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Bella Thorne has arrived

Posted by on October 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Bella Thorne has arrived

Bella Thorne Instagram on NMFilm setimage via instagram

Earlier this week Disney star Bella Thorne arrived in Albuquerque en route the remote New Mexico set of her latest film, co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Big Sky.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the film is, “the English language debut by Jorge Michel Grau, who helmed the original Spanish language chiller We Are What We Are,” Big Sky “features Thorne as Hazel and the former The Closer star as her protective mother Dee. On their way to a desert facility to help the teen deal with her paralysing agoraphobia, the two find themselves attacked by gunmen and Hazel has to fight her own demons for the duo to survive. Production on the pic, from an original screenplay by Evan M. Wiener, starts this week in [New Mexico]. Frank Grillo, who starred in End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty and will be in upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier plays the male lead in the film along with Les Miserables’ Aaron Tveit. Randy Manis, Matthew Salloway and Christina Papagjika are producing. Christine Vachon is executive producing for Killer Films with Jeffrey V. Mandel of TBD Syndicate and AKA pictures’ Clayton Young. Ricky Tollman is co-producing. AKA pictures, a subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, is co-financing Big Sky.”

Tweet some New Mexico love to the starlet, as she’s having a bit of trouble adjusting to our sometimes severe weather conditions, tweeting, “My lips are wind burned… Thanks New Mexico for the windy, cold nights.”

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“The Closer” filming thriller in New Mexico

Posted by on October 16, 2013 | One comment

NMFilm Big Sky Starring Kyra Sedgwick Bella Thorne

SANTA FE – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the independent feature Big Sky is filming in New Mexico, starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Kill Your Darlings), Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Raspberry Magic), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Warrior) and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables, Graceland). Production will take place in October in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.

The production will employ 40 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico actors and background talent.

Producer is Randy Manis (The Calling, Kill Your Darlings), Matt Salloway (The Butler, So Undercover), Christina Papagjika (The Butler) and co-produced by Ricky Tollman (The Calling). Executive Producers are Michael Benaroya for Benaroya Pictures (Lawless, Margin Call, The Words) and Christine Vachon for Killer Films (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, HBO’s Mildred Pierce, One Hour Photo) along with Jeffrey V. Mandel for TBD Syndicate (Murderball). Santiago Sanchez (Somos lo Que Hay, 72) is the Director of Photography.

Directed by Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are) Big Sky is the tale of Hazel (Thorne), a teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces resulting in her never leaving the bedroom of the home she shares with her mom, Dee (Sedgwick). The strain on the relationship is taking its toll on both mom and daughter. In the last ditch attempt to cure her daughter, Dee enrolls Hazel in a high-end treatment facility in the desert, hoping they will finally find the help they require so that Hazel can begin to move forward form the horrors of her past that triggered her illness. When the unexpected occurs en-route to the facility, Hazel and Dee are forced to fight for their survival in the harshest conditions, and Hazel must tackle her worst fears before her fears consume her.

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