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Silver City, New Mexico – Women run over, kids hurling stones – in the Mideast? No, Grant Co. NM, 1951 – Fallout of the eventually victorious strike by the Ladies Auxiliary Local 890 which inspired the historic labor film, “Salt of the Earth”.
On Saturday March 15, 2014 The Real Miners of United Steel Workers District 12, “Salt of the Earth” Era Elders, AFSCME, and IATSE Film Workers Union, invite one and all to Silver City, New Mexico for the 60th anniversary of the “Salt of the Earth” film release – in recognition, celebration, and in the name of the continued struggle for justice for the American worker.
“Salt of the Earth” is based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico involving Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage equality with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by management. “When an injunction prohibited [the miners] from picketing, the women – wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters – took the workers’ place on the line.”
Blacklisted for many years as being too inflammatory in exposing issues the Federal Government wanted suppressed, “Salt of the Earth” provides a moving example of community solidarity and the pivotal role of women in traditional families as well as their value in the workplace. The film was written, directed and produced by members of the original “Hollywood Ten,” who were blacklisted for refusing to answer Congressional inquiries on First Amendment grounds.
Summary of anniversary events in the birthplace of the actual incidents which spawned film:
9:45AM Bus transportation to EVENTS
Grant Co. Business Conference Center
3031 Hwy 180 E, Silver City, NM
10:00 AM – Coffee Reception, Union Hall in Bayard – light refreshments.
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tour – Mining/strike & film history tour, includes Bayard & Hurley.
1:30 PM – Lunch (L890) Union Hall in Bayard.
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM WNMU Fine Arts:
Reception honoring remaining pioneers and their families – Foyer music & displays.
Action and support opportunities for today’s workers who continue to face issues of inequality.
Panel discussion moderated by Erica Willis, with surviving activists/family members, organized labor representatives, featured elected officials and scholars.
Visual historical exhibits.
Premiere Screening of “Silver City Dreaming”
Feature Screening: “Salt of the Earth”
Panelists and organizers are available for comment and/or interview.
For scheduling contact:
Miles D Conway, Communication/Mobilization
AFSCME Council 18
Joint the event page here, get alerts and RSVP here.
FREE tickets are available ALL over Grant County, NM. Click here for pick-up locations.
SANTA FE –The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance, Friends of Film, Video and Arts, and the New Mexico Tourism Department, will seek submissions from the New Mexico public to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico”, beginning Saturday, March 15, 2014.
“The purpose of this project is to bring attention to the Post Production process that is part of the New Mexico film industry,” said Dirk Norris, President of the New Mexico Film Foundation, “and to highlight the New Mexico men and women who work in this area of filmmaking.”
All residents will be invited to submit 3-minute video clips about living in New Mexico from the mundane to the spectacular. All types of video will be accepted but must meet content requirements. Video from people of all walks of life in New Mexico is of interest. The submitted films will be given to professional post production companies in New Mexico for them to compile in order to promote their expertise and abilities in editing. Post-production professionals have the choice to edit any or all footage accepted for the project, and online voting will be conducted to determine audience favorites.
Basic guidelines are as follows:
Must be a NM resident to enter a video. Multiple submissions accepted.
Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length, uploaded to Vimeo, You Tube, or other video supported website, then sent as e-mail link via application process between March 15-30, 2014.
Accepted clips will meet production value standards and family friendly content.
Submitter owns the rights to the clip. Release forms will be signed if clip is accepted.
Entrants whose submissions are accepted will be asked to provide original footage by weblink. Those accepted will be advised in late April, 2014.
Free to enter. Submission window will be open March 15 through March 31, 2014.
Check nmfilmfoundation.org for additional details and updates.
For more information about the New Mexico Film Foundation, the New Mexico Post Alliance, Friends of Film, Video and Arts, and the New Mexico Tourism Department, please visit their respective websites at: nmfilmfoundation.org, nmpost.org, filmvideoarts.org, and newmexico.org.
WHAT: The never before seen film, “50 to 1” will have its World Premiere in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
WHO: Stars from the film and several other A List Hollywood actors will walk the red carpet and attend the premiere. New Mexico’s own, Mine That Bird, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby, will also make an appearance. Below is a list of talent expected to attend:
Jim Wilson (Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves’)
Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’)
Calvin Borel (Mine That Bird jockey and Hall-of-Fame jockey)
Mine That Bird (Kentucky Derby winner)
Chip Wooley (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird trainer)
Mark Allen (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)
Leonard Blach (The ‘real’ Mine That Bird owner)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:00pm – red carpet
7:00pm – World premiere of ’50 to 1”
CONTACT: Allied THA/602-544-5710
ABOUT THE MOVIE: ‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS AND PRESS OPPORTUNITIES.
