Sag, Aftra & Non Union Feature Film, Casting Call May 20th, 2013
The comedy, “Abe Makes A Movie” is currently casting lead roles in this funny film about an underachieving want-to-be filmmaker who assembles a ragtag crew of misfits to help make a movie and enter it into a local film festival in hopes of winning his ex girlfriend back. Starring Matt Peterson (The Bigfoot Election).
This will be a Sag Ultra-Low Budget film shooting early to late fall 2013 in Albuquerque, NM.
Producer/Director: Ryan Turri
Written by: Matt Peterson and Ryan Turri
Female 20-35, caucasian
Abe’s long time best friend. Dry sense of humor and witty. Sweet. Smart. Thinks Abe is great. Almost like a sister to Abe.
Male 50-70, Caucasian
Pyrotechnics guy. Gruff on the outside but very like-able once you get to know him. Served in the reserves and never saw any action, though he would lead you to believe otherwise. Jack of all trades, master of none. Loyal follower of Abe. Big hearted.
Female 60-80, Caucasian
Old starlet. Been in 135 movies, but never starred in a single one. Worldly seasoned. Has had several marriages and one daughter. Single now, and lives in the moment. Spent some time in Toas “finding herself” through the guidance of a guru.
Male 50-68 Caucasian
Abe’s stepfather. Classic American-old school dad who believes in hard work and earning an honest dollar… but plays the lottery religiously. A constant skeptic. Hard on Abe. Believes his way is the right way. Likes to prove his point to anyone who will listen. Doesn’t trust anyone who isn’t American or American made. Grew up in a small town, had his aspirations crushed early in life, gave up on his bowling career and settled for a 9-5 job spending his lunch hour talking sports and how once he was a big deal.
Male 25-37 Caucasian
Napoleon complex. Swarmy. Sarcastic. Classic Bro. Uses the term “Bro” and “Brah” and “YOLO”. Thinks he’s hot shit. Classic wannabe filmmaker, wears the right filmmaker clothes, knows the right filmmaking terms and tells everyone about it. Won the 168 hour film festival the previous year. Creates his own handshakes.
Las Cruces, NM – Local Casting Director, Rich Gill is currently casting for the upcoming feature film, “The Run Away“.
A Casting Call will be held from 10 am to 4pm on the 9th of March, 2013. The location of the casting call is as follows:
The Run Away Production Offices Arrowhead Center
3655 Research Drive
Genesis C Building
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
The Casting Call is open to ages 18 and over, with special interest in those who fit the following roles:
Young Man, (Youthful Appearance)
Ohio Trooper, ( Large Male )
Missouri State Troopers (2)
Bearded Gas Station Owner (Older Male)
Diner Waitress (Older Female)
Other Notable Roles Include:
Bikers (Male and Female)
Texan Store Keeper
Sheriff Station Staff
Looking to fill 72 possible positions….
All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to attend. These are PAID ROLES.
THE NM FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES THE 2012 “NEW MEXICO FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE”
WHAT: NM Filmmakers Showcase
WHEN: Deadline for Entries September 14th at 5:00 pm | Showcase for the Public-October 12th-14th
WHERE: Guild Cinema Theatre – 3405 Central Avenue, NE in Albuquerque
WHO: Open and free to the public
SANTA FE— The New Mexico Film Office announced a call for entries today for the 2012 NM Filmmakers Showcase in Albuquerque, October 12-14, at the Guild Cinema.
The Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent of New Mexicans from around the state. The Showcase is free and open to the public to attend.
There is no charge to submit an entry to the Showcase. This year’s deadline for entries is Friday, September 14th at 5:00 pm. Entries postmarked after this date will not be accepted.
“The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase is a great opportunity for New Mexican filmmakers to have their short or feature length films screened for the public,” said Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office.
Dirk Norris, coordinator of the New Mexico Filmmakers Programs said, “we are happy to be able to present the Filmmakers Showcase again this year. There are a great number of talented filmmakers in our state and the showcase is one way to give them exposure.”
A panel of local film professionals will judge the films in various categories, and winning films will be traveled around the state by the New Mexico Film Office in collaboration with local theatres and public access channels. Dramas, documentaries, animations and experimental films all qualify for entry – there is no minimum run time and the maximum run time is two hours.
