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Blood Father finally going to production in NEW MEXICO

Posted by on March 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Mel Gibson to film Blood Father in New Mexico

After years of being in and out of active development, what was originally set to be the U.S. adaptation of the French Canadian film, Father and Guns – Blood Father is now ramping-up production.

Scripted by Peter Craig (The Town) and Directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine), Blood Father is set to star Mel Gibson.

The plot follows the plight of a father (Gibson) attempting to rescue his 17-year-old runaway daughter. After years on the run she’s taken up with a shady older man whose ties to nefarious activities land them both at the center of a spree of violent crimes.

The action/drama is scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico in mid May.

Stay tuned for casting & location info.!

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ABC star cast as lead in New Mexico Film

Posted by on March 27, 2014 | No comments

New Mexico Film Outlaw Prophet starring Tony Goldwyn

The man who will forever be the bad guy from Ghost, turned mega star portraying a Commander in Chief on ABC’s mega hit series, Scandal is New Mexico bound.

Actor Tony Goldwyn is set to portray the icky, disgusting scourge, Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs in the upcoming Lifetime television movie, Outlaw Prophet. Yuck. But hey, the truth or something like it, must be told through film. Look at this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, 12 Years a Slave.

Subject matter aside, production on the movie based on the New York Times best-selling book, When Men Become Gods will begin in northern New Mexico next month.

The movie is said to detail the rise to “leadership” by Jeffs and the eventual outlaw status he amassed before being taken down by Federal Agents. One can hope that the script will also address the harrowing bravery of the women who fought back against this beast.

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FINALLY!

Posted by on March 26, 2014 | No comments

The Night Shift Wrap

“NBC SETS RICH SUMMER SCRIPTED AND ALTERNATIVE PREMIERE SLATE”

The Night Shift premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10/9c on NBC.

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New Girl in Town

Posted by on March 26, 2014 | 2 comments

Faith Hibbs Clark New Mexico CSAImage via Facebook

As we all know, a polarizing political leader can run good businesses out of town and in Arizona where the divisive Jan Brewer eliminated Tax Incentives for film production some professionals were left looking to re-root their expertise and industry ties.

Veteran CSA Faith Hibbs-Clark is one such expert. Setting up house in New Mexico for just about a year now the long time NM fan brings her passion and know-how of all production mediums to the Land of Enchantment, con más ganas.

Already having cast area TV and commercial productions over her first few months open for business, Hibbs’ local casting co., 1 Good Casting is ready to roll on booking New Mexico talent for statewide and cross state jobs.

With long standing ties in both Los Angeles and greater Arizona production, New Mexico stands to gain work for talent in those pools through Hibbs’ network of contacts and professional history.

The award winning casting director tells OHI, “I’m excited to be here and get involved. I look forward to bringing my special brand and way of doing things to a new playing ground. I have high hopes for our new sister office here in New Mexico.” Meet Hibbs and check out the resume here.

Get familiar with 1 Good Casting on their facebook page (best place to get and stay connected for work, btw), and stay tuned for project updates, training opportunities and MORE!

¡Bienvenidos Faith & Co.!

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THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM PRESENTS: EVERYBODY’S NEIGHBOR: VIVIAN VANCE

Posted by on March 18, 2014 | Comments Off

Vivian Vance exhibit in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM– So many of us grew up watching I Love Lucy throughout the years, and we probably do our best to catch re-runs on TV whenever we get the chance. There is something about the nostalgia of it all that proves irresistible. But I bet that most of us never knew that one of this famous TV show’s beloved stars was actually an Albuquerque talent.

Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian Vance features the history and popular culture of vaudeville star and actress Vivian Vance, who appeared regularly at Albuquerque Little Theater (ALT) and the KiMo. Vance, who spent part of her young adult life in Albuquerque, eventually won her most endearing role as Ethel Mertz on the TV situation comedy, I Love Lucy. The exhibition will be on view at the Albuquerque Museum from March 29, 2014 – January 31, 2015.

Vivian Roberta Jones, known as “Viv” to her friends and family, was born in 1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas. As a teenager she decided to pursue acting career, against the wishes of her religious mother, Mae. Vivian’s large family eventually moved to Albuquerque and Vivian and her husband Joe Danneck joined the Joneses. She found a job modeling clothes, but in 1930 she defiantly announced that she had landed a role in the racy vaudeville show, Cushman’s Revue, playing at the KiMo Theater. She traveled with the show, then returned to Albuquerque.

