Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican ﬁlmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.
The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry decision makers.
WHEN: FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8
WHERE: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
WHAT: Panels and business connections, cast and crew advisement (Full Agenda included below)
The weekend will begin December 6 with a celebration of music through the Santa Fe Music Alliance. Band’s to perform are To Build a Fiee, Sol Fire, and Numbtron (electronic side band with members of the D Numbers.) There will also be a rafﬂe of a music video shoot valued at $5,000 launching at the event courtesy of the Santa Fe Music Alliance.
December 7 Segments include “How to break into show business” for prospective actors and extras, “How to advance your acting career” for those with previous experience and open casting calls for both groups.
“Native New Mexicans are making a living wage in productions across the state,” says Jon Hendry, business agent for IATSE 480, a union of ﬁlm industry workers. “Everyone from Deming to Downtown Santa Fe has benefited from new business and new jobs ﬁlm has created in New Mexico. The programs in this weekend are opening up even more opportunities for all of us.”
In addition, production buyers will be on hand to meet New Mexico business leaders looking to promote or expand their business with the industry. All businesses are welcome.
For more information contact Nani 505-988-7414 x102
Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Ofﬁce to explain New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Ofﬁce the afternoon of December 7. New Mexico has over ten years of experience as an incentive state and offers a competitive Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. In addition, New Mexico has been a leader in crew, vendor and infrastructure growth including the Film Crew Advancement Program which provides career opportunities to resident crew and reimbursements of qualifying residents’ wages to productions. Join us at the luncheon to ask questions and understand these resources available to the industry.
The day will ﬁnish with the announcement of the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project winner, who will win a prize package worth 25k of industry products and cash to turn their 60-90 second trailer submission into a pilot. Submission cut off date is December 1. Details at santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
December 8 with complete the weekend with a Brunch & Panel to discuss topics for the 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will cover topics including Achievable Goals, Power of Persuasion, and The next years of legislation for ﬁlm.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non proﬁt organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014 – currently gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters. Contact SFFF to get involved, info@santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) 505-988-7414 x102
New Mexico’s Midthunder Casting, LLC + Meals For Monologues 2013
Meals for Monologues is a nationwide food bank fundraiser, started by Chicago casting director, Claire Simon, where casting directors volunteer their time to view actors’ monologues in exchange for two non-perishable food items and/or goods, products and/or animal supplies to be donated to a local church or food bank.
This is a nationwide Casting Society of America event, with casting offices throughout the country participating. Proudly presented to New Mexico by Angelique Midthunder, CSA.
Midthunder Casting, LLC will be seeking actors age 10 and up (male and female, all ethnicities) to have a prepared ONE MINUTE monologue that will be digitally recorded – and all actors must bring two (2) items in order to be seen.
Accepted items include, but are not limited to:
• Canned Food Items: canned meats, fish, vegetables, soups, fruits, pasta sauces, peanut butter & jam, baby food and formula
This is a great opportunity for actors to get exposure in the film community, a chance to practice performing in a casting environment, and more importantly, to show that the film industry in New Mexico cares about the community that we live in.
One Headlight Ink’s first annual COSTUME OF THE YEAR AWARD goes to “Hanna Skandera”, whipping teachers and ignoring students with her weapon of choice, “The Evaluator” – 50% testing (Scan-Trons), 40% red tape (evaluations), 10% attendance. Whippah!
Join the movement to communicate to our Governor that her un-confirmed pet appointee is sucking the life out of our state’s great teachers and marginalizing our children with her profiteering and pandering to corporate interests – who are buying her off in exchange for driving our teachers and children into the ground.
Photo by Kyer Wiltshire for Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico
Set mind to “open” and make the short drive to the quaint little river town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico – where El Paso goes to cool off, and Albuquerque goes to warm-up in the fall and winter months. No matter what time of year, or from where you hail, the quirky town that has long been world renowned for its year-round healing powers by way of its bountiful hot springs, just might hold something special for you.
The rich history of what was originally “Hot Springs New Mexico” is about to start a brand new chapter that will forever change the face of this hidden New Mexico treasure forever…again.
Back when the 1950s television show “Truth or Consequences” and host, Ralph Edwards put out a national challenge for an American city to change its name, Hot Springs, New Mexico stepped up to the plate and the town began its long, but quiet relationship with modern American show business.
Edwards famously opened each show with the tagline, “Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You”, and this mecca for artists, performers, shop keepers, inn keepers and fine cuisine – yes, cuisine has been doing so ever since. From those drawn there to set up shop, settle-in and create, and the many who have landed there quite by accident over the years, to those who were born and raised, the proud people of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico are indeed waiting to share their talents, wares, and richness of history with you.
As of late the likes of Ted Turner and Vince Gilligan, to name a few, have laid their stamp of approval on the Sierra County gem. The Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa, as recently purchased by Turner, was a welcome refuge for the Breaking Bad creator, who notably spent some time there enjoying a relaxing soak under the stars.
