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"GRACE"
“GRACE”

“NEWS OF THE WORLD”
“NEWS OF THE WORLD”

"THE BIGGEST LOSER"
“THE BIGGEST LOSER”

"The MINUTEMAN"
“The MINUTEMAN”

"THE COMEBACK TRAIL"
“THE COMEBACK TRAIL”

"WHO STOLE THE TASMANIAN..."
“WHO STOLE THE TASMANIAN…”

“BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA...
“BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA…

"BIOS"
“BIOS”

"SILK ROAD"
“SILK ROAD”

"BRIARPATCH"
“BRIARPATCH”

"SIERRA SISTERS"
“SIERRA SISTERS”

“THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD”
“THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD”

“HALF BROTHERS”
“HALF BROTHERS”

“ROSWELL”
“ROSWELL”

"WANDER"
“WANDER”

“ARMY OF THE DEAD”
“ARMY OF THE DEAD”

"LAND OF DREAMS"
“LAND OF DREAMS”

"MISSING MONKEY"
“MISSING MONKEY”

"KEYHOLE GARDEN"
“KEYHOLE GARDEN”


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Below are the most recent press releases announced by the New Mexico State Film Office

“GRACE”

January 28, 2020 SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the independent feature, “Grace” produced by GracetheMovie, LLC, filmed in November 2019 thru December 2019, in Albuquerque. The production employed approximately 70 New Mexico crew members, 28 New Mexico actors, and 50 New Mexico background talent. The feature was directed and produced by Anna Elizabeth James (“Emma’s Chance,” “Destined to Ride”) under her Kiss and Tale Productions banner. Starring Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding,”“August: Osage County”), Kristin Davis (“Sex in the City,” “Holiday in the Wild”) and Greer Grammer (“Awkward” and “The Middle”). “Grace” is the story of a bestselling female novelist, suffering from writer’s block, who hires an innocent young woman to watch over her twin children. As the novelist dangerously indulges in her new best seller, the line between the life she’s writing and the one she’s living becomes blurred.


“NEWS OF THE WORLD”

October 8, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – “News of the World,” a post-Civil War adventure saga produced by Universal Pictures, has begun principal photography in and around Santa Fe, State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today. The production will continue in the state through November and employ more than 200 New Mexico crew members and 25 New Mexico actors. “Our state film industry continues to draw sizable A-list productions, and that’s incredibly good news for our economy and workers,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “I look forward to its sustainable expansion and more productions taking root in all parts of the state.”
”I welcome Tom Hanks back to New Mexico to produce and star in this post-Civil-War adventure story,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “It’s reassuring to know that
leaders in the film industry are returning New Mexico to benefit from our highly trained crews, unique locations, and competitive business incentives.”
“News of the World,” based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles, is directed by Paul Greengrass (the “Bourne” films, “United 93”), who also wrote the script with an earlier draft by Luke Davies (“Lion”). The film is produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (“Mamma Mia!” franchise, HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge”) for their company, Playtone Productions, by Gregory Goodman (“22 July,” “8 Mile”), and by Gail Mutrux (“The Danish Girl,” “Donnie Brasco”) for her Pretty Pictures. The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt.
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller. He shares the news of presidents and queens,
glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, Kidd crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, “System Crasher”), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa tribe six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.


“THE BIGGEST LOSER”

October 4, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – “The Biggest Loser” has started production in and around Santa Fe. The 10-episode season from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is expected to debut on USA Network in 2020, New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced Friday.
“The Biggest Loser” is hosted by Bob Harper, a health and fitness expert who was a staple for 17 seasons on the original version of the hit reality series. Erica Lugo and Steve Cook have also joined the series as the show’s new trainers.
“The Santa Fe, New Mexico region offers us a tremendous variety of looks and locations for our production needs,” says Georgie Hurford-Jones, Endemol Shine North America’s Senior Vice President, Unscripted Original Series and Specials. “For a show like ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where we have men and women looking to not only lose weight, but improve their overall well-being, our new location here in the state is ideal on many levels.”
“I understand this is the first series of its kind to shoot an entire season in New Mexico,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “The variety of film and television projects to pay New Mexico a visit is a testament to our capacity for creative development — and speaks to the fact that more and more productions recognize New Mexico is the place to be.”
“The Biggest Loser filmed 247 episodes over 17 seasons and has been extraordinarily popular in the United States and around the world,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes, of the Economic Development Department. “We are pleased they have chosen to restart the series in New Mexico and will be able to benefit from our wonderfully diverse locations, and our industry incentives.”