Under the guidance of ALT director Kathryn Kennedy O’Connor, Vivian appeared in the theater’s first two seasons. Convinced that she had potential, O’Connor and the theatre held a benefit in 1932 by selling tickets to The Trial of Mary Dugan. Critics raved, writing, “Whether Vivian Vance can make good in New York will be decided next month, but the Albuquerque actress…showed that she can make good before a hometown audience.” With the proceeds, O’Connor sent Vivian to New York to study under actress Eva Le Gallienne.

Soon Vivian started landing chorus roles, eventually graduating to supporting roles in Hooray for What! and Let’s Face it! with Danny Kaye and Eve Arden. In between productions Vivian returned to Albuquerque. Vivian always felt that she owed a debt of gratitude to the people of Albuquerque for supporting her early career, and returned often to appear at the ALT free of charge. By the early 1940s, Vivian was living in New York but had also purchased a small adobe ranch house in Cubero, west of Albuquerque near Grants.

Vivian then moved to California to work on film and theatre projects. While visiting the La Jolla Playhouse in 1951, Desilu Studios producer Desi Arnaz watched Vivian’s amazing performance as Olive Lashbrook in Voice of the Turtle. Convinced that she was perfect for the role of Ethel Mertz in I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz brought Vivian into the studio for a surprise introduction to his wife and star of the show, Lucille Ball. Because of Vivian’s good looks, impeccable comedic timing and a street-smart sense of how to play to an audience, she shined throughout the run of I Love Lucy. The 1953 episodes brought her an Emmy® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, with additional nominations in 1954, 1956, and 1957.

I Love Lucy secured Vivian Vance’s place in television history. After a wondrous career in theater, film and television, the accomplished actress passed away in 1979. Many of her family members still live in New Mexico, and her sister Lou Ann holds local comedy workshops. Their stories, awards, photographs, and memorabilia contribute greatly to the exhibition, celebrating a small-town girl who hit the big-time.

Public Programs

The Museum is excited to be offering the following programs based around the Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian

Vance exhibition:

Public Opening: Everybody’s Neighbor: Vivian Vance
Saturday, March 29, 2014
2 – 5 p.m.

Programs will celebrate the life of Albuquerque resident and actress Vivian Vance, known for her role as Ethel Mertz on the sitcom I Love Lucy.

Music in the lobby from 2-5 p.m. by Swing Duo, featuring Cole Porter tunes sung by Vivian Vance. Enjoy a short montage of scenes from plays Vance appeared in, performed by the Vance Players, and introductory remarks by Henry Avery, Director of Albuquerque Little Theatre at 3 p.m. Get creative with an art activity in the Museum School from 2-4 p.m. Free event.

Performance: Vance Players
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
11 a.m.

Vivian Vance’s career included theatre performances at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, summer theatre festivals and Broadway. The Vance Players will perform a 30-minute montage of scenes from plays that featured Vance. Free program.

3rd Thursday: ABQ Ladies of Comedy
Thursday, May 15, 2014
5 – 8:30 p.m.

In honor of the Museum’s Vivian Vance exhibition, come celebrate Albuquerque’s current funny ladies. There will be performances by music comedy trio JeeZ LaWeeZ and local stand-up comediennes. This program is sponsored by Las Ventanas Homes.

Performance: Vance Players
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
11 a.m.

Vivian Vance’s career included theatre performances at the Albuquerque Little Theatre, summer theatre festivals and Broadway. The Vance Players will perform a 30-minute montage of scenes from plays that featured Vance. Free program.

The Albuquerque Museum and Casa San Ysidro is a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Museum is located at 19th and Mountain Road NW (in Old Town);

505-243-7255 (311 locally, Relay NM or 711); www.cabq.gov/museum -or- www.albuquerquemuseum.org.

Casa San Ysidro is located at 973 Old Church Rd. in Corrales.

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Posted by on March 14, 2014 | Comments Off

The “Son of God” is headed to Albuquerque

Posted by on March 12, 2014 | Comments Off

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Dubbed #HotJesus across social media, Diogo Morgado can currently be seen on the big screen in the 20th Century Fox feature film, “Son of God”.

In a sharp turn of non-type-casting, the hunky Portuguese actor will next be seen playing the Devil in the CW television series pilot, “The Messengers” – NOW filming in Albuquerque.

The series centers on the aftermath of a meteoric object crashing into the Earth, causing people to die from the energy pulse it creates.

