Sag, Aftra & Non Union Feature Film, Casting Call May 20th, 2013
The comedy, “Abe Makes A Movie” is currently casting lead roles in this funny film about an underachieving want-to-be filmmaker who assembles a ragtag crew of misfits to help make a movie and enter it into a local film festival in hopes of winning his ex girlfriend back. Starring Matt Peterson (The Bigfoot Election).
This will be a Sag Ultra-Low Budget film shooting early to late fall 2013 in Albuquerque, NM.
Producer/Director: Ryan Turri
Written by: Matt Peterson and Ryan Turri
Female 20-35, caucasian
Abe’s long time best friend. Dry sense of humor and witty. Sweet. Smart. Thinks Abe is great. Almost like a sister to Abe.
Male 50-70, Caucasian
Pyrotechnics guy. Gruff on the outside but very like-able once you get to know him. Served in the reserves and never saw any action, though he would lead you to believe otherwise. Jack of all trades, master of none. Loyal follower of Abe. Big hearted.
Female 60-80, Caucasian
Old starlet. Been in 135 movies, but never starred in a single one. Worldly seasoned. Has had several marriages and one daughter. Single now, and lives in the moment. Spent some time in Toas “finding herself” through the guidance of a guru.
Male 50-68 Caucasian
Abe’s stepfather. Classic American-old school dad who believes in hard work and earning an honest dollar… but plays the lottery religiously. A constant skeptic. Hard on Abe. Believes his way is the right way. Likes to prove his point to anyone who will listen. Doesn’t trust anyone who isn’t American or American made. Grew up in a small town, had his aspirations crushed early in life, gave up on his bowling career and settled for a 9-5 job spending his lunch hour talking sports and how once he was a big deal.
Male 25-37 Caucasian
Napoleon complex. Swarmy. Sarcastic. Classic Bro. Uses the term “Bro” and “Brah” and “YOLO”. Thinks he’s hot shit. Classic wannabe filmmaker, wears the right filmmaker clothes, knows the right filmmaking terms and tells everyone about it. Won the 168 hour film festival the previous year. Creates his own handshakes.
All day on Friday, April 26, any dog more than 1-year-old will be just $5. The price includes spay and neuter services, a microchip and registration.
Desiree Cawley, the director at the animal welfare department, told Action 7 News this is the first time they’ve offered anything like this. She said they are simply so overpopulated, they need to make more room.
Animal welfare reported more than 500 dogs in their shelters, more than they had at the same time last year. They said even though they’ve done commercials, put up posters and held event after event, they keep getting more and more dogs.
“We don’t know why it’s happening,” Cawley said.
Most of the dogs they have are strays. Some of them were surrendered by their owners.
Both the Eastside and Westside shelters will have extended hours on Friday. Cawley said they will be open 10:30 to 8 p.m. so that people at work still have an opportunity to come by.
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
Here’s hunky Jason Isaacs, best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the epic Harry Potter movie series, back in New Mexico filming “Things People Do” in downtown Albuquerque this week. The star recently took a turn as the Prophet Josiah in another NMFilm, “Sweetwater”.
Hunger Games star Wes Bentley leads the “Things People Do” cast including Isaacs, Haley Bennett, and Vinessa Shaw.
The film features Bentley and Shaw as husband a wife who struggle when Bentley loses his job and turns to a stranger for guidance. The stranger (Bennett) turns Bentley on to a life of crime. Isaacs plays a detective who befriends Bentley along the way.
Saar Klein and Joe Conway co-wrote the screenplay for the film directed by Bourne Identity producer Doug Liman, who serves as executive producer with Kurt Billick, Nicolas Gonda, David Klein, Michael Macs and Ryan Retti. Hans Graffunder, Sarah Green and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, producers. Production is now underway in New Mexico.
As many guests as possible are needed. If you want to participate, please come to the shoot by 3:30 tomorrow afternoon wearing clothing in muted tones (pastels preferred, no brights/reds or black dresses) suitable for a springtime wedding reception.
Please email: Mariahtaylan@hotmail.com if you are coming to provide an accurate headcount as food & refreshments will be provided.