Opening Night: Meet the filmmakers at an opening night reception sponsored by Laru Ni Hati Café, located at 3413 Central Ave. NE in Albuquerque, just down the street from the Guild. This reception will be held on Friday, October 12th from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm, with the kickoff films beginning afterwards at the Guild Cinema.
As the Guild has a limited amount of screen time, film submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Deadline for entries is Friday, September 14th at 5:00 pm. Mailed entries must be postmarked by September 14th. Entry forms will be available at the Guild Cinema box office and on our newly designed website here: nmfilm.com/Filmaker_Programs.aspx as of August 13, 2012.
For further information, contact the NM Filmmakers Program coordinator, Dirk Norris at the NM Film Office: (505) 476-5671.
CALL FOR ENTRIES:
Free Local Showcase Open to All New Mexicans from October 12-14, 2012.
Deadline for Entries September 14th at 5:00 pm.
From the creative team of John KD Graham, Alexandra Boylan, Raquel Cantu, Andrew Maiorano, Richard Galli, Andrew Boylan, and Sean McClellan, this movie will make you want to change the locks to your home and purchase a top-of-the line alarm system (or maybe a shotgun):
A lone woman battles two psychotic squatters for her home and her life.
Job, parents, money, apartment—Gwen Stevens has lost everything. Seeking to regain control of her quickly disintegrating life, Gwen returns to her remote childhood home to sift through her past and focus on finding new direction. Her quest for control is quickly challenged when she discovers that the house that was once her sanctuary is now someone else’s domain — and she is not welcome. Two psychotic squatters leave Gwen terrorized, tormented, and far from help. Gwen’s retreat devolves into a battle for her home and, ultimately, a desperate fight for her life.
Director: John KD Graham
Written by: Andrew Boylan
Produced by Alexandra Boylan and John KD Graham
Cinematographer: Richard Galli
Assistant Director: Andrew Maiorano
Gaffer: Sean McClellan
Cast: Alexandra Boylan, Raquel Cantu, Christopher Dempsey and Lorena Segura York
New Mexico native, Demi Moore may be hesitant to return to her home state, but her daughter Rumer Willis is set to star in NM indie, “The Odd Way Home”.
July 10, 2012, SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that New Mexico production companies Slant Productions and Sandia Media will start production on the independent feature film, “The Odd Way Home.” Production will begin mid July through August and will shoot in and around southern New Mexico including Las Cruces, Deming, Hillsboro and Silver City.
The production will employ at least 38 New Mexico crewmembers including fifteen 15 interns from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces and 22 New Mexican principal and background talent.
Starring Rumer Willis (The House Bunny, Hostage), Chris Marquette (The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog), Brendan Sexton III (The Killing), Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Witches of Eastwick) and Bruce Altman (Matchstick Men, Glengarry Glen Ross).
Directed by local New Mexico resident Rajeev Nirmalakhandan who worked for Universal and Dreamworks before teaching film at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute. Produced by locals Peter Touche (Goats, Blaze You Out) of Sandia Media, Patrick Nelson and Victor Kearney as executive producer.
“This film would not have been possible without the support of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute and its talented students,” Peter Touche stated. “We are also most grateful to the communities of Las Cruces, Deming, Hillsboro and Silver City, all of whom have enabled this project. This is truly a New Mexico project born and bred.”
Written by Rajeev Nirmalakhandan and Jason Ronstadt, The Odd Way Home tells the story of Duncan (Chris Marquette), a man with autism, who meets Maya (Rumer Willis) escaping her life in Los Angeles. They embark on an inspirational journey though the great American Southwest.
The Cowgirls is a western about a group of school girls forced to take on the roles traditionally left for men, when their ranch is threatened with financial ruin after the tragic death of the rancher. Seizing on the tragedy a local banker and the old ranch hands join forces to force the property into foreclosure thinking that if they refuse to drive the cattle to the annual auction that the wife of the deceased rancher would be forced to default on the loan. They never counted on this cowgirls tenacity and the support of the dozen teenage pupils she has been caring for since they were left on her doorstep during the civil war.
Using the sets, crew, and locations that have made New Mexico one of the leading film states in the country we plan to make a western that would make John Wayne proud. Because New Mexico is such a forward thinking state as far as film production there is a billion dollars in film infrastructure ready to take our modest budget and shoot a film that experts would place valued at millions of dollars. We have great talent attached and the support of a great directing team. Cast attached: Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Kelly Lintz, (Hunger Games, Army Wives), Mackenzie Lintz (Hunger Games), Madison Lintz (Sofia from Walking Dead), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall, The Rock), Franco Vega (Social Network), Noel G (Dark Knight Returns), and many others.