And very soon, droves of those who have their sights set on reaching the stars will begin pouring into the area. Just minutes from historic Old Town Truth or Consequences, at their well known, easy access freeway exit, you’re just a short ground-shuttle ride away from the world’s first commercial Spaceport; where all the world will turn in their quest for civilian space travel. Adding to the area’s tapestry of evolutions including their prehistoric history, Native American heritage, pioneer settlement, arts and entertainment contributions, military defense development, and armed services will be its history making involvement with U.S. commercial space exploration.
Before Beibs, Jolie, Pitt, their entourages, and many more book their itinerary and discover what is currently at your disposal, take some time off the beaten path at Interstate 25 Exit 79 – for art that inspires, town’s people who welcome and hot springs that beckon around every bend – because you can’t find a better bet than Truth or Consequences for a great, largely undiscovered, New Mexico weekend getaway.
Asian Fusion? What? Yes!
From moving moments at the all volunteer Veteran’s Memorial, to the fresh, flavorful cuisine a la chef Joseph Schmitt at Latitude 33, and everything in between – including the seasonal events that take place throughout the year in the happy riverside town and surrounding areas, keep an eye on Sierra County.
Visit these and many more OHI tested and approved area attractions in T or C:
If you’re heading to Truth or Consequences or just interested in learning more about the town, look-up these prominent locals to help guide your experience:
Cindy Bellelli – Bellelli Productions
LaRena Miller – Exec. Dir. Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway
Sid Bryan – T or C Emerging Community Development
Cary “Jagger” Gustin – Sierra County Arts Council President
Linda DeMarino – Executive Director T or C Main Street
To purchase the insiders guide to T or C, “Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico” by Michael Honack (pictured above), visit the Sierra County Arts Council here.
Then if you want to take a peek into the future of space travel, check-in with FTS Tours at the Space Place.
NBC’s drama series, The Night Shift is currently in production at Albuquerque Studios in central New Mexico, and it looks like one of their upcoming reality shows will be heading south in the near future to shoot the first ever American space travel competition.
Uber producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) is making the move into out-of-this-world reality, by offering contestants a chance at space travel in a “groundbreaking, elimination competition series”, based out of New Mexico’s own Spaceport America – Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space travel facility.
Teaming with Branson will bring Burnett’s long-time quest of taking reality competition into the stratosphere to fruition. After successfully selling NBC on the idea of space competition and subsequently building two grounded show premises around the concept over ten years ago, the project will finally take flight from New Mexico.
“I am thrilled to be part of a series that will give the everyday person a chance to see space and that NBC has come on board too so that viewers at home will have a first class seat.” Burnett said in a recent statement.
The prospective air date for the show has been revealed, but the commercial space travel flights, going for up to $250,000.00 each, are scheduled to begin launching from Spaceport America in 2014. Advance ticket deposits are reported to have been purchased by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Simon Cowell and over 600 more buyers to the tune of over $80M.
PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATES FILE SUIT IN DISTRICT COURT AGAINST SECRETARY-DESIGNATE HANNA SKANDERA OVER THE NEW TEACHER EVALUATION RULE
Educators allege that Secretary-Designate violated her statutory authority by promulgating the PED’s teacher evaluation rule.
State House Representative Sheryl Williams-Stapleton, State Senator Linda Lopez, State Senator Howie Morales and a contingent of educators have filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus against Hanna Skandera, Secretary-Designate of the state’s Public Education Department (PED) seeking to invalidate the PED’s teacher evaluation policies that she enacted without legislative approval.
New Mexico teachers returned to school this year subject to a new evaluation system linking teacher performance to student test scores. According to the lawsuit, the Secretary-Designate surpassed her authority in promulgating the rule because the language of the rule conflicts with the plain language of New Mexico’s School Personnel Act. According to the Act, there must be a “highly objective uniform statewide standard for evaluation” of teachers.
While public school districts are required to use the new evaluation system, charter schools may apply for a waiver, creating distinctly different systems for evaluating teachers.
“Educators support teacher accountability and evaluations. As professionals, we want to learn and grow and provide all of our students with the best opportunities. But this rule isn’t aimed at promoting useful professional feedback for teachers. Its aim seems to be to drive teachers away from public education by creating a false accountability systems focused on shame and blame,” says AFT NM President Stephanie Ly.
In 2013, educators and lawmakers worked to pass a meaningful evaluation system through the legislator but it was vetoed by the governor. “Governor Martinez and Secretary-Designate Martinez have ignored the voices of students, parents and educators. Meanwhile educators are demoralized and leaving the profession and it is our students that are losing out.” says President Ly.
New Mexico Educators share concerns over Skandera with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – AFT
NM’s Education Secretary Caught in Dirty Dealings with the Bush Bros. – Washington Post
Virtual Schools Run by Corporations? Hanna Skandera’s Vision – La Jicarita
Social media was abuzz this weekend when in the heart of Hollywood, New Mexico aka Ruidoso some recognizable faces were spotted out and about in the area this Labor Day Weekend.
