On Saturday December 7, as a part of the three day New Mexico Film Industry Tune-up, local talent is invited to participate in the first NEW MEXICO SIZZLE REEL shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
“Who travels to the biggest film festivals in the country? Who stands out as the face of New Mexico talent to global filmmakers? YOU DO…or at least you WILL.
Be a part of the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel” and be showcased around the country and all over the world [via the web] for your part in the state’s great film industry.”
To be featured: Come to Saturday’s event in your own select wardrobe and have a 30 sec monologue prepared. You will be film prepped, put through hair and makeup, lit and shot to be featured in the first “New Mexico Sizzle Reel”, which will be taken to the next Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and distributed to top indie producers all around the country over the next calendar year. Both SAG-AFTRA and non-union talent welcome.
In addition to a top tier casting agent panel, FREE head shots and 30 sec. promo production, prominent state legislators will be on hand at the FREE legislative brunch. The working lunch will host true experts on state production funding. Actual film industry buyers, the people who spend movie millions, will be in attendance to network with your local film related businesses and services. All of this & more at your disposal – for free!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 6, 2013 Santa Fe Music Alliance celebration of music in film with bands Sol Fire, To Build A Fire, and DJ’s Bacon and Feathericci from Numbtron ($10 entry, includes food & drink).
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Continental Breakfast
Meet and Greet and chat with the people who make buying decisions for major motion pictures. – How your business can do more business with the film business.
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Working Lunch 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.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Demonstration
Panavision will be demonstrating their newly launched Primo V series lenses.
2:00 PM – 8PM Head Shots
Get your headshot taken for extras casting agents
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Panel
Casting Session Number One “SO YOU WANNA BE IN MOVIES”
Panelist: Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Elizabeth Gabel, Lorrie Latham
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Panel
Casting Session Number Two “LIGHT YOUR ACTING CAREER ON FIRE”
Panelist: Kerry Barden, CSA, Angelique Midthunder, CSA, Tamara Decker.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Awards Ceremony – Shoot Santa Fe trailer contest grand prize winner to be announced
Celebration and DJ
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2013
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Brunch & Panel
2014 Legislative Session Filmmakers Brunch and panel. Law makers discuss the Power of Persuasion and the next 5 years of legislation for film.
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
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is pleased to present the Red Carpet Gala screening of the New Mexico-made film SWEETWATER on Friday October 18th, 7pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Writers and directors Logan and Noah Miller will be in attendance to introduce the picture and follow with Q&A. Sweet Vengeance is set against the magnificent New Mexico country side, directed by the Miller Brothers create a wonderful stylistic western starring January Jones and Ed Harris. In the late 1800′s, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones) tries to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs) her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris). Special private reception at Pippin Contemporary at 5 pm featuring the music of Nacha Mendez. Red Carpet Gala event starts at 6:30pm at Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets on sale now for all events www.ticketsantafe.org or call 505-988-1234.
Join Santa Fe independent Film Festival extravaganza with a Red Carpet event provided by IATSE local 480. After-party to follow at Kristin Johnson Fine Art with GROUPIES exhibition photos by Baron Wolman. Come Dressed as a groupies. The night ends with a dance-party at Rouge Cat.
Friday October 18th at 10:45 am SFIFF will feature the Tribeca Film Festival hit BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, a spirited bluegrass soundtrack accompanies the turbulent relationship of Didier, a banjo-playing atheist, and Elise, a singing tattoo-artist with her own spirituality. When tragedy strikes, their love and beliefs are put to the test. A bluegrass band will play after the screening at CCA.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Mission Statement
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the best films the cinematic world has to offer to our thriving artistic community and growing audience. Our goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich our community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico by showcasing the latest talent in independent films both local and global.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival:
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the 5th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors: (official sponsors) McDowell Construction, Premier Distributing Company, Bishop’s Lodge and Resort, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Eldorado Hotel, Studio X, Kristin Johnson Fine Art & Ice House Music, Garrett’s Desert Inn, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, IATSE Local 480, The Santa Fe Reporter, Hutton Broadcasting, The Film School at SFUAD, Garson Studios, HDNM & Stepbridge Studios; (community sponsors) Buffalo Thunder Casino & Resort, Center for Contemporary Arts, Pippin Contemporary, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, EZTV Install, Dos Lunas Tequila,, High Desert Digital, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Palace Restaurant, Tanti Luce 221, Santa Fe Spirits.
