Robert Baxter is currently holding an online casting call for Native American “Background” talent for several scenes shooting Friday June 21st, Monday June 24th, Tuesday June 25th and Wednesday June 26th (2013).
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.
CASTING CALL FOR MODELS! Feel free to come and also share this with your friends IF YOU’RE APPROPRIATE for the CASTING. If you have an agent they will receive an additional 20% above your rate of $600. Here’s the info:
MODELS for professional PHOTO SHOOT
Men and Women 18-28 years old
Young, attractive ALL TYPES
What we are seeking:
+A mix of students and working professionals living in urban and suburban areas of the Midwest. ALL ETHNICITIES
+Overall the look and feel of the cast could be described as “hipster light.” Interesting but approachable; healthy and vibrant.
+The cast should feel “real” and not like a bunch of super wholesome cookie-cutter models, but not too grungy or heavily tattooed either.
+native “New Mexicans” **BE YOURSELF!**
+ Just show up. No experience necessary
Buffalo in the Room is a comedy series project featuring Native Americans.
Two non-union open casting calls for several roles in Buffalo in the Room will be held, on April 5th and April 6th, 2013. Auditions are open to anyone interested in acting. Experience is not required. Actors outside of New Mexico who cannot make it to the auditions can email (below) to submit a video audition.
Buffalo in the Room is a series sitcom with an expected run of 15 episodes, that primarily features Native Americans and the often comedic expectations and stereotypes when dealing with the entertainment industry.
Shooting will begin in mid-late April in New Mexico. The pilot is being pitched to broadcast TV networks, and will initially commence as a web series.
Executive producer Brian Vallie created and co-wrote Buffalo in the Room along with Brian Young, a Yale graduate filmmaker and actor for a predominantly Native cast and crew. Vallie worked as a talent agent for New Mexico’s biggest talent agency while in college which
prompted writing Buffalo in the Room. Vallie wanted to see more Native productions with comedy, so he wrote a lighthearted comedy sitcom based on actual characters and events.
The series will be directed by Allistair McCray who has been involved in the film industry for many years. “I’m excited to be working with Native writers and cast. I believe there are undiscovered talent out there and we want to give them a chance. Buffalo in the Room is a production that can give them that chance, both cast and crew,” said director and producer, Allistair McCray.
Most roles require Native ethnicity, but there will also be several other roles requiring nonnatives.
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.
As it turns out, Breaking Bad may be more than just the best scripted drama on cable television. The production is also going out with a bang of charitable heroism, on top of their consistent community activism!
NOT ONLY has the show spotlighted New Mexico as a brilliant place to film*, and highlighted the beauty of our landscapes (I’m looking at you God Mr. Slovis), but throughout production the cast, crew and studio have quite literally stepped up to the plate in taking care of those in need in our area!
RIGHT NOW there is not one, but at least FOUR charitable endeavors aimed at helping the show’s backdrop and home base:
Our own WORLDWIDE Raffle benefiting the Barrett Foundation, building futures for homeless women and children for over 25 years
The YDI “Farewell Tribute”, meet & greet opportunity, raising funds for youth arts education
Joy Junction, the state’s largest emergency homeless shelter, is NOW selling show donated items in their thrift shop!
Homelessness is a devastating experience for families. It disrupts virtually every aspect of family life. It damages the physical and emotional health of family members and interferes with children’s education and development. The sooner a family is stabilized and able to return to permanent housing, the more successful the family will be in breaking their cycle of homelessness. With less income available for housing, food, and necessities, many families are only an accident, illness, or paycheck away from becoming homeless. Nearly 40% of the homeless population consists of families with children.
The Barrett Foundation is a New Mexico not-for-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of serving Albuquerque’s homeless women and children.
Its first program was Barrett House, an emergency shelter founded in 1985. The shelter can house up to 23 women and 20 children and is located in a beautiful 12,000 sq.ft. facility that was built in 2005. Women can stay up to four weeks and receive meals, clothing, case management services, and emotional support.
In 1988 the Casa Milagro program was established. This program is designed to address the needs of women who are over the age of 40 and diagnosed with chronic mental illness. This is a group home setting, and clients can stay for up to 18 months while receiving psychosocial rehabilitation services.
In 1997, the Barrett Foundation added the Bridges to Self-Sufficiency supportive housing program to address the needs of non-disabled women with or without children. This program is a collaborative effort with three other agencies to provide supportive housing to clients who are motivated to move towards independent housing and self-sufficiency. Participants must be employed or attending school and can stay in the program for up to 24 months.
Through an incredible gift in 1999, the Barrett Foundation purchased a 16-unit apartment complex that provides supportive permanent housing to graduates of Casa Milagro. The Casa Verde program provides necessary Aftercare services to recent graduates and is complemented by an Art Therapy component.
In 2004, the Barrett Foundation added Casa Socorro, yet another permanent housing program that was started as a pilot project to serve chronically homeless women. This project is yet another collaborative effort with three other agencies. All of these clients were homeless for more than one year or were homeless more than four times the previous three years at the time of admission and have a mental disability. Clients receive case management services once a week.
The Barrett Foundation truly makes a difference in the lives of over 650 women and children every year. Although our clients come from many walks of life, they all have things in common – the need for safe housing, nutritious meals, counseling, emotional support, and hope for a better tomorrow. -The Barret Foundation
“The so-called “Defense of Marriage” Act was tabled in committee today, effectively killing it for the remainder of this legislative session. Like or share to thank the committee for standing for love, commitment, and marriage for all New Mexico couples!” -All Families Matter, New Mexico – USA
“Penasco: A Path to Water Sustainability”, a 20-minute film produced by Silver Bullet Productions (Santa Fe), with videography, sound, and editing provided by Lightningwood Pictures
(Santa Fe) – free screening on January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Runnels Auditorium in the Runnels Building (St. Francis Drive and Alta Vista) in Santa Fe.
