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Critics’ Choice: New Mexico Film Lone Survivor

Posted by on January 16, 2014 | Comments Off on Critics’ Choice: New Mexico Film Lone Survivor

“This movie is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time! Coming from a military family and my husband being a Marine, this movie brought me to tears many times. Mark Wahlberg and the actual survivor who helped direct the film [have] done an amazing job, I can’t imagine how painful it had to be for him to relive this event and the loss of his brothers.” – Jenn B

Congratulations to the New Mexico Film, Lone Survivor for winning the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Action Film and to #NMFilmer Mark Wahlberg, star and producer of the film, for his Best Action Movie Actor win tonight.

Fellow New Mexico Filmer Forest Whitaker accepted the Critics’ Choice Joel Siegel Award honoring stars who use their success and spotlight for the betterment of their fellow man.

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Forest Whitaker brings the drama to the Land of Enchantment

Posted by on May 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Forest Whitaker brings the drama to the Land of Enchantment

Forest Whitaker with New Mexico Actor Joshua R Aragon

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is already garnering critical acclaim for his portrayal of Cecil Gaines in “The Butler”, coming to theaters on Oct. 18, 2013.

While the world waits to see that film in which Whitaker co-stars with Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, and many more stars bringing the riveting, real-life story of one man’s rise above a tragic and violent past to an epic life of service under a record seven U.S. presidents, the actor is hard at work in New Mexico on another dramatic film set.

The Land of Enchantment is full of rising stars, pictured above with a very slim Whitaker is one to watch. Local actor Joshua R. Aragon (Force of Execution, 2 Guns) is currently at work with Whitaker on “Enemy Way” in Albuquerque.

The production has been underway for a couple of months in the Deming, New Mexico area, the shoot is expected to continue to roll through the end of May.

“Enemy Way” is the story of ex-convict, Willie Garnett, who tries to use his second chance to escape his former life of crime. While imprisoned, he converted to Islam, which makes him a target of the local sheriff who is hell bent on exposing Garnett as a violent man.

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“Enemy Way” is due for theatrical release in the fall of 2013. In the meantime check out the first official trailer for “The Butler”.

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Oscars, Indies, Disney OH MY!

Posted by on March 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Oscars, Indies, Disney OH MY!


Remember Seth MacFarlane’s opening line at this year’s Academy Awards? “And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh starts now”. The funny man who the whole world was watching in that moment was of course addressing the Oscar winner’s semi-famous scowl at the infamously raucous Golden Globe Awards just weeks before.

Now guess who currently has a film in production right here in New Mexico. I’ll tell you that among the many, BOTH of the above do!

The uproarious Oscar host is hard at work on his first western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West right here in The Land of Enchantment, and his co-star is none other than Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, who has taken a star turn in New Mexico before in the heart achingly beautiful film, In the Valley of Elah, with then co-star Tommy Lee Jones.

Also included in the Oscar’s opening was another New Mexico filmer. Though not yet branded an Academy Award winner, Channing Tatum‘s impressive body of work swept not only Charlize Theron off her feet but the rest of the the global award show’s audience as well.


And the New Mexico hits just kept coming throughout the broadcast as nominees, presenters and attendees with New Mexico ties continued to appear.

From Lone Survivor and 2 Guns star Mark Wahlberg presenting, to his Academy Award nominated 2 Guns co-star, Denzel Washington, who many New Mexicans were able to work alongside in both 2 Guns and 2009’s The Book of Eli.

On and on and on til the grand finale of the broadcast when NM’s favorite biology teacher turned drug kingpin, Bryan Cranston joined his fellow best motion picture winners on stage for his performance in Argo.

Independent films like Tommy Lee Jones’ current New Mexico project, The Homesman are quietly at work and even more quietly housing possible co-stars who are no strangers to the most coveted award in motion pictures. It is being reported that Oscar winners Hillary Swank and the one and only Meryl Streep are set to star with Jones in the central NM film.

In southern New Mexico a little thriller called, Enemy Way is getting underway starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. Also down south, indie “road film” The Run Away is currently in production.

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman may have skipped the big show this year, but the Thor actress isn’t missing out on another New Mexico project (Brothers, Thor) as she is here for her next film, Jane Got a Gun.

Lastly, when Disney’s Avengers hit the stage at the Oscars this year, you were looking at a whole gaggle of New Mexico Filmers…That’s right, lest you forget the biggest picture of last year was in majority filmed right here in New Mexico!

As we’ve reported many times before, Disney is no stranger to NM, and rumor has it that the first Avenger is likely to hit a soundstage near you for at least part of the current Captain America sequel.


Though all of Oscar’s audience didn’t get to gasp in awe like the Grammy audience was able to, when Johnny Depp showed-up at that awards show, film fans all over the world are bracing for the Depp led Disney movie adaptation of The Lone Ranger.

Last year’s NM production of the major motion picture will roll-out this summer showcasing its New Mexico roots. I can also tell you now, that while the Oscar parties rolled-on last month, rumors of a lock on Depp’s next picture making its way to NM were trickling in to us!