Bring a friend and spread the word, all are welcome who know how to behave on set! Should be wrapped by 6 p.m. Thanks!
Buffalo in the Room is a comedy series project featuring Native Americans.
Two non-union open casting calls for several roles in Buffalo in the Room will be held, on April 5th and April 6th, 2013. Auditions are open to anyone interested in acting. Experience is not required. Actors outside of New Mexico who cannot make it to the auditions can email (below) to submit a video audition.
Buffalo in the Room is a series sitcom with an expected run of 15 episodes, that primarily features Native Americans and the often comedic expectations and stereotypes when dealing with the entertainment industry.
Shooting will begin in mid-late April in New Mexico. The pilot is being pitched to broadcast TV networks, and will initially commence as a web series.
Executive producer Brian Vallie created and co-wrote Buffalo in the Room along with Brian Young, a Yale graduate filmmaker and actor for a predominantly Native cast and crew. Vallie worked as a talent agent for New Mexico’s biggest talent agency while in college which
prompted writing Buffalo in the Room. Vallie wanted to see more Native productions with comedy, so he wrote a lighthearted comedy sitcom based on actual characters and events.
The series will be directed by Allistair McCray who has been involved in the film industry for many years. “I’m excited to be working with Native writers and cast. I believe there are undiscovered talent out there and we want to give them a chance. Buffalo in the Room is a production that can give them that chance, both cast and crew,” said director and producer, Allistair McCray.
Most roles require Native ethnicity, but there will also be several other roles requiring nonnatives.
First Annual Pecs & Paws Fashion benefit Show is to be held on Thursday March 21st at Effex Lounge Downtown.
The reception and silent auction starts at 6:00pm, the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. The show is going to include local male talents who have volunteered their time to walk the runway with their pets to help support Animal Humane New Mexico.
Local support includes:
Sponsors – Bella Pet Wash and Boutique and Effex Lounge
Local support: Izzy Martin, Heart & Soul, The Gap, Banana Republic, Albuquerque Night Vision
Silent Auction Items:
Three Dog Bakery, Academy Dental, Armstrong McCall, Gecko’s, Beauty Control, Sephora, The Body Shop, bareMinerals and much muchmore.
Pecs & Paws Fashion Show to benefit Animal Humane New Mexico
Location: Central Ave SW Albuquerque, NM 87102
Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door the day of the event
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bellapetwash.com or at Bella Pet Wash and Boutique (8001 Wyoming Blvd NE Suite B8, 87113, 505-856-9274) or contact Michael Dee – firstname.lastname@example.org
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!”
UPDATE 3/10/13: THANK YOU TO ALL who made their way to this environmentally important event! It was a huge success! Hundreds of people showed-up to properly throw out their electronic waste – in doing so, truckloads of poisonous material will not make its way into our landfills! GREAT WORK BY ALL INVOLVED!
E-Waste Recycling Event Eldorado High School
11300 Montgomery Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87111
(East side access from Juan Tabo)
Saturday, March 9, 2013
10 am – 1 pm
This event is intended to provide community members, faculty, families and local businesses the opportunity to bring their e-scrap for recycling at a convenient time and location.
Electronics accepted for recycling include:
Copiers/Fax Machines /Radios/Stereos/Satellite Equipment/Rechargeable Batteries/Computer Back-up Batteries/Phones/Cell Phones/Cords & Wire/Computer Keyboards and Peripherals/Ink and Toner Cartridges/ Lead Acid Batteries/ Motors/ Microwave ovens/ Cameras/ Computer game assemblies/ CD and DVD players/ Pots/ Pans/ Specialized Electronic Equipment/ Christmas Lights.
All acceptable electronics disposal is FREE
FREE Hard Drive Wipe & Data Destruction
Only flat panel televisions accepted at event (no disposal fee)
As it turns out, Breaking Bad may be more than just the best scripted drama on cable television. The production is also going out with a bang of charitable heroism, on top of their consistent community activism!
NOT ONLY has the show spotlighted New Mexico as a brilliant place to film*, and highlighted the beauty of our landscapes (I’m looking at you God Mr. Slovis), but throughout production the cast, crew and studio have quite literally stepped up to the plate in taking care of those in need in our area!
