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New Mexico Presence at the Oscars

Posted by on January 16, 2014 | One comment

New Mexico at the 2014 Oscars

Congratulations to Santa Fe native Joshua Oppenheimer on his Feature Documentary Oscar Nomination for The Act of Killing, with Signe Byrge Sørensen.

Congratulations to New Mexico Sound Recording Artist, David Brownlow on his Sound Editing Oscar Nomination for the New Mexico Film Lone Survivor, which is also nominated for Sound Mixing.

New Mexico Film The Lone Ranger is nominated for Visual Effects, Makeup & Hairstyling.

New Mexico Filmers Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

New Mexico’s own THOR, Chris Hemsworth had the honor of announcing nominations this morning with Academy President Cheryl Bone Isaacs.

And lastly congratulations to New Mexico resident Julia Roberts, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress alongside Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep for August Osage County.

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The New Mexico Women’s Baseball League NEEDS YOU

Posted by on November 12, 2013 | Comments Off

New Mexico Women's Baseball League

The New Mexico Women’s Baseball League has been invited to compete in the Roy Hobbs World Series at spring training facilities in Fort Myers Florida November 15-19.

From the founder:

Our team name is Enchantment. We have a talented roster full of players from all over the world and a 1 in 6 chance of bringing home a World Series Championship. We are currently attempting to offset our trip and uniform expenses but the bottom line is we need to raise $25,000 to take 13 players and 2 coaches to the 4 day competition. If we do not raise this money, we won’t be able to go. I know it is easy to look away but even the smallest donation will help us and donating is even easier!

We have a Go Fund Me account at: http://www.gofundme.com/4ctwiw Or checks can be made payable to:

New Mexico Women’s Baseball League Inc.
10308 Candelaria NE PMB 312
Albuquerque NM 87112

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deposited at any New Mexico Bank & Trust branch.

We can also make an appointment and come to you! Nexus Brewery here in Albuquerque has provided us with our first small sponsorship and our first Go Fund Me donation came from Kim Robertson all the way from Australia. Kim is asking, “don’t let me, a lone Aussie, be the only donor!!!!” Unless they wish to be anonymous, anyone who helps us reach our goal will be recognized on our banner that will be hung by our dugout at each of our games. We are guaranteed to play at least five games and there will be a total of 232 teams from all over the world at this tournament. We will also recognize sponsors/donors on our team t-shirt, poster, program and on Facebook & Twitter.

At this time, your New Mexico Women’s Baseball League is not asking sponsors and donors to buy specified packages, but to collaborate with us to meet a desired and suitable amount which all will benefit from. Furthermore, we would like to extend our hand to provide any additional support that any donor and sponsor may need.

The New Mexico Women’s Baseball League is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) organization and we would greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution. If you have yet to do so, please click the like button on our fan page at, https://www.facebook.com/NMWomensBaseballLeague and follow NMWBL on Twitter.

This is a wonderful opportunity to help make some dreams come true and we can’t tell you how helpful this will be for us all. As always, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me either here or you can call/text me anytime at (505)710-8657.

Sincerely,
Amanda La Fon, NMWBL Founder

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Albuquerque Poet Laureate Featured in Literature Today

Posted by on October 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Albuquerque Poet Laureate Featured in Literature Today

Featured in World Literature Today as one of just 16 American Working-class Poets, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy’s Labor tribute poem as commissioned by the New Mexico Federation of Labor:

In the year of our Constitution, 1787, our country was already over 150 years into the practice of creating FREE & CHEAP laborers for life. And in 1786, printers in our then capital of Philadelphia conducted the first successful strike for increased wages.

Over a hundred years later, in 1902 a former dressmaker and schoolteacher known simply as Mother Jones would be called “the most dangerous woman in America.”