Other funding provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Foundation, and Kindle Project. Partially funded by 1% Lodgers Tax.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announces a special evening with John Waters will be the highlight of the 2013 fest on Saturday, October 19th at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. The main event of the evening will be John Waters LIVE. In his newest one-man-show “This Filthy World”, John Waters (HAIRSPRAY, CRYBABY) highlights his impressive film career and perverse taste. The living independent film legend who William Burroughs dubbed “The Pope of Trash,” will follow his show with a book signing of his latest title ROLE MODELS. This is John Waters first performance in Santa Fe. The evening is topped with Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s popular V.I.P Party hosted by Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers at the San Francisco Bar & Grill just down San Francisco Street near the Plaza.
Tickets for John Waters LIVE “This Filfthy World” range from $18 to $58 and are available at ticketsantafe.org or call #505-988-1234 on Monday September 16th.
“No filmmaker embodies the independent spirit and honesty the way that the great John Waters. He is a true independent spirit and we are extremely honored to have him at the festival.” said Jacques Paisner, Executive Director and Co- founder.
John Waters grew up in Baltimore in the 1950s, obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his counter-culture friends as his cast, Waters began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-’60s. By the early 1970s, he was making features, breaking into world-wide notoriety with PINK FLAMINGOS (1972) – a bold exercise in ultra-bad taste. Waters successfully crossed over to Hollywood with HAIRSPRAY(1988). Waters continues to create daring independent films today. His films HAIRSPRAY was turned into the eight time Tony award-winning Broadway musical.
An Evening with John Waters is part of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s Baltimore Program. Other films include: I AM DIVINE and 12 O’CLOCK BOYS.
I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, and honors him in just the way he always craved – as a serious artist and an immortal star.
12 O’CLOCK BOYS, Pug, a wisecracking 13 year old living on a dangerous Westside block, has one goal in mind: to join The Twelve O’Clock Boys; the notorious urban dirt-bike gang of Baltimore. Converging from all parts of the inner city, they invade the streets and clash with police, who are forbidden to chase the bikes for fear of endangering the public.
Special tickets for a private intimate dinner party with John Waters preceding his show go on sale for $500 each, on a first come, first serve basis, includes reserved seating. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 16th, please visit ticketsantafe.org or call 505.988.1234.
The 2013 Fifth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will begin on Wednesday October 16, 2013 with the Oscar nominee John Sayles’s thriller GO FOR SISTERS introduced by co-star and actor Yolanda Ross (TREME, SPECTOR) and come to a rest on Sunday October 20, 2013, holding five (5) days of independent film, interactive social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is the hot, fast-growing film festival where innovative filmmakers have a place to screen their films to the diverse audiences in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the annual 5 day film fest the third week in October, now in its 5th year, and, at special events throughout the year.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the 5th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors: (official sponsors) Bishop’s Lodge and Resort, Inn and Spa at Loretto, Eldorado Hotel, Studio X, Kristin Johnson Gallery & Ice House Music, Garrett’s Desert Inn, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, IATSE Local 480, The Santa Fe Reporter, Hutton Broadcasting, The Film School at SFUAD, Garson Studios; (community sponsors) Center for Contemporary Arts, Pippin Contemporary, EZ TV Install, Dos Lunas Tequila, HDNM & Stepbridge Studios, High Desert Digital, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Palace Restuarnt, Tanti Luce, Santa Fe Spirits.
