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Call to form a State School Board to Protect NM Children and Educators

Posted by on February 15, 2014 | One comment

Find your SenatorClick to find your Senator (search by address to determine who your Senator is).

Update from Sen. Padilla:


Senate Joint Resolution 2, a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Secretary of Education position and implement a state school board with a qualified state superintendent has passed its third committee.

The legislation will now go to the full Senate.

Please take a few minutes to contact your Senator today. Your personal story of why this information is so critical in making this a reality. Please call your Senator today.

We are almost there, and your help is what will make the difference.

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Rally at the Roundhouse: Take Back our Public Schools

Posted by on February 15, 2014 | Comments Off on Rally at the Roundhouse: Take Back our Public Schools

Tweet of the Day: “The edu rally @NMLegislature can be heard loudly throughout the roundhouse! @Gov_Martinez , r u listening?? #nmleg– @NMSenate

New Mexico Education Rally Shakes the Roundhouse NMLeg

“It’s been over five years since teachers have had any kind of a raise, and in fact their paychecks have gone down, as we have also paid more into retirement and insurance,”

Rally at the Roundhouse Take Back our Schools

Another key issue is state versus local control of education money…it is better for local schools to determine spending because each school and district has its own set of needs, which may not fit into the state’s one-size-fits-all education model. – Public News Service

Related posts – HERE

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NM’s Own: Best Costume Edition

Posted by on November 1, 2013 | Comments Off on NM’s Own: Best Costume Edition

Best Costume Winner - Hanna Skandera Halloween Costume

One Headlight Ink’s first annual COSTUME OF THE YEAR AWARD goes to “Hanna Skandera”, whipping teachers and ignoring students with her weapon of choice, “The Evaluator” – 50% testing (Scan-Trons), 40% red tape (evaluations), 10% attendance. Whippah!

Join the movement to communicate to our Governor that her un-confirmed pet appointee is sucking the life out of our state’s great teachers and marginalizing our children with her profiteering and pandering to corporate interests – who are buying her off in exchange for driving our teachers and children into the ground.

Sign the petition here.

Related posts – here.

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Star Wars on display in New Mexico

Posted by on October 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Star Wars on display in New Mexico

Original Star Wars Scripts and notes displayed in New MexicoChristina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune

Eastern New Mexico University houses a secret sci-fi treasure in the form of original, handwritten Star Wars scripts.

Screenwriter Leigh Brackett was hired by George Lucas himself to pen scenes for the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy back in the late 1970s.

The school’s Special Collections librarian, Gene Bundy, confirms with the Portales News Tribune that the Star Wars creator also provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

ENMU’s Golden Library is also in possession of Brackett’s original notes from her meetings with Lucas. All of this came to pass as a result of of Brackett’s longtime friendship with ENMU alum and “Dean of Science Fiction”, author Jack Williamson – who taught at the university from 1960 til his death in 2006.

Though Brackett’s original drafts, donated to the university upon her death in 1978, were revised many times before the movie was released in 1980, she is posthumously credited for her writing in the film.

The original movie scripts and screenplays are available for public viewing upon request.

Read more from Bundy with the Portales News-Tribune here.

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Picture of the Day:

Posted by on October 22, 2013 | Comments Off on Picture of the Day:


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Film Education at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Posted by on October 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Film Education at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

VOTE Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

As Santa Fe welcomes October, it also receives its biggest year thus far in independent cinema as The Fifth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival returns with over 100 screenings and events fit for the cinephiles across town and beyond.

The festival begins on Wednesday October 16th, 2013 and stretches until Sunday October 20th, 2013; a week filled with informative workshops and panels lead by experienced filmmakers and writers, and non-stop screenings of shorts and features alike, spanning across multiple genres. SFIFFF offers multiply interactive and informative panels, workshops, master discussion, and screenings that offer diverse and rare opportunities for education on film.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is honored to have the great cinematographer Lee Daniel as the 2013 Visiting Artist. Lee Daniel is the acclaimed cinematographer of Dazed and Confused, Before Sunset, and Slacker. He will be hosting a Master Discussion about the craft of cinematography on Sunday October 20th at 12pm at the Center for Contemporary Arts.