“During 2012 a multi-organizational task group worked jointly to develop the New Mexico Sustainable Community Award Program, by starting with sustainable water systems as the initial category for awards. We had garnered Congressional support for this award program from the entire New Mexico delegation, and through the collaborative efforts of personnel from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), and the Espanola Basin Regional Issues Forum (EBRIF), we mailed out 600 invitations to New Mexico water systems to apply for the award program. Ultimately, 10 water systems state-wide were selected as award winners. Each award winner was recognized individually by a letter from Secretary David Martin, NMED and further recognized last October during the award ceremony at the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Committee conference in Taos.
In order to further recognize the winners of the Sustainable Community Awards for water system sustainability, the Penasco Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association was chosen to represent achievements in water sustainability by serving as the subject for an educational film that could be used to inspire, educate, and train small water systems state-wide. EBRIF sponsored the film project with funding provided by Los Alamos County, and the film you will see on January 25th is the final product. The 20-minute film was produced by Silver Bullet Productions in Santa Fe with the videography, sound, and editing provided by Lightningwood Pictures. EBRIF’s goal was to create a film that could be used by state agencies, e.g. NMED, OSE, and NMFA as well as other organizations e.g. RCAC, NMRW, NCNMEDD, IFC, etc. to promote the concepts of “sustainability” and illustrate by example the process and benefits of following the path to sustainability. The criteria contained in the House Joint Memorial 86 Report with emphasis on technical, managerial, and financial capacity building were addressed in the film’s script development and editing. The film’s credit roll contains reference to addition resource information listed on two NMED websites.”
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.
As we told you here, Bryan Cranston will be the guest on the 100th episode of “The After After Party.” – and now it’s official!
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – To celebrate the final season of “Breaking Bad,” The Emmy Award-winning star of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad,” will judge a Walter White look-alike contest at the taping of the historic 100th episode of “The After After Party” on Tuesday December, 4.
The 99th and 100th episodes of the locally produced late night variety show will be taped at 7 p.m., at the Wool Warehouse in downtown Albuquerque.
The show is hosted by Albuquerque actor and comedian, Steven Michael Quezada, who plays DEA agent Steve Gomez on “Breaking Bad.”
“Bryan came up with the idea, and we thought what a great way to celebrate our 100th show and ‘Breaking Bad,’” Quezada said. “You wouldn’t know it from Walter White, but Bryan has a great sense of humor.”
Quezada said contestants should show up at 5:30 pm at the Wool Warehouse. Staff will choose 10 contestants to appear on the show. The contestants will get “Breaking Bad” swag, while the winner will also get to have lunch on the set of “Breaking Bad.”
Check out the “The After After Party” Facebook page for more information.
The “After After Party” is produced by the Rio Grande Media Group.
For more information, contact Steven Michael Quezada at 505-304-3487
Red River Snow it all contest:
Due November 30th, 2012 – Submit a :60 video of yourself explaining why you’d make a good Red River ambassador. Have you been coming to Red River all your life? Do you love winter sports? Is “snow” your middle name? Do people always ask you where they should go for a good time? We want to know what makes you the most qualified person on the planet to tell everyone about Red River, New Mexico.
Ten finalists will be determined by their number of votes, then the winner and two runner ups will be chosen by a panel of Red River judges.
About Red River
Red River, New Mexico is a mountain vacation destination for skiers, hikers, bikers, fishermen, and families looking to relax and reconnect in a small town surrounded by the beauty of nature.
That grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two adults to Red River during Mardi Gras in the Mountains (must be used February 8-10, 2013) that includes lodging, meals, lift tickets, ski or snowboard rentals, and $200 cash for travel.
Runner Up Prizes
Two runner up winners will receive a trip for two adults to Red River that includes lodging and lift tickets and can be used any time during the season (blackout dates apply).
Only persons residing in United States who are at least 21 years of age can enter.
Calling all New Mexico small businesses and entrepreneurs:
Just in time for the holidays, OHI is once again offering some FREE advertising and social network promotions to state shops, restaurants, retailers and manufacturers!
If you are or have a locally owned and operated business, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to get featured in our upcoming #BUYNM listings!
Our “2012 Shop Local” page will be regularly updated to our subscribers and social network of friends and fans through New Year’s Day!
PLEASE be sure to include any special offers you may be able to extend to our readers, tie-ins you have with area charities, web links, pictures and any special New Mexico story you might have to share about your small business!!!
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand along with hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies; a large holiday card to sign; a Toys for Tots collection; and the Capitol Christmas Tree itself.
The tree will roll into town on a 105-foot truck. Event attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots collection by the Marine Corps. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise will be available for donations at the event.
The 73-foot spruce tree from White River National Forest in Colorado will be ultimately stand at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. over the upcoming holiday season. Follow “The People’s Tree” tour here.
In 1962 a group of dedicated civil libertarians came together to form the ACLU of New Mexico to defend and extend our most basic freedoms. Much has changed since then, and the ACLU has been such an important part of our state’s progress.
In honor of their fiftieth year defending freedom in New Mexico, the ACLU has produced the above short film, “Fifty Years Defending Freedom”. In this 17 minute film, you will hear from some of the key people from the organization’s past and present speak about the values that drive the important work of the organization and the historic civil liberties victories they have won over the past half century.
With the help of local supporters, the ACLU has grown from a tiny, all-volunteer organization to the largest, hardest-hitting civil liberties organization in the state. Today, the government knows that if they violate people’s rights, the ACLU WILL hold them accountable to the law.