Other funding provided by: Santa Fe Arts Commission, McCune Charitable Foundation, and Kindle Project.
HUGE NON-UNION OPEN CALL – NM RESIDENTS ONLY *NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
CASTING REAL PEOPLE
FOR A NEW MEXICO HEALTH SERVICES TV COMMERCIAL
*Looking for NEW MEXICO real people newborn to great Grandparents
*No acting experience needed, seeking non-union “real” people, all ages
*Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian, Caucasian
*We need the ‘look of New Mexico’
*If chosen, shoots 1 day between 9-19 & 9-23
*PAY IS $400.00 for the days work.
Bring your entire family, children, elders and everyone in between!
WHEN: TUESDAY, 9-10-2013, 2-6PM
WHERE: NATIVO LODGE, SABINA ROOM
6000 Pan American FWY, Alb., NM 87109
WHEN: THURSDAY, 9-12-2013, 2-6pm
WHERE: INN AT SANTA FE, KACHINA ROOM
8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507
WHEN: FRIDAY, 9-13-2013, 1-6PM
WHERE: KACHINA LODGE, SUNDANCE ROOM
413 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
Industry heavy weight publication, MovieMaker Magazine is on the hunt for the COOLEST Film Festivals in the country. And if there’s one thing New Mexico’s famed “City Different” is most renowned for…it’s COOL! Couple that with the crazy talent and passion of the capitol city’s film and overall arts communities and we have a WINNER!
Santa Fe Independent Film Fest is in the running for Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Fests. Every year Moviemaker Magazine announces the top 25 coolest film festivals around. This year they have opened up the voting to festival goers. Thanks to your support Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is one of 80 film fests on the shortlist. Now we need your help to win our pool #10. Vote for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and tell the world how cool our festival and city really are. Please vote today, voting ends on Monday July 8th. Vote here! It’s so easy!
From Moviemaker’s Lara Conocino, “You’re probably aware that every fall, for the better part of a decade, we’ve published a list of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”-the sister list to our “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” After a lot of debate and consideration, we decided to kick the “Coolest” list up a notch this year and let our readers nominate and vote on their favorite film festivals.”
Please vote for Santa Fe Independent Film Festival!
Don’t forget to attend Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and Santa Fe Rep present The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Railyard Park with live shadow cast. Movie starts at 8 p.m. after party at Rouge Cat start at 10pm.
The 2013 Fifth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will begin on Wednesday October 16, 2013 and come to a rest on Sunday October 21, 2013, holding five (5) days of independent film, interactive social events, and numerous instructive and expository workshops.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is geared towards giving creative filmmakers a place to screen their film in Santa Fe, NM. SFIFF invites filmmakers from around the world to screen their innovative work to the diverse audience of Santa Fe, NM.
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).
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.
We don’t want no stinking paparazzi, but we do want you to play one on TV…
Well, maybe not so much on TV, but if you or someone you know is a professional or novice photog who may be interested in supporting the New Mexico Film Industry, please take the time to read and share the following notice:
Want to help out? This Thursday evening Film Industry advocates are throwing the 100th Bill Party, hosted by IATSE Local 480. This year’s theme is, “A Salute to the Movie Business”!
Event organizers want to create the atmosphere of a big industry event for all! To make the party that much more exciting and glamorous, what better than having photographers snapping away red carpet style photos of all attendees and the major star appearances expected?
If you’d like to help* and get important New Mexico Film legislation passed, come to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 5′ish to 7′ish with your camera dressed as a paparazzi.
*If you show-up in your paparazzi best to help advance the cause, I volunteer to post your select photographs of the event (and/or other works) here along with your contact information for possible follow-up photography jobs! Email email@example.com with your shots!
PLEASE, all interested actors MUST attend the film and media day casting call. I sadly will not be there because I have to be in CA that day, but Lorrie Latham will be there to represent EG casting and Latham Casting.
“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.”