“The Minuteman”

September 9, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – The feature film “The Minuteman,” produced by Azil Productions, LLC, will begin principal photography in September in To’Hajilee, Albuquerque, Jemez Pueblo, Belen, and Rio Rancho, New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today.
“This is another example of how productions are going to all parts of the state to find locations that fit their story,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. “We are pleased that Minuteman has discovered the tribal and rural communities that make New Mexico unique.”
The production will employ 90 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico actors, and 150 New Mexico background talent.
The feature is directed by Robert Lorenz (“Trouble with the Curve”) and produced by Warren Goz (“Trading Paint”), Eric Gold (“Trading Paint”) and Tai Duncan, (“How It Ends,” “Honest Thief”), and Mark Williams (“Ozark,” “Honest Thief).
Starring Liam Neeson, Jacob Perez, Juan Pablo Raba, and Katheryn Winnick, “The Minuteman” is the story of a rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who have pursued him into the United States.


“Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar”

September 5, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the Lionsgate feature film, “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar,” recently completed principal photography in Albuquerque. The production employed approximately 150 New Mexico crew members and 180 New Mexico background actors.
Directed by Josh Greenbaum (“Becoming Bond,” “The Short Game,” “New Girl,” “Fresh Off the Boat”), and produced by Jessica Elbaum (“Hustlers,” “Booksmart”), Will Ferrell (“Hustlers,” “Vice”), Adam McKay (“Vice,” “The Big Short”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), and Annie Mumolo (“Bridesmaids”). Starring Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), and Damon Wayans Jr. (Let’s Be Cops), “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” follows titular best friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Wiig), who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, FL, where they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s evil plot.


Zoe Saldana brings “Keyhole Garden”

August 20, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature film “Keyhole Garden” will begin principal photography in New Mexico on Aug. 26.
The film will be directed by Marco Perego-Saldana and produced by Julie Yorn (“Hell or High Water”), Alexandra Milchan (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Robert Kravis (“The Rum Diary”), Karl Herrmann (“Dinner in America), and Perego-Saldana, from a screenplay written by Perego-Saldana and Rick Rapoza.
The production will be shot in Albuquerque and employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 390 background extras.
Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) will star in this sprawling and suspenseful drama that illuminates the hardships and divisions plaguing the lives of people on both sides of America’s Southern border.
Michael Michaels of Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation, Mariel and Cisely Saldana of Cinestar Pictures, and Rick Yorn of LBI Entertainment will executive produce along with Ingenious Media and Ashland Hill. Other key members of the production team are Director of Photography Javier Juliá (“Animal”), Production Designer Jona Tochet (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”) and Costume Designer Barcie Waite (“Legion”). 


“Roswell” Season 2

August 14, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – The television series “Roswell,” produced by Warner Bros.Television / NM Talent Inc., will begin principal photography of Season 2 mid-August through January in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, and Madrid, New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today.
The production will employ 260 New Mexico crew members and 2,550 state residents in extra and background roles.
Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”) wrote the pilot script and serves as executive producer along with Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), Darryl Frank (“The Americans”), Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kevin Kelly Brown (“Roswell”). It is based on the Roswell High book series, written by Melinda Metz.
After reluctantly returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: He’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.


“Army of the Dead”

August 5, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – The Netflix-produced feature film “Army of the Dead,” has started principal photography at Albuquerque Studios and will continue through October, announced New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen.
The production will employ 501 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors, and 2,163 New Mexico background talent.
The feature is directed and produced by Zack Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) alongside producers Deborah Snyder (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”) and Wesley Coller (“Watchmen,” “Man of Steel,” “300”).
In “Army of the Dead” Snyder returns to his directorial roots, offering this zombie-adventure film. “Army of the Dead” follows a group of mercenaries who, following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
“Netflix is making good on its promise, as part of the 2018 partnership with New Mexico, to bring $1 billion dollars in production to New Mexico over the next 10 years and create up to 1,000 production jobs a year,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department.“Netflix is a great partner for the State of New Mexico and we are very excited that they chose to film such a high profile project as one of their first films under the NM PA


