On the long and winding road of missteps, wherein New Mexico industries and the very fiber of our cultural make-up as New Mexicans had first been underutilized then flatly insulted, a path to amends is taking shape.
This week New Mexico Film workers business agent, Jon Hendry had a successful meeting with the Governor’s cabinet members in regards to their handling and handing out of the state’s multi-million dollar ad campaign, which has recently grabbed some unflattering national and international attention due to the Tourism Department’s casting gaffe.
Tops in priority to many are bridging the gap between the high dollar, high visibility contract utilizing local trades, businesses and people, for this all important media package set to launch beginning next month with the goal of showcasing New Mexico to the world.
As forwarded to OHI from the office of IATSE 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry to locals in film; the status of New Mexico Film, New Mexico Tourism, and New Mexicans going forward together stands as follows:
I just met with Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobsen, the Director of Tourism Development, and the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff on the outsourcing of crew on the recent tourism commercial.
I feel we had a frank and open discussion of our positions. I believe the Department and the Governor’s office now know that this is something that should not have occurred. I also believe that they are willing to make every effort to prevent this from occurring in the future.
We discussed three things which I think will be positive steps forward.
1. We will work together to ensure that as many New Mexicans as possible work on these projects in the future.
2. We will work to form an advisory group of people from around the state to assist in achieving that goal.
3. We will jointly create a promotion to showcase New Mexicans’ own stories.
I strongly believe this meeting was a positive first step. Everyone in attendance took this matter seriously. I’m making a commitment to the NM production community that I will do everything that I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The Governor’s office and the Tourism Department will work with us all to make sure as well.
Having said that, the recent commercial is in the can; continuing to gripe and complain about it, while therapeutic, does not help. We’re all New Mexicans here regardless of what side of the fence we sit on, where we originally came from, or what we look like. Our goal should be to promote jobs through sustainable and respectful tourism. I know a number of you told me earlier you’re willing to work with me on this and I will hold you to it.
IATSE Local 480
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Miamiverse.com has published the above “Open Letter” from best selling author Alisa Valdes to fellow New Mexico Native, Demi Moore.
The Albuquerque born, Del Norte High School graduate is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and the LA Times. She has written seven novels including the New York Times best seller The Dirty Girls Social Club.
This summer HarperCollins will publish Temptation, the first installment of the author’s forthcoming teen crossover supernatural romance trilogy, Kindred.
She nearly had me at sapphire blue dress…but the woman on the verge of becoming Princess Katherine the Great makes an even better show in her request for support and awareness of anti-bullying efforts.
Among the list of organizations that Prince William and his Lady have asked their supporters to benefit in lieu of wedding gifts is Beatbullying – a group that work[s] intensively with those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.
According to the flurry of media reports surrounding the future Queen – she experienced long-term difficulties, suffering through the throws of pre-teen bullying – talk about IT GETS BETTER! Good show Kate!
And now from one Queen to another…I admired his humble beginnings, loathed his wicked ways and now admire his change.
With the rash of child and young-adult suicides bringing the evils of bullying to the forefront of decent human consciousness many called-out one who was perceived as one of the biggest cyber-bullies of all time – in fact Mario was a long time victim of the aim of the evil that is harassment, name-calling, and outright blind hate.
With that background in tow – the coffee shop success of his snarky multimillion dollar online life began – but with the clarity that comes after tragedy the Queen of online mean turned a new leaf, a kinder, gentler exposé of the gossip we hold so dear (you know you do – admitting it is the first step).
And with that, “Hollywood’s most hated” website was re-monikered to “Hollywood’s most sassy…“, vulgar scribbles turned sillier, and words less hateful more punny. We didn’t hear much about this being publicized, but then why would it get press – hateful gets far more headlines.
Lesson Learned: It gets better when we get better, don’t be a bully
p.s. NOT EVER to be confused with the C-wordness of my (twin-brother from another mother) my BELOVED M.K. whose prose are PURE POETRY of the ages…
We’ve got chile, they’ve got corn & we all want movies! It’s the recession succession version of WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
The hearty film industry that is New Mexico’s is so oft referenced in posts and articles where other states are clamoring for a stake, if I had a dubloom for every time – I could buy all y’all a steak!