From The Las Cruces Sun-News
Las cruces Sunlife By Andi Murphy
Are you, or do you know, a student who loves to work with video? If so, a local competition provides an opportunity for students to gain some solid experience and a notch in their portfolios — and maybe even win a prize.
The White Sands International Film Festival is hosting, for the second time, a contest for students to create a 30- or 60-second promotional video for the festival, slated for Sept. 3 to 7.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students at all levels of the filmmaking process,” said David Salcido, the festival’s artistic director, in a press release.
The contest has three categories – middle school, high school and college – and includes students at public and private schools, universities and colleges.
Area students have until March 15 to create their spot for the 2014 White Sands International Film Festival. The film must include the official event logo, the festival dates, the location (Las Cruces) and the website, wsiff.com.
Persevering efforts such as the support and passage of that bill are what keep the state’s film industry alive and healthy. Production benefits, amazing facilities and unparallelled talent & crew base are what continue to build New Mexico back up to its full potential as a global hot spot for film and media.
As soon as news of the “Breaking Bad Bill” flooded the nation’s industry wire, the local industry enjoyed an uptick of projects going from “pending” to a “go”, with series pilots and series runs such as “The Night Shift” and “Killer Women” putting New Mexicans back to work. More series and films are headed down the pike.
So let’s get ready and get behind the business of more business for New Mexico. #NMFilm support means more private sector jobs & industry growth!
Film & Media Day Open Casting Call for UPCOMING 2014 NEW MEXICO FILM PROJECTS INCLUDES – BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: Longmire Season 3, Hieroglyph, Good Kill, The Manhattan Project…scheduled as follows!
FILM AND MEDIA DAY CASTING CALL
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10th, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
State Land Auditorium
304 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501 Map/Directions
The following roles are now being cast:
(per screenwriter Ron Weisberg)
Kristina: Drug Dealing Prostitute (Supporting)
Kara: Sexy African American under boss (Supporting)
Batista: boxing cartel under boss (Supporting)
Gato: Chubby Cartel Pimp (Supporting)
Chicharo: Wiry Mexican Under Boss (Supporting)
Old Asian Boss: Must know Chinese or similar (Supporting)
Mexican Man with Ice cream cart (Supporting)
Cartel Doorman (5&under)
Asian Dominatrix (5&under)
2 older Men in Suits (5&under)
Lady in Jewelry Store (5&under)
News Anchor (5&under)
Kid with soccer ball (Speaking)
3 Guys with Bats
Chicharo’s Limo Driver
Convenient Store Clerk
Elder Asian Lady
6 Asian Henchmen (Male and Female)
Strip Club Servers
4 Cartel Henchmen in Gym
2 Older Cartel Bosses
6 Cartel Members that chase Gus
10 crack house dwellers
2 chuckling College Students
Couple making out
15 High End Dinner Guests
40 Extras for a club scene (Crowd)
4 Back Ground Forensics/EMT’s
100 College/High School Students at the Ricky Ross Speach
30 College Students / House Party Guests
There are some self ascribed “new kids on the block”, with a combined 47 years experience in the industry, who appear poised to showcase your “all of the above”.
The proverbial block is just off San Mateo and 1-40, at 4931 Prospect Ave. NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I was able to visit with Executive Production Director, Jack E. White and PC Executive Assistant, Susan Vergara. The L.A. transplant and the Santa Fe native are teamed, equipped and staffed to meet a variety of New Mexico’s GROWING production needs.
This blogette for one, is very excited to have seen some of all that this centrally located facility has to offer local filmmakers, businesses, multidisciplinary artists, and aspiring actors of all ages, in their “16,000 square feet of creative space”, including a green-screen capable sound stage and complete audio and editing bays.
Prospect Hills Productions strives to be a complete resource to New Mexico creatives; from the individual artist to industry organizations and beyond.
Facilities & Staff – Their team offers full-service production and post-production services to take your business or creative projects from conception to completion, including creating your pro acting reel.
Training – Their core training program objective is to teach actors to be successful in life and in show business by instilling self-confidence and promoting freedom of expression.
Space – Ample creative space available to host a medium/large scale casting call, conduct workshops, have photo shoots or hold meetings.
It would seem that whatever your production objective, Prospect Hill is worth a look.
Welcome to the neighborhood, y’all!
And to our beloved film friends, we invite you to go check ‘em out and let us know what YOU think!
The cast and filmmakers of ‘50 to 1’ will hit the road rock-star style on a cross-country tour beginning March 17 to promote the major motion picture’s release, says the film’s producer, director and co-writer Jim Wilson, Oscar®-winning producer of ‘Dances with Wolves.’
“We’re bringing ‘50 to 1’ to the people of America,” Wilson says. “The group will travel in a tour bus from New Mexico to Kentucky, making stops in cities and towns along the way, mirroring the trip racehorse Mine That Bird took on his way to the 2009 Kentucky Derby.
