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Mexican star Luis Gerardo Méndez leads the cast of the heartfelt comedy directed by Luke Greenfield
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. Also serving as executive producer is Udi Nedivi (“Wedding Crashers,” “Creed ll”), with Jason Benoit (“Safe House,” “The Last Airbender”) as co-producer. Other key members of the production team are director of photography Thomas Scott Stanton (“Take Me to the River,” “Benji”), production designer RA Arancio-Parrain (“Odd Thomas,” “Safe Haven”), and costume designer Daniela Moore (“The Last Stand,” “Gamer”). Based in Albuquerque, “Half Brothers” will film in New Mexico from mid July until late August, shooting on location in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Cedar Crest, Los Lunas, and Hatch. The movie will employ approximately 150 New Mexico crew members, 30 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 300 background players. Background talent will include numerous Hispanic males, females, and children ages 1-12. Individuals wishing to be cast as background talent should send an email with their photograph and phone number to Robert Baxter at: email@example.com.
About Focus Features Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; Working Title and Blueprint Picture’s new adaptation of Emma starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn; Kevin Costner and Diane Lane led Let Him Go; Jon Stewart’s Irresistible starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, and Chris Cooper; Todd Haynes’ Untitled Project with Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway from Participant Media; Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho from Working Title; and the anticipated Downton Abbey movie starring the entire original cast. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including The Dead Don’t Die; Harriet; Downton Abbey; Emma; Let Him Go; Irresistible; and Last Night in Soho.
Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information please visit www.focusfeatures.com Contact: Brad Thompson / FOCUS FEATURES – Brad.Thompson@focusfeatures.com
7/9/19 – 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. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/9/19 – 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. The monkeys were found and the only existing footage of them will be used in the film. For more information email: email@example.com.
State provides “the rugged scope” story demands
7/2/19 – 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 throughout 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”). “In our story the setting itself is a character, and once we started scouting our locations — from the Santa Clara Pueblo to the Jemez Mountains and the wooded foothills of the Manzanos — we knew that New Mexico would provide the rugged scope that this story demands,” said Sheridan. “As always, I’m thrilled when a production makes use of so much of our beautiful landscape in rural areas,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “New Mexico is wide open for film business, and we continue to be the premiere destination for any and all Western pictures.” “More and more productions are finding that New Mexico is a state with a talented industry workforce, diverse locations and the best financial incentives in the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “We are honored that ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ had such a positive experience in the state and was able to provide jobs to more than 600 New Mexicans.” “I am especially pleased the producers of ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ were able to take advantage of New Mexico’s many remote and scenic locations, including Santa Clara Pueblo,” added New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen. “We are hearing from more producers who want to see locations in New Mexico and learn more about our new film and television production rebates.”
7/1/19 – 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. For more information contact: Jessica.Jones@dcpllcnm.com.
6/17/19 – 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”).
6/6/19 – 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. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/6/19 – 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. For more information, contact: email@example.com.
6/1/19 – 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. For more information contact: LucidDWP@gmail.com.
6/1/19 – 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. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/24/19 – 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. For more information contact: 1ShelbyShackMovie@gmail.com
5/23/19 – 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 world-class 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.
5/21/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the live-action film “Bios” produced by Amblin Partners, has concluded principal photography at locations across New Mexico. The production employed approximately 125 New Mexico crew members, 7 New Mexico actors and some 400 background extras. “I’m always thrilled when a major production is able to use so much of New Mexico’s diverse landscape and shoot in so many different locations,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “As we boost our film and television industry, we are going to see more productions choosing to shoot outside the Santa Fe-Albuquerque corridor. That means more job opportunities for New Mexicans in rural areas.” As part of her commitment to film and television production in New Mexico, Gov. Lujan Grisham visited the set of “Bios” earlier this month. There, she met with local crew, producers and actors, including Tom Hanks. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department said there is significant interest in New Mexico from the film and television industry as producers and studios learn about the generous incentives, experienced crews and scenic locations. “Our phones are ringing,” said Keyes. “The industry is looking for stable, high-quality partnerships and New Mexico can do it all. We applaud “Bios”and Tom Hanks, and share in their success.” “When movies like “Bios” come to the state and are able to utilize so many different areas of New Mexico, it’s a plus,” said Christensen, Film Office Director. “The diversity shows that New Mexico has a lot to offer productions.” In “Bios,” Tom Hanks (“Cast Away,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Forrest Gump”) stars as Finch, one of the only survivors of a cataclysmic event that has left the world, a wasteland ravaged by solar radiation. An ailing inventor facing his own mortality, Finch builds a robot to keep his beloved dog safe. As the trio embarks upon an epic cross-country journey, the scientist must teach his creation to become “human” enough to take care of its charge and the beloved pet to accept a new master. “Bios” was directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective”), and shot in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Shiprock, Los Lunas, Socorro and White Sands National Monument. Previously announced in the cast are Caleb Landry Jones (“Get Out,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Samira Wiley (“Handmaid’s Tale,” “Orange is the New Black”). The production also announced Skeet Ulrich (“Escape Room,” “Scream”) and Laura Harrier (“BlacKkKlansman,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”) as new additions to the cast. The live-action film is written by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell (“Alien,” “Blade Runner”), and is produced by Kevin Misher (“Public Enemies,” “Fighting With My Family”), as well as ImageMovers Jack Rapke (“Cast Away,” “Flight”) and Jackie Levine (“Allied,” upcoming Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of “The Witches”). Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis (“Cast Away”, “Flight,” “Back to the Future” trilogy), Sapochnik, Adam Merims,Luck and Andy Berman serve as executive producers. Producing in association with Amblin Partners is Walden Media, who recently closed a deal to board the project. This will be the fourth film that Amblin and Walden have partnered on. Overseeing for Amblin Partners is Co-President of Production Jeb Brody, along with Andrew Calof, VP, Creative Affairs. Ulrich is represented by Luber Roklin and Paradigm. Harrier is represented by ICM Partners, Soffer/Namoff Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan. The film will be released on Oct. 2, 2020 by Universal Pictures domestically, and Universal and Amblin Partners internationally.