Indie film “Wander”

July 23, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the independent feature “Wander,” produced by Wango Films, has commenced principal photography through mid-August in Carrizozo and Ruidoso, N.M.
The production will employ 30 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico actors and 30 New Mexico background talent.
One reason the production looked at rural areas is due to the revised Film Production Tax Credit law that rebates an extra 5 percent for productions outside Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The initiative became law July 1.
“This is an all-rural production and we know that is due in part to new incentives that will bring more attention to these unique and wonderful areas all over the state,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “We are pleased ‘Wander’ will showcase these locations in Lincoln County.”
The feature is directed and produced by April Mullen (“Below Her Mouth,” “88”) and co-produced by Tim Doiron (“88,” “Dead Before Dawn”) and Andre Relis (“Arkansas”).
“Wander” is the story of a suspicious death in the small town of Wander. A mentally unstable private investigator becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.


“HALF BROTHERS” FEATURE STARTS PRODUCTION

July 12, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M.- New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature film “Half Brothers,” a moving comedy with heart in the vein of “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Green Book,” and “Rain Man,” will start production in New Mexico on July 15. The film is being directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door,” “Let’s Be Cops”) and produced by Jason Shuman (“Role Models,” “Lone Survivor”) and Eduardo Cisneros (“Instructions Not Included,” “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”), from a screenplay written by Shuman and Cisneros. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International will handle foreign distribution.
Luis Gerardo Méndez will executive produce and star in “Half Brothers.” Méndez can currently be seen in the film “Murder Mystery” opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and will appear this fall in the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot opposite Kristen Stewart. He previously starred in and executive produced the popular Spanish-language series “Club de Cuervos.”
In “Half Brothers,” Méndez stars as Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive who is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother he never knew about, the free-spirited Asher, played by Connor Del Rio (“Unfriended: Dark Web,” “Level Up”). The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the US. They are joined by Juan Pablo Espinosa (“El Secretario”), portraying a man whose history isn’t as simple as it seems.


“THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD”

July 2, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” produced by Film Rites and BRON Studios, has concluded principal photography on locations thoughout New Mexico. Creative Wealth Media is co-financing the project with New Line Cinema, while Warner Bros. Pictures is handling marketing and distribution.
During principal photography the production employed approximately 675 New Mexico residents among its cast and crew. The project shot on locations in and around Bernalillo, Torrance, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba counties, including Santa Clara Pueblo.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead” is a female-driven neo-Western set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”; screenwriter “Hell or High Water,” “Sicario”), from his screenplay based on Michael Kortya’s bestselling novel, previously adapted by Charles Leavitt and Michael Koryta. Sheridan is producing with Garrett Basch, Steven Zaillian, and BRON Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (“The Mule,” “Tully,” “Fences”) and Kevin Turen (“All is Lost,” “Arbitrage”).
Executive Producers include Jason Cloth (“The Mule,” “A Simple Favor,” “Fences”) of Creative Wealth Media, Kathryn Dean and Michael Friedman (TV’s “Yellowstone”).  Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted,” “Maleficent,” “Salt,” “Changeling”) leads the film’s acclaimed ensemble cast including Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Favourite”), Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Baby Driver,” TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Tyler Perry (the “Madea” franchise, “Vice,” “Gone Girl”), Aidan Gillen (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Bohemian Rhapsody”), Medina Senghore (“Blindspot”), Finn Little (“Storm Boy”), and Jake Weber (TV’s “Homeland” and “13 Reasons Why”).


Houseboat Amazon: Search for a Missing Monkey

July 09, 2019 SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the documentary “Houseboat Amazon: Search for a Missing Monkey,” produced by Hear Kitty Studios and Houseboat Amazon LLC will begin principal photography mid-August in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The production will employ 4 New Mexico crew members and 1 New Mexico actor. The documentary is directed and produced by Laura K Marsh and Kathleen Edwards along with co-producers Tor Kingdon. Starring Dr. Laura K. Marsh, “Houseboat Amazon: Search for a Missing Monkey is set in January through May 2017, a woman led scientific expedition – with a research team from US, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, a Brazilian boat crew, and 135 local guides – explored a remote Amazonian watershed while living on a houseboat, searching five rivers along the Alto Rio Jurua in Brazil to find missing “flying” saki monkeys that had not been seen alive by science in over 80 years.



