New Mexico Film: As Cool As I Am, in theaters June 7
New Mexico Film: As Cool As I Am, in theaters June 7
Johnny Depp addresses the 30th annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski at the Lone Ranger Wrap party in Angel Fire, New Mexico back in the fall of 2012!
From the Reel NM section of The Albuquerque Journal 3/10/13:
Alejandro Montoya Marin has the magic touch. And so do Leonard Harris and Ryan Halsey.
Last year, the trio of friends managed to pull off the impossible – they made an entire web series for less than $100.
“It all happened by mistake,” Montoya Marin explains. “What’s funny is that we didn’t intend for any of this to happen.”
In fact, Montoya Marin says the trio’s series – “Film Students” – came about because each person had too much free time.
“I had just broken up with an ex-girlfriend and time was in abundance,” he says. “We had just graduated from college and started working on this place and decided to take a chance. I actually think we had been drinking that night.”
With that time, the trio was able to put together a 14-episode season.
Each episode runs less than 10 minutes and the series has had more than 300,000 views on its YouTube channel.
Each episode averages about 5,000 to 20,000 views, depending on the episode.
The series follows the adventures or misadventures of three slacker film school graduates – Montoya Marin, Harris and Hasley – whose lives begin to take a similar resemblance to the movies they watch and love.
It is filmed at Serious Grippage & Light, a grip and lighting rental company located in the Northeast Heights.
During each episode, the characters have conversations about life and movies.
“We wanted to do a series that was like the movie ‘Clerks.’ We wanted to follow each one of us in our daily life,” he explains. “I don’t like to act. I’m more a writer and director, but we all stepped out of our element and tried to make it work.”
For the trio, every episode is a surprise.
“We don’t work with any scripts at all,” Montoya Marin says. “It’s easier for us to go improv on each episode. It makes sense to us and also gives us the chance to push ourselves to become better actors.”
With the first season well behind them, the trio have begun to tease their second season, which is slated to air late spring or early summer.
In the teaser, the trio are fighting zombies.
“We wanted to have some fun with this,” he says. “It was about being funny and paying homage to ‘The Walking Dead.’”
Montoya Marin says the pressure is on the group for the second season.
He says the trio is trying to make fewer episodes and make the series cohesive.
“There have been some very successful web series to come from Albuquerque,” he says. “We are aiming to be the next one. We have the potential and think a lot of people really like the comedy. We’re trying to get the word out to local actors to be a part of this and see how far we can take it.”
Montoya Marin also wants to expand the following in New Mexico.
“We have a lot of people watching the series from around the world,” he says. “But in New Mexico, it hasn’t quite caught on yet.”
The trio’s goal is to get the series picked up and they are planning to pitch it to production companies.
“We’ve had a lot of success without too much backing,” he explains.
“If we had all of the tools in place, who knows how far this can go. We get people comparing the series to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and that’s a huge compliment. To even be mentioned in the same company of TV shows and movies that we love, it’s humbling and makes us want to push harder and get a bigger audience.”
Click here for live results list from Latinos Post.
ABQ Musicians…” bangin’” music videos with girls dancing and “Dr. Dre” sounding music is needed ASAP for a FILM shooting in NM right now! Must be free and clear music. Plays on Wednesday. To be considered for enclusion of YOUR video in this feature film, Email links and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org – ASAP!
Bless Me, Ultima will open in limited theatrical release (about 25 – 30 cities in the USA), on February 22, followed by a much wider roll-out, which will see it expand to over 200 screens across the country. -via indiewire
Red River Snow it all contest:
Due November 30th, 2012 – Submit a :60 video of yourself explaining why you’d make a good Red River ambassador. Have you been coming to Red River all your life? Do you love winter sports? Is “snow” your middle name? Do people always ask you where they should go for a good time? We want to know what makes you the most qualified person on the planet to tell everyone about Red River, New Mexico.
Ten finalists will be determined by their number of votes, then the winner and two runner ups will be chosen by a panel of Red River judges.
About Red River
Red River, New Mexico is a mountain vacation destination for skiers, hikers, bikers, fishermen, and families looking to relax and reconnect in a small town surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Click here for Official Rules and more details.
That grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two adults to Red River during Mardi Gras in the Mountains (must be used February 8-10, 2013) that includes lodging, meals, lift tickets, ski or snowboard rentals, and $200 cash for travel.
Runner Up Prizes
Two runner up winners will receive a trip for two adults to Red River that includes lodging and lift tickets and can be used any time during the season (blackout dates apply).
Only persons residing in United States who are at least 21 years of age can enter.
Presenting this year’s “Best Narrative” in the Albuquerque, NM 48 Hour Music Video Project, in which director and producer receive the name of a musical artist/band then have 48 hours to make a short Music Video based on the music.