Local casting for the series is underway with White Turtle Casting, click here to get into it!

Diogo Morgado to play devil new TV series – UK Mail Online

In semi-related news, “Son of God” producer Mark Burnett is still slated to head to NM with his reality competition show for NBC, “Space Race”.

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It’s Baack…

Posted by on February 20, 2014 | Comments Off

Please include your nominee’s name in the subject of your email ~ Thank you!

OneHeadlightInk Golden Tumbleweed Awards New Mexico Film and Entertainment

After a few years on hiatus, OHI’s Golden Tumbleweed Awards make their bigger and better return to the world wide web for 2014!

Nominations for local actors and global stars who’ve recently filmed in the state are now underway! Take a look at Golden Tumbleweed winners and nominees past here.

Nominate your favorite local and national actors who contribute to the vast landscape of New Mexico film productions!

Email: GT@oneheadlightink.com

For the first time ever we’re also taking nominations for most philanthropic Film & Entertainment individual -or- organization, and MVPs in Film & Entertainment Resources (casting directors, photographers, producers, instructors, etc.)

Get to nominating NOW! Voting starts next week!

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Rapture, Blister, Burn Opens Feb. 21 #NMSTAGE

Posted by on February 19, 2014 | Comments Off

New Mexico Stage Rapture Blister Burn

2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist – RAPTURE BLISTER BURN
by Gina Gionfriddo | Directed by Kristine Holtveldt

Featuring: Gail Gillock Spidle, Sheridan Johnson, Ryan Montenery, Jessica Osbourne and Sara Rosenthal.

The Story:

After grad school, Catherine pursued a career as a rockstar feminist academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children.

Decades later, each friend covets the others life. With searing insight and trademark wit, this new comedy takes a deep look at family, career, romance and the decisions that define a life.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.

Aux Dog Rapture Blister Burn Company Bio

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COPS is returning to the Q, though the Duke says nay

Posted by on February 13, 2014 | Comments Off

COPS coming back to Albuquerque

From the Associated Press: A decade after Albuquerque’s mayor banned “Cops” from filming in New Mexico’s largest city, the reality show is returning.

But this time, it is partnering with the county. And a spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry made it clear the city still wants no part in the show that follows officers making drug busts and responding to calls in mostly run-down, crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said Thursday that the show will begin filming with his department in April for its 26th season, to air this summer.

One of television’s original reality shows, “Cops” used to film Albuquerque police officers. But former Mayor Martin Chavez put an end to that partnership more than a decade ago, saying the show portrayed the city in a bad light.

A spokeswoman for current Mayor Richard Berry says the city was not approached about participating when the production returns.

“Had we been,” said Erin Thompson, “Mayor Berry has made it clear that he would have declined, as he is concentrating his efforts on opportunities to highlight Albuquerque as a center of innovation, arts and diversity which we believe will bring consistently positive attention to Albuquerque as a model place to live and do business. ”

While the show has become one of the longest-running in U.S. history, it has over the years drawn fire from critics who say it shows street crime without putting it in a broader context of contributing social conditions.

Houston said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is excited to be part of the show. It’s a great way to showcase the county’s high quality deputies, he said.

The Albuquerque Police Department, meantime, is struggling to repair its reputation. The department currently is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings by officers since 2010.

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*SAVE THE DATE: Red Carpet and World Premiere of “50 to 1” in Albuquerque

Posted by on February 10, 2014 | 3 comments

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 OHI

WHAT: The never before seen film, “50 to 1” will have its World Premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

WHO: Stars from the film and several other A List Hollywood actors will walk the red carpet and attend the premiere. New Mexico’s own, Mine That Bird, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, will also make an appearance. Below is a list of talent expected to attend:

Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves’)

Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’)

Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights’)

Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls)

Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots’)

Madelyn Deutch (Mayor Cupcake)

Faith Conroy (co-producer / co-writer)

Calvin Borel (Mine That Bird jockey and Hall-of-Fame jockey)

Mine That Bird (Kentucky Derby winner)

Chip Wooley (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird trainer)

Mark Allen (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)

Leonard Blach (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)

WHERE:
KiMo Theatre
Albuquerque, NM 87102

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:00pm – red carpet
7:00pm – World premiere of ’50 to 1”

CONTACT: Allied THA/602-544-5710

ABOUT THE MOVIE: ‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AND PRESS OPPORTUNITIES.