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“Grow”

 

July 9, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the television series “Grow,” produced by Rocket Road Pictures, filmed in Santa Fe.
The production employed 30 New Mexico crew members, 3 New Mexico actors and 30 New Mexico background talent. The television series is directed by Milad Avaz and produced by Mehdi Avaz, Misam Avaz, and
Daniel Cotroneo. The Avaz Brothers broke the mold with their feature debut Mens Vi Lever, which was a breakout box office hit in Denmark in 2017, while receiving five nominations at the
Danish Film Academy Awards. They recently wrapped principal photography on their latest feature “Collision” which stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas (“Angels & Demons”), Rasmus Bjerg and
Nicolas Bro. Starring Jonathan Harboe and Caspar Phillipson (“Mission Impossible: Fallout,” “Jackie”), “Grow” is the story of a young stock broker, Adam (26), who delves into the dark past of his
recently-deceased father and is quickly consumed. It isn’t long before the lines of Adam’s structured world are blurred by a hunger for power and quick recognition in the Danish drug
market. Seeking to create a new Nordic cartel, Adam and childhood friend Simon must take on the immigrants, bikers, police and politicians.

“Sierra Sisters The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure”

 

July 1, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. — The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the feature “Sierra Sisters The Hunt for Blackbeard’s
Treasure,” produced by Spanish Broom Productions in association with Dream Catcher Productions, LLC, will begin principal photography mid-June through the end of July in
Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Zia Pueblo. The independent feature is directed by Josh Relic and Executive Producer Marshall DeBerry.
The film will employ 25 New Mexico crew members, 4 New Mexico actors and 15 New Mexico background talent. “This is another great example of how a small independent film discovered that New Mexico has
the locations, the crews and the economic incentives to help them succeed,” said Christensen. “New Mexico’s improved film incentives became law July 1, and we are seeing more and more
interest as a result.” Produced by Kathleen Swenson (“Caged,” “Sierra Sisters” and “The Legend of Red Hand’s Treasure”), Celeste Lee (“Sierra Sisters and The Legend of Red Hand’s Treasure”) and Jessica Jones.
“Sierra Sisters The Hunt for Blackbeard’s Treasure” stars Kathleen Swenson (Caged), Celeste Lee (Back to Billy), James Blackburn (The Lone Ranger) and Samuel Barber (The Bracero’s
Bible). The feature follows treasure hunting sisters Hera and Athena as they embark on a journey to find the legendary treasure of Blackbeard the pirate. Along the way they encounter shadowy figures
and mystical relics. The sisters begin to believe that they aren’t alone in trying to find the treasure. They find they have to use their wits and brawn to outwit and outmaneuver their
murderous rivals.

“Briarpatch”

 

June 17, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. –The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the USA Network television series, “Briarpatch” produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions) and Paramount Television will begin principal photography mid-June through the end of September in Albuquerque. Starring Rosario Dawson, who will also serve as a producer, the production will employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members and 250-350 New Mexico background talent per episode. “Briarpatch” follows Allegra Dill (Dawson), a dogged investigator returning to her border-town Texas home after her sister is murdered. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. The season celebrates the beloved genres represented by Thomas’ book – a stylish blend of crime and pulp fiction — while updating his sense of fun, danger and place for a new generation. Based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name, “Briarpatch” is written for television by Andy Greenwald, who will executive produce along with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. The series also stars Jay R. Ferguson (“Mad Men,” “The Romanoffs”), Brian Geraghty (“Chicago P.D.,” “Ray Donovan”) and Edi Gathegi (“StartUp”).

