Volunteer attorneys and accountants will be assisting filmmakers and entertainment professionals in the following areas:
• Setting up the corporation or LLC
• filing for copyright
• contract questions
• employment questions
• drafting employment agreements for the producer, director, actors and crew
• branding issues
• executing releases and location agreements
• accounting advice
IMPORTANT: While the clinic is free, this clinic is by appointment only and space is limited. Please email Ann Lerner at email@example.com your desired time and a brief description of your legal issues you wish to have addressed at the clinic.
LOCATION: Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM
Thank you for supporting this collaborative pilot project.
People from all over the country are excited to attend this year’s event at the luxurious Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, where attendees will dance the night away to Grammy winning artists Asleep at the Wheel, enjoy a sit down dinner, open bar, and see loads of turquoise and silver bling! There will be both a live and silent auction!
All this rip roaring fun is in the name of fundraising for the youth of New Mexico!
Since 1994, the Buckaroo Ball Foundation has been dedicated to its mission of raising and distributing funds to non-profit organizations that serve at-risk youth in Santa Fe County. Buckaroo Ball Foundation is now a fund within the Santa Fe Community Foundation. The Ball is mostly run by a group of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and resources to produce what is one of the largest and liveliest fund-raising weekends in the Southwest.
A favorite event at the three day PowWow is the Miss Indian World Pageant, which is where star Natalie Portman stopped by to meet with the lovely contestants from all over North America, representing an unprecedented number of Native American Tribes. Portman is pictured above with the beautiful Brittany Clause from Six Nations, Ontario Haudenosaunee Territory.
This annual New Mexico based event is “the mecca of Indian country”, promoting and preserving Native American pride and culture for over thirty years, the Gathering draws thousands of people to Albuquerque every year. The multi-territorial, authentic PowWow, “is an experience for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to come see the colorful PowWow dancing and to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness! Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively.”
You can see a live stream of this spectacular event here.
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)
We don’t want no stinking paparazzi, but we do want you to play one on TV…
Well, maybe not so much on TV, but if you or someone you know is a professional or novice photog who may be interested in supporting the New Mexico Film Industry, please take the time to read and share the following notice:
Want to help out? This Thursday evening Film Industry advocates are throwing the 100th Bill Party, hosted by IATSE Local 480. This year’s theme is, “A Salute to the Movie Business”!
Event organizers want to create the atmosphere of a big industry event for all! To make the party that much more exciting and glamorous, what better than having photographers snapping away red carpet style photos of all attendees and the major star appearances expected?
If you’d like to help* and get important New Mexico Film legislation passed, come to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 5′ish to 7′ish with your camera dressed as a paparazzi.
*If you show-up in your paparazzi best to help advance the cause, I volunteer to post your select photographs of the event (and/or other works) here along with your contact information for possible follow-up photography jobs! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your shots!
UPDATE: Now you can also talk to your New Mexico Film Industry Watchdog on Facebook here.
We’re not in the business of running people out of town, however when our readers are wary or vulnerable in their dealings with New Mexico productions, entities and/or organizations, we do want to hear about that and help out where we can.
Last spring we were first to spread the word on what looked like a flyby night entity, which jettisoned into Albuquerque making lofty promises and charging high prices for non-standard industry practices that did indeed end up leaving their “clients” high & dry.
Now there is a new, very different group afoot that we’ve agreed to feature* in their efforts to bring to light some issues they fear may be negative or even detrimental to New Mexico entertainment, talent and events.
The “watchdog group” is currently seeking information about YOUR concerns in working, trying to find work and general dealings in the New Mexico film & entertainment industry. As presented to us, the goal is to try and form productive and positive ways to navigate your way to the best resources available and help industry members stay informed, educated and working.
Your New Mexico Film Office warns cast and crew talent to beware of casting scams on their bulletin board and the New Mexico Better Business Bureau is a resource to track and report bad business practices, but for inside industry talk “Watch E. Dog” is now available to take your information and inquiries about current projects you may be interested in or have any questions or concerns about.
“We have seen them all before, sometimes it feels like the old pay to play (with either your time, equipment, vehicle, or paying for headshots), from film extras in concert scenes to music videos, why is it acceptable for some Casting Companies and Production Companies to use their position, the hope of future casting, the lure of being in a movie etc. to get you to work for free when they are getting paid. Have you done it? Do you regret it? would you do it again? We want to hear the benefits and pitfalls of what some feel is an abuse of the limelight, Sound off and let your voice be heard. Be sure you know what your being asked to do and what you are being paid before working on a project that is for profit.”-W.E.D.