In one of today’s heads-up blog posts, crafty Christine of Iowa paints (or needlepoints) the sad truth about films on wheels, which is the reverse of Meals on Wheels in that it is where the tax incentives lie that the film industry will follow taking their meals, their dogooding & their jobs with!
Tough lessons, easily foretold and sadly playing out for Jeff and Janelle Smith of Iowa via Omaha.com.
The Iowa Film, Television, and Video Project Promotion Program was created in 2007 – the now defunct Income Tax Credit structure saw a rapid influx of productions yielding the kind of jobs we’re all/none too familiar with here in New Mexico.
The program was suspended in 2009 after unscrupulous practices by some who “took advantage” of the incentives while the administration failed to cite and correct egregious errors in the system.
With the loss of the industry and the trickle down of revenue and collateral support systems drying-up many Iowans like the Smiths may face tough decisions about whether to weather out the tough economy or follow the industry they’ve ensconced themselves in wherever it may land.
The Smith’s made themselves assets to the industry as crew and vendor service providers, Jeff as a lighting grip and Janelle in craft service – with the programs suspended the Smith’s are out of work and are now considering a move to NM.
Like Jeff who is now unemployed, Los Angeles industry transplant Chris Bevauns, a film costume and set designer, earned $60,000.00 in 2009, working steadily on nine productions to working as a “handyman” for $20,000.00 this year.
The faithful in Iowa a.k.a. the Iowa Motion Picture Association will be championing efforts to bring the program back leading up to their state’s own legislative session.
Here‘s the full AP article.
p.s. I’m not poking fun at Christine or craftiness. AND J & J you’re always welcome in New Mexico…in fact join us at a camp out in January where we may need to set-up house in front of the Roundhouse to make sure NM stays in the game, because we ARE the game! Numero Uno Nuevo Mexico – Woot!
You tug, we’ll tug – not that way cochino, that’s the old Hollywood way…
and p.s. here’s a lil’ somthin’ your momma learned last night…
In another fine example of why you keep working toward the work, do the work and have a good contract – today a supremo, syndicated superstar award goes to everyone’s favorite pastel suit wearing, huarache sporting, frosted tip donning, Don ‘huevos’ Johnson for winning his (law) suit against the co-creator of Nash Bridges and Rysher Entertainment which produced the show during its run from 1996-2001.
Don was awarded $23.2 million, being deemed entitled to half the show’s profits from royalties and global airings. YOWZA!
I bow-down to you “Sonny Crockett”!
Cancer sticks and fake-bakes will cost you more as of today. Ciggys go up $.75 per pack (zipping Nuevo México from 31st to 18th on the national cigarette tax average) and you will get taxed 10% more to jerkyfy yourself on your favorite tanning bed.
The gross receipts tax (most goods and services sans Rx and staple foods) will go up one-eighth cent, from 5 percent to 5.125 percent.
On the upside you have 90 days and counting to take advantage of The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department’s gracious Tax Amnesty Program which allows past-due state tax debtors to pay their tab sans penalties and fees.
HAPPY EARLY-INDEPENDENCE DAY! GOD bless America!
Lesson Learned: Taxes are the new quit patch and SPF.
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Quote of the day, the Buzz Aldrin edition:
“The simple truth is that we have already been to the Moon – some 40 years ago. What this nation needs in order to maintain its position as the 21st century leader in space exploration is a near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on developing key, cutting-edge technologies that will take us further and faster…” – Buzz via MSNBC
”My angel, the love of my life.” –Brad Pitt on (eww) Gwyneth Paltrow
“You’re my backbone. You’re a blessing. “You’re a piece of my heart. You’re the air I breathe. And you’re the strongest person I know…” –Kobe Bryant
“Making love to Angelina was like making love to a couch.” –Billy Bob Thornton
“Can You Doubt We Were Made for Each Other?” –Lyle Lovett on Julia Roberts
“I cheated on her with Kim, but it wasn’t cheating to me.” –Sean Combs on Jennifer Lopez
“I broke up with my Italian boyfriend and two weeks later he was sent to prison for fraud. I mean, we’ve all been there. Am I right ladies?” –Anne Hathaway
Blood & Bone Rings – BBC News
A really “shitty” way to say I ♥ You – Red Lasso
Say it, don’t engrave it –Molly Kalafut
Shop longer for your partner than for the dress –Forbes
Don’t stress it – have a lolly, give a lolly.