“Silk Road”

 

June 6, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the independent feature “Silk Road,” produced by Picadilly, will begin principal photography mid-June through mid-July in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The production will employ 80 New Mexico crew members, 25 New Mexico actors and 400 New Mexico background talent. The feature is directed by Tiller Russell (“Operation Odessa,” “The Seven Five,” “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride,” “Bad Boys of Summer,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire,” “Outlaw Empires”) and produced by Duncan Montgomery (“Freeheld,” “Dirty Weekend, Bernie,” “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride,” “Pineapple”), Alex Orlovsky (“Viena and the Fantomes,” “The Discovery,” “Frank & Lol”), and David Hyman (“Veep,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Good Place,” “Wine Country”). “Having recently moved to New Mexico I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot a film in my new home state with the very talented local cast and crew,” said Director Russell. Executive produced by Dawn Bierschwal, Christopher Figg and Robert Whitehouse, the independent feature stars Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Mudbound,” “Everest,” “Terminator”), Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World,” “Everything/Everything,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Alexandra Shipp (“X Men: Apocalypse,” “Love Simon,” “Straight Outta Compton”) and Cole Sprouse (“Big Daddy,” “Riverdale,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”), “Silk Road,” is a true crime epic about the criminal mastermind who unleashed the Dark Net and the ’Jurassic Narc’ bent on bringing down the young kingpin’s billion-dollar empire. Combining the traditions of classic films like Goodfellas and The Departed with the origin story of Bitcoin, Silk Road is a gangster film for the millennial generation.

“Land of Dreams”

 

June 6, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the short “Land of Dreams” produced by Land of Dreams LLC & Hardline Films, will begin principal photography in June, shooting through mid-June in Algodones, Las Vegas and Shiprock. The production will employ 25 New Mexico crew members, 9 New Mexico actors and 150 New Mexico background talent. The short is directed by Shirin Neshat and co-produced by Sol Tryon and Shoja Azari. Starring Sheila Vand (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “Argo,” “We the Animals”) and Mohammad Ghaffari (“The Devil’s Advocate,” “Little Odessa”), “Land of Dreams” is about a young Iranian-American woman who is making an art project by photographing average Americans and recording their dreams. She drives to another land and enters into a mysterious Iranian Colony nestled in a mountainous desert. There she works to circumvent the system they have in place for interpreting the dreams she has been collecting. Unsure what is dream and what is reality, “Land of Dreams” will fascinate and enthrall with its sheer beauty and topical symbolism.

“Lucid”

 

June 1, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the short “Lucid” will begin principal photography at the end of this month through the beginning of June in Albuquerque. The production will employ 17 New Mexico crew members, 4 New Mexico actors and 10 New Mexico background talent. The feature is directed and produced by Dodie Montgomery and Lucas Stein as stars Nicole Barlett, Ed Lottimer, Rachel Michaela and Daniel James. “Lucid” is about Molly who is aging and in a crisis. She is self-destructive and numb. She has a larger calling that she is ignoring until the Universe forces her to action. It will transport her into a crumbling world that needs saving. With her sister as a constant companion and fellow warrior they will save themselves and the magical world to which they have been transported. There are consequences, good and bad, in interacting with both worlds.

“Does Your Heart Break?”

 

June 1, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the short, “Does Your Heart Break?” produced by Film Las Cruces Studio and does your Heart Break Film LLC will begin principal photography mid-May in Last Cruces. The production will employ approximately 30-40 New Mexico crew members, 4 New Mexico actors and 15-30 New Mexico background talent. The short is directed by Carlos Carlos Jr. and produced by Naomi N. Gonzalez. Starring Edward Frost (as Job), Bud Witte (as Father Elihu), and Larissa Lury (as Mara), “Does Your Heart Break?” is the story of a man who is continuously tormented by the recent trauma of losing his mother in a fire, Job, a 31-year-old seminarian on the cusp of priesthood, starts accepting his religious doubt. Torn by its tragic nature, Job fails to give a heartfelt sermon at the funeral of a 7-year-old boy. Through this, Job realizes he doesn’t have the faith, nor the knowledge, to become a priest. He abandons the seminary, and his father figure Father Elihu, arguing that the presence of evil cancels out the existence of God.