Cast members joining the tour will be Skeet Ulrich (Jericho, ‘Scream,’ ‘As Good As It Gets’), Christian Kane (Leverage, ‘Friday Night Lights,’ ‘Secondhand Lions,’ ‘Just Married’), Todd Lowe (True Blood, ‘The Princess Diaries,’ Gilmore Girls) and Hugo Perez (‘Machete,’ ‘The Longshots,’ ‘Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’). Also on tour will be Wilson and co-producer, co-writer Faith Conroy. The real Mine That Bird will make special appearances along
“When was the last time Hollywood’s leading men hopped on a bus and toured the country from town to town, introducing their film to the people of America?” Wilson says. “It’s unprecedented.”
“I’m extremely excited to hit the road with a film I’m very proud to be a part of,” Ulrich says. “It seems fitting we’d be selling our wares from a gypsy-like caravan, given the underdog nature of our story, and I’m hoping this journey answers three burning questions. One, are audiences tired of the blockbuster and ready to be uplifted by the values of hard work and integrity? Two, can we inspire our audiences to stick to their guns and do what they love at all costs? And three, does Christian snore louder than Todd?”
“Man, this almost feels like we’re carnies or something. Or an old whistle-stop political campaign,” Lowe says. “I’m looking forward to rolling into different towns and shaking hands and kissing babies.”
“Personally, I’ve always wanted to be a rock star,” Conroy says. “And seriously, traveling across the country for weeks on end with a busload of gorgeous cowboys? Sign me up!”
“I’ve done tours before. I’m excited!” Kane says. “It’s old hat for me in the sense that when you love something so much, you will put 18 wheels and lives in motion just to bring it into town and say, ‘I hope you like this. I made this for you.’”
“It’ll be a fun, fun road trip vacation for me, part of the dream-life I want to live,” Perez says. “It’s also an honor and I’m so fortunate to be a part of this adventure.”
Inspiration for the tour came during a brainstorming session by Wilson and Conroy. “I thought, why not meet the audience this movie is intended for, introduce them to the stars and shake their hands,” Wilson says. “It’s the audience that matters the most. It’s why we make these stories, to share them with the world.”
‘50 to 1’ is based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird and the cowboy trainer and owners who became the ultimate underdogs in a showdown with the world’s racing elite at the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The film was shot in 40 locations across New Mexico, Kentucky and California, and will open theatrically in roll-out fashion beginning in New Mexico March 21, followed by Texas and Louisiana April 4, Oklahoma and Arkansas April 11, Tennessee and Kentucky April 18, and will then expand across the country.
The tour mirrors not only the true story, but also the release, and will weave its way from town to town through the initial seven states. “This is just for starters,” Wilson says. “We have every intention of crisscrossing America, but it’s dependent on demand. If you want us to come visit your city, let us know.”
Include in the subject line: 50 to 1 Movie Tour – First and Last name, Town, State and Zip Code.
Wilson won the Academy Award® for Best Picture for ‘Dances with Wolves,’ which he produced. Other producing credits include ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘Wyatt Earp,’ ‘Swing Vote,’ ‘Mr. Brooks’ and ‘Message in a Bottle.’ Wilson’s previous directing credits include ‘Head Above Water,’ ‘Whirlygirl’ and the critically-acclaimed documentary about Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., ‘Laffit – All About Winning.’
Mine That Bird was born May 10, 2006, and began racing in 2008 in Canada, winning four of his first six starts. His career slumped after he was purchased by Mark Allen in the fall of 2008, going winless until his monumental upset at the 2009 Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds. Mine That Bird continued his run for the Triple Crown that year, finishing second in the Preakness Stakes and third in the Belmont Stakes. He amassed $2,228,637 in earnings throughout his career but never won another race in nine starts after his win at the Kentucky Derby. Mine That Bird was retired from racing in November 2010 and currently lives with his owners at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico.
Seeking Native American actresses for a “Table Read” of a movie screenplay called “Tribal Cop.” Also seeking Non-native roles too. There is no pay. The table read will be on Feb. 15, 2014 at UNM student union.
6am – 10am Erica Viking live radio remote broadcast from the Breaking Bad RV Tours Bounder on Old Santa Fe Trail in front of the Roundhouse.
8:30am: Mayor’s breakfast in the downstairs lobby at State Land office. Mayor Coss will do the welcome
9:00am – Exhibitor tables in the Halls of History at the Roundhouse (continues until 4 pm)
9:30am – “Equitable alternatives to the Food & Medicine Tax “ panel discussion in Morgan Hall at the State Land office
12:00 –Press Conference in the Rotunda at the Roundhouse
1:00 – Casting session starts at Morgan Hall in the State Land Office and runs until 4pm
5:00 – 7:00pm – Official Legislative Reception at the Dragon Room & back courtyard at Pink Adobe. $50 per person entry with ticket. (Legislators invited at no charge). Co-sponsored by Albuquerque Studios.