SFIFF is very excited for a very special Master Discussion with George RR Martin the acclaimed author of the Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the HBO Game of Thones Series. Listing to the renowned writer discuss the art of writing with Kirk Ellis ( John Adams, Into the West) at the newly restored Jean Cocteau Cinema. Listen to two master authors discuss the craft of writing and adaptation for the screen.

An educative writing lab with Blacula’s writer Joan Torres, John Nichols of Milagro Beanfield War and television writer Ron Bloomberg (Home Improvement, Three’s Company, All in the Family) all get together to discuss the art of writing and the different stages that one goes through. This writing lab will be held at the CCA Studio on Friday October 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM, seating limited tickets on sale now. Following immediately after, a production panel features works class producers like David Sontag, an award-winning writer and producer that’s written for Columbia Pictures, MGM, and Hollywood Pictures among others, producing shows such as A Christmas Memory and Shindig, and David Paulsen, writer and producer of beloved television shows Dallas and Dynasty. These veteran producers of television and film join the hottest independent film producers in a discussion about the future of American cinema. Festival Passes and individual tickets are now for sale at www.ticketssantafe.org or call 505.988.1234.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is also honored to present I Am Divine, the documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz that hands the audience the definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, which honors him in the way he always craved — as a serious artist and immortal star after being John Waters’ muse and the adored international drag icon. The screening will be held on Friday October 18th, 2013 at 5:30 PM at the CCA Main Theater www.ticketssantafe.org.

In honor of this screening and fans of the man who started it all, JOHN WATERS himself will be performing his one man show “This Filthy World” LIVE at the Lensic on Saturday Oct. 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is also offering the opportunity to have an intimate dinner with John Waters before his show. Seating is limited, $500 includes intimate dinner and front row ticket to This Filthy World. Tickets are on sale now at www.lensic.org.

SFIFF proudly presents the world premiere of Alexis Krasilovsky’s Pastriology on Thursday October 17, 2013 7:00 pm at The Screen at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Pastriology is a documentary that was in the making for five years and traveled around twelve countries focusing on the topic of food and human’s gluttonous ways to the calamity of world hunger. Following this screening, a Film & Food Celebration will be held in the same location for a special reception to celebrate Santa Fe’s local, fresh cuisine. Tickets now on sale at www.ticketssantafe.org. After party follows the event at the elegant and unique restaurant Tanti Luce, 221 Shelby St. Music provided by Ice House Music.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Mission Statement.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the best films the cinematic world has to offer to our thriving artistic community and growing audience. Our goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich our community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico by showcasing the latest talent in independent films both local and global.

Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the 5th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors: (official sponsors) McDowell Construction, Premier Distributing Company, Bishop’s Lodge and Resort, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Eldorado Hotel, Studio X, Kristin Johnson Fine Art & Ice House Music, Garrett’s Desert Inn, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, IATSE Local 480, The Santa Fe Reporter, Hutton Broadcasting, The Film School at SFUAD, Garson Studios,HDNM & Stepbridge Studios; (community sponsors) Buffalo Thunder Casino & Resort, Center for Contemporary Arts, Pippin Contemporary, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, EZTV Install, Dos Lunas Tequila,, High Desert Digital, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Palace Restaurant, Tanti Luce 221, Santa Fe Spirits.

Other funding provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Foundation, and Kindle Project. Partially funded by 1% Lodgers Tax.

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Today in NM Education

Posted by on September 11, 2013 | Comments Off on Today in NM Education


New Mexico Education Advocates v. Skandera

Educators allege that Secretary-Designate violated her statutory authority by promulgating the PED’s teacher evaluation rule.

State House Representative Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, State Senator Linda Lopez, State Senator Howie Morales and a contingent of educators have filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus against Hanna Skandera, Secretary-Designate of the state’s Public Education Department (PED) seeking to invalidate the PED’s teacher evaluation policies that she enacted without legislative approval.