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New Mexico Film Foundation Launch

Posted by on January 15, 2014 | Comments Off

New Mexico Film Foundation

Former Outreach Programs Manager for the New Mexico Film Office, Dirk Norris has announced the creation of the New Mexico Film Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose mission is “To help support the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent film makers.”

While the film industry continues to grow in New Mexico through the efforts of the New Mexico Film Office, programs such as the “New Visions” contract award, “Governor’s Cup” and “Film Maker Intensive,” programs designed to help New Mexico filmmakers, no longer exist. “We have a large community of independent film makers right here in New Mexico,” said Norris, “and the time is now to bring more attention to them, and offer them support.”

Once it gets funding, the New Mexico Film Foundation will offer a variety of grants aimed at helping those creative ‘above the line’ writers, directors, producers and actors that want to tell stories through film and digital media.

Norris said there is tremendous support for the idea of a Film Foundation, and plans are in the works to gain more support by holding a series of social events for film makers throughout the state. Going to various parts of the state where men and women create films will help shine a light on the work they are doing, said Norris.

The New Mexico Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which has partnered with From The Heart Productions to serve as tax exempt fiscal sponsor.

“We are proud to be a fiscal sponsor for the New Mexico Film Foundation. We look forward to working with their filmmakers to create compelling films that make a difference in people’s lives,” said Carole Dean owner and president of From the Heart Productions. From The Heart Productions is a 501(c) 3 non-profit founded by Carole Dean to help filmmakers get their projects produced.

Information about the New Mexico Film Foundation is available online at www.nmfilmfoundation.org and www.facebook.com/newmexicofilmfoundation


Images via Facebook

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New Mexico Film “50 to 1” Announces Release Dates

Posted by on January 2, 2014 | Comments Off

New Mexico Film 50 to 1 OHI

Feature film about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, an inspiring underdog tale of misfit cowboys and their long shot racehorse, stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane, William Devane, Madelyn Deutch, Todd Lowe and jockey Calvin Borel.

HOLLYWOOD, CA — “50 to 1,” the new major motion picture about Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, opens theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country, says producer, director, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of “Dances With Wolves.”

Wilson said dates in other states will be announced when they are finalized.

“We decided to open the film in New Mexico because it’s a New Mexico story,” Wilson said. “It’s about a very special group of people and their little racehorse who went up against impossible odds and ended up shocking the entire racing world with a victory like I’ve never seen before.”

The inspiring underdog film stars Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, “Scream,” “As Good As It Gets”), Christian Kane (Leverage, “Friday Night Lights,” “Secondhand Lions,” “Just Married”), William Devane (24, “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Hollow Man”), Todd Lowe (True Blood, “The Princess Diaries,” Gilmore Girls), newcomer Madelyn Deutch and real-life jockey Calvin Borel, who plays himself in the picture. Wilson and co-writer, co-producer Faith Conroy will join members of the cast at the film’s world premiere March 19 at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.

The film was shot at more than 30 locations in New Mexico – from Santa Fe to Las Cruces – and multiple locations in Kentucky and California, including Sunland Park, Churchill Downs and Santa Anita Park racetracks, where Mine That Bird actually raced.

“We even shot in the real barn and stall where Mine That Bird stayed at Churchill Downs,” Wilson said. The movie follows a fun-loving group of New Mexico cowboys who go on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. The cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.

“I had been waiting for a great racehorse story for a very long time,” Wilson said, noting he had read numerous horse racing scripts throughout the years but never found what he was looking for. “But when I watched what unfolded at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, I was stunned. I’ve always been a fan of true underdog stories, and after meeting the owners, trainer and finally Bird himself, I was hooked. This story had all the cinematic elements you could ask for. It’s been a real adventure and one I am proud to share with the world.”

Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for “Dances With Wolves,” which he produced. Other producing credits include “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Swing Vote,” “Mr. Brooks” and “Message In A Bottle.” Wilson’s previous directing credits include “Head Above Water,” “Whirlygirl” and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., “Laffit: All About Winning.”

“This is a feel-good film,” Conroy said. “It’s a real romp, but it’s also a film with a great message of hope for dreamers of the world.”

Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.

“His favorite pastime is eating peppermints,” Conroy said.

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NM TALENT: Turn out for the New Mexico Film Industry Tune-up

Posted by on December 3, 2013 | 3 comments

EXCLUSIVE EVENT UPDATE:

On Saturday December 7, as a part of the three day New Mexico Film Industry Tune-up, local talent is invited to participate in the first NEW MEXICO SIZZLE REEL shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

“Who travels to the biggest film festivals in the country? Who stands out as the face of New Mexico talent to global filmmakers? YOU DO…or at least you WILL.