The BFE camp is thrilled to have announced that their labor of love will soon get its due and wide-spread play on iTunes, Netflix, Video on Demand, and pending cable networks!
Since its 2011 premiere, the film which took home the Best NM Feature award at the Albuquerque Film Festival, has also shown at White Sands International Film Festival, Hollywood Film Festival, placed at the Las Vegas Comedy Film Festival, and was an Official Semi finalist in the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.
Look forward to the announcement of future showings and DVD availability.
Congratulations to this ALL NEW MEXICO cast and crew!
In this con-gone-wrong comedy, a boozy, disenchanted small-town deputy devises a Bigfoot hoax with his dimwitted sidekick to capture the attention – and the votes – of the townsfolk in a backwater sheriff’s election. Complications abound when the mayor enlists an alluring cryptozoologist to investigate, and hires the hoaxers to guide her.
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND EXTRAS NEEDED (Roswell, NM): The Rambler
Compensation is Film and IMDB credit. The production can not pay for travel or hotel.
Seeking the following types of local actors:
• Men and women, 18 years of age and older, all types.
• Also looking for not so clean cut, gritty looking
• Need older man and older woman
• No prior experience is necessary.
• There are NO fees to attend open casting calls.
• MUST have a social security number and valid ID.
• MUST be legal to work in the United States.
If you fit these types and are interested, submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org; include your name, age, email address, headshot or photograph of yourself and telephone number where you can reached or contact Jeanette Loera at the production office (575) 622-1245 from 8am – 5pm.
Mulroney starred in the NM production, Inhale back in 2010 with Diane Kruger, who too is currently back in New Mexico filming Stephenie Meyer’s, The Host.
Production is just days away on the Calvin Lee Reeder feature film, The Rambler; which first premiered as a short at Sundance and SXSW waay back in ’08.
Dermot Mulroney will star as a man known as The Rambler who is released from prison and discovers a mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Lindsay Pulsipher who appeared in the original short will costar.
XYZ’s Nate Bolotin will produce with Brooklyn Reptyle’s Roger M Mayer and Christo Dimassis. XYZ’s Aram Tertzakian and Nick Spicer serve as executive producers. Celluloid Nightmares handles international sales.
Michael Benaroya is financing through his low-budget genre label AKA Pictures. AKA/Benaroya head of production Joe Jenckes also serves as executive producer with his Bow Street Films partner David Dickson, under a new partnership between AKA and Bow Street. Clayton Young of Benaroya Pictures will produce on behalf of AKA Pictures.
AND OF COURSE Dermont starred in the Retro NM Film YOUNG GUNS, way, way back in the 1900s!
“We need your support to finish this IMPORTANT film that exposes the environmental poisoning of the land, the health effects on the community, the contamination of the drinking water, and the profiteering of Los Alamos National Labs. As co-producer of this feature documentary, we urge your to donate, what you can to help us finish this film. This film will world-wide distribution, but we need your help for us to raise finishing funds. The deadline for the fundraiser is June 1, 2012. Our hope is that we can finish prior to Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2012.”
-Angelie Gamboa, Producer/Director &
Thomas Jaggers, Producer/Writer
“Up On The Hill”
Billy Shakespeare: Writer and director Deborah Voorhees calls her film, Billy Shakespeare a modern Shakespearean comedy.
The writer not only liberally uses the Bard’s improbable comic devices such as the love triangle, mistaken identity, and the disguised heroine but Voorhees also melds today’s conversational speak with Shakespeare’s elevated and often [bawdy] vernacular.
This contemporary comedy of errors seeks to answer: What if Shakespeare never lived in the 1500s but lived in L.A. today peddling his screenplays?
Renaissance and modern sensibilities clash when an all-male stage version of Macbeth and the misogynistic low-budget film The Taming of the Shrew open simultaneously. The combustion makes “The Bard” the most controversial screenwriter in Hollywood.
The all New Mexican staffed & cast film will premiere at The Misty Moon Gallery in London this May.
Contact writer, director, producer Deborah Voorhees, at email@example.com for more information about domestic screenings and distribution.