Veteran Locations Manager hired to head New Mexico Film Office
Photo credit: Clay Perez – Todd Christensen on the last day of filming “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” with Ethan Coen, left and Joel Coen.
5/20/19 – SANTA FE, N.M. – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed New Mexico resident and long-time Locations Manager Todd Christensen to head the New Mexico Film Office. Christensen has scouted and managed locations for all the major motion picture studios and completed 10 movies in New Mexico including “Off the Map” “Sicario 1 &2” “Only the Brave” “12 Strong” and “the Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Starting his career in Los Angeles, Christensen’s first job was for the movie “As Good As it Gets.” He went onto work on such projects as “Syriana”, “Moneyball”, “The Hunger Games,” “There Will Be Blood”’, “‘Paul”’ and many more. Christensen has worked with directors Paul Thomas Anderson, James L. Brooks, and Joel and Ethan Coen. “I’ve been in the field on movies for 23 years doing this job,” Christensen said. “I’ve worked with over 50 producers, I have friends in all of the studios. I’m going to contact all of those people to tell them to come to New Mexico to make their next movie or TV series here,” he said. Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department said the state is seeing significant interest since a new industry incentives law was signed by Gov. Lujan Grisham. The change will double the amount of money that can be paid out for filming in New Mexico and allows reimbursements up to 35 percent. “Our crews, our climate have always been terrific, and now we have an incentives law to match,” Keyes said. The new measure also exempts the cap altogether for those companies that sign a 10-year partnership with New Mexico. “Todd has been on the ground in the United States and New Mexico working with producers for more than two decades,” said Keyes. “He can carry our message: New Mexico is serious about building the industry, we want production companies to not only come and film in the state, but to stay here permanently and provide year-round employment.” Christensen hopes to better coordinate with schools and colleges to develop the workforce in New Mexico. He has worked with film commissions all over the United States, including South Korea, Poland, Mexico, the Bahama’s and, most importantly, New Mexico. Christensen understands the need for strong collaboration between the state film office, tribal governments, and city and county film liaisons. “Every movie has challenges and there can be logistical nightmares,” he said. “That’s why there has to be cooperation with the state and the city and county film offices. I want to help with that. I want to be available and accessible,” he said. A native of Yankton, S.D., Christensen lived for periods of time in Albuquerque and Taos before settling full time in Santa Fe in 2006. He started his position as Director of the New Mexico Film Office on Monday, May 20.
5/17/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the short “Who Stole the Tasmanian Devils?” produced by Loraque, LLC, a New Mexico production company, will begin principal photography at the beginning of this month through the mid-June in Albuquerque. The production will employ 25 New Mexico crew members, 7 New Mexico actors and 5 New Mexico background talent. The short is directed by Tom Carroll (“Big Bad Budget”) and produced by Brian Mangas (“Pregnant and Deadly”). “Albuquerque is a great city, full of character, and the movie makes the most of our city and the people in it,” said director Tom Carroll. Starring Kristin Broadwell (“People Just Doing Nothing”), Eric Martinez (“Brother’s Keeper”) and Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), the short is the story of an Albuquerque fixer who’s called upon to help police figure out who stole the Tasmanian Devils from the zoo. For more information, contact: Tasmaniandevilsfilm@gmail.com.
5/17/19 – The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the multimedia project “Meow Wolf Outside” produced by Meow Wolf is in production through mid-December in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 7 New Mexico crew members. Directed by Aaron Geiser and produced by Sarah Brin, “Meow Wolf Outside” is a phone-enabled, interactive experience that blends digital and physical storytelling elements to invite residents and tourists alike to explore Santa Fe. For more information contact: email@example.com.