“The Comeback Trail”

 

May 23, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature “The
Comeback Trail,” will begin principal photography in early June through early July in Albuquerque, Tojajilee, Bonanza Creek Ranch and Yrisarri. The production will employ approximately 75 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico actors and approximately 300 New Mexico background talent. “We welcome this Oscar winning trio of Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman to New Mexico,” said Alicia J. Keyes, “We are pleased that The Comeback Trail has found New Mexico. We offer experienced crews, a great climate and the best production incentives in the country. “
“The Comeback Trail offers a great example of what New Mexico can offer,” said Christensen. “From worldclass studios to movie ranches and tribal lands, the state will work closely with producers find the perfect locations. ”The feature is directed by George Gallo (“Midnight Run,” “Middle Men,” “29th Street”) and produced by Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding,” “The Poison Rose”) and David Ornston (“The Poison Rose,” “This Is The Year,” “Obsession”). Starring Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman, “The Comeback Trail” is about two movie producers who owe money to the mob set up their aging movie star for an insurance scam to try and save themselves. But they wind up getting more than they ever imagined. The New Mexico Film Office and the Albuquerque Film Office are pleased to host “The Comeback Trail” director George Gallo for a screening of his film “MIdnight Run.” The event is open to the public at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 25 at the Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87106. The screening will be followed by a Q & A moderated by Frances Lee McCain. The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Click this link to RSVP to the event.

“Shelby Shack”

 

May 24, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the feature “Shelby Shack” will begin principal photography at the end of this month through mid-June in Santa Fe, Alamogordo and Las Cruces. The production will employ 6 New Mexico crew members and 6 New Mexico actors. The feature is directed and produced by R.S. Hester and stars Mike Gaba, Megan Elisabeth Kelly, Zach Rose, Bill Chopski, Amy Violette, Rich Heinrich and Barry Hazen. Shelby Shack is based off the Manuscript “The Showdown at Shelby Shack” written by New Mexico Author Ethel Halstead.
“Shelby Shack” is set in the 1860’s about a young woman (Nellie Harper) who finds herself in a lonely marriage while trying to get acclimated to her new surroundings out West. Her new father-in-law runs his ranch with a smile and an iron fist. Nellie, is blind sighted by his dark side, ends up running for her life.

“Meow Wolf Las Vegas”

 

April 17, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, New Mexico Film Office announced the multimedia / new media project “Meow Wolf Las Vegas,” produced by Meow Wolf. Principal photography will begin mid-April through the end of November in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. The production will employ approximately 80 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico actors and approximately 65 New Mexico background talent. “Meow Wolf Las Vegas” is a variety of media content that will be showcased in the new exhibition space opening in Las Vegas, NV. The project is directed by Tristan Love, Jilann Spitzmiller, Isabel Zermani, Amy West, Kron and produced by Tara Tovarek p.g.a.

“Better Call Saul”

 

April 8, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Produced by:  Sony Pictures Television

Created by: Gilligan and Gould

Executive Produced by: Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, and Thomas Schnauz

Production Schedule: April

Location:  Albuquerque 

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The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the television series, “Better Call Saul” will begin principal photography on season five this month.
“The fact that Sony Pictures and “Better Call Saul” are filming for a fifth season in New Mexico is a tribute to our professional crews, our climate, and our new package of incentives which make New Mexico the best in the country for this industry,” said New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. “We welcome them back.”
“Albuquerque itself is one of characters in “Better Call Saul” and we welcome the show back for season five,” said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. “Productions like these give our city a boost and employ hundreds of talented Burqueños.” The production will employ approximately 375 New Mexico crew members, 200 New Mexico actors and 500 New Mexico background talent. “Better Call Saul” is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, and Thomas Schnauz. A Sony Pictures Television production and created by Gilligan and Gould, the series stars Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.

“Interrogation”

March 25, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office announced that the television series “Interrogation” produced by CBS Television Studios will begin principal photography mid-March in Albuquerque. The series was co-created by Anders Weidemann (“30 Degrees In February”) and John Mankiewicz (“House of Cards,” “Bosch”). Both will serve as executive producers alongside Fabrik Entertainment’s Henrik Bastin (“Bosch”) and Melissa Aouate. The television series is directed by Ernest Dickerson (“Bosch,” “The Walking Dead”), who also serves as executive producer, and Patrick Cady.

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“Model Citizen”

March 11, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office announced that the independent feature “Model Citizen” produced by Rocco the Unicorn, Inc., has begun principal photography through the end of the month. The production will employ more than 35 New Mexico crew members, 16 New Mexico actors and approximately 100 New Mexico background talent.