New Mexico teachers returned to school this year subject to a new evaluation system linking teacher performance to student test scores. According to the lawsuit, the Secretary-Designate surpassed her authority in promulgating the rule because the language of the rule conflicts with the plain language of New Mexico’s School Personnel Act. According to the Act, there must be a “highly objective uniform statewide standard for evaluation” of teachers.

While public school districts are required to use the new evaluation system, charter schools may apply for a waiver, creating distinctly different systems for evaluating teachers.

“Educators support teacher accountability and evaluations. As professionals, we want to learn and grow and provide all of our students with the best opportunities. But this rule isn’t aimed at promoting useful professional feedback for teachers. Its aim seems to be to drive teachers away from public education by creating a false accountability systems focused on shame and blame,” says AFT NM President Stephanie Ly.

In 2013, educators and lawmakers worked to pass a meaningful evaluation system through the legislator but it was vetoed by the governor. “Governor Martinez and Secretary-Designate Martinez have ignored the voices of students, parents and educators. Meanwhile educators are demoralized and leaving the profession and it is our students that are losing out.” says President Ly.


New Mexico Educators share concerns over Skandera with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – AFT

NM’s Education Secretary Caught in Dirty Dealings with the Bush Bros. – Washington Post

Virtual Schools Run by Corporations? Hanna Skandera’s Vision – La Jicarita

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MindUP™ New Mexico

Posted by on September 5, 2013 | Comments Off on MindUP™ New Mexico

Goldie Hawn in Ruidoso New MexicoEugene Heathman/Ruidoso Free Press

Social media was abuzz this weekend when in the heart of Hollywood, New Mexico aka Ruidoso some recognizable faces were spotted out and about in the area this Labor Day Weekend.

Hometown girl and Voice contestant Tawnya Reynolds made a few appearances, Rick Springfield was in town, and one particularly bubbly blonde known and loved the world over brought her specially cultivated brand of curriculum to Ruidoso; as Goldie Hawn works to implement her foundation’s educational focus to rural New Mexico classrooms.

The actress, director, producer presents MindUP™, “a very distinctly clinical, scientific and physiological focus on taking the peaks and valleys from the daily learning cycle and applying them to everyday life.” Hawn tells the Ruidoso Free Press, “MindUP™ engages the students, teachers and especially the parents into better ways for conditioning the brain to learn with enthusiasm”.

The program has students take time at the beginning and end of each day to focus on their breathing, where Hawn says, “Today like never before, our little ones are challenged with incredible amounts of stress and distractions, impeding learning and ultimately impacting their ability to achieve success and happiness in life,” The practices aim to nurture optimism and happiness in the classroom, help eliminate bullying and aggression, increase empathy and compassion, while resolving peer conflicts in schools.

MindUP™ is the result of a 10 year of collaboration between the Hawn Foundation, neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and experts in the field of mindful awareness training which serves thousands of children globally each year, preparing children to be able to navigate 21st century challenges while maximizing opportunities for success in life.
Thanks DL

Sources: The Hawn Foundation, Ruidoso Free Press

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 | 7 comments


“I’m still receiving inquiries about my thoughts on studies. As I said in my plan, the problem with studies is that it depends on who performs them. I can give you the results right now. If you believe it’s government’s function to create jobs, then film is one of, if not the, most dynamic programs in the country. If you believe that everything government does must create more tax revenue than it spends, then film doesn’t work. How we go about building roads or educating our kids on the basis of the return to the treasury is a complete mystery to me but that is the argument that is made. While conspiracy theorists believe the Governor’s office want a study released in 2014 when she’s running for reelection, I believe the film office is trying to figure out how to do it as fairly and equitably as possible while satisfying both of these constituencies. I’d be disappointed if politics took precedence over jobs.

We as a business mustn’t fall into the trap of calling these tax credits “subsidies.” We know they are not and if we use that word it becomes common practice. It’s what is happening in the New Mexican, and even fair and unbiased journalists like those at KUNM are using the Republican language. They don’t say oil and gas subsidies, solar subsidies or cheese subsidies; they call them tax credits. If you have the time write, email, or tweet press outlets when you see them use the term “subsidies” and let’s try to reframe the debate.”


