The charitable, humanitarian organization, The Duke City Darlins has been going and growing strong in our community over the past several years coming to the aid of local individuals and groups, raising money and lending immeasurable support to people, issues and causes in need.
The beloved Darlins have suffered a tragic and senseless loss. Along with the friends and family of Kirsten Darlin Landeau and her nephew, Dillon Cearfoss, the group now mourn their passing.
The lives of Kirsten Landeau and Dillon Cearfoss were taken on Tuesday. In their mourning, the Darlins continue to band together to help put their sister and Dillon to rest.
The Darlins have set up a fund at Bank of the West for Kirsten Darlin and Dillon Cearfoss. If you would like to donate to help with funeral costs and family expenses please contact Bank of the West for the Kirsten and Dillon account, number 028363705. Money raised goes directly to the family.
A public vigil will be held Friday night, 8pm at Fox Memorial Park, Alvarado SE of Lomas and San Mateo.
June 21, 1944 – August 19, 2012
In light of the news on the apparent suicide of director Tony Scott, I would personally like to reach out to you, my creative brothers and sisters and remind you that you are NEVER ALONE. So many of the most inspiring and creative minds are also the most “tortured”. Please reach out, artist to artist and friend to friend, every one of us has a community to reach out to whether it be friends, family, peers, your church, your school, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Reach out for a hand to hold it will be met. Life is precious and so fragile.
February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012
Sally Ride died peacefully July 23, 2012 after a courageous 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, commitment, and love. Her integrity was absolute; her spirit was immeasurable; her approach to life was fearless.
Sally was a physicist, the first American woman to fly in space, a science writer, and the President and CEO of Sally Ride Science. She had the rare ability to understand the essence of things and to inspire those around her to join her pursuits.
Sally’s historic flight into space captured the nation’s imagination and made her a household name. She became a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers and a hero to generations of adventurous young girls. After retiring from NASA, Sally used her high profile to champion a cause she believed in passionately—inspiring young people, especially girls, to stick with their interest in science, to become scientifically literate, and to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering.
In addition to Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, Sally is survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Whitney; her staff of 40 at Sally Ride Science; and many friends and colleagues around the country.
Film critic Andrew Sarris October 31, 1928 – June 20, 2012
Sarris was primarily responsible for the auteur theory of film criticism, which in a nutshell said great directors and their visions make for great movies. I think that’s especially applicable to NM. If we are to develop a long term, sustainable business model it needs to be not only below the line (BTL) crew (I will modestly say we have the best BTL crews of any state between the coasts) but it also must be above the line (ATL). Great producers, writers, actors, and directors attract projects. Where would New Zealand be without Peter Jackson? Australia without Peter Weir or Baz Luhrmann? New York without Scorsese? Closer to home, Austin would be a minor threat without Rodriquez or Linklater. We’ve really started to move in that direction. If you watch our continuing TV series you will see many more NM actors, though I think we can do a much better job of advancing their cause. We have gone from one or maybe two front line producers to a competitive field of highly qualified producers and production managers, even Oscar winning executive producers such as Tony Mark and Robert Redford. In writers we have our “deans” such as Kirk Ellis and Mark Medoff along with a strong up and coming band nipping at their heels including Carl Lucas in Roswell.
It’s the directors who will bring their vision and eventually the work here. We are truly fortunate to have a national icon right here at Santa Fe University of Art & Design in Chris Eyre. If you think that is too much hyperbole go back and watch the body of his work including “Smoke Signals.” Chris will be creating noise about NM filmmakers, hopefully for years to come. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a heartfelt and sincere thank you to Alicia Keys and Peter Touche for their faith in NM and NM ATL crew in particular. Their work with Mateo Pumphrey & Diego Joaquin Lopez on “Blaze You Out” and Rajeev Nirmalakhandan on “The Odd Way Home” takes courage, especially when it’s your own money involved. When we look back on the history of the NM film business the two of them will hold a prominent place. Mark my words: we will find and promote great directors together. And to Larry, before you even go there – they shoot union when they can.
Johnny Tapia 1967 – 2012
“Johnny Tapia was a person who owned up to everything in his life, the good and the bad and never [put blame] on anybody else. He was a champion to the world and to me…R.I.P. my brother.” -Steven Michael Quezada
Pobre Meow. Last month El Gato Gordito made his way onto the world’s stage (well national television), and even on to the lap of America’s greatest talk show host, Anderson Cooper.
Now the famous tabby from Santa Fe, New Mexico is no more. After the whirl-wind press tour in which Meow’s plight to beat the bulge was made public, Meow was back home in NM, where he had been turned in to the Santa Fe Humane Society by his elderly owner whom could no longer care for him.
The Humane Society immediately set about with a regimen designed to save Meow’s life by aiming to cut down his morbidly obese weight, of 39 lbs. by at least 10.
