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Mourning the loss of Nolan Hofferber

Posted by on October 6, 2014 | One comment

Memorial Vigil

Sunday October, 12

Mourning the passing of Nolan Hofferber

The New Mexico film and comic communities are deeply saddened today as so many friends and family mourn the loss of actor, Nolan Hofferber.

Nolan is said to have passed “peacefully” on Friday morning.

Nolan Hofferber

January 26, 1977 – October 3, 2014

Tribute wall & obituary


RIP Ramie Tapia

Posted by on July 29, 2013 | Comments Off on RIP Ramie Tapia

Friend to many in New Mexico Film & Media

Ramie Tapia was well known and loved by many in the New Mexico Film and Media community. Her associates, friends and especially her family are mourning her passing on Friday July 26.

Services to honor her memory and celebrate her life will be on Saturday August 3rd at 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Second Presbyterian Church.

From her daughter in-law, Jennifer:

“Ramie was a very loving and kindhearted woman, I know a lot of her friends and family would love to come. If you would like to bring a dish or help out [with] food, it would be greatly appreciated please contact me [here]


#26Acts Honor the fallen of Newtown, CT

Posted by on December 20, 2012 | Comments Off on #26Acts Honor the fallen of Newtown, CT

Newtown Tribute

NEW YORK (AP) — A new movement has taken off to honor the 26 people killed at a school in Newtown, Conn.

The campaign sparked from a question NBC News correspondent Ann Curry asked herself after Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School: “What can I do?”

The answer she arrived at was performing 26 acts of kindness. On Sunday, she shared that suggestion on social media, inviting everyone to join her.

By Wednesday, the hashtag “26acts” was trending on Twitter and a “26 Acts of Kindness” Facebook page had exceeded 17,000 likes.

The social media sites describe acts of kindness directed toward members of the Newtown community, as well as to others across the nation and even globally.

Curry wrote on the NBC News website that the movement is a way to “help heal us all.”

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Andrew Sarris, Auteur & New Mexico Film Direction

Posted by on June 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Andrew Sarris, Auteur & New Mexico Film Direction

Film critic Andrew Sarris October 31, 1928 – June 20, 2012

Sarris was primarily responsible for the auteur theory of film criticism, which in a nutshell said great directors and their visions make for great movies. I think that’s especially applicable to NM. If we are to develop a long term, sustainable business model it needs to be not only below the line (BTL) crew (I will modestly say we have the best BTL crews of any state between the coasts) but it also must be above the line (ATL). Great producers, writers, actors, and directors attract projects. Where would New Zealand be without Peter Jackson? Australia without Peter Weir or Baz Luhrmann? New York without Scorsese? Closer to home, Austin would be a minor threat without Rodriquez or Linklater. We’ve really started to move in that direction. If you watch our continuing TV series you will see many more NM actors, though I think we can do a much better job of advancing their cause. We have gone from one or maybe two front line producers to a competitive field of highly qualified producers and production managers, even Oscar winning executive producers such as Tony Mark and Robert Redford. In writers we have our “deans” such as Kirk Ellis and Mark Medoff along with a strong up and coming band nipping at their heels including Carl Lucas in Roswell.

It’s the directors who will bring their vision and eventually the work here. We are truly fortunate to have a national icon right here at Santa Fe University of Art & Design in Chris Eyre. If you think that is too much hyperbole go back and watch the body of his work including “Smoke Signals.” Chris will be creating noise about NM filmmakers, hopefully for years to come. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a heartfelt and sincere thank you to Alicia Keys and Peter Touche for their faith in NM and NM ATL crew in particular. Their work with Mateo Pumphrey & Diego Joaquin Lopez on “Blaze You Out” and Rajeev Nirmalakhandan on “The Odd Way Home” takes courage, especially when it’s your own money involved. When we look back on the history of the NM film business the two of them will hold a prominent place. Mark my words: we will find and promote great directors together. And to Larry, before you even go there – they shoot union when they can.


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New Mexico Film Mourns the passing of Frank Tapia

Posted by on March 27, 2012 | 9 comments

We are honored to have been asked to recognize the passing of a beloved member of the close-knit New Mexico Film family.

In this great industry of passion, pride and inspiration, brothers and sisters in film are sharing sad goodbyes and fond memories of a great spirit among them who has departed to the other side.

Today New Mexico and this world say, rest in peace to a true comrade and friend to all, Frank Tapia.