Watch E. Dog asserts that all questions and information submitted will remain anonymous and inquiries will be answered and/or followed-up on as much as possible.
SANTA FE — State Representative Dona G. Irwin and Deming Mayor Andres Silva announced today that “ENEMY WAY” starring Academy Award Winner, Golden Globe Winner, and BAFTA Winner Forest Whittaker (The Last King of Scotland, Criminal Minds, Repo Man) will be filming in and around Deming April 3rd – May 3rd and Albuquerque May 7th – May 28th.
The film is directed by Rachid Bouchareb (True Justice, Maximum Conviction) nominated for an Academy Award and 2 Oscar as well as the Palme D’or at Cannes. Rachid’s “Outside the Law” was released in the US in 2011 and has garnered Rachid his third Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. He just completed “Just Like A Woman” with Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani, which shot in Chicago and New Mexico. The film is slated for release in the US in 2013.
“ENEMY WAY” is a story that takes place in Deming, New Mexico. Willie Garnett finds himself fighting his inner demon. Garnett must persevere, but will he be able to take on the most powerful man in Luna County?
“ENEMY WAY” Plans to spend over a month in Deming plus a month of wrap. $5 million dollars are to be injected to the Deming economy.
“The Runaway” Balliwood meets Tamalewood in this road film to be shot entirely in New Mexico. Award winning filmmaker Brad Littlefield from Open Range pictures is crewing up once again!
Extrordinary filmmakers from around the world come to New Mexico. Director Semir Banerjey from Hotel New York, from Russia Assitant Director Anna Zaitsevah, Japanese Director of Photography Katsumi Funihashi, and casting director Farrah West who worked with Lost and Dark Blue work with Littlefield to bring up to 50 jobs to New Mexico and will employ up to 50 cast and crew.
Jon Hendry, IATSE local 480 the film technicians union, said, “This is a game changer for Deming. This high profile project not only will spend millions but put Southwest New Mexico firmly on the movie map. My members look forward to spending their money and the movie’s money in Deming “
PLEASE, all interested actors MUST attend the film and media day casting call. I sadly will not be there because I have to be in CA that day, but Lorrie Latham will be there to represent EG casting and Latham Casting.
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.
NM can press pause on the upcoming western comedy from actor, producer, director Adam Sandler. No details are available on the reset date or if the film plans to mosey on back at that unspecified time.
New Mexico is gearing-up for a busy shooting schedule this summer with crew and talent at the ready. Be sure to attend YOUR Film & Media Day 2013 coming-up this Friday at the state capitol.
Film industry exhibitors and advocates will be on hand, including those on the front lines working for your film jobs! Be sure to attend for the latest information available on upcoming projects, events and organizations available for your future in #NMFilm!
From New Mexico’s International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees:
Film & Media Day will be on Friday, Feb. 22nd this year. We start with a Women In Film presentation on the evening before. A full schedule can be found below.
The Halls of History at the State Capitol will be full of exhibitors from communities, colleges, and film vendors from around the state. “Breaking Bad” star Steven Michael Quezada will introduce Friends of Film, Warriors for Film workers at noon in the Rotunda to be followed by a showing of “Carmen & Ben: A Love Story,” our documentary tribute to Speaker Lujan.
Background casting call will take place from 11am-4pm in the auditorium at the State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail. The public is encouraged to attend. For casting session questions please call Hillary Baca at 974-8058.
The industry reception for legislators will follow at The Dragon Room in the Pink Adobe from 5-8 pm.
Jon Hendry said, “After ten years, Film & Media Day has become one of the biggest and most well-attended lobbying days during the session. Schools and communities from all over the state send students and businesses to meet their representatives and thank them for their continued support of this exciting industry. It’s a great day to come to the Capitol, and this year you could even become an extra!”
Dr. Helen Jacey, renown British screenwriter, author and story consultant will speak in Santa Fe on February 20 and 21, 2013. Her book The Woman in the Story is considered the international handbook for creating strong female characters. Her two appearances in Santa Fe are made possible by a collaboration of Duchy Parade Films, New Mexico Women in Film, IATSE 480 Filmworkers Union and Santa Fe Community College Film Department.
As a professional screenwriter, Jacey has developed projects for numerous UK, European and US producers, including Gareth Wiley, Harbour Pictures, BBC, UK Film Council and others. She is currently developing several feature film screenplays for producers in the UK and the US, including a screenplay for Santa Fe’s Duchy Parade Films.