And just today Disney has announced plans for SEVERAL stand alone movies starring Star Wars characters…New Mexico, are you into it!?!


OLC Now Casting: Enemy Way starring Forest Whitaker

Posted by on February 27, 2013 | Comments Off on OLC Now Casting: Enemy Way starring Forest Whitaker

UPDATE 2/28/13

From Kathryn Brink: ENEMY WAY is seeking 3 cast members!

40’s-60’s MIDDLE EASTERN MALE, distinguished looking

Anyone interested in being considered should email a headshot, resume and contact information to: >>> casting505@gmail.com <<<

Casting Enemy Way starring Forest Whitaker

Extras Casting Director: Tina Kerr – On Location Casting

Project: “Enemy Way” – Feature Film starring Forest Whitaker

Shoot dates: Monday – Saturday schedule from 4/3/13 – 5/30/13. Various time requirements depending on role cast in.

Shoot times: Times vary depending on role cast in. Extras should be prepared to work a 12 hour+ day on the day chosen.

Shoot locations: Deming, NM and Albuquerque, NM

Compensation: NON-UNION Extra Rate is still TBD but will be minimum wage or higher with overtime paid after 8 hours. Lunch and snacks provided.

Talent Specs

STAND-INS: Forest Whitaker MOTORCYCLE DOUBLE – male, African American, age range 25-50, height range 6’0″-6’3″, medium build. MUST be an experienced motorcycle rider with motorcycle license.

EXTRAS: male and female, all ethnicities, all ages!! Although, there will only be a minimum number of children hired for this project.

Some specific types include:

-Drivers with vehicles that are not red, white or black

-Fire Fighters

-Police Officers

-Prison Guards


-Men with Military experience

-Mexican Immigrants

-Pregnant Hispanic Women (should be noticeably pregnant but still able to work)

-Parolees and Gang types (rough looking)

-Border Patrol

-Restaurant and Coffee Shop Customers

-Waiters/Waitresses and Bartenders with experience

-Hispanic Laborers

-Mexican Cumbia Musicians

-Hispanic Latin Dancers (salsa, Cumbia, etc)

-Upscale Politician types with professional attire


-Mosque Attendees

…and many other general extra roles!

Overall Talent Considerations: NO professional acting experience required! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!


Send submissions to background casting director website ASAP at:

Enter on Talent, Click Register and Talent Application. Complete application and upload 1-2 photos. It is FREE to register so you should NOT pay for the suggested ‘active’ account upgrades that will be offered twice a month. There is NO charge and you can be booked for work with the basic ‘not-active’ profile. DO NOT PAY FOR AN ‘active’ ACCOUNT!!!

-Recent photos of yourself (taken within the past six months)

-**PHOTOS should be of clear good quality, facing forward to camera, NO sunglasses, NO hats, NO silly gestures or faces, and should include ONLY those being submitted for the project.

-In the “”Referred By section please list Enemy Way

If you have additional questions about this project or On Location Casting – please feel free to email us at: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com

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IATSE 480 Announces more films in NM

Posted by on February 22, 2013 | One comment

New Mexico Film and Media Day Feb 22 2013

SANTA FE — State Representative Dona G. Irwin and Deming Mayor Andres Silva announced today that “ENEMY WAY” starring Academy Award Winner, Golden Globe Winner, and BAFTA Winner Forest Whittaker (The Last King of Scotland, Criminal Minds, Repo Man) will be filming in and around Deming April 3rd – May 3rd and Albuquerque May 7th – May 28th.

The film is directed by Rachid Bouchareb (True Justice, Maximum Conviction) nominated for an Academy Award and 2 Oscar as well as the Palme D’or at Cannes. Rachid’s “Outside the Law” was released in the US in 2011 and has garnered Rachid his third Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. He just completed “Just Like A Woman” with Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani, which shot in Chicago and New Mexico. The film is slated for release in the US in 2013.

“ENEMY WAY” is a story that takes place in Deming, New Mexico. Willie Garnett finds himself fighting his inner demon. Garnett must persevere, but will he be able to take on the most powerful man in Luna County?
“ENEMY WAY” Plans to spend over a month in Deming plus a month of wrap. $5 million dollars are to be injected to the Deming economy.

“The Runaway” Balliwood meets Tamalewood in this road film to be shot entirely in New Mexico. Award winning filmmaker Brad Littlefield from Open Range pictures is crewing up once again!

Extrordinary filmmakers from around the world come to New Mexico. Director Semir Banerjey from Hotel New York, from Russia Assitant Director Anna Zaitsevah, Japanese Director of Photography Katsumi Funihashi, and casting director Farrah West who worked with Lost and Dark Blue work with Littlefield to bring up to 50 jobs to New Mexico and will employ up to 50 cast and crew.

Jon Hendry, IATSE local 480 the film technicians union, said, “This is a game changer for Deming. This high profile project not only will spend millions but put Southwest New Mexico firmly on the movie map. My members look forward to spending their money and the movie’s money in Deming “

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