This bill [HB379] is our first attempt at something the legislature can pass and the Governor will sign. It will probably not be the final version. There are a couple of amendments and the possibility of a committee sub but at least you can now see the way we are going. The first thing we really need to deal with is the roll over. If we wrote $9 million in checks in a year that we did $225 million in business, there is $30 million missing which we need to recapture. We’re still working on language around the vendor issue to be amended or substituted in. The Film Office has similar issues. We wanted to send a clear signal that we want to increase TV to 30% and give a talking point for conversations that people can pursue with their legislators.

The thinking is this: we have a number of pilots shooting here then returning to California and our big competition (Louisiana and Georgia) are both at 30%. We’d like to get that figure into the discussion for NM. As we all know, nothing provides stable, long term employment like a TV series. We’ve got a pretty good industry consensus and we’re working on the Governor’s office. Here we go!

-Jon Hendry
New Mexico Labor Federation President, IATSE Local 480 Business Agent

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NM Education Secretary caught in dirty dealings?

Posted by on January 31, 2013 | One comment

UPDATE 3/4/13: The confirmation hearing continues TODAY.

HUNDREDS of New Mexico educators testified for hours on Saturday, at the Senate Rules Confirmation Hearing of gubernatorial appointed Hanna Skandera. Can you take a moment to weigh-in?

(Call YOUR Senate Rules Committee to weigh-in)

Senator Linda M. Lopez – (D) linda.lopez@nmlegis.gov
Senator Daniel A. Ivey-Soto – (D) daniel.ivey-soto@nmlegis.gov
Senator Jacob R. Candelaria – (D) jacob.candelaria@nmlegis.gov
Senator Stuart Ingle – (R) stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
Senator Mark Moores – (R) mark.moores@nmlegis.gov
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D) jortizyp@msn.com
Senator Cliff R. Pirtle – (R) cliff.pirtle@nmlegis.gov
Senator Clemente Sanchez – (D) clemente.sanchez@nmlegis.gov
Senator Michael S. Sanchez – (D) Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4727
Senator Sander Rue – (R) sanderrue@comcast.net

Click here for full contact information and individual representative websites.

UPDATE 3/2/13: the AP reports:

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – School workers made a show of opposition against Public Education Secretary designate Hanna Skandera as lawmakers consider whether to confirm her appointment by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

But a vote was delayed until sometime next week.

The Senate Rules Committee heard more public testimony on Saturday about Skandera, who’s been in charge of the Public Education Department since Martinez took office in 2011.

Skandera drew opposition from educational unions at Friday’s hearing, and teachers turned out in large numbers Saturday.

Opponents say Skandera doesn’t meet a constitutional requirement for an education secretary to be a “qualified, experienced educator.”

Skandera’s defenders, including some business leaders, say she has broad experience in educational policy although she’s never worked as a public school teacher.

The Senate last rejected a cabinet secretary in 1997, when Republican Gov. Gary Johnson was in office.

The hearing was moved to the Senate gallery to accommodate crowds for the public comment portion. As as a result, the full Senate floor meeting was cancelled.

UPDATE 2/1/13: Well, well, well…whaddaya’ know? Just one day after the news below was blown wide open by the Washington Post and NM Dems…NM ed chief Skandera OKs online school despite opposition – via KOB-TV

Unconfirmed-NM-Education-Secretary-Paid off

New Mexico Education Secretary, Hanna Skandera was nominated by Governor Susana Martinez, sans confirmations from the senate, two years ago.

Today the Washington Post has released a scathing story about the secretary’s less than savory dealings with an organization headed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, wherein Bush emails point to “working” with multiple state officials in re-writing education laws to “benefit some of its corporate funders.”

In response, the Democratic Party of New Mexico says, “Susana’s Secretary-designee Skandera is caught in the scandal — students suffer when education goes to the highest bidder.”