RIGHT NOW there is not one, but at least FOUR charitable endeavors aimed at helping the show’s backdrop and home base:
Our own WORLDWIDE Raffle benefiting the Barrett Foundation, building futures for homeless women and children for over 25 years
The YDI “Farewell Tribute”, meet & greet opportunity, raising funds for youth arts education
Joy Junction, the state’s largest emergency homeless shelter, is NOW selling show donated items in their thrift shop!
Albuquerque, NM – EVERYTHING MUST GO! The sun is about to set on one of New Mexico’s own Nob Hill storefronts. The deliciousness that is Bath & Body Bistro will be closing its coveted brick & mortar storefront doors at the end of next month.
The Bistro will continue to sell its signature “fab stuff” in the Market & Craft Fair circuit for the time being. So very sadly, the store owners say, “We have put so much time and effort and love into our quality products for our customers…We thank all of you who shopped with us and we appreciate you so much!”
And don’t count them out just yet, Debra and Michel have something up their sleeves! The storefront will be closed as of April 1st and they will be SELLING EVERYTHING IN THE STORE! Desks, file cabinets, bottles, jars, cupcake boxes, tins, high heel shoe chair……EVERYTHING!!!
“We love NM and wanted to bring an great alternative to commercial brand products…we love what we do and we do it well. We tried so hard to compete with the commercial brands and unfortunately we lost the battle, BUT we have not lost the war! We would love to thank all the customers who supported us for over 2 year and we are very grateful for each and every one of them.
We developed relationships with our customers, and it will be truly sad not to see many of them again. From the bottom of our hearts Thank you, thank you so much! Michele and I are friends of 35 years and we work great together and will continue with another venture of a Mobile food Truck called, “Hot Off The Press Paninis”, so we will mobile through the streets of NM and [we] hope to meet many of you! When one chapter is over a new one begins…Here’s to new beginnings.”
-Debra Taylor de Sanchez
Visit their facebook page here to keep up with the one-of-a-kind products and one-of-a-kind New Mexcio small business women!
As New Mexico braces to say goodbye to the global sensation created by “the best show on television”, YOU can have a piece, hell you can have a whole load, of New Mexico specific Breaking Bad swag!
Along with EXCLUSIVE items sent to OHI direct from the show’s studio, cast and crew have contributed ultra-limited edition items straight from the production! And from the very heartbeat of the show, ALBUQUERQUE itself, local businesses have given their own special brand of Breaking Bad items & experiences – all up for grabs!
Fan Pack includes (but is not limited to):
Full size “Hail to the Chief” poster hand signed by Bryan Cranston
(reads: “Hail yes!”)
If just 400 of the 2.9 MILLION Breaking Bad fans out there put-up five dollars per entry for their chance to WIN this amazing prize pack OneHeadlightInk.com (OHI), and those who contributed will be able to present the Barrett Foundation with at least $2,000.00 to help their amazing work in creating brighter futures for homeless women and children right here in Albuquerque!
The raffle IS NOW open online, WORLDWIDE!
The minimum fundraising goal is the a fore mentioned $2,000.00. The raffle will run March 9, 2013 – midnight May 1, 2013, provided the minimum fundraising goal is reached, otherwise entries will remain open until that goal is achieved.
Entries starting at $5 on up will be fully accounted for and verifiable through secure online PayPal payments. Every $5 dollar increment counts as one entry, i.e. $20 = 4 entries, etc.
100% of payments received will go to the Barrett Foundation (minus the nominal PayPal processing fees/.30 per transaction).
Within 72 hours of the raffle end date one winner will be drawn and notified of their WIN! OHI will then promptly ship the winnings to the lucky contestant!
Breaking Bad has always worked hard to give back to the Albuquerque community and beyond. We are honored and humbled for this opportunity partner with locals, and appreciate the generosity of the production itself, to bring the world wide web a chance to have these coveted items and services while striving to help those in our community, just as the beloved show has and will continue to do!