For upcoming “Acting for Film” workshops for students in Ruidoso and London contact: Voorhees Films
131 Cedar Crest, Nogal, NM 88341
UPDATE:Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Goats! The indie film distributor, which also released NM production Passion Play, is planning a theatrical release this spring.
Thanks Brent via THR
Christopher Neil’s directorial debut recently screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah. His film, Goats shot right here in NM last spring and featured some of our favorite local talent, including Vince McDaniel and Shenita Moore.
Here are a few reviews from that screening:
“Goats is…filled with gorgeously composed shots and some absolutely stunning cinematography by Wyatt Troll. The shots in the desert are of a painterly beauty…” – Movie City News
A “perfectly balanced, albeit insane cast.” – Screencrave
“The cast presents the subtle humor and the deep touching moments eloquently. This film is a must see for anyone that enjoys a coming of age story…” – Christian Cinema
“Goats defies convention by blurring the lines between genres and challenging the notion of what the typical coming of age story needs to be. The film surprises at every turn.” – Pro Networks
Having a self-absorbed New Age mother and an estranged father means 15-year-old Ellis Whitman has grown up relying on an unconventional guardian: a goat-trekking, marijuana-growing sage called Goat Man. So when Ellis decides to leave the alternative ways of his desert homestead for a stuffy East Coast prep school, major changes are in store. But not in the way you’d think. Though often stoned, the exceedingly smart and capable Ellis effortlessly aces school and excels at track. As the year progresses, it’s his relationships with the adults in his life that test him, challenging his beliefs about responsibility and trustworthiness.
With its expansive vision of family and passel of delicious oddball characters transposed from screenwriter Poirier’s novel with deadpan naturalism, GOATS wryly balances satire with poignancy and tenderness. Ellis’s eventual disillusionment with his various “parents” forces him to seek and find strength within and to realize the truth about love: it’s never perfect, but it is always there. – C.N.
The Goats script is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name. Both the novel and the screenplay were penned by Mark Poirier.
The film stars David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Anthony Anderson, Keri Russell, and Graham Phillips. In addition to the New Mexico shoot, the 2011 production also filmed in Tucson, Arizona and Watertown, Connecticut.
UPDATE 12/21/11: Want Exec. Producer credit? Award winning #NM web series, “Enter the Dojo” has a chance to get the legendary Bob Wall to guest star next month!!! Dojo producers must cover the fees to get him to New Mexico. Anyone able to finance for an Executive Producer credit? They’ll even put you in the episode if you’d like :) Contact Enter The Dojo: The Web Series
NM’s Own Riff Raff New Media, headed by Matt Page reaps accolades and acclaim snagging the Judges’ Choice and Audience Favorite awards at NYC’s Iron Mule Comedy Festival earlier this month.
Let us all place palm to palm and bow to “Ameri-Do-Te”. More importantly spread the news of this New Mexico based hit which is open to investors for further development and distribution to reach the masses!
The hit web series centers around a fictional American karate school, in mockumentary style, reminiscent of feature length Christopher Guest greats.
Boasting an all New Mexico cast & crew Dojo stars writer/co-director Matt Page as the too sexy Master Ken, who is the embodiment of all that Napoleon Dynamite’s uncle Rico wishes he could be and the “sweet baby Jesus” loving Ricky Bobby of Talladega nights.
Page and Adam Rottler direct, with music by Kevin MacLeod. The acclaimed cast also includes Alex Knight, Rachel Hroncich, Ben Ziegler, Zach Dulin and Juliet Lopez.
You can Enter the Dojo here to pick-up your series swag and help further the cause! On IndieGoGo and Facebook.
This week’s feature Indie Q presentation at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico is the highly anticipated short thriller, “Under the Stairs”.
Written by Kieran McGowan, directed by Joshua Sallach, starring OHI fave Jack Justice, “Under the Stairs” is about eight-year-old Jack, who “new to his neighborhood, makes his lonely way home from school to arrive at an empty house as the sun goes down. One evening, Jack discovers a creature living in the darkness under the basement stairs – a creature with a sinister rasp and glowing eyes. The creature asks for Jack’s help: it is alone, it is hungry…and it knows his name.”
Attend the FREE PREMIERE SCREENING of “UNDER THE STAIRS”
Wednesday, November 30th, 7pm – 9pm (doors open 6:30) at The KiMo Theatre
The award winning comedic horror short, Plush by Ryan Denmark will open the screening which will also include additional New Mexico made independents.