And over a hundred years to now, we still have a long way to go in a country that democratically elects leaders who genuinely believe that underpaid teachers (and their unions) are the biggest threat to our future. – HB

The very first unions in America
Were brought here by boat
Broken by back
By whip
Rape
And rope

Nowadays
Lies
And a bogeyman economy
Do the trick

The only thing scarier
Than labor
Is losing it

Even the House
And Senate
Can come together
Around house
And field
Divide and conquer

Give us power
But not position
Give us personnel
But not privilege
Give us responsibility
But not rights
Or profits
Or shares

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Potter turned Designer turns Filmmaker

Posted by on October 24, 2013 | Comments Off

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True to his own vision, Virgil Ortiz is taking his art in yet another direction. The famed potter whose work graces the shelves of everyone from the most avid collector to celebrities and royalty alike, all across the globe, struck out into fashion fame with a wildly successful collaboration with Dona Karen in the early 2000s.

Now the Cochiti Pueblo Native is taking inspiration from his own current pottery series to bring his artistic visions to the silver screen. In his 19 piece eVOlution series of clay sculpture, Ortiz fashions intricate lines into graceful angles representing the New Mexico Pueblos.

Having already translated the storytelling customs of his youth into the visual mediums of clay pottery and high fashion, the two art forms now blend together into the stunning visuals of the Evolution collection – which serve Ortiz as three dimensional representations of the characters he plans to bring to life through film, telling Indian Country Today Media Network, “Evolution,” is a movie script I am writing, my interpretation of the nineteen Pueblos’ revolt, when they came together in 1680 under the direction of the leader Po’pay.”

“The Pueblo revolt is not taught in history classes: with this project, I speak about that first American Revolution, breaking down the script into different series, to make a feature movie about the Pueblo revolt as seen by me, through my characters. It will resemble Star Trek or Star Wars, but with Native characters, and actors—a two-hour movie, with my understanding of history. The movie will give a better story, and get the kids interested, making it easier for them to understand history.”

Read the full article in Indian Country Today here, including the detailed account of the historical basis for the upcoming screenplay, as well as the controversial cultural events Ortiz plans to address in the film.

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Breaking Bad Best Drama Emmy show draws offscreen drama

Posted by on September 24, 2013 | Comments Off

2013 Emmy Drama Diversity Breaking Bad Cast

Ellen Pompeo, star of the award winning television series Grey’s Anatomy, is making headlines today with her statements regarding this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast. Pompeo appears in an SLN video released Monday where she states in part, “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all…That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”

The critical star was not in attendance at Sunday night’s telecast of the 65th Annual Emmy Awards from the Nokia theater in Los Angeles, CA – hosted by New Mexico native Neil Patrick Harris, who can now boast that his latest hosting effort pulled in the highest ratings for the show in the past seven years.

Another notable New Mexican very noticeably absent from the evening’s festivities was actor Steven Michael Quezada – who has starred in Breaking Bad, this year’s Best Drama Winner, since its first season on AMC. In previous years Quezada has been an attendee at the show, featured here and here. But on this, the show’s final run at the awards, the actor who has portrayed “Steven Gomez” since the beginning – whom like Aaron Paul’s character “Jesse Pinkman” was originally slated to be killed-off early on in the series only to make it to the bitter end of season 5.2, was nowhere to be found*.

Likely upon a flurry of inquiries mixed with congratulations on the Albuquerque based show’s big win of the night, Quezada posted online “I look at this picture and I get a little sad. I appeared in 33 episode (sic) and was never made a cast member. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely blessed to be on this great show…Oh well I have to work harder. Congrats to the awesome cast of the best TV show ever.”

So it appears that the awards show that honored the “best show on television” Sunday night, quietly celebrated some form of diversity with its choice of show host, but visually offended some who were looking for recognition and representation of talents of all creeds and colors, while perhaps some Hollywood politics led to the best drama snubbing one of its own, who happens to be a “person of color”. Possibly a more complicated storyline than any script of the night.

*It is unknown if Quezada declined or was unable to attend the awards show. OHI reached out to him for comment today, but the actor declined taking a position on any Emmy or Breaking Bad situation, saying only that he is “moving forward”.

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Support Marriage Equality in Albuquerque with New Mexico’s Own Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Posted by on September 17, 2013 | Comments Off

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The ACLU invites you:

Join us next Thursday, September 26, to support the freedom to marry in New Mexico. The evening will be co-hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Albuquerque native and star of TV’s “Modern Family,” and Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo artist and “Project Runway” finalist.

Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
RSVP at https://www.aclu.org

Ferguson’s Tie The Knot Foundation – a project he and his husband started to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage freedom through art, fashion, and entertainment – has collaborated with Michaels to produce a stunning New Mexico-themed bowtie.

Ferguson will speak about the progress toward achieving the freedom to marry in New Mexico and officially unveil Tie The Knot’s latest limited-edition tie – the “Patricia Michaels.” Proceeds from the sale of the “Patricia Michaels” will benefit Why Marriage Matters New Mexico, the ACLU of New Mexico’s public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in our state.

Support the freedom to marry in New Mexico and bring your whole “modern family” to this free event. RSVP here today. We hope to see you Thursday!

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Congratulations to New Mexico’s Own Jesse Tyler Furguson weds Justin Mikita in NYC

Posted by on July 21, 2013 | Comments Off

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Weds Justin Mikita in NYCImage via People/Time Party click for “Same Love”

Join us in supporting the Albuquerque native in his efforts to further marriage equality at TietheKnot.com!

Congratulations!

#SameLove

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Video of the Day: Inspiring Edition

Posted by on July 10, 2013 | Comments Off

Who knew Albuquerque had a Wall of Fame?

Well we do and courtesy of KOB Eyewitness News 4 here is your first inductee:

Long ago he was a science teacher on public television and a weatherman at KOB Eyewitness News 4. Now Dr. George Fischbeck is the first person honored with a plaque on Albuquerque’s brand new Wall of Fame.

“Hello my friends,” said the 90-year-old Fischbeck as he strolled straight up to a pack of TV news cameras at the Alvarado Transportation Center downtown. “Thumbs up! My friends, how are you? Everyone’s my friend!”

Dr. George still loves to be on TV, 20 years after retiring from KABC in Los Angeles. Fischbeck left Albuquerque for the big time back in 1972, but he still loves Albuquerque and Albuquerque loves him. He’s a born performer with a skullful of scientific knowledge. On KNME public television he was the best teacher many of us ever had. Monday was Albuquerque’s turn to honor Fischbeck, and Fischbeck’s turn to say thanks.

“One word: Opportunity,” Fischbeck said. “This town, this state, these people gave me an opportunity. Take an opportunity when it’s offered to you. You all have a chance to do something. You’ve got the opportunity? Grab it! Grab it and see what you can do with it!”

Dr. Fischbeck will throw out the first pitch at tomorrow night’s Isotopes game, and autograph copies of his autobiography, “My Life in Weather”.

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“Big Mistake” in post production in Albuquerque

Posted by on July 3, 2013 | Comments Off

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Albuquerque director Michael Perez has just completed production on his first feature film, a gritty crime drama titled “Big Mistake”.

The desert-noir movie, scripted by Nu City publications film editor and critic extraordinaire, Devin O’Leary is about a young bounty hunter who falls for a troublesome socialite who he is supposed to bring in and soon finds she is more then he can handle.

Actress/Producer Sylvia Adelina Padilla (Blue Aria, Paul) stars as the handful of a socialite to Samson Snell’s (Blue Aria, Prompt Critical) taxed bounty hunter.

Check out the production stills here and watch for it in 2014!

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Picture of the Day: Local #Equality Edition

Posted by on July 3, 2013 | Comments Off

Martin Heinrich New Mexico first U.S. Senator to participate in the NO H8 Campaign

New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich is the first U.S. Senator to participate in the NO H8 Campaign.

In the days prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision to strike down DOMA as unconstitutional the New Mexico Senator stated, “Gay and lesbian couples who accept the responsibility of marriage should have all the rights that come with that responsibility. The time for marriage equality is now.”

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#NMFILM TRAILER: ODD THOMAS

Posted by on June 28, 2013 | Comments Off

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ICYMI: New Mexico’s Own Neil Patrick Harris WOWS with Tony Award Open

Posted by on June 11, 2013 | Comments Off

Check out Albuquerque’s own Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the star studded audience – NM Proud!

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Neil Patrick Harris saddles up for MacFarlane Western in NM

Posted by on May 22, 2013 | Comments Off

UPDATE 7/30/13: EG Casting is looking for a 5-year-old Caucasian boy to work on “A Million Ways To Die in the West” tomorrow, Wednesday July 31, late afternoon. Please email a photo with a phone number to egabel@msn.com.