BREAKING NEWS: Santa Fe IFF Changes Screening Date for BLESS ME, ULTIMA with Rudolfo Anaya in Attendance Due to Overwhelming Community Response
**All tickets purchased for the original Wednesday Oct. 17 showing will receive entrance to the after party at Zia Diner on Wednesday, October 17th and also have a seat at the premiere on Thursday, October 18th at the Lensic.**
Santa Fe, NM: The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival announces that the screening of BLESS ME, ULTIMA will now be at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on the 2nd day of the fest with Rudolfo Anaya in attendance on Thursday, October 18th to accommodate the overwhelming community response.
Santa Fe IFF and The Lensic are honored that author Rudolfo Anaya will be at the New Mexico premiere of BLESS ME ULTIMA to accept the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s American Author Award and to sign his books before the premiere. Luke Ganalon the actor who stars as the young Antonio, and Benito Martinez, who plays Antonio’s father Gabriel, will introduce the film.
Due to the astounding advance ticket sales, Santa Fe IFF has also extended the BLESS ME, ULTIMA events to two days beginning on the 1st day of the Fest, Wednesday, October 17th with a special party hosted by the Zia Diner where owner, restaurateur Beth Koch has created a menu inspired by the recipes from Rudolfo Anaya’s book to celebrate the NM premiere of the movie at 9 p.m. at 326 South Guadalupe Street in the Rail Yard.
The venue and date of the screening of BLESS ME, ULTIMA have been changed from Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at Warehouse 21 to Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m. at the Lensic. Tickets for the screening are available now at ticketssantafe.org and the Lensic box office 505.988.1234.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support of sponsors andcorporate partnerships to help fund the Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this years’ committed sponsors: (media partner) Hutton Broadcasting; (official sponsors) Inn and Spa at Loretto, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Studio X, Hotel Santa Fe, Lensic, Warehouse 21, Lensic Performing Arts Center; (community sponsors) IATSE Local 480, HDNM, ,La Posada de Santa Fe Resort, Garrett’s Desert Inn, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Zia Diner, Cowgirl BBQ, Flying Star, Ore House at Milagro, Santa Fe Studios, Santa Fe Studios, Garson Studios, Albuquerque Studios, Whole Foods; (signature sponsors) Tamalewood, High Desert Digital, Meow Wolf, Fred Ray Lopez of Santa Fe Tinworks; (contributing partners) Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwest CARE Center, Quail Run, KUNM, Hinkle Law Firm, Farm to Restaurant New Mexico, Winds of Choice Chiropractic Healing; (festival partners) Ace Hardware, Century Bank, Image Ratio, One Mind Design.
Other partners include: Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Kindle Project, and the McCune Foundation.
About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and Film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF’s all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers, and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year’s Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe.The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission in exhibiting the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships.
The 4th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film takes place October 17 to 21, 2012. For more information contact:
The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival takes place October 17 to 21, 2012. For more information contact:
From the Book that was Banned, Burned and Forbidden, the New Mexico Movie Premiere of Bless Me, Ultima Opens the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on October 17, 2012.
Santa Fe, NM (August 27, 2012) The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce its 2012 festival will open with the New Mexico premiere of Bless Me, Ultima the film based on the beloved classic, “the book that was banned, burned, and forbidden.” Bless Me, Ultima written by treasured New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya will kick off the fourth year of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on October 17th at Warehouse 21 heading up a full festival schedule over 5 days in 4 venues in downtown Santa Fe. Santa Fe IFF runs October 17th to 21st with over 75 film screenings, filmmaker workshops and after-parties. The Opening night party will be held at Zia Diner with a special menu created by local restaurateur Beth Koch based on recipes from Bless Me, Ultima. The Awards Ceremony will be on Saturday October 20th at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. This year, Santa Fe IFF inaugurates its New Mexico Tin Pie Plate Awards created by Fred Ray Lopez of santafetinworks.com to hold their signature Pie Awards homemade by the Executive Director’s Mom.
Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima is a drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly curandera who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. Many New Mexicans can remember growing up reading this incredible book, and have long awaited the movie. Bless Me, Ultima is an award-winning classic, however, it has been controversial and has been banned in school curriculum and public libraries, as recently as this year in Arizona. Opening the festival with Bless Me, Ultima represents Santa Fe IFF’s commitment to supporting films made in New Mexico featuring a New Mexican cast and crew. Executive Director Jacques Paisner states, “The mission of Santa Fe IFF is to show that New Mexico is the best place to watch and make films. We are especially excited to present the New Mexico premiere of Bless Me Ultima written here by a beloved New Mexico author and filmed in our state.”
Santa Fe IFF is excited that Southwest CARE Center has come on as a contributing partner to bring the timely critically acclaimed film Call Me Kuchu to the 2012 fest. David Kato, the first openly gay man in Uganda and his fellow activists work tirelessly to defeat a new bill that threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death, while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.”Racking up awards from the Berlin Film Festival to Toronto’s Hot Docs, and closing this year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival at NYC’s Film Society of Lincoln Center…Call Me Kuchu… is one of those rare docs that manages to enlighten, uplift and enrage in equal doses.” Lauren Wissot (Santa Fe IFF Director of Programming, Filmmaker Magazine Contributing Editor) Call Me Kuchu will screen at CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts) on Friday, October 19. For info on Santa Fe IFF 2012 festival passes and tickets go to www.santafeiff.com or call 505 349-1414.
Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival program, events and filmmaker brunch rely on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships. A special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors: (media partner) Hutton Broadcasting; (official sponsors) Inn and Spa at Lorretto, Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Studio X, Hotel Santa Fe, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Warehouse 21, IATSE Local 480, HDNM, Santa Fe Studios; (community sponsors) La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, Garrett’s Desert Inn, San Francisco Street Bar & Grill, Zia Diner, Cowgirl BBQ, Flying Star, Ore House at Milagro, Inside Santa Fe, Garson Studios; (signature sponsors) Tamalewood, High Desert Digital, Meow Wolf, Fred Ray Lopez of Santa Fe Tinworks, Whole Foods; (contributing partners) Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwest CARE Center, Quail Run, KUNM, Hinkle Law Firm, Farm to Restaurant New Mexico, Winds of Choice Chiropractic Healing; (festival partners) Century Bank, Image Ratio, One Mind Design.
Other supporters include: Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Kindle Project, and McCune Foundation.
About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF’s all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year’s Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe. The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission of exhibiting the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships.
Dozens of locals brave their bristles awaiting a call for The Lone Ranger, while Ed Harris and January Jones ready for their close-up in New Mexico.
The call for extras with substantial beards has been out for months. As the NM weather heats-up many Lone Ranger hopefuls have thrown in the towel and picked-up the razor. Those who remain at their grizzly best still have hope as the Extras Casting director for the shoot recently sent out word that TLR will resume filming in mid July through the end of August.
Elizabeth Gabel, the E&G of EG Casting, has also announced today that they will be casting for the upcoming Albuquerque shoot of Sweetwater starring Ed Harris and January Jones.
If you’re beard ready for July or if you’re interested in submitting for 1800′s Western Drama, Sweetwater, register or update your talent profile with EG Casting here.
Rene Haynes Casting is holding an Open Casting Call for 7 to 14 year old NATIVE BOYS for the feature film “Man Called Buffalo,” directed by Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals).
Two young Navajo brothers escape their abusive stepfather in search of the buffalo from their favorite book, a determined local police officer teams up with a half-Sioux highway patrolwoman but the rescue mission becomes more than they expected.
When: Saturday, May 19
And Sunday, May 20
Time (both days): 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Garson Studios, Stage C
Santa Fe University of Art & Design
1600 St. Michael’s Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505
For Parking follow posted signs from University entrance to Stage C.