Unfortunately, Meow lost his fight against the weight over the weekend. Santa Fe Animal Shelter executive director Mary Martin released the following announcement via facebook this morning:
I am devastated to share with you that the respiratory distress that Meow was experiencing last week (the reason we did not do his weigh-in) took his life at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The Shelter staff – along with all those who met Meow during his short time with us – mourn his passing. As many of you are aware, Meow began wheezing last Thursday in his foster home, Dr. Jen began trying to sort out the problem, at first considering the possibility of asthma associated with his weight. She started treatment immediately to ease his breathing and, when Meow didn’t improve, she sought additional help for him from our emergency specialty hospital and an additional private veterinary hospital. Although four different veterinarians worked with Meow, we were unable to stop the progression of what turned out to be pulmonary failure. Meow had been doing so well in his foster home; walking up stairs and seeking affection – that it is so very hard to believe he is gone. We will forever be grateful for the attention Meow’s size brought to pet obesity and to animal shelters across the country. We are especially grateful to all of you who fell in love with this charming cat – as we did – and were so very interested in his progress and success.
Sweet, furry reminder of the toll weight takes on the body. And with all due respect proof that even the healing hands of Anderson Cooper cannot save a losing battle.
Adios Meow. Rest in peace and may your story save many lives, feline and otherwise.
We are honored to have been asked to recognize the passing of a beloved member of the close-knit New Mexico Film family.
In this great industry of passion, pride and inspiration, brothers and sisters in film are sharing sad goodbyes and fond memories of a great spirit among them who has departed to the other side.
Today New Mexico and this world say, rest in peace to a true comrade and friend to all, Frank Tapia.
Frank Tapia passed peacefully and painlessly at 8:30 last night. He was surrounded by his family, union brothers and friends. Words cannot describe my appreciation for the huge response by this Local. Literally minutes after my email his union family started to show up and by 6:30 there was a line waiting to say goodbye, the dirt of Lone Ranger mixing with the sawdust from Breaking Bad. I know that Frank and his family appreciated it and I believe it let him go in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
-Jon Hendry, New Mexico International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Business Agent
Sincerest condolences to those of you who know him, love him and will always carry his memory with you.
Please feel free to leave your respects and remembrances as comments here.
“More than the company, the man…”
G. Vincent Pulli, Director of A&M Talent Agency in Santa Fe, died the morning of September 12 following a valiant three-year battle with cancer. A stalwart champion for the New Mexico film and entertainment industry, he will be sorely missed.
Vince was born August 18, 1944 and raised in suburban Philadelphia. He served in the army during the Vietnam War and ran several businesses in Pennsylvania and Florida during the 1970s and 1980s. As the Florida film industry boomed, Vince became a franchised agent for the Screen Actors Guild in 1992. After moving to Santa Fe in 2002, he joined the Santa Fe Association of Realtors and hung his license with RE/MAX but was soon drawn back to working with actors and built A&M into the largest SAG agency in the state.
Vince is survived by his wife and co-director, Elizabeth, son David, of Denver, Colorado, and sisters Cindy Godshall and Pamela Wenger, of Souderton, Pennsylvania.
Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at
I found out this morning that a great Man passed away last night peacefully in his sleep after a three year battle with Cancer. Vince Pulli The Co-Owner of A&M Agency which represents a large pool of NM Talent has left us. Vince’s work helped me realize a dream that I am forever grateful for. Thank you for all your work and dedication to each and every one of us. Liz my heart goes out to you and Jody Black as you carry on his work. Let’s celebrate his life. – Manny Baca
Out of all the agents I’ve had over the years, he believed in me the most! I will really miss him. Praying for all who knew and loved him. – Shenita Moore
Rest peacefully Mr. Pulli. Praying for the hearts of all who love you. WE will celebrate your life. The A&M family will miss you, and we love the legacy that you have left. Liz, Jody Black, Warm thoughts being sent your way. – Sandi Kay
Just found that one of the few people who believed in me from the very beginning six years ago, a man that I trusted, one who acted honorably both with me and on my behalf, one who had as much passion in his laughter as he did in his cussing…Vince Pulli is gone from this Earth…so very many good memories, life lessons, and growth both as a person and as an actor came as a result of knowing him…Liz, Jody Black, you are in my thoughts and prayers. – Amy Jo Larson
Vince was more than just my agent, he was a friend & father to everyone in the film community. His spirit, fight, & passion for the industry will live on through us all. – Erik Hausmanis
Rest in peace, Frank Potenza
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.” Son, Michael Wilding
In loving memory please visit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
In 2009 we brought you a glimpse into the life of an artist.
“Gianni [Lopergolo] joined the Hasbro family in 2002 and completely reinvented the way product photography was done for the toy company. With over a thousand original photographs spanning his impressive Hasbro career…” – Hasbro
Sadly Gianni passed away last night in Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife and three children.
Today we can all have a part of his passion which is preserved in his book, insight: Photography and Dioramas by Gianni Lopergolo.
Originally posted Aug 18, 2009
A devoted family man as well as a “trail-blazing” photographer, Gianni is now unable to work due to the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which he has been living with for over three years. Hasbro and a team of its producers and writers are proud to offer this compilation of over 100 photo images from within Hasbro’s own creative studios to showcase Mr. Lopergolo’s unique vision and stunning artistry, while raising awareness and funds for Gianni, his family and others suffering from this crippling disease.
Please visit Hasbrotoyshop.com to purchase this one of a kind action figure collectible – which includes images of iconic characters such as “DUKE, BARONESS and COBRA COMMANDER from Hasbro’s G.I. JOE brand as well as CAPTAIN AMERICA and SPIDER-MAN from its MARVEL line and LUKE SKYWALKER and DARTH VADER action figures from its STAR WARS line”.
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