Homelessness is a devastating experience for families. It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life. It damages the physical and emotional health of family members and interferes with children’s education and development. The sooner a family is stabilized and able to return to permanent housing, the more successful the family will be in breaking their cycle of homelessness. With less income available for housing, food, and necessities, many families are only an accident, illness, or paycheck away from becoming homeless. Nearly 40% of the homeless population consists of families with children.
The Barrett Foundation is a New Mexico not-for-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of serving Albuquerque’s homeless women and children.
Its first program was Barrett House, an emergency shelter founded in 1985. The shelter can house up to 23 women and 20 children and is located in a beautiful 12,000 sq.ft. facility that was built in 2005. Women can stay up to four weeks and receive meals, clothing, case management services, and emotional support.
In 1988 the Casa Milagro program was established. This program is designed to address the needs of women who are over the age of 40 and diagnosed with chronic mental illness. This is a group home setting, and clients can stay for up to 18 months while receiving psychosocial rehabilitation services.
In 1997, the Barrett Foundation added the Bridges to Self-Sufficiency supportive housing program to address the needs of non-disabled women with or without children. This program is a collaborative effort with three other agencies to provide supportive housing to clients who are motivated to move towards independent housing and self-sufficiency. Participants must be employed or attending school and can stay in the program for up to 24 months.
Through an incredible gift in 1999, the Barrett Foundation purchased a 16-unit apartment complex that provides supportive permanent housing to graduates of Casa Milagro. The Casa Verde program provides necessary Aftercare services to recent graduates and is complemented by an Art Therapy component.
In 2004, the Barrett Foundation added Casa Socorro, yet another permanent housing program that was started as a pilot project to serve chronically homeless women. This project is yet another collaborative effort with three other agencies. All of these clients were homeless for more than one year or were homeless more than four times the previous three years at the time of admission and have a mental disability. Clients receive case management services once a week.
The Barrett Foundation truly makes a difference in the lives of over 650 women and children every year. Although our clients come from many walks of life, they all have things in common – the need for safe housing, nutritious meals, counseling, emotional support, and hope for a better tomorrow. -The Barret Foundation
Native playwright Zee Eskeets, is currently casting Native American Actors for a new play to premiere at the UNM Words Afire Festival.
By Zee Eskeets
Directed by Joe Alberti
Jason Black is stuck. Since the death of his sister he has only been certain of one thing: he will never leave Gallup, New Mexico. His only comfort is his beautiful and talented girlfriend Kai, but as he struggles to hold on to her, he begins to lose his grip on reality, leading to deadly consequences.
Auditions are this Saturday the 23rd at 11am in the Robert Hartung building (that is located on the corner of Stanford and Central, next to the Frontier), room 206.
JASON BLACK, 17- 18, a lonely boy that tries to fill the void with his idea of love but darkness constantly creeps in through the cracks.
SHARON YAZZIE, 40s, Kai’s Mother. Well educated, strong Native American woman. After obtaining her PhD, she teaches at the UNM branch in Gallup, NM.
GRANDMA YAZZIE, We can go with an actor in her 40′s or older and age her as needed, if necessary) 60s? (Unknown. She states when she was born, snow as on the ground) Kai’s grandma. Feisty old lady. Loves margar-eats. Sometimes speaks in broken English as many Elders do on the Rez having never been properly “assimilated”.
SHERMAN BEGAY, 40s, the Voice of the Navajo Nation. It’s as if he is everyone’s own private radio DJ.
Six of Albuquerque’s top stand-up comedians are prepared to go all out to make you laugh on Friday, March 15th at The Guild Cinema.
Think of six of the funniest guys you know. Now give them each a stage, a microphone, and years of finely honed material performed almost nightly in front of audiences all over the country. With the line-up starring at The Guild Cinema on March 15th, that’s exactly what you’ll have. It takes years and years of hard work and consistency to become a professional stand-up comedian and these men have put in their time, all working towards the noble goal of making a room full of strangers laugh.
“To take an audience through a set is a beautiful thing… You’re providing them an emotional experience, and one of the least understood in human behavior; laughter. It comes from a place deep inside of us and sometimes it is completely inexplicable, but that’s the goal. That’s what we do. We make you laugh.” says comedian and publisher Mike Long.
