunman facing off with a gang of bad guys on its head by following the planning, execution, and consequences of the heist from the gang’s point of view. One-time cattle rustler and bandit Hoss Williams is getting too old for his life of crime and he knows it. His new gang has six members, each with a specific role to play in his final heist. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until one of them starts playing by his own rules.
Headed by Steve Corona, New Mexico’s premiere Dialect Coach.
Steve has coached actors in various dialects and roles including:
Helen Mirren & Gerard Butler. Corona has his MA in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University.
He has been a voice actor for almost 10 years, recording voiceover for: audiobooks, animated films, dubbing, educational materials, documentary narration, radio station ID, commercials, TV & films in Minnesota, Texas, California, South Korea, China, and New Mexico.
In “VOICEOVER”, you will learn:
*Types of Voiceover
*Voice Acting Techniques
*Finding your voice
*Recording a Demo Reel
*Working as a Voice Actor
Starting June 1st
6:30pm – 7:45pm.
Far Horizon Studio
304 Washington St. SE
Only $25 per class! (or $100/mo.)
Pre-pay online via the “shop” tab on the NetSkits Academy facebook page, to reserve your spot in the class TODAY!
(space is limited and reservations are already being made – so don’t wait.)
UPDATE 1/24/11: Stage Acting Academy expands to Santa Fe and opens doors this THURSDAY 27th!!! These will be select classes. Learn two new DIALECTS with VOICEOVER every month with Steve Corona… RSVP’s will be necessary – 7.15pm to 9.15pm 1413 Paseo De Peralta 87501 near Galisteo cross street and near The Capital!!! call us right away if you want in… 323.333.7322 or 306.8524
UPDATE 1/18/11:TONIGHT – SPECIAL TUESDAY NIGHT DIALECT TRAINING, SOUTHERN STYLE, Y’ALL!
Train your palate to roll out brogue, orchestrate Français, or whip out Brooklynese with one of our favorite resources in the Q.
Fireborn Films, Stage Acting Academy is home to the ever-increasingly popular Steve Corona who is on hand to train YOU.
Dialect training isn’t just for Oscar winning Dames or heart throbbing Scotsman anymore New Mexico.
If you’re interested in catching a ride on this wing and a prayer called New Mexico Film & Production a.k.a. the Arts & Entertainment tidal wave sweeping the land, sign-up and hang on!
As featured in Friday’s Albuquerque Journal Corona teaches acting, improv and dialects to everyone from area students to global A-listers such as Dame Helen Mirren and Gerard Butler.
And if you were at the phenomenon that is Albuquerque Comic Con you might have had the pleasure of catching Corona’s improv group.
Now more than ever it is YOUR time New Mexico – ARM yourself with the expertise offered at Fireborn. The doors of “the industry” await and there are keys to your success in front of and behind the camera through the vast array of training, projects and networking just waiting for you there!
Sure he’s got the Golden Globe…but will Jeff Bridges take the Weed?
Whether you fancy a dashing Denzel from The Book of Eli, Avatar gravatar Sam Worthington, Irish stud Colin Farrell, Transformers hero LeBeouf, Goat Staring Clooney, defunct Spiderman Tobey, Donnie the Dark Jake, high kicking Jackie, or 300′s Gerry Butler…
Each of them have been here and filmed or released a New Hollywood New Mexico production in 2009. Now it’s time for you to take your pick of ‘em.
Vote for the Big Screen ladies of New Mexico here.