Be a part of the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel” and be showcased around the country and all over the world [via the web] for your part in the state’s great film industry.”

To be featured: Come to Saturday’s event in your own select wardrobe and have a 30 sec monologue prepared. You will be film prepped, put through hair and makeup, lit and shot to be featured in the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel”, which will be taken to the next Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and distributed to top indie producers all around the country over the next calendar year. Both SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent welcome.

New Mexico Sizzle Reel Talent Featurette

In addition to a top tier casting agent panel, FREE head shots and 30 sec. promo production, prominent state legislators will be on hand at the FREE legislative brunch. The working lunch will host true experts on state production funding. Actual film industry buyers, the people who spend movie millions, will be in attendance to network with your local film related businesses and services. All of this & more at your disposal – for free!

RSVP HERE!

Full Schedule:

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013
Santa Fe Music Alliance celebration of music in film with bands Sol Fire, To Build A Fire, and DJ’s Bacon and Feathericci from Numbtron ($10 entry, includes food & drink).

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Continental Breakfast
Meet and Greet and chat with the people who make buying decisions for major motion pictures. – How your business can do more business with the film business.

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Working Lunch Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Office.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Demonstration
Panavision will be demonstrating their newly launched Primo V series lenses.

2:00 PM – 8PM Head Shots
Get your headshot taken for extras casting agents

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Panel
Casting Session Number One “SO YOU WANNA BE IN MOVIES”

Panelist: Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Elizabeth Gabel, Lorrie Latham

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Panel
Casting Session Number Two “LIGHT YOUR ACTING CAREER ON FIRE”
Panelist: Kerry Barden, CSA, Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Tamara Decker.

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Awards Ceremony – Shoot Santa Fe trailer contest grand prize winner to be announced

7:00 PM
Celebration and DJ

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Brunch & Panel

2014 Legislative Session Filmmakers Brunch and panel. Law makers discuss the Power of Persuasion and the next 5 years of legislation for film.

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Three Day Film Jobs Events Help New Mexicans Break Into Film Business

Posted by on November 27, 2013 | Comments Off

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Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s film industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican filmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.

The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s film industry decision makers.

WHEN: FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8

WHERE: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.

WHAT: Panels and business connections, cast and crew advisement (Full Agenda included below)

MEDIA WELCOME

The weekend will begin December 6 with a celebration of music through the Santa Fe Music Alliance. Band’s to perform are To Build a Fiee, Sol Fire, and Numbtron (electronic side band with members of the D Numbers.) There will also be a raffle of a music video shoot valued at $5,000 launching at the event courtesy of the Santa Fe Music Alliance.

December 7 Segments include “How to break into show business” for prospective actors and extras, “How to advance your acting career” for those with previous experience and open casting calls for both groups.

“Native New Mexicans are making a living wage in productions across the state,” says Jon Hendry, business agent for IATSE 480, a union of film industry workers. “Everyone from Deming to Downtown Santa Fe has benefited from new business and new jobs film has created in New Mexico. The programs in this weekend are opening up even more opportunities for all of us.”

In addition, production buyers will be on hand to meet New Mexico business leaders looking to promote or expand their business with the industry. All businesses are welcome.

For more information contact Nani 505-988-7414 x102

Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Office to explain New Mexico’s film industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Office the afternoon of December 7. New Mexico has over ten years of experience as an incentive state and offers a competitive Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. In addition, New Mexico has been a leader in crew, vendor and infrastructure growth including the Film Crew Advancement Program which provides career opportunities to resident crew and reimbursements of qualifying residents’ wages to productions. Join us at the luncheon to ask questions and understand these resources available to the industry.

The day will finish with the announcement of the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project winner, who will win a prize package worth 25k of industry products and cash to turn their 60-90 second trailer submission into a pilot. Submission cut off date is December 1. Details at santafefilmfestival.com.

December 8 with complete the weekend with a Brunch & Panel to discuss topics for the 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will cover topics including Achievable Goals, Power of Persuasion, and The next years of legislation for film.

All proceeds benefit the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non profit organization.

Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014 – currently gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters. Contact SFFF to get involved, info@santafefilmfestival.com.

Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) 505-988-7414 x102

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Get it while it’s hot

Posted by on November 22, 2013 | Comments Off

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The pizza flip and flop heard round the world is headed toward extinction!