These are comics who have committed to the lifestyle of a stand-up, sacrificing privacy, personal comfort, and security to go out of their way for a good joke. No topic is too close to the heart and no subject is taboo. The material for their acts is culled from their very lives and the thought processes that make them tick as human beings.
The Guild Cinema provides a perfect backdrop for this performance. This isn’t a bar show, it’s not an unruly open mic, it’s a nice, dark theater with perfect audio and a great stage. It’s the environment that stand-up comedy thrives in. It’s the setting that the art was meant for. This will be a chance to see six professionals performing at the top of their game for your amusement.
Life these days is difficult, and real entertainment is sparse. To be able to take in a live performance that makes you forget about your problems and concerns for an hour and a half, to be immersed in something else; pure, genuine, laughter, can be a blessed escape from reality.
It really is something to get to take a night off, sit down in a comfortable theater and have six trained professionals try to make you laugh. Your enjoyment is their main concern. The fact that you have a good night and a great time is their utmost goal. It’s why they’re there. It’s what motivates them to put in the “blood sweat and tears” that it takes to get to this level in their profession.
Albuquerque has an amazing stand-up comedy scene, and these are the best of the best out of it. It’s a group of individuals that have cut their teeth at local open mics and showcases for years, and then taken their acts on the road to perform in front of varied and sometimes vicious audiences.
Matt Peterson has been producing top notch shows in town for the last five years, including shows at the Guild Cinema for the last year and a half. He has garnered national attention for his starring role in the feature film “The Bigfoot Election”, along with roles on Television’s “Longmire” and “In Plain Sight”.
John Cuellar is one third of the comedy production team “Young Dumb and Full of Comedy” and hosts a weekly open mic at Nexus brewery. He has become a true master at crowd work, bringing each and every audience member personally into his act as he crafts a set that engages the entire room.
Joe Quesada is another third of “Young Dumb and Full of Comedy” who hosts a monthly showcase at Elliot’s Bar and Grill. Joe has created a seemingly endless amount of material drawing from his own insecurities and struggles in life, baring his soul to the audience in search of the perfect bit.
Rusty Rutherford hosts Albuquerque’s longest running comedy contest every month at Terrene Hookah Lounge. His upbeat and energetic performances have been described as “structured insanity” as he jokes, raps, and freestyles his way into a crowd’s heart.
James Morrow has been performing all around Albuquerque and the Southwest for over four years. He has been referred to as a “comic’s comic”, being able to turn even the coldest room inside out with laughter.
Mike Long is a published author who has dedicated his creative efforts towards stand-up comedy for the last three years. His somewhat twisted view of the world and dark sense of humor have generated rave reviews, having audience members say “I didn’t want to laugh at that, but he made me.”
This group has spent many a night together both on and off stage, perfecting their art, honing their craft and embodying the lifestyle of a comedian. They, each in their own unique way, are exceptionally adept at bringing an audience into their minds during their time on stage and generating a laugh that may even surprise the listener.
The show’s host Matt Peterson says “There is nothing in the world like being a comedian. We get to see the world and report it back to you, all in the hopes of laughter! Albuquerque Comedy is alive and well!”
Come out to The Guild Cinema on Friday, March 13th to enjoy a comedy show like no other. Admission is only $10 for this 18 and over show that will begin at 10:30pm. Boys will be Boys, and they’ll make you laugh along with them in the process.
While much of New Mexico is bracing to Break Sad, as Albuquerque’s beloved hit television show is furiously and frigidly shooting its final eight episodes of the entire series, it looks like one epic guest star has joined the Breaking Bad family, local cast & crew for the springtime finale run.
Last week, Breaking Bad Star Dean Norris released the pic above, all but confirming that the Malcolm in the Middle spouses are reuniting for the show’s upcoming swan song episodes…Just days before that it apears Kaczmarek herself tweeted, “”Yes, it’s true… I will indeed be on #BreakingBad. Can’t wait for you all to see it. Congrats to @BryanCranston for his win tonight.”"Yes, it’s true… I will indeed be on #BreakingBad.”
Meanwhile show reps are on record saying that Kaczmarek’s presence on set is for an appearance limited to the show’s straight-to-DVD extras.