“It was so much fun to be part of the contest. I had been to the competition in the past but only as an observer. It’s really important to support and encourage Native American arts, and that includes clothing,” – Tom Ford
Read all about the globally acclaimed fashion designer/producer/director and part-time Santa Fean regarding his participation with the Santa Fe Indian Market this past weekend, previously and going forward, right here in the Santa Fe New Mexican!
B is for the baad things that have happened to NM Film since the new administration at the roundhouse has taken aim at the industry opening the door to losing productions during these times of flux and pointing to the exit for talent that comes or strives from within to be a part of a sustainable workforce in local arts & entertainment.
C is for…uh, I digress.
Haus is one of the many who have gone and are planning to go where the very mobile film industry finds a supportive home – but he says he’ll always be one of NM’s Own – agreed.
Look for him in future projects out of CA and beyond (break a leg jetting to Chi-Town) we (I’m looking at y’all) will be holding-down the homefront by looking out for New Mexico Film so as to retain talent, maintain & sustain business for all!
As we’ve been following for you here, here, here and here New Mexico’s new Governor has her sights set on executing the state’s firm hold on U.S. and Global filmmaking.
As the 2011 Legislative Session draws nearer to its close, Film Incentives have indeed remained a sticking point – but don’t take it from me…here are two real reporters reviewing what’s really going-on and undone in Fe.
In the Santa Fe Reporter – Zane Fischer paints the all too real picture of Susana Martinez as a Corporate Loophole loving, “HOLLYWOOD” hating, Tea Party standard play-booking, inflammatory statement making swiftboater (my words not his).
In the Santa Fe New Mexican – Trip Jennings details the battle in the roundhouse between NM Film and the above mentioned (Corporate Loophole loving, “HOLLYWOOD” hating, Tea Party standard play-booking, inflammatory statement making swiftboater).
MI – demonstrates the err, UT – is at the ready, AL – really puts out, TX – matches the seemingly arbitrary 15%, LA – braces…and NM?
GOING GOING GONZO UPDATE 2/21/11: As reported *below MI lawmakers are batting about their film incentives to an even lesser degree than NM is and they’ve now LOST their stake in the NM bound AVENGERS movie. via NM Business Weekly
WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON SB 568 (puts a prohibitive cap on incentives) and HB 479 (decreases incentives from 25% to 15%) – raise your voices to the capitol.
UPDATE 2/21/11: SB 568 has been laid over. Another day to contact YOUR senate committee…all the contact info. and links to the bill itself below. Go New Mexico!
UPDATE on the competition 2/20/11:
*MICHIGAN – Law makers are proposing a more straight forward/above board cap that has MI film supporters calling foul, fearing a steady stream of taillights heading OUT of the state. – Full Story here.
ALASKA – Increased film incentives range from 30% up to 44%. Full story here.
On Thursday, the last day to submit bills to the 2011 NM Legislature, SB 568 – the FILM PRODUCTION & EDUCATIONAL RETIREMENT bill was introduced just under the wire…”In essence, this bill pits film against education retirement and caps the film credit at $45M.”
UPDATE 1/10/11: It was announced today that New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez proposes DECREASING the NM Film Tax Subsidy to 15% from the current 25%…
It is just as unlikely that Governor-elect Susana Martinez will up and abandon her post as the head of our great state, as it is that she would be relegated to Reality TV infamy – ours is leading-lady material – Will she step-up to the role?
Sometimes starlets don’t have the right people around them à la Loca Lohan, and sometimes they’ve got a few screws loose à la Debra Winger.
Well NM can’t afford to let our latest star fall. Come Jan. 1 our principal player is Susana Martinez, when she takes center stage as our new Governor. We will then be her cast & crew – this show hinges on her success so let’s get behind her and in front of her – at the sound stage that is the Roundhouse.
Early this month Los Angeles flexed its tax incentives to try to curb the industry’s blood letting into the runaway Chuck Wagon that’s made so many trips here to New Mexico – Make sure our leading lady and her round house know you want them to hold these reins and keep a wrangle on what’s ours!
In the BIGGEST film production news to hit New Mexico since 1910,
our El Majico OFFICIALLY announced Wednesday the NM Film prospect we’ve been following for you here…
Better than an early “Christmas present to the people of New Mexico,” it is perhaps the Swan Song of our departing Governor, Bill Richardson to bring us the news that Marvel’s latest and greatest assembly of Superheroes – will land squarely in Nuevo Mexico come April!
We’ve got chile, they’ve got corn & we all want movies! It’s the recession succession version of WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
The hearty film industry that is New Mexico’s is so oft referenced in posts and articles where other states are clamoring for a stake, if I had a dubloom for every time – I could buy all y’all a steak!
In one of today’s heads-up blog posts, crafty Christine of Iowa paints (or needlepoints) the sad truth about films on wheels, which is the reverse of Meals on Wheels in that it is where the tax incentives lie that the film industry will follow taking their meals, their dogooding & their jobs with!
Tough lessons, easily foretold and sadly playing out for Jeff and Janelle Smith of Iowa via Omaha.com.
The Iowa Film, Television, and Video Project Promotion Program was created in 2007 – the now defunct Income Tax Credit structure saw a rapid influx of productions yielding the kind of jobs we’re all/none too familiar with here in New Mexico.