Director: Chris Eyre
Producer: Edward Parks
Genre: Coming of Age Feature Film
Paying SAG Scale – Modified Low Budget
Please bring recent photo (or one will be taken there) and a parent or guardian OR a note of permission. Boys will be given audition material at the location.
UPDATE 4/29/12: Longmire will premiere Sunday, June 3 on A&E.
Robert Baxter is casting Background Extras for the A&E television series, Longmire.
“…we are in need of a group of BG artists to be in a Night Club Scene in Santa Fe in about 2 weeks. First off this is A&E there is no nudity. We need very Beautiful Waitresses and bartenders and 40 or 50 Rough looking patrons between 30 yo 50 y/o.” -Robert Baxter
The long awaited New Mexico production of A&E’s original series, Longmire will premiere June 3rd, 2012.
Though casting and principal photography are just getting underway here in NM, for the first full season the griping drama series, the show’s pilot is episode is ready to go.
Back in August, 2011 the Associated Press Reported:
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Absaroka County doesn’t exist on Wyoming maps, but it has its own county-24 license plate. Craig Johnson has a stack to prove it. One was affixed to each car in the A&E television pilot “Longmire,” and Johnson couldn’t resist taking a few home.
“If the TV show does get done, I’d really enjoy seeing characters from Wyoming who act as if they have IQs above room temperature,” Johnson recently told the Star-Tribune.
He’ll get that chance next summer.
In an email to his fans, Johnson announced Monday that A&E picked up a 10-episode season of “Longmire,” a TV series based on Johnson’s novels about Walt Longmire, sheriff of the least-populated county of the least-populated state.
The show will star Australian Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as Walt and Portland native Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) as foul-mouthed deputy Victoria Morretti. Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) will also star.
Johnson is the author of seven Walt Longmire mystery novels, beginning with “The Cold Dish” in 2004. Walt lives and works in the fictional Absaroka County, based on Johnson’s home territory of Ucross, population 25. Locals refer to the area as the UCLA of Wyoming — Ucross, Clearmont, Leiter and Arvada. It lies between Buffalo and Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
In a recent interview at his log cabin in Ucross, Johnson explained why he’s so excited about a show in which Wyoming characters are more than just plot devices. Watch one of those CSI cop dramas, and inevitably a case brings a big-city cop to some back-water Western town. One episode portrayed a Wyoming sheriff “like he was in some road show from Li’l Abner,” Johnson said.
“I mean, can you give us a little more credit than that?”
Besides the pilot, the deal calls for a full season of nine more episodes. Each will be shot in northern New Mexico, but Wyoming viewers may recognize some of the landmarks. Producers are interested in shooting some Wyoming landscapes and possibly bringing Walt’s white sheriff’s department Bronco to film driving Wyoming roads.
As a creative consultant for the pilot, Johnson spent three weeks on set in New Mexico. People ask him what it was like to walk into a world he created, to meet the people and see the places he had written about for the past eight years. He compares it to walking past a house plant every day when, one morning, the plant says, “Good morning. How are you?”
“It’s great, but weird. Odd but wonderful,” Johnson said.
“They built the entire Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department. They had four Broncos there with the emblems on them. There was Walt’s log cabin. Everything they did, they did with such a sense of detail.”
Until recently, Johnson hadn’t seen the pilot. He was on tour for his seventh Walt Longmire book and the first to make it on the New York Times Best Seller list, “Hell is Empty,” when executives asked him to fly to Warner Brothers Studios for the screening. He had three book events planned that day, so his wife, Judy, went instead.
But as a surprise for their 13th wedding anniversary, she arranged for a copy to be sent to the house — for their eyes only.
Johnson had half convinced himself that the pilot wouldn’t be picked up, that it wouldn’t be able to capture the essence of his characters.
“Not-much-to-my-surprise, it was fantastic,” he wrote in his email announcement. “Now, the wait was like agony. The performances were magnificent, the camera work inspiring, the sets and location breathtaking, the writing as sharp as a razor.
