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.
On March 6, 2014, one feature film will debut in one hundred cinemas across the United States in the 2nd Annual Feature Film Project. Audiences at each venue will be asked the question.
Should this film return to this cinema for a theatrical release in 2014?
If the majority vote “yes” then that film will return to that cinema for a series of screenings that year.
The Feature Film Project is a venture presented by the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival tailor made for flmmakers, producers, production companies and sales agents who would like to screen and market their feature film through an already established cinema network across the USA.
Over 100,000 film-lovers attend MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival in over 300 cinemas across six continents annually during one week each year. MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world today, it is the the world’s first global film festival. Out of the 300 Cinemas that partner with the Festival over 50% of them are in the United States. MANHATTAN SHORT has a direct mailing list of over 70,000 film lovers,in the USA alone with all of them in close proximity to each participating cinema in the Feature Film Project, who are all ready and waiting to judge your film on March 6, 2014
The Deadline for entries is December 13. 2013
The selected Feature Film will be marketed through the same channels as MANHATTAN SHORT.
Financials – The Box Office of the films’ theatrical releases throughout 2014 will be the following. Cinemas shall retain 50%, Filmmaker/Producers receive 25%, MANHATTAN SHORT will receive 25%.
MANHATTAN SHORT will cover the costs of Posters & Shipping.
Filmmakers/Producers shall retain 100% of all digital downloads, VOD, DVD and cable TV rights. The Project is about getting a film into cinemas and letting the public discover it.
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.
UPDATE 10/28/13: FULL DETAILS AND ENTRY RULESHERE!
In Vivian Ward voice, this is big, HUGE!
The die has been cast, and the call has been issued as of now. Independent filmmakers are hereby invited to put their think on producing their best possible work around a TBA themed Santa Fe show pilot.
Submissions will be accepted beginning October 31, 2013. 60 – 90 second entries will first compete for a viewers choice prize of $500, which will be awarded next month. In December a grand prize winner will be selected and given a $25,000 production package to create the full show pilot in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Check-in at SantaFeFilmFestival.com on Monday October 25, 2013 for full contest details.
Longtime friend to the New Mexico Film Industry, world renowned actor, director and producer, Robert Redford has signed on to executive produce the New Mexico independent feature film, “DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST” (formerly Dry Land).
Earlier this month the New Mexico Film Office announced that the film would be shooting in Santa Fe, Española and Gallup through early August.
“Drunktown’s Finest” is the story of three Native American teenagers, an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous friend who strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.
The film is directed by Gallup native Sydney Freeland (Hoverboard, The Migration), produced by Santa Fe resident Chad Burris (Splinter, The Killer Inside Me) and Española native Mateo Frazier (Delia, Torcida). The production will employ approximately 20 New Mexico crew members and 20 principals and background talent.
“Drunktown’s Finest” stars New Mexico native Jeremiah Bitsui (Natural Born Killers, Brothers), most recently seen in his very dramatic exit from the Emmy Award winning, AMC series Breaking Bad.
Follow the film’s progress with co-producer Mateo Fraizer here, and be sure to pick-up the New Mexico film, “Blaze You Out” directed by Fraizer, coming to retailers, Amazon and download on Netflix and for rent from Redbox!
At OHI we’re BIG fans of the beautifully talented NM couple, Alan and Diana Giatriria!
Learn some of what we know and love about them here, discussing their latest documentary film project on N.M. Film Works Radio.
The acting, filmmaking dynamic duo are presently at work on productions from their company, Cheza Jouer Films which is striving to keep the oral traditions of storytelling alive.
“These are the stories that were told to us by our forefathers. These are the stories that have been hushed,overlooked, and omitted from the classroom.Watch,learn,and share these stories to ensure that they live forever!”
And here is the trailer for their forthcoming film, “Sandals Worn Backwards”:
Please contact Cheza Jouer with inquiries, and for participation and investment opportunities.
The Contest entry period begins at 12:00 Noon EST on December 5, 2012 and ends at 11:59 P.M. EST on January 3, 2013. Contest entries will be judged by an A&E appointed panel from on or about January 4, 2013 – January 5, 2013.
During the Contest Entry Period, visit the “Bates Motel :15 Second Title Sequence Contest” application here, follow the onscreen prompts to complete all required registration information and to then upload an approximately fifteen (15) second video showcasing your idea for the approximately fifteen (15) second opening title sequence of A&E’s upcoming new drama series Bates Motel