Here, in part is what the Post has uncovered:

• FEE provides its donors — including for-profit digital education companies — access to the chiefs. A draft agenda for the Excellence in Action 2011 Summit blocked off two hours for “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” Another draft agenda for the meeting allocated nearly three hours to “Chiefs for Change donor meetings.” The donors for the summit were the Walton Family Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Carnegie Corp., Susan and Bill Oberndorf, GlobalScholar, Target, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Microsoft, State Farm, IQity, McGraw-Hill Education, Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, Intel, Pearson Foundation, Apex Learning, ETS, Electronic Arts, Koret Foundation, SMART Technologies, K12, Morgridge Family Foundation, Charter Schools USA and Connections Academy. Demand for donor time was so high that Patricia Levesque wrote that she had to turn down opportunities for the chiefs to meet other representatives from companies.

[Martinez appointee Skandera] Unconfirmed but still on the job – El Paso Times

Superintendents criticize NM education chief – El Paso Times

No confirmation, no problem – The Daily Times

• FEE staff served as advisers to acting education commissioner Hanna Skandera. FEE, and, by extension, its donors, had great influence over New Mexico legislation. In a Jan., 2011, e-mail, Skandera directs a staffer from the legislature to forward all education bills to FEE’s Christy Hovanetz for edits: “Can you send all Governor’s office ed bill language to Christy, including social promotion?” Another FEE staffer, Mary Laura Bragg, wrote to Skandera, “I’m at your beck and call.”

• The foundation sought to make connections between Skandera (as well as the other Chiefs for Change) and the Hume Foundation for funds for digital learning projects from Hume that “must flow through the Foundation for Excellence in Education as a project-restricted grant.” The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Oct. 21 that Skandera had indeed applied for such a grant, which ultimately could lead to digital learning legislation favorable to FEE funders Connections Academy and K-12 Inc.

• The e-mails indicate that FEE paid for Skandera’s travel, reimbursing New Mexico $3382.91 for her expenses, including trip to Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress.

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New Mexico “Job Creators” Need YOU

Posted by on January 28, 2013 | 2 comments

Find YOUR NMFilm Legislator

“If you want jobs and want them now, rewrite the motion picture incentive regulations to make them simple and clear. Make the tax credits easier to lend against. Exempt TV series since they create long term employment and reach out to potential projects to assure them we want and need them and will do what it takes to help them make their pictures here.”

-Excerpt from “Voice of the People” as featured in The Deming Headlight

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New Mexico Film Impact Reports (sort of)

Posted by on January 15, 2013 | 3 comments


Like taxes, completed annual reports from YOUR state government agencies are currently due out to the public. Of utmost interest to this bloggette are where the numbers shake out for New Mexico Film.

If you too want to know what the official reports say regarding the state film industry, click here for the full 2012 “Performance Measures Report & Program Highlights” from the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD), parent department of the New Mexico State Film Office.

For ease of reference, here are all the points made in the annual review regarding the film industry:

The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has completed a successful year working to assist productions with the financial aspects of their projects and guiding them through incentives, such as the Film Production 25 percent Tax Rebate and the Film Investment Loan Program. NMFO worked diligently in FY12 to help connect productions with industry-related organizations, businesses and communities throughout New Mexico. Another measure of success came from the noteworthy development of several new initiatives. What follows are NMFO highlights from FY12:


In the fall of 2011, the New Mexico Film Office Director met with 18 studios and production entities in Los Angeles to review New Mexico’s film incentives. As a result, NMFO saw an increase in inquiries from production entities.

NMFO 2012 Table

In support of additional marketing, the New Mexico Film Office assisted the City of Santa Fe in representing New Mexico at the Sundance and South by SouthWest Film Festivals, by providing information and photographs on New Mexico film locations and other state industry resources. NMFO also attended the Locations Tradeshow in Los Angeles in June, and was successful in marketing New Mexico to Los Angeles producers, generating the submission of over nine scripts to NMFO for location assistance.
* Because the New Mexico 9000 Program was in flux, the goal of 15 was not
reached in FY12.

Workforce Development
The Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP), available through the Job Training Incentive Program, serves as an incentive for participating companies to provide more job opportunities for New Mexicans in primarily technical film positions.

• In FY12, eleven companies and twenty-three New Mexicans

The Pre-Employment Workshop Training Program, also available through the Job Training Incentive Program, serves as means to increase qualified manpower for this industry.

