While nearly all other areas of New Mexico commerce and job growth have been floundering over the last several years, The New Mexico Film Industry has been a proven revenue generator for the state in the form of in-state spending, employment, and support service industries. Conservative estimates of the impact of film on the state credit production spending for generating $1.5B in economic output and just under 16K full time jobs over the past four years.
Today the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of New Mexico (IATSE 480), responds to a study of the impact of Film jobs across the state, by saying in part:
“We just received the study on the impact of film and film incentives on the New Mexico economy from the New Mexico Film Office. We are still studying the cross tabs but our first impression is that this study confirms what we’ve been saying all along – that movies make money for New Mexico. It is interesting that on average full time movie jobs pay over $50,000 per year. Over 8000 jobs have been created over the last four years. When we include the next phase of the study with the positive impact on tourism and infrastructure spending we’re going to be right around where the last study concluded and that is a huge positive for the state. We want to thank everyone who participated, especially Senator Tim Keller who insisted that a full and impartial study been conducted.”
Hard fought ground gained by industry faithful with a never say die attitude. Multiple films and series are currently filming in New Mexico, with news of TWO more feature films and ANOTHER television pilot in the pipeline!
Burning Bodhi stars Kaley Cuoco, Sasha Pieterse, Cody Horn, Meghann Fahy, Landon Liboiron, Tatanka Means and Virginia Madsen.
The coming of age story written and directed by McDuffie follows Dylan – a young man, who upon learning via social media that one of his best friends from high school suddenly died heads back to his hometown in New Mexico, where he’s confronted by a complex grid of issues and regrets, past and present, involving his troublesome parents and heartbroken first love.
SANTA FE— Residents of New Mexico have the opportunity to enter a filmmaking contest in which the winner receives $5,000 to produce a short film about human space exploration. The New Mexico Film Foundation, and space industry experts including astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to walk in space untethered to a space vehicle, will evaluate the submissions and choose a winner.
“New Mexico has always been on the cutting edge of space exploration, and involved in the development of America’s Space Program,” said New Mexico Film Foundation President Dirk Norris. “I believe the stories New Mexico filmmakers tell about this exciting topic will be inspiring to everyone who sees them.”
Sponsoring the contest is Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor building Orion, NASA’s next generation spacecraft for human exploration of deep space. Orion’s first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), will occur this year, sending Orion 3,600 miles beyond low Earth orbit, and returning at a speed of approximately 20,000 mph for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. EFT-1 will provide engineers with data about systems critical to crew safety in order to validate spacecraft designs before it begins carrying humans to new destinations in deep space. Lockheed Martin will share the winning film as part of its EFT-1 public outreach.
The submission process will begin on July 15th will be announced on August 29th filmmaker will work with Lockheed Martin to complete their film no later than November 15th and close on August 15th. The winning selection. You must be a New Mexico resident to apply. The winning filmmaker will work with Lockheed Martin to complete their film no later than November 15th.
For more information about contest rules and to submit your idea:
From the Producers of the hit CBS reality show, “Undercover Boss” comes “Everybody Loves Tim.” This new groundbreaking docu-series explores the epic life of Tim Harris, a pioneering individual with Down Syndrome who realized his dream to own his own restaurant in Albuquerque, NM named Tim’s Place. Besides offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tim doles out hugs and unconditional acceptance. We are currently searching for people seeking to live a more confident and inspired life, who are interested in working alongside Tim. As an employee at Tim’s restaurant you will experience his contagious optimism learning how to live more like he does, with supreme confidence and the ability to live life to the fullest.
If this sounds like you and you are ready to change your life for the better please email casting director, Faith Hibbs-Clark, CSA at 1goodcasting[at]gmail.com with a recent picture, your contact info and a brief bio telling us the struggles you are currently facing in life and why you would be perfect for the show.
*** FOR NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS ONLY *** SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY ***
The crime drama stars Emily Blunt in the lead role, backed by Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.