Meet the casts and filmmakers expected to attend! And check-out this concept to screen preview of Under the Stairs by Jade Norris:
Award winning screenwriter Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish) scripts and will direct the upcoming film, Fort Bliss. The independent war drama is the story of a female soldier who returns home after a long tour in Afghanistan struggling with traumatic emotions and trying to rebuild the relationship with her five year old son.
Michelle Monaghan (Due Date, Machine Gun Preacher, Source Code) is set to star. The $2M film will be produced by Myers, Brendan McDonald and Adam Silver.
Shooting is scheduled to begin June 2012 right here in New Mexico.
As always, UPDATES TO FOLLOW…
Variety reports that Fort Bliss is budgeted at around $2 million with filming is set to start June, 2012 in New Mexico.
Michael Palombo, tireless independent film advocate, and the Weekly Alibi’s Best of Burque 2011 Community Pick presents:
“Fans Of Film New Mexico Film Channel, a collaborative Fans Of Film community wordpress blog that has admin positions open for posting and being part of a continuing effort to share New Mexico’s film and video with the world.
As part of FOF‘s ongoing and overall efforts in “Project Share” campaign, there are currently 5 webshows listed on the site and we’re looking for and listing more good content that has been shared online from the New Mexico film community, its filmmakers and producers.”
IN A WORLD where independent art struggles to see the light of day and the plight of many oft goes unheard, until the twain meet…comes the short film, YELLOW
Set and filmed in New Mexico last summer, Albuquerque actress Andrea B. Good stepped into the role of producing to help bring this important true-life story to the screen.
Written and directed by Emmy Pickett, Yellow “is about the beginnings and the transition from poverty to greater prosperity to ease their struggles and earn for themselves and their families”.
Recently featured in *The Santa Fe Reporter Pickett explains “I really see a huge call for Native American stories that are realistic and not stereotyped”.
Good, herself Native American adds, “It brings so much opportunity for the people of New Mexico and the Native American
For its strength of story and the importance of making that story heard, the filmmakers are actively seeking to make the short drama into a full length feature.
Stay tuned for the upcoming short film trailer and share this story with film enthusiasts to help pump that life’s blood of independent film, that all important “light of day”.
From the Producer, on how important NM’s economic incentives for filmmakers are in motivating filmmakers to work here:
I have a passion for Acting and for film! I have been Acting since I was 8 yrs old when I did my first school play, from that point on I knew [it was] what I loved and what I wanted to do. Film was to became my Dream. When I was in High School I was asked by my teacher, “By the time you are 30 yrs old what will you have wanted to have done in life?” I said my dream was to be in couple of big movies and i want to have produced or directed a short or a feature film.
So here I am, I’m 38 and I have done a lot. It is really hard when you first start out, because you see I am full Blooded Native American, I am Navajo, Apache and Zia and there [are] lots of sacrifices, when you go on every audition you’re thinking positive, this is the one it well make me. So when Hollywood started coming here it was a blessing for many many many people just like me who can’t move away to Hollywood or New York. It opened the doors wide open for so many people like me who have a real talent and passion for Film.
Having the New Mexico Film incentive is very important it has brought a lot of business to New Mexico. I can’t even count how many different business get used for the films that come here to New Mexico, from clothing stores to trading posts, schools to food stores to people’s homes. It all brings money to my home town. But the best part is that it makes the Dream of a person like me come true.
It brings so much opportunity for the people of New Mexico and the Native American Community . And working on this project with Emmy is one I will hold dear to my heart. This is why I love film because you can create something so beautiful, and you meet and work with wonderful people like Emmy Pickett. – Andrea B Good
*The lead actress named in the SFR article has been replaced.
(Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM) In association with The Albuquerque Film Office, Sponsored by Zacuto, Vimeo Presents: Chronos first annual Film Festival, a pioneering forum for innovation, technology, digital media and education to encourage youth involvement through film scholarship. The first ever of festival its kind, Chronos is partnered with YDI Digital Arts Outreach as the event’s title beneficiary, with donations also benefiting Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New Mexico.
Chronos will launch on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 with a screening of Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking visual arts film, “Koyaanisqatsi” at 5:00pm at the historic Kimo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque.