• In FY12, eight workshops were conducted and one-hundred
and twenty-two New Mexicans attended

Digital and Emerging Media

A newly developed Pre-Employment Training Program for Emerging Media was approved by the JTIP board. This program will assist New Mexican students in post-production related film programs (available through higher education institutions in New Mexico) to gain experience with emerging media companies while incentivizing these companies to relocate or expand in New Mexico.

NMFO established a contract to research digital and emerging media and the potential benefits to the New Mexico economy. “Emerging media” is having a profound influence on the world’s healthcare delivery system and research laboratories, such as Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories. In addition, experts predict that the billion dollar industry of digital media game development will be the fastest growing form of media in the next decade. Currently 55 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have instituted mobile applications software as a way to interact with their students.

Local Outreach

Town Halls were coordinated in F12 that provided regional forums, free and open to the public, to discuss industry-related inquiries.
They were held in Gallup, Farmington, Las Cruces, Raton, Roswell and Ruidoso. A casting session was added to Raton’s Town Hall to assist New Mexicans in contacting local casting directors. Town Halls will commence again in FY13 in conjunction with regional liaison meetings.

The New Mexico Film Office continues to support and grow the Statewide Film Liaison Network. Communities and tribes designate individuals to assist and prepare their area for a variety of industry activities. Formal letters that were sent to chambers, local governments and tribal entities helped to continue to increase the number of state film liaisons in rural areas of New Mexico. The annual meeting of liaisons takes place in July of each year. The First Annual Education Summit will be held in September of 2012. New Mexico colleges and universities offering programs in film, digital media or emerging media technologies will have the opportunity to come together to network and share their stories at this Summit.

A newly developed Pre-Employment Training Program for Emerging Media was approved by the JTIP board. This program will assist New Mexican students in post-production related film programs (available through higher education institutions in New Mexico) to gain experience with emerging media companies while incentivizing these companies to relocate or expand in New Mexico. NMFO established a contract to research digital and emerging media and the potential benefits to the New Mexico economy. “Emerging media” is having a profound influence on the world’s healthcare delivery system and research laboratories, such as Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories. In addition, experts predict that the billion dollar industry of digital media game development will be the fastest growing form of media in the next decade. Currently 55 percent of all colleges and universities in the U.S. have instituted mobile applications software as a way to interact with their students.

Film Tourism

To increase awareness of the success of the film industry in New Mexico, the New Mexico Film Office developed thematic categories and plans for interactive maps of statewide filming locations to be made available for public download. Ultimately, this initiative will provide an economic tracking tool to promote and support film tourism. NMFO has requested collaboration with the Department of Tourism to determine regional touring itineraries. Studio assistance has already been confirmed to market this initiative. A prototype map was completed and plans to further develop this initiative have been scheduled for FY13.


Additional NMFO numbers and information can be found in these select pages of the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s 2012 Q4, Quarterly Report.

THIS Q4 report includes NMEDD finalized numbers and measures, including the recently publicized $224.6M being reported as direct spending from the industry into the state economy (pg. 18) New Mexico Film performance measures such as; Number of media industry worker days, Economic impact of media industry productions in New Mexico (in millions), Number of films^ media projects principally photographed in New Mexico, Number of major film productions made in New Mexico greater than $1M.

Click here for the full NMEDD quarterly report.

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Walking the Walk

Posted by on December 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Walking the Walk


steven-michael-quezadaActor and Albuquerque Public School parent Steven Michael Quezada will run for Albuquerque School Board in District 5, a newly created school board district on Albuquerque’s Westside.

Long active in programs that promote youth education, involvement and development, Quezada says the most compelling reason he has for wanting to be on the Board is to impact the lives of children.

“The incredible challenges our schools face require a Board Member who is committed to change and innovation,” Quezada said. Quezada continued, “Albuquerque’s my home. I want my kids and all of our children to be able to go to any public or charter school and receive and excellent education. It’s our responsibility to make sure no child falls through the cracks.”

Quezada served from 2009-2010 as the President of the Public Academy for Performing Arts PTSO Board and later served as Vice-President/Parent on the Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter School Governing Council where three of his four children attend.