“Sicario” Blunt will play a police officer in the Southwest who crosses the border with a group of mercenaries to track down a dangerous drug lord (hint, not Walter White). The film is already getting a lot of early buzz due to Villeneauve’s attachment and for the gritty premise being heroine driven.
The production will be hiring Hispanic men, women and children, active and former military as well as beat-up old cars.
Tell ‘em “OHI” sent ya!
As we’ve followed for you here and here, reality series, “The Producer” will follow New Mexico talent over 13 weeks of filming while 20 finalists compete to reach the show finale, when one winner will be awarded a recording deal.
Submissions opened on June 1 and were set to close July 7, now a source inside the production says, “they are actually giving a few [more] days to still submit because Jean Michel is viewing them all and taking detailed notes so he won’t be through with them for a few days.”
To submit your last minute audition video within the next few days click here.
This contest is only for New Mexico vocalists. All competition filming will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The show will air on an undisclosed, national cable channel in the Spring of 2015.
Never say die to the folks behind the upcoming Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest. Like the Kingpin and his devoted protégé, Miguel Jaramillo and Jennie Rexer are on a quest, a quest to bring the Breaking Bad universe what it truly needs to thrive – and that is a place to convene, revel and rejoice in all the splendor that is Breaking Bad mania.
And unlike any old venue or setting that may house masses for weekend or week-long festivities, such as Star-trek conventions, or general comic festivals, the ALBUQUERQUE BREAKING BAD FAN FEST will take place in the home of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece.
That’s right, the happy accident that led to Albuquerque becoming a “central character” in the show, leads all roads back to the ultimate Breaking Bad mecca – the only place in the world where tourists from all over the globe can regularly be seen snapping pics at the John B. Robert dam, sitting in a booth at Twisters, in front of Octopus Car Wash, in front of the “White House”, even touring around the city just like the stars!
Come November 2014 these “Baddies” and many more can make the most out of their fandom at the ultimate “on location” fan fest.
“We’re happy to announce plans for an Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest are moving forward! We were unable to reach our Kickstarter goal, but the Fest will go on! Please stay tuned for more info on this page and www.ABQBreakingBadFest.com. Save the date: November 7th & 8th, 2014!”
-Jennie and Miguel
…will be starting a new project in Albuquerque at the end of July.
If you’ve worked with OLC before, be sure to UPDATE your existing account:
Log-in to your account, Click Edit, and click the areas that need to be updated; Contact info., RECENT photos*, etc. You will be notified of the OPTION to pay for an ‘active’ account but it is NOT necessary to be considered for work with OLC.
*You should be the only person in the photo and should not be wearing hats/sunglasses/etc.
OLC will NOT be able to book anyone who does not have an updated talent profile and they will be deleting old, outdated photos/accounts that are not updated. UPDATE! UPDATE!
“Looking forward to working with our awesome NM Talent again soon!” -OLC
To sign up for a new account with OLC click here! – AGAIN, there is no charge for a standard casting profile with OLC, you will be offered a paid upgrade – but it is NOT necessary to be considered for work.
As far as what the project(s) may be…OHI knows that several feature films and a television pilot are headed our way (in addition to the projects currently rolling)…as discussed here.
The newly titled film, “Spare Parts” tells the true story of a group of undocumented Mexican-American teenagers in Phoenix who compete against MIT in a National Underwater Robotics Competition with nothing but spare parts, a dream and drive, led by their teacher played by Marisa Tomei.
Filmed right here in New Mexico as, “La Vida Robot” the film also stars George Lopez as the instructor supervising the students, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos PenaVega, Alexa PenaVega, New Mexico’s own Steven Michael and loads of talented New Mexico supporting cast & crew!
Check it out in theaters on January 16.
Follow the New Mexico made movie on Facebook here!
The Better Call Saul premiere has been bumped from November 2014 to early 2015 – but instead of a 13 episode order, the show has been re-upped for a second season for a full 23 episodes. See the Rolling Stone article. I hear they’ll be casting locally through October?