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“Two New REELZ TV Specials and Network Commercials”

February, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that REELZ will produce two TV specials and network commercials in New Mexico. Production on the projects will be throughout 2018. The production will employ 20 New Mexico crew members and one New Mexico actor. The TV specials “REELZ Reviews” feature movie critic Leonard Maltin and Rotten Tomatoes’ Grae Drake discussing movies coming to theaters and also those available on-demand. “Screening Room”, hosted by Casey Messer, is a weekly look at movies offered on-demand on DirecTV.

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“Built for Life Southwest: Indigenous Design I: Bandelier Edition”

February, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the documentary film “Built for Life Southwest Indigenous Design I: Bandelier Edition” produced by Archinia Films will begin principal photography at the end of August through the February 2019 in Bandelier National Monument, White Rock and San Ildefonso Pueblo. The production will employ approximately 6 New Mexico crew members, 15 New Mexico actors and a 30 New Mexico background talent. Directed and produced by Rachel Preston Prinz (“Emergence: Sky City”), the documentary is about Bandelier National Monument and its Tsankawi outlier, and oral interviews of park staff and indigenous elders and youth preservationists from its antecedents San Ildefonso and Cochiti Pueblos, to be made into a documentary and included in a comprehensive online education portal about New Mexico architecture, design, and sustainability.

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“TMNA 967a”

January 28, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the commercial “TMNA 967a,” produced by TMNA Tool Pinball Productions, Inc., filmed in Albuquerque and Santa Fe last month.
The production employed approximately 60 New Mexico crew members. Directed by Marc Foster and produced by John O’Conner, “TMNA 967a” is a commercial to introduce a 2019 Toyota vehicle. 

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“Complexity”

January, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – The original documentary television series “Complexity,” is Executive Produced by Misty Tosh of the New Mexico-based Dead Thief Outfit in association with Executive Producer Joe Livecchi of Noble Savages, and Executive Producer Leeaundra Keany.
This 10-part series will explore the universe with scientists at the Santa Fe Institute, an iconoclastic research center that Rolling Stone magazine described as a “justice league of renegade geeks.”
Principal photography will begin in April and continue through October in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Los Alamos.
The production will employ 10 New Mexico crew members.
The series will be hosted by Santa Fe Institute President David Krakauer, a renowned evolutionary biologist. It will feature a cast of researchers in settings that illuminate the culture and landscape of New Mexico, zooming out to reveal the unifying principles governing life, culture, and civilization. Each episode of “Complexity” will examine a different facet of complexity science and its use of quantitative tools for finding hidden order in evolving systems.
This New Mexico-based production will be the first series of its kind to really ask (and oftentimes answer) the Big Questions of the twenty-first century — what Stephen Hawking referred to as “the century of complexity.”

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“Our Lady, LTD”

November 7, 2018, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the EPIX series “Our Lady, LTD,” produced by MGM Television has begun principal photography in Santa Fe, N.M. with shooting running through March 2019.
The production will employ approximately 150 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and approximately 2,000 New Mexico background talent.
“New Mexico has become a major player in the ‘Golden Age of Television’,” said Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office. “We are delighted to welcome ‘Our Lady, LTD’, yet another TV series representing long term economic impact for New Mexico crew, vendors and communities.”
“We’re honored to host the entire cast and crew of ‘Our Lady, LTD’ here in Santa Fe! Our television and film economy continues to grow, creating local jobs and contributing to our reputation as the place to make amazing movies and TV,” said Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber.
Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris (Patriot) serve as executive producers and showrunners, with Conrad directing six episodes. Joining Conrad and Terris as executive producers are Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch (The Equalizer).
“Our Lady, LTD” stars Sir Ben Kingsley (Operation Finale), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Jimmi Simpson (Westworld), Luis Guzman (Traffic), Damon Herriman (100 Bloody Acres), Chris Conrad (Patriot), Terry O’Quinn (Patriot), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) and Hana Mae Lee (Pitch Perfect).
The series follows James (Simpson), a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. The pastor and his wife Lillian (Weaver) – know to their parishioners as Pa and Ma – have used religion to bilk hundreds of innocent people out of their life savings.