“From experience, I know young people thrive in environments where academics and artistic creativity are paired,” says Quezada.

In the 1980’s Quezada was the director for Youth Development Inc.’s gang intervention program, “Teatro Consejo”, and more recently, he has been involved with YDI’s Elev8 program for Middle School students. Quezada, with the help of three-time Emmy winning actor Bryan Cranston developed and directed YDI’s Actors Core program.

Quezada volunteers his time and energy for various charitable causes in New Mexico.

Endorsing Quezada for the board are Westside leaders, Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Art De la Cruz, State Senator Elect Jacob Candelaria and State Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas, YDI President and CEO Chris Baca and the South West Alliance of Neighbors President Klarissa Pena. Also supporting Quezada is former State Senator and longtime friend, Eric Griego.

As a lifelong resident of Albuquerque’s Westside, Quezada attended West Mesa High School and Eastern New Mexico before becoming a comedian and actor and television star. Quezada currently stars as DEA agent Steven Gomez, the partner of main character Hank Schrader in the Emmy Award Winning AMC series Breaking Bad.

Quezada and his wife Cherise have four children.

The election will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

via Neri Holguin
Holguin Campaigns & Communications

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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.

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Film and Media Education Summit in Albuquerque

Posted by on September 1, 2012 | Comments Off on Film and Media Education Summit in Albuquerque

The New Mexico Film Office will host a Film and Media Education Summit on September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. University administrators, educators and guidance counselors from schools that offer film and media programs have been invited. Their students are also welcome to attend. The summit is an opportunity to discover the numerous programs available in New Mexico that are preparing students to work in this industry.

This networking event will include panels and breakout sessions with seasoned industry professionals and educators. Discussions will focus on the successes and challenges of post-secondary programs that concentrate in production. Other topics that will be touched upon are business course requirements and utilizing emerging media as an educational tool. Guest speakers include New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera, and New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Dr. Jose Garcia in addition to Talia Kosh a “fair use acts” attorney, and Dr. Rod Sanchez, an expert in the field of emerging media technologies.

“There are so many industry-related programs here in New Mexico doing great things,” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We saw this as an opportunity to create relationships through an open forum with educators to network and share ideas. We plan to host a summit on industry topics that relate to secondary schools in 2013.”

For questions, please contact Dirk Norris at dirk@nmfilm.com or 505-476-5671.

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Internship available for qualified student

Posted by on May 7, 2012 | One comment

Now this is how you advertise for an intern:

“Anybody want to intern for the hot mess known as “The JTD Show”? To be eligible, you have to have a pulse and be able to earn college credit for the internship. Email jackie@1003thepeak.com.” -JTD

So you won’t draw a paycheck (but who does nowadays?), YOU WILL get a line to add to your thin resume, school credit AND all you have to bring to the table is a heartbeat. Aces.

About this “hot mess”, from the Jackie Tony & Donnie Facebook Fan Page:

The three of us team up to do a morning show on Clear Channel’s KPEK-FM (100.3 The Peak) Jackie and Tony have been married for 7 years…and have 4 kids total (2 together, and they each had a child from previous relationships). After working together at 97.3 & 93.3, they joined 100.3 in 2003…where they met Donnie Chase. Donnie has worked up and down the dial at lots of stations. But it was in 2003, when he teamed up with Jackie and Tony, that he became the “shining star” he is today. Donnie is in a relationship.

Jackie is a graduate of La Cueva HS here in Albuquerque. Tony graduated from Portsmouth HS (Class of 1989) in Portsmouth, NH. Donnie is a graduate of Moriarty HS.

Over the years, the show has increased it’s listenership to 6….that’s right….6 whole listeners….

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Gift a Book With Your Bookprint New Mexico

Posted by on December 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Gift a Book With Your Bookprint New Mexico

Join these stars and thousands around the country in Scholastic’s “You Are What You Read” program. Do your part to help reach the 1 million book goal.

Create a “Bookprint” and Scholastic Books will donate a new book on your behalf to the Reach Out and Read organization.

Reach Out and Read provides new books to 3.9 million children every year. The evidence based non-profit organization partners with pediatric care doctors to deliver reading material and information to kids and their parents to promote early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age.