Frank Tapia passed peacefully and painlessly at 8:30 last night. He was surrounded by his family, union brothers and friends. Words cannot describe my appreciation for the huge response by this Local. Literally minutes after my email his union family started to show up and by 6:30 there was a line waiting to say goodbye, the dirt of Lone Ranger mixing with the sawdust from Breaking Bad. I know that Frank and his family appreciated it and I believe it let him go in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.

-Jon Hendry, New Mexico International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Business Agent

Sincerest condolences to those of you who know him, love him and will always carry his memory with you.

Please feel free to leave your respects and remembrances as comments here.

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NM Talent Mourns Loss

Posted by on September 12, 2011 | One comment
NMNM's OwnRIPTalent

G. Vincent Pulli, Director of A&M Talent Agency in Santa Fe, died the morning of September 12 following a valiant three-year battle with cancer. A stalwart champion for the New Mexico film and entertainment industry, he will be sorely missed.

Vince was born August 18, 1944 and raised in suburban Philadelphia. He served in the army during the Vietnam War and ran several businesses in Pennsylvania and Florida during the 1970s and 1980s. As the Florida film industry boomed, Vince became a franchised agent for the Screen Actors Guild in 1992. After moving to Santa Fe in 2002, he joined the Santa Fe Association of Realtors and hung his license with RE/MAX but was soon drawn back to working with actors and built A&M into the largest SAG agency in the state.

Vince is survived by his wife and co-director, Elizabeth, son David, of Denver, Colorado, and sisters Cindy Godshall and Pamela Wenger, of Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at

I found out this morning that a great Man passed away last night peacefully in his sleep after a three year battle with Cancer. Vince Pulli The Co-Owner of A&M Agency which represents a large pool of NM Talent has left us. Vince’s work helped me realize a dream that I am forever grateful for. Thank you for all your work and dedication to each and every one of us. Liz my heart goes out to you and Jody Black as you carry on his work. Let’s celebrate his life. – Manny Baca

Out of all the agents I’ve had over the years, he believed in me the most! I will really miss him. Praying for all who knew and loved him. – Shenita Moore

Rest peacefully Mr. Pulli. Praying for the hearts of all who love you. WE will celebrate your life. The A&M family will miss you, and we love the legacy that you have left. Liz, Jody Black, Warm thoughts being sent your way. – Sandi Kay

Just found that one of the few people who believed in me from the very beginning six years ago, a man that I trusted, one who acted honorably both with me and on my behalf, one who had as much passion in his laughter as he did in his cussing…Vince Pulli is gone from this Earth…so very many good memories, life lessons, and growth both as a person and as an actor came as a result of knowing him…Liz, Jody Black, you are in my thoughts and prayers. – Amy Jo Larson

Vince was more than just my agent, he was a friend & father to everyone in the film community. His spirit, fight, & passion for the industry will live on through us all. – Erik Hausmanis

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Retail sales, barbeques & swimming pools – In Memoriam

Posted by on May 30, 2011 | Comments Off on Retail sales, barbeques & swimming pools – In Memoriam

If you hold anything dear or near to your heart, you know importance
If you are able to express what is important to you, surely you value that
When what you value is yours to hold – you protect it
When what you love and protect stands-up to preserve and protect the masses
You know sacrifice and bravery
And when your sacrifice is taken you know loss
For every sunrise sacrificed, for every sunset apart
Your gifts of heart, are not forgotten
And your Brave are the true heroes of peace and justice

– Thank you



Posted by on October 27, 2010 | Comments Off on RIP


LENNON: American Immigrant

Posted by on October 9, 2010 | One comment

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Remembering Dennis Hopper

Posted by on June 7, 2010 | 2 comments
ArtFilmNM's OwnTV

The Last Film Festival

Tomorrow the Turner Classic Movie network will dedicate its primetime and overnight line-up to the films of the late Dennis Hopper. The schedule per TV by the Numbers is as follows:

“Tuesday, June 8
8 p.m. (ET) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.

10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar® for his performance.

12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray’s searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.

2:30 a.m. Easy Rider (1969) – Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.

4:15 a.m. Night Tide (1963) – Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.” – TV by the Numbers

Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is currently available (click here to leaf through the book), a biography by American writer Tom Folsom titled, Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was announced before his passing, and a showing of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is scheduled for July – September.

The final movie starring Dennis Hopper titled The Last Film Festival, a comedy is pending a release date.

Hopper had also recently voiced a character in the upcoming animated film, Alpha and Omega:

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