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“Daybreak”

October 31, 2018, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis confirms that Netflix series “Daybreak,” will begin principal photography at the end of November through the beginning of April 2019 in Albuquerque.
The production will employ 260 New Mexico crew members, 3 New Mexico actors and approximately 3,000 New Mexico background talent.
The television series is co-created by executive producers Brad Peyton (“Frontier,” “Rampage,” producing through ASAP Entertainment) and Aron Eli Coleite (“Locke & Key,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Heroes”), along with executive producer: Jeff Fierson (“Frontier,” “Rampage,” producing through ASAP Entertainment). Aron Eli Coleite will serve as showrunner on the series.
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the subversive dark comedy “Daybreak” finds 17-year-old high school outcast Josh searching for his missing girlfriend Sam in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.

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INDUSTRY CONFERENCE SHOWCASE

Audience Award Voting                                                                                                                                 April, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Audience Award voting is now open through April 30!

Click here to watch and vote for this year’s New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Films.

 

And join us on May 10th at the KiMo Theater for our Awards Ceremony and the screening of the winning films. Click here to RSVP for the Awards Ceremony.

 

Important dates:

April 1st-April 30th Online voting is open for Audience Awards

May 1st: Finalist Announced

May 10th at 6pm: Awards Ceremony

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The 2019 New Mexico Film & Media Industry Conference                                                                         April, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

Audience Award voting is now open through April 30!

Click here to watch and vote for this year’s New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Films.

 

And join us on May 10th at the KiMo Theater for our Awards Ceremony and the screening of the winning films. Click here to RSVP for the Awards Ceremony.

 

Important dates:

April 1st-April 30th Online voting is open for Audience Awards

May 1st: Finalist Announced

May 10th at 6pm Awards Ceremony

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The Annual New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase                                                                            February, 2019, Santa Fe, NM

The Annual New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase is a free showcase open to all New Mexico residents and students. This year we will be accepting submissions via FilmFreeway and IndieOn will be hosting the voting for the Audience Award. Please watch our website, Facebook page and newsletter for announcements of prizes! 

Important dates:

Now-March 22, 2019 Call for Submissions

April 1st-April 30th Online voting is open for Audience Awards

May 10th at 6pm Awards Ceremony followed by a screening of the winning films at the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque.

For complete rules and to submit click here:

https://filmfreeway.com/2019NewMexicoFilmmakersShowcase

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EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES

New Mexico Film Office:  Breaking Into Background       

This event is full, the wait list is still available.

When: April 24, 1-2pm

Where: Workers Compensation Administration, 2410 Centre Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Get involved in the film industry by doing background work on New Mexico film and television productions! Bobbie Shelton will cover who the background agencies in New Mexico are, how to register with them and what you need to know to start working as a background artist. She will also talk about what you need to bring to set, what your day will look like and some dos and don’ts of working background. All of your questions about doing background work will be answered in this informative discussion!

This event is full, the wait list is still available

Click here to RSVP to this event.

If you RSVP, please be sure to come or cancel your ticket. Allow extra time for check in at this location, there is security upon entering the building.

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New Mexico Film Office Free Educational Speaker Series:  A Guide to NMFO Resources               

When: February 27, 2019 1:00-2:00pm

Where: Workers Compensation Administration

2410 Centre Avenue Southeast

Albuquerque, NM 87106

The New Mexico Film Office has a wealth of programs to help you find information and work in the film industry. Rochelle Bussey, Senior Manager of Operations and Workforce Development Programs will explain how the Film Crew Advancement Program (FCAP) can help you get hired or move up in your department and Operation Sound Stage our program for Veterans. Barbara Kerford, State Outreach Coordinator, will walk you through the NMFO website to help you find the resources you need to pursue jobs in the film industry.

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SUMMIT

2019 Education Summit              

The 2019 Education Summit will be on February 16th from 10am-3pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Scottish Rite Center (463 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87504).

The mission of this event is to stimulate communication, create fresh ideas and establish lasting bonds and relationships between New Mexico’s film and media industry and secondary and higher education institutions, thus, establishing a well-defined educational environment that offers cutting edge training for today’s competitive industry.

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