The program was suspended in 2009 after unscrupulous practices by some who “took advantage” of the incentives while the administration failed to cite and correct egregious errors in the system.
With the loss of the industry and the trickle down of revenue and collateral support systems drying-up many Iowans like the Smiths may face tough decisions about whether to weather out the tough economy or follow the industry they’ve ensconced themselves in wherever it may land.
The Smith’s made themselves assets to the industry as crew and vendor service providers, Jeff as a lighting grip and Janelle in craft service – with the programs suspended the Smith’s are out of work and are now considering a move to NM.
Like Jeff who is now unemployed, Los Angeles industry transplant Chris Bevauns, a film costume and set designer, earned $60,000.00 in 2009, working steadily on nine productions to working as a “handyman” for $20,000.00 this year.
The faithful in Iowa a.k.a. the Iowa Motion Picture Association will be championing efforts to bring the program back leading up to their state’s own legislative session.
p.s. I’m not poking fun at Christine or craftiness. AND J & J you’re always welcome in New Mexico…in fact join us at a camp out in January where we may need to set-up house in front of the Roundhouse to make sure NM stays in the game, because we ARE the game! Numero Uno Nuevo Mexico – Woot!
You tug, we’ll tug – not that way cochino, that’s the old Hollywood way…
MI, TX, LA, OH, IL, MA and so many more states are “hot on our boot heel” and that which has been described as “an industry on wheels” will roll on by us (again, Microsoft style) if NM doesn’t retain their reign.
There is a long sad list of films and productions that check-in at the New Mexico Film office but don’t stay because of incentives elsewhere – but as of now the glorious list of those that come and do set-up house with their dollars, their notoriety and their community service is longer.
This is like that great love of your life that you’d be a fool to cast aside – Don’t be a chump. Vote-up NM.
We didn’t need an investigative report but now we have one…on the heels of such prestigious nods as being named #3 in all of North America for film production, New Mexico’s largest city is now widely being hailed as the #1 City in the country for movie making.
Who would’ve thought that the 2×2 mi. New Mexico town where I grew-up would be featured in a number of major motion pictures? And my now backyard has been portrayed as everything from a post-apocalyptic gateway to evil to a scenic stand point.
These mile markers and the fact that Variety is set to rank New Mexico third best in North America for film locations just behind California and New York, according to an article posted in the Chicago Tribune online where they boast of their just off the podium ranking of fourth place, cement the status of our state as having dug in our boot heel and captured the reigns of the industry.
Places everyone! New Hollywood, New Mexico, take 3 – Acción!
Directed by Paul J Porter, written by Hayley Derryberry and
Morgan Estill, explosives by Brian Reece. Cast includes Nicole Gramlich – sexy mohawk girl, hostage girl – Hayley Derryberry, man with swords – Mark Furini. Full list of film creditshere.
The star of this scene is Steven Ray Byrd. We’re fans of Byrd here because he’s serious about his craft. Steven and his family moved to New Mexico to pursue his acting career. This is the kind of dedication New Hollywood New Mexico should always aspire to inspire.
As we told you here, here, here and here other states are hot on our boot heel in trying to take-up the reigns of being the New Hollywood. So Nuevo Mexicanos need to remain involved in becoming the Land of Enhancement. Next year we’ll have to choose the next Peoples Governor a.k.a. the Commerce Secretary of Hearts, come October we get to replace Paris Chavez.
In the mean time keep your eyes and your votes on where our money is being spent, on what’s going on and what we can all do to grow New Mexico. Got Space? – check Got workforce? – check Got Ideas? – check Got talent? – check Got Pull? – check
It’s officially an onslaught – The rest of the country (NY, NY, CT, CA, MN, MI, HW, AR, NY, NY, NY, MD, TX, TX, UT, etc.) is quietly paying attention. All signs and statues (The Golden Globe, Oscar, SAG, et al) may soon point toward New Mexico.
We recently screened an incredible performance by the one and only Josh Brolin in “W“. Though “W” wasn’t filmed in NM, Brolin starred in another Oscar winning, wickedly good film that was. And as all roads eventually lead to Josh Brolin and New Mexico we reflected upon the very lengthly list of full credits at the end of “W”.
It was a really long list. I’m talking hundreds of people. If that movie had been shot in NM, all those people would’ve worked in NM. Even if NONE of them were from or lived in NM, they would’ve had to have come here, and dropped some dough here.
C’mon, we need the money. We can’t funnel all the states resources into meth labs and not rehabilitating Drunk Drivers and expect a good ROI. But THE MOVIES – I don’t think ticket sales are slumping AT ALL in this pooper we call the U.S. Economy.
We haven’t done all we can do to export our fabulous chile products…let’s not miss the chile shipment truck on this one. They (all of the above +) are “hot on our boot heel” after as many movie bucks as they can get their hands on.
So, put down your bank robbery note and instead get on the horn, surf the web and get the word out to anyone that matters, that WE want those movie dollars right here in NM.
It seems every day I get a new story from a city examining their chances at being the next movie capital of the United States. There’s a competition brewing to lure Hollywood to their backyard, keeping close tabs on who’s filming where and why. Time and again New Mexico is a focus as either a keen competitor or the flat out nabber of state to state film bids.