“What if A&E passed on this? It would be criminal.”
In the end, A&E didn’t pass on it. And next summer, all of Wyoming can see what a county-24 license plate looks like.
Robert Baxter is currently holding an online CASTING CALL for season one of the A&E TV Series “LONGMIRE“, currently in production in Santa Fe, NM.
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From A&E Television Network:
Based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, “Longmire” stars Australian actor Robert Taylor (The Matrix) as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. “Longmire” also stars Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Gallactica”), Lou Diamond Phillips (“Numb3rs”), Bailey Chase (“Damages”), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) and newcomer Adam Bartley.
Widowed only a year, Longmire is man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter, Cady (Freeman), Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of Vic (Sackhoff), a female deputy new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When Branch (Chase), an ambitious, young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community. Longmire often turns to close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear (Diamond Phillips) for support as he sets out to rebuild both his personal and professional life, one step at a time.
“Longmire” is produced by Warner Horizon Television. Hunt Baldwin (“The Closer,” “Trust Me”) and John Coveny (“The Closer,” “Trust Me”) wrote the project and serve as executive producers along with Greer Shephard (“The Closer,” “Nip/Tuck”) and Michael M. Robin (“The Closer,” “Nip/Tuck”). Christopher Chulack (“Southland,” “ER”) served as director and executive producer of the pilot. – A&E
The series pilot filmed right here in New Mexico this time last year. Longmire is slated to premiere on A&E this summer!
Description: Family members find themselves in conflict over the younger generation’s success as a family band – the same kinds of conflict that broke up their parents’ famous rock band 20 years before. The most painful thing, though, is that some of the mothers and some of their daughters are in a serious dispute that may threaten their relationships. Can all of the conflict be resolved before not only the family band but the amilies themselves are destroyed?
Theme: Real love and compassionate communication overcome.
It’s a drama with a good portion of music and a little comedy to lighten the mood now and then.
The youth band sings and plays a variety of types of music. There are sub-groups that specialize in one particular type of music (pop, rock, blues, country, folk, musical theater). The parents’ band sang ‘80s rock in the style of The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, The Go-Go’s, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Debbie Gibson, etc. The youngest mom’s solo act also performs a variety of types of music. The grandparents’ band performed folk/country music.
Multi-award winning singer-songwriter-actress Sarah Lonsert has the lead younger generation role if it works out for her to take it. Sarah wrote and sang the theme song (“I Will Rise”) for Michael John Gabriel’s short film “High Casting” and played a small role in the movie. “I Will Rise” has gone on to win the Director’s Award in the Nashville International Song and Lyric Contest. She was recently on the ballot for 8 Grammy Awards. You can hear Sarah sing many of her songs on YouTube.com, ReverbNation.com, and MySpace.com. Here’s a song that demonstrates some of what Sarah can do with her voice as well as showing some of her acting ability. And here’s the one she wrote for my film.
Playing one of the 10-11 year olds will be the amazing young guitarist Zack Quintana. Here he is.
Playing the youngest brother in the older generation will be Jono Manson who is also the Music Producer for the film. See Jono’s bio here and listen to one of his songs here.
Playing the Family Counselor will be Michael John Gabriel.
Most other roles are still open. We are hoping to sign at least 2 well-known actors to the cast.
Most of this movie will be shot in Los Angeles. Some scenes will be shot in Santa Fe and one or two scenes will be shot in Las Vegas.
We’ll shoot it in summer, 2012, or as soon as we have the financing, whichever comes later.
SAG Ultra-Low Budget agreement, which allows us to mix SAG actors with non-SAG actors. Pending financing, the agreement may be upgraded.
Rate/pay: Depends on role and financing. We won’t start shooting until financing is in place. All speaking actors will be paid.
We are now auditioning for actors, who will be able to play the following characters in July, 2012: » Read the full post