Hometown girl and Voice contestant Tawnya Reynolds made a few appearances, Rick Springfield was in town, and one particularly bubbly blonde known and loved the world over brought her specially cultivated brand of curriculum to Ruidoso; as Goldie Hawn works to implement her foundation’s educational focus to rural New Mexico classrooms.
The actress, director, producer presents MindUP™, “a very distinctly clinical, scientific and physiological focus on taking the peaks and valleys from the daily learning cycle and applying them to everyday life.” Hawn tells the Ruidoso Free Press, “MindUP™ engages the students, teachers and especially the parents into better ways for conditioning the brain to learn with enthusiasm”.
The program has students take time at the beginning and end of each day to focus on their breathing, where Hawn says, “Today like never before, our little ones are challenged with incredible amounts of stress and distractions, impeding learning and ultimately impacting their ability to achieve success and happiness in life,” The practices aim to nurture optimism and happiness in the classroom, help eliminate bullying and aggression, increase empathy and compassion, while resolving peer conflicts in schools.
MindUP™ is the result of a 10 year of collaboration between the Hawn Foundation, neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and experts in the field of mindful awareness training which serves thousands of children globally each year, preparing children to be able to navigate 21st century challenges while maximizing opportunities for success in life. Thanks DL
UPDATE 8/26/13: GLORIOUS, New Mexico Law “Does not preclude nor prohibit issuance of a marriage license to otherwise qualified couples on the basis of sexual orientation or the gender of its members.”
So says Bernalillo District Court Judge, Alan Malot today, in a ruling which grants the right to obtain a marriage license to ALL couples in New Mexico’s most populated county, following rulings earlier in the month allowing equal rights for same-sex couples in Santa Fe and Doña Ana Counties.
Pre-register your marriage license request for Bernalillo County online here.
Bernalillo County Marriage License information here.
RSVP for a special celebration of “Weddings on the Plaza” here.
Click here for Santa Fe Marriage License Application and Court Oder directing the Santa Fe County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses.
Instructions for applying for a Marriage License in Doña Ana County here.
- MARRIAGES MAY BE PERFORMED ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO -
Marriage licenses are valid indefinitely, but must be returned to the County Clerk where it was issued with the proper certification within 90 days of the ceremony. once a ceremony is performed.
If you are a LGBT friendly marriage officiant or other New Mexico wedding resource, please feel free to post your contact information as a comment below for couples who may need your assistance now – thank you.
UPDATE 8/23/13: It looks like your local casting connection for this New Mexico production will be Kiira Arai Casting LLC. Keep up to date with her casting announcements here.
NEW MEXICO BOUND – From executive producer Sofia Vergara comes the ABC midseason series pick-up, Killer Women. Filling the gaps before the Fall start of longstanding ABC hits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville and Once Upon a Time, will be a bevy of new series in lieu of the outdated practice of simply airing repeats.
The ABC pilot of Killer Women was shot in Texas, the show’s backdrop, but will move regular production to Albuquerque next month.
Along with the NBC show, The Night Shift, now in production in Albuquerque, this series marks an important upturn for procedural television for the New Mexico film industry – the local economic impact and worldwide acclaim of which can no longer be denied. And with the recent wrap of the state’s most successful television series to date, AMC’s Breaking Bad, the ABC production is a welcome addition – hot on the heels of another series stand-in, as northern New Mexico has had a very successful run portraying Wyoming in two full seasons of the A&E hit series Longmire.
According to the New Mexico film office, the production will employ more than 150 New Mexico crew members and more than 250 actors and extras. The female led show centers on Molly Parker, played by Tricia Helfer (Two and a Half Men, Tron: Uprising, The Firm), the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, “a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.” – per IMDb.
Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Trucco (Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Revenge), Alex Fernandez (Mistresses, Devious Maids, Dallas) and Marta Milans (Valientes, The American Experience) round out the cast.
Killer Women will begin filming in Albuquerque and surrounding areas in September.
While states with a smattering of recent film successes and some with storied old classics under their belt have taken their turns at film tourism and tale spinning; the desert gem of global film production now comes to the forefront of film fan experiences by unleashing the power partnership of the magical nuances of visiting our great state with an unparallelled production history.
On Monday the New Mexico Tourism Department and the New Mexico Film Office announced the power partnership of two of the state’s most valuable resources – Tourism and Film.
New Mexico “Film Trails” marries the treasure trove of the state’s unique landscapes and experiences with the only place in the world where Walter White meets The Lone Ranger and at any given moment a cavalcade of Oscar winners pepper the state. Although the local film industry has ebbed and flowed with the impact of a seismic BOOM in recent decades, New Mexico isn’t exactly new to this rodeo with a filmography dating back to 1897.
Let the New Mexico “every man’s” economic prosperity boon skyrocket along with the traveling global recognition of New Mexico as America’s ultimate film travel destination!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.