Film submissions in Time-Lapse, Stop Motion, Slow Motion, & Youth (16 & under) categories are being accepted for early registration through October 15, 2011. Entrants films will be screened and promoted on the Chronos Film Festival channel on Vimeo.com. Sponsors Zacuto and Kessler Crane have provided generous prizes for winners per film category.
Visit the event website, chronosfilmfestival.com for full festival details including submission guidelines, attendance packages, partners/sponsors, and the iconic film and photography guest list including Keynote Speaker Philip Bloom and Master of Ceremonies John Kapelos.
Casting Principal Roles for Stereoscopic 3D full feature film to be filmed in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho beginning September 2011, with the release date of 12-12-12. Cast will be paid SAG rates and registered in IMDB.
ANGELS: Looking for twenty-four (24) 18-26yr old girls to be cast as an ANGEL and DEMONS. Filming will be shot underwater in S3D as a visual effect for the SPIRIT WORLD.
As the role calls for angelic qualities, we are looking for fresh faces and defined body lines. Intensive training and conditioning will be provided in Tai Chi, Scuba Certified, body shaping and waxing, and underwater wire-fu motion (water-fu). Some roles will require henna and jagua ink work applied to your body.
Example roles are: Angel of Light, Angel of Death, Demon of Destruction, Demon of Lust, Demon of War, Angel of Peace, Angel of Love, Demon of Religion, Angel of Faith.
HOST OF HEAVENLIES: Open to all who apply on the 19th. We be filmed in costume, underwater in the water tank. Will represent spirits, heavenly host, and hordes of demons.
Looking for digital artist who are HIGHLY SKILLED in AfterEffects, FinalCut Pro, MAYA, MAX, Combustion and Houdini. Motion Capture and Particles Effects experience. Digital Matte Painting, Wire-fu harness work. All work is paid based on experience. Post-production is scheduled for 8 to 14 months. RELEASE DATE: 12:12:12
Registration in the Convention Center Foyer. Will have set photographers on site to take headshots and information. Will require everyone to sign Model Release form. Auditions will be held in the Conference Room. We will cast principal actors and supporting actors from the attendees that night. 17 roles are open and uncast.
If selected to audition for a main role, you will be invited upstairs to the Celebrity Suite for a screen test and reading the script.
If you plan to audition for one of the Angel or Demon roles, please bring a bikini and be prepared to go into the pool where we will film you underwater. You will get a copy of the photos we take of you underwater.
Thanks for making ABQ a great place to shoot film,
Rio Rancho, NM
As I am but a lowly housewife with internet access (think Roseanne with slightly better furniture, worse housekeeping and no actual wage earning) I defer to an actual journalist, as I almost always do, except, if and when I refer to fellow hacks ;).
Here, from real-life professional entertainment journalist, Chris J. Ortiz is a full fledged article about the long awaited New Mexico film The Bigfoot Election.
After being fired, a boozy, derelict small town deputy named Talmadge Mooseman (Marc Shuter) is convinced to run for sheriff by his gruff adoptive father Carlin (Randall Oliver). He enlists the help of his endearing, albeit dim-witted friend Amer (Matt Peterson), and the two devise a Bigfoot hoax to garner attention and votes from the townspeople. Things quickly spiral out of control as the con begins to take on a life of its own and becomes bigger than either of them imagined. Matters get complicated even further when the local mayor (Bruce Holbrook) brings in an alluring cryptozoologist (Ashlee Renz-Hotz) and enlists Talmadge to guide her during her search.
The movie centers on a young, female journalist who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. According to Before the Door, the project is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony and uncovered secrets about programs run by the CIA.
“We are excited to branch out in our storytelling…We’ve produced a movie about the financial crash and an innovative, grounded romantic comedy. ‘The Banshe Chapter’ is an opportunity for us to tackle another film with its roots in reality, but through the lens of horror.”
- Zachary Quinto, Executive Producer
Banshee writer Blair Erickson will make his directorial debut with the film which is scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico within weeks.
Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Before the Door’s Corey Moosa will produce. Quinto will executive produce with Arnold-Beutel, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers.
Erickson is creative director of the interactive marketing agency “Millions of Us,” where, acording to Behind the Door, he “created breakthrough interactive stories, transmedia experiences and live action stories in virtual worlds, short films and online communities.” [Reuters]
His work includes an online thriller for the “Terminator” franchise, several 3D projects for Sony’s PlayStation Home, among others.
Further information and casting details to follow as soon as they become available!