Wednesday, February 20, Dr Jacey will present a three hour seminar, ‘Writing the Heroine’s Story’. This intensive workshop for professionals and beginners brings knowledge and inspiration of characterization to new, imaginative levels. Registration opens at 6:00PM. Seminar begins at 6:30PM sharp. Santa Fe Community College, Room # 216 in the West Wing of the main campus. Parking in main SFCC lot; short walk to West Wing. $30 at the door.
Thursday, February 21, Dr Jacey will speak at the Official Kick-Off Event for NM Film & Media Day 2013. Co-hosted by IATSE 480 and NM Women in Film, she will speak on ‘Gender Politics in Film: Finding the Woman’s Voice’. Lecture and reception will take place at 7:00PM at 410-A Old Santa Fe Trail, between Pink Adobe and Rio Chama restaurants. Seating is limited. NMWIF members free. Guests $15 at the door.
More information on the Dr Helen Jacey seminar and lecture: www.NMWIF.com.
Event organizers: Belle Starr Productions & Native Stock Pictures
Also note that annual Oscar sanctioned parties and events held all over the country benefit charities and cities every year, including this year’s local beneficiary, The New Mexico BioPark Society, Albuquerque, NM
The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to Albuquerque on Oscar Night®. Residents of Albuquerque can experience the thrills and surprises of the 85th Academy Awards® on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Oscar® Experience: Albuquerque party benefitting the New Mexico BioPark Society. The Albuquerque event is one of 47 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night®. Please join us for this Red Carpet / Black Tie Optional event.
Free parking will be available in the VSA Garage on the corner of 5th and Copper.
Reel Working America is a joint project with Working America and IATSE 480 (The Film Technician’s Union) – it is the new home for working people in the film industry.
The goal is to give independent film makers, film students, and others aspiring to be in this exciting business a voice on the issues that affect the film industry and an opportunity to work collectively to influence the process.
Come voice your thoughts and ideas for the future of New Mexico Film in the first Reel Working America meeting of the year!
Also on the agenda is frank discussion on current legislation to help improve the film industry and the ways you can get involved with the always exciting annual Film and Media Day at the legislature on February 22, 2013.
Organizers strongly encourage you to invite any friends and family members who might also be interested in attending. Food and refreshments will be provided.
“The biggest casting session the state has ever seen is going down TOMORROW, February 22, 2013 in Santa Fe (11am-4pm)!
What started out as an open call for six current and future film and television productions has grown to NINE upcoming projects!
Including FOUR Westerns in Santa Fe, an untitled sci-fi, fantasy in Albuquerque, TWO road movies in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, a gritty thriller set for Deming and Albuquerque AND two TV shows!!!”
Rumor has it that at least 4 and up to 7 movies and TV productions will be casting at this one-stop-shop style call at New Mexico Film & Media Day 2013. Mark your calendars and keep watch right here…
What we know so far:
Casting directors, film personnel and industry workers and students will be on hand for the all day multi-media event at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 22, 2013.
Two more productions that this film fan hadn’t even heard of yet called The Signal and Runaway are also anticipated to be represented.
No specifics are available at this time (believe me, I’ve been hunting for them), but standard audition and casting call protocol should be followed.
STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR MORE – UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!
While you wait, get on the horn, fire-up your keypad, and/or make the trek up to the roundhouse to respectfully speak to YOUR state representatives. The time is NOW to engage in meaningful dialogue in support of the New Mexico Film Industry – learn more here.
The New Mexico Black History Month Organizing Committee’s mission is to preserve the rich cultural heritage that African Americans have made to the state of New Mexico and the United States. We do this by producing an annual slate of events that cover five focus areas: Arts and Culture, Cuisine, Education, Positive Youth Development and Health. There is something for everyone here…Enjoy and celebrate with us!
The 2013 New Mexico Black History Month Festival is February 5 – 24, 2013. Something for everyone: Roots Revival cabaret, Griffin’s Best Sweet Potato Pie contest, Dreamgirls at Popejoy, The Cotton Club Refined Gala, CommUnity Dance Party, WorkItOut Wellness/Fitness day, New Mexico’s Gosepl Best and seriously good times!
The purpose of the 2013 Black History Month Festival is to promote multiculturalism and increase awareness of the contributions that African Americans have made to New Mexico. Each event of this festival showcases the culture and talent of African Americans and encourages engagement and participation by the entire Albuquerque community.