Neil Patrick Harris Tweets on Santa Fe

New Mexico’s favorite son, Neil Patrick Harris is a man who’s typically hard at work, so it’s no surprise to find him on a unique new film project. This time out the Albuquerque native is taking a turn in a comedy western right here in his homeland!

The “How I Met Your Mother” star recently tweeted an inspiring revelation about Santa Fe, where he’s currently filming with the all star cast of Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.

Also saying:

Neil Patrick Harris filming with Seth MacFarlane

This #NM flick is destined to become a comedy classic, scheduled for release on Memorial Day Weekend 2014!

The film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, and Seth MacFarlane himself!

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Forest Whitaker brings the drama to the Land of Enchantment

Posted by on May 8, 2013 | Comments Off

Forest Whitaker with New Mexico Actor Joshua R Aragon

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is already garnering critical acclaim for his portrayal of Cecil Gaines in “The Butler”, coming to theaters on Oct. 18, 2013.

While the world waits to see that film in which Whitaker co-stars with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, and many more stars bringing the riveting, real-life story of one man’s rise above a tragic and violent past to an epic life of service under a record seven U.S. presidents, the actor is hard at work in New Mexico on another dramatic film set.

The Land of Enchantment is full of rising stars, pictured above with a very slim Whitaker is one to watch. Local actor Joshua R. Aragon (Force of Execution, 2 Guns) is currently at work with Whitaker on “Enemy Way” in Albuquerque.

The production has been underway for a couple of months in the Deming, New Mexico area, the shoot is expected to continue to roll through the end of May.

“Enemy Way” is the story of ex-convict, Willie Garnett, who tries to use his second chance to escape his former life of crime. While imprisoned, he converted to Islam, which makes him a target of the local sheriff who is hell bent on exposing Garnett as a violent man.

Click and scroll here for cast & crew opportunities on this #NMFilm!

“Enemy Way” is due for theatrical release in the fall of 2013. In the meantime check out the first official trailer for “The Butler”.

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Storm brewing on New Mexico Weather front

Posted by on March 29, 2013 | 11 comments

Jason Stiff Fired

Local media personalities often feel like a part of our families or circle of friends, what with waking-up with them, or spending part of our evening with them, they share news and entertainment with us, we become accustomed to them, even look forward to seeing or hearing from them.

When we read their interesting and/or informative social media posts we can all imagine the sound of their professional voice, maybe even picture their friendly face…well now that’s all you can do if and when you’re looking for your weather updates from arguably the state’s favorite weatherman, because KOB-TV has gone and unceremoniously FIRED meteorologist Jason Stiff.

After more than three years of upstanding work, amassing a substantial fan base all over the state, the veteran WX man is out of a job and likely out of the lives of New Mexicans entirely. Due to a 12 month non-compete clause in the broadcaster’s contract, if Stiff wants to work in his chosen profession he’ll have to leave the market, i.e, New Mexico for an entire year. Outrageous.

Yes, it happens. We’ve seen television and radio shake-ups before, disgruntled with other drop kicks to our media landscape and oftentimes it’s a damn shame. True, these career setbacks don’t take away from the talent of those who garner our admiration and respect, and their stars do and will go on to shine. But if you, like we are mad as hell and want to let your voice be heard, please exercise your right to free speech and contact KOB-TV general manager Mike Burgess at mburgess@kob.com or call the station at 505-243-4411.

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Video of the Day: Thrilling homegrown romance edition

Posted by on March 27, 2013 | Comments Off

NM resident attorney turned author, Jonathan Miller discusses his latest book, Rattlesnake Wedding.

The “Rattlesnake Lawyer” himself will be signing copies of “Rattlesnake Wedding” this Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Coronado Center.

Find out more about the author and check out all the literary works by Miller at http://rattlesnakelaw.com/.

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Breaking down the vitality of the end of Breaking Bad

Posted by on March 11, 2013 | Comments Off

2_breaking-bad-jessi-walter-white-poster-mixed-faces-typography-designImage by Jared Erickson

The bad news is that arguably one of the greatest things to ever happen to New Mexico Film Production is coming to a close.