Baddies across the globe better move quick if they want to get their very own, authentic Venezia’s pizza box. The super sized pie made famous by Breaking Bad’s Walter White will soon become “Gino’s Pizza”.

A few weeks ago a whisper came in to the OHI inbox speculating that SONY/AMC may have purchased the now iconic name and logo from the local eatery. But a call to Walter White’s area Venezia’s this morning yielded a giggling, “no” from a staffer – who also said, “I think we’re just getting new owners…”

The name change has been confirmed per the latest #ABQ area val-pak paper coupon mailer, which states right up top, “New Name Coming Soon: Venezia’s Pizzeria Will Become Gino’s Pizza – Same Owner, Same Great Food And Pizza”.

Ciao Venezia’s, bienvenidos Gino’s!

And before we have to say a Bad bye, here’s their website and here’s your own Valpak coupon for Venezia’s. You’re welcome.

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Veterans Jobs in New Mexico Film – Orientation Nov. 15

Posted by on November 7, 2013 | One comment

NMFilm Jobs for Veterans Operation Soundstage

The first Operation Soundstage orientation for Veterans interested in working in the State’s Film Industry will be held this Friday, November 15, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Albuquerque.

Though not a requirement to participate in the Operation Soundstage program, in which the state will reimburse part of the wages of a veteran being trained as a crew member by a film or television production in New Mexico, the list of veterans and reserve component members who complete the orientation workshop will be submitted to participating companies.

To enroll in the first Operation Soundstage orientation, email the NMFO info@nmfilm .com and provide the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • NM City/Community of Residence
  • Type of Government Issued Military ID and correlating ID. No.

There is limited seating so you must confirm registration with Sherry England.

You must also be registered with New Mexico Workforce Connection.
For questions about NMWC, email Chris Zafra.

DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013

TIME: Sign-in begins at 1pm, workshop takes place between 1:30PM to 3:30PM

LOCATION: New Mexico Workforce Connection – Albuquerque
501 Mountain Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Phone: 505-843-1900
http://www.dws.state.nm.us/OfficeLocations.aspx.

LIMITED SEATING – register now!

To a create a film resume, be sure to bring a hardcopy of your current resume to the orientation.

Do not forget your military identification.

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S-O-C-K-S?!? Gaga in space via New Mexico

Posted by on November 6, 2013 | Comments Off

Gaga in Space

So, along with out of this world super, intergalacic talents like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Foo Fighters, apparently Gaga is set to shoot into outer space a la New Mexico’s Zero G Colony high-tech musical festival.

Zero G Colony is a three-day hi-tech festival set to take place at Spaceport America in New Mexico that features world-class entertainment and cutting-edge technology. Gaga’s performance in space is planned to take place on the third day at dawn, which is approximately six months after the first Virgin Galactic commercial flight…

Well, there’s no doubt that NM’s first commercial flights into space will be epic, but seeing as the first launches have been pushed six months beyond the original lift-off date, into August 2014, we won’t likely see any of these celebs nor any of the some 600 pre-flight registaurs (and their gross receipts tax) for quite a while.

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Picture of the day: Preview Days for Charity

Posted by on November 6, 2013 | Comments Off

New Mexico Imax Preview for Charity

NEXT WEEK: Preview the newest movie complex in ABQ and give to New Mexico Charities at the same time!

$2 MOVIES • $2 POPCORN • $2 SOFT DRINKS • $2 MOVIES • $2 POPCORN • $2 SOFT DRINKS

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November 10-13: All Proceeds Go To Local Charities!!!

Sunday, Nov. 10 “Regal Sunday Fun Day” – benefiting NDI New Mexico

Monday, Nov. 11 “Regal Superheroes for a Cause” – benefiting Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday, Nov. 12 “Regal’s Recipe for Hope” – benefiting Roadrunner Food Bank

Wednesday, Nov. 13 “Reading, Writing & Regal” – benefiting Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation

Let all your friends and family know!

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The Night Shift up for more episodes

Posted by on October 30, 2013 | Comments Off

NMFilm Night Shift Casting

As we blatantly hinted at you here…Deadline Hollywood is now reporting:

Encouraging news for midseason NBC series The Night Shift – the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama. Night Shift, about the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial, has an 8-episode order (pilot +7) as part of that complex four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken, who plays the lead, touted as a potential breakout star. Creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.

Our exclusive coverage of the show here.

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