Today ma’ Huckleberry was at the Roundhouse to speak with opponents of El Majico‘s film tax incentives, regaling them and KOB-TV with a riviting tale about how Bill Gates was turned away from the Q back in the 70’s when he was looking for a $15K loan for his NM trademarked start-up Microsoft.
Back in the mid-nineties Linda Katz was learnin’ how to use the internets under the tutelage of her young son, when creating a basic web page they came up with a little something that looked like this, and it still does.
Shortly after going online, the hypothetical farm started generating orders from all over the world and within the first year the Katz’ were pulling in $40,000 in revenue – not too shabby for a found product that ships for the same cost as AIR.
India, Japan, Global Film & Television Production Companies and Interior Designers are some of the most insatiable weed collectors.
Locally NM Tumbleweed of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho meets some of the current tumbleweed demand. There are sites o’plenty out there now, so maybe boxing las rusos isn’t going to be the bag for you, but obviously there’s always something out there.
Lesson Learned: If not now, when? If not you, who?
The two chicks pictured above are one-in-the-same. On the left is a grieving fiancé circa 2001, on the right is the purported loosey-goosey Rachel Uchitel who’s at the center of the 3-4-5 ring circus known as Tigergate 2009.
The evolution points out to me that perhaps the equation of aqua line nose, trout pout and boob sacks equals nothing good. I myself was accused of taking on some unappealing character traits back when I had the bump in my nose shaved away into an aqua line of my own – thank goodness I stopped there.
Know when to say when people – It’s a slippery slope. One day you’re getting a diviated septum repaired the next you’re plumping lips and chesticles, before you know it you’re an athlete whoring, home-wrecking, allreding mess.
It may well start with Couture. If somebody wasn’t so concerned about slapping on this raggedy, cheese-cloth mess, hot of the runways, she might would’ve kept her wits about her instead of letting the biggest social/security fubar in White House history go down on her watch.
Lesson Learned: “Beauty fades, dumb is forever.” – Judge Judith Sheindlin
The baby-cougar-cub known as Taylor Swift who had endured a classless break-up with a tentacle of the Jonai beast has moved-on to a bigger, younger man.
Taylor Lautner who is out-muscling and out-acting his twi-peers is now out and about dating the lil’ songstress who once wept for her immature boy-bander. Now we’re not advocating promiscuity or ho-doggin’ but it might serve as a good example to some young chickies and doods out there to note – It ain’t the end of the world when he texts you that it’s so over.
Unlike some 40-somethinger out there who’s less of a cougar and more of a snoozer as she continues to bore us, languishing in her role as a victim, who shall remain nameless (rhymes with Aennifer Janiston).
“Beauty fades, dumb is forever” – Judge Judith Shineland
Leave the killer rides to the fright flicks. Call ahead or take a friend…a designated driver is hotter than Megan’s Fox or Brad’s Pitt. A DD is more like a super hero braving the night, keeping his/her wits about them watchin’ their friends act-a-fool and taking pictures to commemorate the festivities.
Some of your area bar’s and lounges may offer a safe ride home like Leo’s on Candelaria in the Q. Otherwise find your local taxi svc. number and plug that lifesaver into your phone!
To vote or not to vote? It’s like that point in your life when you have to get out of a toxic relationship but it just seems so much easier to stay. Maybe because you don’t think your vote will count, like when you lack the confidence of knowing that you can do better. Change seems hard and settling may feel safer, like when you’re used to your bad relationship and staying is easier than the work of raising your standards, expecting more and moving on.
You can’t do better – You can
You can change him – You can’t
You think he’s cheating on you – He is
You don’t feel like a priority – You’re not
He’ll leave her for you – He won’t
Things will eventually change – They won’t
ABQ’s significant other in Mayor Martin Chavez is up for an unprecedented 4th term, because he petitioned to stay with us. Like the not-so-significant other of your yesteryear who would make grand gestures, or big promises, to stay in the game, but may only come through here and there with a little weekend getaway or a fancy dinner – paltry in comparison to a partner who truly, sincerely stands by you, works to make things better for everyone around them with their selfless deeds, action and follow-through.