It’s so easy! Just go to Scholastic’s You Are What You Read page here and create your Bookprint – a list of five books that have made a lasting impact on your life.

Make one for everyone in your family today!

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QOTD: “We’re here, we’re ready to business.”

Posted by on August 21, 2011 | 2 comments
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In case you missed it our relatively new New Mexico Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis guested with host and colleague NM Filmmakers Program Director, Trish Lopez on Saturday’s NM Film Works broadcast.

Along with valuable information such as a crash course on the true, current incentive breakdown here, Maniatis promises his “cheer leading” services, statewide canvassing, an “education summit” and more support of independents.

Recognizing the losses the past legislative handling and perception has dealt the state film program Maniatis and Lopez seem optimistic and extremely supportive of growing the industry from within while at the ready to take the message that, “we’re here, we’re ready to do business” to the nation to continue bringing productions home.

Maniatis heads to L.A. this week to meet with “basically all,” the major studios on both the film and television sides to encourage more productions to head our way.

Listen to the full broadcast including what a late 2011-Q1 2012 NM Film/Edu. Summit would entail and exactly how many ways Maniatis encourages NM “entrepreneurship” here.

Go further into getting involved with YOUR NM Film Office by contacting them here and check cast, crew and other employment opportunities – including two current openings with the office for internships and a VP Marketing position now open with Reelz Channel NM.

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Middle Mexico, USA

Posted by on August 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Middle Mexico, USA

While middle-of-the-road in sleepiness, drunkeness, fitness & fatness, New Mexico is tops in least amount of personal tax burden, clean energy, national security, agriculture, adventure destination and ironically gay friendliness in the state capital where our unfriendly leader resides.

More tragic than that NM ranks low to DEAD LAST in job creation, gun violence, safety, education, poverty/hunger and child welfare.

Here are those rankings and the rest of what we found:

Sleepiest: Parade

Fittest Fattest: Calorielab



Gay Friendly: Santa Fe Magazine

Clean Energy: The Street

Gold Panning: eHow

Worst Drivers: ABQ Biz Journal

Adventure Destination: Trusted Reviews

Job Creation: ABQ Biz Journal

Employment: Business Degrees NM

Personal Taxes: 24/7 Wall St.

Biz Tax: Santa Fe New Mexican

Tech. Pay: Electroiq

News Channel 10


SAT/ACT: Edu. Colleges.com

Early Edu: NM Voices

Oil & Gas: New Mexico Independent

Clearly New Mexico

Santa Fe New Mexican


Health: NM Health.org

Diversity: NY Times

Internet Use: CAAS NM

Violence: Legal Community Against Violence

Safety: Ask.com

Best Performing Cities: Picacho Mountain.com

National Security: Washington Post

NM Dept. of Agriculture

NM Mining.org


Errors of Enchantment

Identity Theft:
Hint – Crackdown on crackheads

Manufacturing: Foorum NM

Indian Owned Business: Bloomberg

Child Welfare: NCWWI Report

Edu Spending: Rio Grande Foundation Report

Happiness: Live Science

Depression: Mental Health America

Pro Athletes: Players From.com



Biz Ranks: Foorum NM

Opinion: Yahoo! Answers

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APS Proposes 183 Teachers Git’ the Axe

Posted by on May 11, 2011 | Comments Off on APS Proposes 183 Teachers Git’ the Axe

While arts & entertainment industries work and reach out to help and inspire the youth in our community “Harry” Winston Brooks and his sheep fumble, stumble and corrode the hopes of our children by continuing to violently ream out the finances of our educational system.

Here’s New Mexico movie veteran Megan Fox artfully illustrating our looming fate as originally posted April 7, 2010.

Megan’s latest New Mexico movie is due out within the next few months and the fleecing of our educational economy has been nefariously re-contracted through 2014!!!

New Hollywood and Old Hollywood Share Megan Fox & Education Economy Woes:

Albuquerque School District budget cuts are being volleyed-about right now, meanwhile Hollywood West churns out a plea on their own state’s educational budget woes with passionate player Megan Fox in this Funny or Die PSA.

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