Cuoco coming to town in, “Burning Bodhi”. A coming home story of a troubled young man, played by Landon Liboiron, who returns to a whole mess of personal issues after the death of a childhood friend.
Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough will co-star in “Bare”, with Imogen Poots – who starred in the NM Film Fright Night back in 2011. A girl (Poots) desperate to get out of her life in a podunk desert town, hooks-up with a female drifter (Keough) who gives her a glimpse of drugs, stripping, and psychedelic experiences as a way to escape.
AMC the network that brought New Mexico Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is planning a comedy pilot for early Fall 2014, starring Ethan Sandler, set in Boston, focusing on two brothers who are comically anti early American industrialist & Patrios Paul Revere.
Johnny – Feature film, tells the life story of Johnny Tapia, now in pre-production. Casting underway with Midthunder Casting.
Looking for a six foot reddish blond MALE stand in for Josh Brolin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a headshot sizes and a PHONE NUMBER.
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE CASTING CALL
Real Cowgirl to be a Riding Double for Tiessa Farmiga. She is 5’5″ tall aprox 120 lbs light brown hair.
Real Cowboy that can Ride a Horse and pass as a photo Double for Ethan Hawke. Ethan is 5’11” tall aprox 170 lbs and available June 25th thru August 8th.
Send a recent photo and phone number to robertbaxtercasting[at]gmail.com.
LONGMIRE CASTING CALL FOR FRIDAY JUNE 27th
CASTING Professional Business Men types and Cop types for TOMORROW Friday, June 27th.
FOR MONDAY JUNE 30th LAST DAY of SEASON 3 shoot
60 + Cowboy types Female and Male 30 to 50 years old to be in the last RED PONY scene of season EMAIL robertbaxtercasting[at]gmail.com.
NOT FILMING HERE is REVENENT, a revenge drama – starring TITANIC actor will film in Western Canada. There is a casting call here in New Mexico on Monday, June 30. LOOKING FOR VERY SPECIFIC NATIVE AMERICAN LOOKS.
JOBS collecting signatures – Marijuana decriminalization.
PAID CANVASSING POSITIONS AVAILABLE
Work starts immediately. Flexible day/evening hours.
Canvassers are needed to gather signatures for marijuana decriminalization campaigns in ABQ and Santa Fe.
After completing a brief training and background check, canvassers will work with a team leader to target public events, high-traffic areas and targeted neighborhoods to gather signatures to put marijuana decriminalization ordinances on the November ballot in both cities.
Paid at $1/signature. Minimum 4 hours of work per day. Canvassers average over 100 signatures per day – can you do better?
Contact Rachael at ProgressNowNM for more info about work in ABQ and Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival’s submission deadline is fast approaching submit your film today for a chance to be a part of one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet” and “50 Festival’s Worth the Entry Fee in 2014″.
Late deadline for entries is July 1st, 2014, final deadline: August 1st, 2014.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
October 15th- 19th, 2014
UPDATED 23 June, 2014 @ 16:38:04: Lead casting references removed at the request of the production.
Oscar nominated director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is set to film, “The Revenant” this fall in Western Canada.
Synopsis: A period revenge thriller which follows a 19th century fur trapper who is left for dead in the wilderness of North America.
Co-written by Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith, “The Revenant” is scheduled for release in late 2015.
Call for Native American talent, Monday June 30, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Casting Director, Rene Haynes is VERY SPECIFICALLY seeking the following, per her official casting notice:
OPEN Casting Call for Native Americans for THE REVENANT
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Producers: Steve Golin, David Kanter, Arnon Milchan, Keith Redmond, James Skotchdopole,
Feature Film, New Regency
Native/First Nations Casting: Rene Haynes
Native/First Nations Casting Asst: Tara Mazzucca
Start Date: Sept. 2014
Filming Location: Western Canada
“THE REVENANT”, an adaptation of the Michael Punke novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge the story of a 19th century fur trapper, Hugh Glass, who gets mauled by a grizzly bear. Near death, the terrain makes it impossible for his colleagues to carry him back to their fort. They leave him for dead but he survives and sets out on a treacherous journey to exactrevenge on those who betrayed him and left him for dead.