Will ABQ. stay with the portly spender, with stars in his eyes, who promises “visions” and grandeur, or will ABQ. collectively grow-up and into an adult relationship with a partner who goes to bat for them. If we’ve been cheated on and lied to, plied with I’m sorries or befuddled with excuses it’s probably time to move on. Kick the cad to the curb, take responsibility for yourself, do what you can do to improve ABQ. starting with a clean slate. You have to look at the facts and the record – ABQ. when it comes to Marty Chavez, He’s Just Not That Into You.
VOTE Oct. 6
This is how it’s done people…These ladies are working it!
Top left – Patricia Heaton has syndicated dough in perpetuity thanks to her long running stint on Everybody Loves Raymond, but that doesn’t keep a girl complacent. Heaton teamed with with fellow syndicated superstar Kelsey Grammer in ’07 with another stab at sit-com gold in Back to You, has since starred in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and will be seen this Fall in ABC’s new comedy The Middle.
Top right – Believes it ou non Tricia O’Kelley played Nicole Leahy in eight episodes of my beloved Gilmore Girls back in ’03-’04. She’s also worked on none other than Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Two and a Half Men, Back to You and currently stars with über syndicated Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus in The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS.
Bottom right – Holland Taylor is one heck’ uva MOTHER on Two and a Half Men, but long before she was utterly fabu alongside Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in Bosom Buddies. In between she’s wowed us with performances in TV shows like Veronica’s Closet, ER, The Practice, Monk, The L Word and so many more. And appeared in such movies as One Fine Day, Legally Blonde, Filmore and Baby Mama.
Bottom left – Jane Lynch is just incredible and she’s been in EVERYTHING…see for yourself here.
As Charlie Sheen’s character on Two and a Half Men said, ” If she becomes a big TV star while you’re still married, she’ll have to pay you alimony.” (Season 4, Episode 18) – he would know. While Denise Richards works to “support her children as a single mother” on her E! reality series It’s Complicated the ex-Mrs. Sheen gets a little boost in the support arena thanks to a purported $7 million divorce settlement and ongoing $20 million in syndication royalties from Sheen’s TV show.
And much as he might try to rid himself of his riches through successive bouts of alimony payments – Tom Arnold probably can’t marry enough times to blow all his residual payments for his stake in the Roseanne television series which plays in syndication all over the world – daily.
Lesson Learned: Marry for love, prenup for Cripes sake.
Albuquerque Talent Development Secondary Charter School is a free, fully accredited public high school for “students seeking to develop their academic talents unlike any [other] educational program”. Contact the school or review their online application.
Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA), may be facing some challenges in the building code department as they have had to scoot their 2009-2010 start date and their performing arts booties to a new location, but classes will begin in full force on August 31. Visit them at PAPA.org.
And for you mensas out there be sure to look into programs for your genius such as Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, a public charter High School located on the UNM campus. Students earn college credits while completing their HS career.
No, that isn’t me standing next to that Barbie Dream Mansion. I only wished I was a 9 yr. old white girl in 1983. But I did have that damn mansion ’cause I was spoi-eled… AND I had that sweet yellow corvette and bad Barbie R.V. It was AWESOME!
I used to have THE BEST Barbie-n-Ken outfits, my fave was the purple and red Business Barbie suit – it was so rad I can’t even express the JOY. My barbs ate like spoiled brats too. Magazine clippings of lobster tails, what ever looked decadent and hoity. Anything I’d seen on Hart to Hart, Dallas, Dynasty or Knots Landing.
And this my friends is where it all went wrong. How Hart to Hart made their riches? I don’t remember…What is up with the Dynasty peeps? No idea – they probably aren’t even in on the residual action for their DVD sales. It was a dumb, sloppy time. Oh, look at Falcon Crest…it was all wrong.
Now, Patrick Bateman would think me so gauche, but without a penny to my name – I’ve been better off than any of the times I was chasing the excess-of-the-eighties dream in my own Business Barbie suits. My BFFL always said this was the decade I’d come into my riches…and she was right. Excess is as OUT as shoulder pads.
P.S. I’m totally gonna bring back pairing purple and red. All discount or second hand – of course!