The good news (among much good news) is, there is still time to get your very own piece of the wonderment that is Breaking Bad, before cast and crew pack-up, move out of the studio lot and select locations around the Q, and ride off into the annuls of NMFilm history!

But perhaps the best news of all is that this now iconic piece of New Mexico will likely never die! Breaking Bad is and will remain one of the greatest scripted dramas the world of television (or any screen for that matter) has ever known – and Albuquerque will always have its place among the ever righteous cast and crew that has made it so!

With that, keep your eyes and ears open for the exciting things to come in the final days of filming right here in New Mexico. Bryan Cranston is making the rounds visiting local media outlets to say goodbye, promote the show and as always is working hard to help out and inspire in the community!

Here he is this morning on the air with JTD on the Peak, where among many things he shares that he WILL keep his NM home after the show wraps…additionally Bryan dishes just a bit on his feelings about the upcoming show finale.

Also this morning, Cranston and Steven Michael Quezada on the 94 Rock Morning Show >>

And finally, THIS BLOGETTE can exclusively report on some underground gossip that strongly suggests that there is more than just one ending to the epic series being filmed! IN FACT word on the wire is that there will be up to FOUR ultimate endings shot, with only the man himself, namely MR. VINCE GILLIGAN, knowing which will air on the historic night of the show’s close…

Stay tuned…

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New Mexico Actors/Extras Documentary Call

Posted by on February 14, 2013 | Comments Off

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From J. Nathan Simmons:

Attention all Background Actors & Actors – We want to hear your story! Why did you decided to go into acting? Tell us!

In partnership with Chiliwood Productions we are planning to make a documentary showcasing why people in New Mexico love working on film.

Send a brief description about you and your story to background.story.documentary@gmail.com

UPDATES TO FOLLOW >> Stay tuned for more information…

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Strings for a CURE: Where the Arts meet Humanities

Posted by on January 30, 2013 | 2 comments

McGarvey-participates-in-StringsforaCurePerformance image via RyanMcGarvey.com

New Mexico’s own resident Guitar God, Ryan McGarvey has teamed with the innovative, life-enriching organization StringsforaCURE™, saying:

“I’m so incredibly honored to work with this organization, and to help for such a worthy cause. Please take a look at the great pieces of jewelry that they were able to make from my guitar strings. All proceeds go to help those with breast cancer.”

Elisa Guida, a two-time breast cancer survivor and jewelry designer, transforms guitar strings into one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings. Net proceeds are used to fund the foundation’s efforts to educate, comfort and support cancer patients. The foundation focuses primarily on helping those with breast cancer.

The StringsforaCURE™ Foundation helps women and men diagnosed with cancer, primarily breast. Our mission is to provide education, comfort and support to cancer patients, focusing on the breast cancer patient. We help the patient directly by providing gas, grocery or pharmacy gift cards. We also provide educational materials, comfort baskets and medical grants. We want to ease the burden during their cancer journey. We raise awareness on how important nutrition and wellness plays a part in the recovery of the cancer patient.

National and international musicians donate their used guitar strings to StringsforaCURE™, and I transform them into one-of-a-kind bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings. We also raise funds through our online Virtual Quilt, our Pennies2Patients Program and Pickin’ On Cancer fundraiser and also through private donations.

My dream is to recruit many nationally known musicians – including Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, among many others – to donate their strings to the foundation. We have received strings from several famous musicians, such as Jon Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa to mention a few. -Elisa Guida, Executive Director

The StringsforaCURE foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and a Green Foundation. Their jewelry is made in the U.S.A. with net proceeds used to fund the foundation’s efforts to educate, comfort and support cancer patients.

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Come to Jesus Part III

Posted by on January 22, 2013 | Comments Off

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More deets from the set of Force of Execution, now filming in the Q…

Tomorrow NM’s Own Jesus Jr. (Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, 2 Guns, MacGruber) will face off, in the third epic battle of his career with the one and only Steven Seagal!

The actor said today, “Itz going down tomorrow…..our 3rd battle so far. 1st there was “URBAN JUSTICE” where it all started…..then there was “THE KEEPER”…and now…..”FORCE OF EXECUTION”……WORD…”

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