Seeking: Native American Teens – MALE – age 12 – 18 who can look age 14 – 15, with a strong
character face, who spend a lot of time outdoors! Minors should have a guardian with them – or written permission from a guardian to be videotaped.
Native American Men – ages 30 – 50+ Weathered and rugged outdoors type. Strong Faces!
Native American Women – ages 30 – 40 Strong female warrior, outdoors type. Strong Faces!
Meetings will be with Casting Director, Rene Haynes. No acting experience is necessary. No need to prepare anything, just come in for the meeting and you may be interviewed on Video Tape for the director. All cast actors will be compensated at applicable SAG/AFTRA or ACTRA rates.
Transportation and Lodging will be provided.
WHEN: MONDAY, June 30, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
WHERE: Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 ST. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
*Parking at The Film School/The Screen.
*Enter under “THE FILM SCHOOL” sign on building – opposite The Screen.
* ROOM #107
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
It looks like everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is slated to shoot the New Mexico way. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, “The Big Bang Theory” star, is attached to the upcoming Matthew McDuffie (Odd Girl Out, A Cool, Dry Place) film, “Burning Bodhi”.
The coming of age story written and directed by McDuffie follows Dylan – a young man, who stunned to learn via social media that one of his best friends from high school has suddenly died heads back to his hometown in New Mexico, where he’s confronted by a complex grid of issues and regrets, past and present, involving his troublesome parents and heartbroken first love.
Take a peek at the Director’s Look Book below:
The film is also said to star Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) and Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove).
Shooting is scheduled to take place in New Mexico next month.
EG Casting is looking for old “beater cars” for multiple scenes in the feature film Sicario.
“Finally make a little money off of those old cars. We will be holding a casting call for cars this Sunday from noon to three, come on by and let us take a photo of your precious beater car, truck, van or RV.” -Elizabeth Gabel
Sunday June 15, 2014
12:00 – 3:00
Far Horizon Studio
300 Washington SE (between Central and Zuni)
Casting Notice for UNRAVELED (Investigation Discovery network)
Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is casting re-enactments for UNRAVELED, a true-crime documentary series airing on ID (Investigation Discovery).
Filming will take place Thursday June 26 through Monday June 30 in El Paso and Las Cruces. Most actors will NOT be called for all days of shooting.
Rate is $100/day – for actors who are able to work as local (i.e. provide own housing and transportation) in the El Paso / Las Cruces area.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a headshot, resume, and a link to on-camera work (if available) to peter.cook[at]nbcuni.com, with the role(s) you’d like to be considered for in the subject line.
SEEKING ACTORS TO PORTRAY:
[SON] 50s man, white. Tall, lean build. Brown hair (greying) and goatee. Convicted of killing his mother, claims it was a suicide pact.
[MOTHER] 70s woman, white. Slender build. Grey hair. Spry. Killed by her adult son in an alleged suicide pact. Please describe any experience with horses (role doesn’t involve riding, but involves basic grooming, leading a horse along a trail by its bridle, etc.).
[YOUNG SON] Mid-teens boy, white. Tall, lean build. Brown hair. Discovers the car wreck in which his sister died. NOTE: we are seeking talent 14+ years old for this role.
[YOUNG MOTHER] Mid-30s woman, white. Slender build. Brown hair. Discovers car wreck in which her daughter died.
[FATHER] Early 40s man, white. Tall, slender build. Dark hair. Discovers car wreck in which his daughter died. Later commits suicide.
[SISTER] Late-teens girl, white. Commits suicide by driving car off the road. NOTE: we are seeking talent 18+ years old for this role.