5/17/19 – The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the multimedia project “Meow Wolf Companion App” produced by Meow Wolf is in production through mid-December in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 8 New Mexico crew members. The “Meow Wolf Companion App” is a mobile application that beckons guests to dive deeper into the worlds of Meow Wolf exhibitions. The app will serve as a gateway to interactive games, branching narratives, and conversations with characters in the Meow Wolf multiverse. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/17/19 – The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the multimedia project “Meow Wolf Portal” produced by Meow Wolf is in production through mid-December in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 12 New Mexico crew members. Directed by Geet Jacobs and produced by Sarah Brin, “Meow Wolf Portal” is an exclusive, Direct-to-Consumer Platform offering fans the opportunity to engage with Meow Wolf creative IP, while also maximizing revenue potential worldwide and giving our fanbase a deeper connection to our creative community. For more information contact: email@example.com.
5/17/19 – The New Mexico State Film Office today announced that the feature, “The Au Pair” produced by The Au Pair Inc. will begin principal photography mid-May through the end of May in Albuquerque. The production will employ approximately 35 New Mexico crew members, 9 New Mexico actors and 75 New Mexico background talent. Directed by Joe Russo (“3x BloodList writer”, “Nightmare Cinema”) and produced by Ross Kohn & Nancy Leopardi (“Happily”, “Feed”) and Rick Metz. “The Au Pair” – After the death of her fiancé, Taylor becomes an Au Pair for a mysterious couple and their nine-year-old daughter. She uncovers a frightening tale of jealousy, obsession, and murder only to find out that she might be their next target. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
4/29/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office announced today Sony Pictures recently completed filming on the Navajo Nation (Shiprock region) on the next chapter in the blockbuster Jumanji franchise. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito. “I’m thrilled such a significant production chose New Mexico. I’m particularly excited they chose such a beautiful location,” said New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “We want to develop a film industry as broad and inclusive as our wide-open vistas, extending into rural areas all across the state. This shoot represents a step toward that goal.” “First of all, we extend our welcome and appreciation to the Jumanji production team and cast for filming on the Navajo Nation. This partnership with Sony Pictures allowed the Navajo Nation to internationally display its beautiful landscape and unique culture on a major produced film. It also allowed the Navajo Nation to look forward to many more production opportunities,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez. “We know this corner of New Mexico has stunning natural scenery and open space and are delighted that Sony Pictures was able to work with the Navajo Nation on this production,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Keyes noted the new film incentives law starting July 1, 2019 gives productions an additional 5 percent credit for filming in rural areas and hopes that this will prompt producers to take a closer look at the natural attractions outside the Rio Grande corridor. The production prepped for a month in the region prior to their principal photography. These prep and production efforts employed approximately 100 New Mexico crew members from the strong filming infrastructure in the state. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, along with Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg. The producers are Matt Tolmach, Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Executive producers include David Householter, Melvin Mar, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, William Teitler, Ted Field, Mike Weber and Chris Van Allsburg. The film opens in theatres this upcoming holiday season on December 13, 2019.
Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced today that the short “Breathe,” produced by Librada Pictures, LLC filmed in Albuquerque and Placitas. The production employed 12 New Mexico crew members, 2 New Mexico actors and 7 volunteer background talent. The short was directed by Cassandra Rochelle Fetters and produced by Amber LeRae Earls (“Wrecktify,” “I Am That,” “A Bitter Reckoning”). Starring Sofia Embid (“Monday,” “Millennium Bugs,” “Life Goes Up”) and Julian Bonfiglio (“Better Call Saul,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “Making a Killing,” “Furthest Witness”), “Breathe” is the story of a woman who goes through the cycles of her marriage until it finally escalates. At that point she must make a choice, does she stay and let the cycle continue or does she leave and risk the unknown.
4/17/19 – 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. For more information email: email@example.com.
4/17/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, New Mexico Film Office announced the live streaming channel “Meow Wolf LIVE,” produced by Meow Wolf. LIVE will begin principal photography this month through December 2020 in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 6 New Mexico crew members. The live streaming channel is directed by Doseone and co-produced by Sarah Dallas and Chris Slight. “Meow Wolf LIVE” streaming is an initiative that showcases the artists, employees and all of the exciting content being created under the Meow Wolf banner. The entertaining and informative shows will spotlight various teams and talents at Meow Wolf as they create exhibitions, host exclusive interviews, play video games and carry on with their day to day activities. With a large group of diverse artists, the programming will feature a wide range of identities and talents, broadening the definition of what a “traditional artist” is supposed to be.
4/15/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office announced that the feature film “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” produced by Mona Vista Productions will begin principal photography mid-April through early May in Santa Fe and Española. “A warm welcome to the production team of Mssrs. Hagerty and Martini, as well as the entire cast and crew. ‘Manson Brothers’ highlights the unparalleled creative flexibility offered to the industry by New Mexico and the greater Santa Fe region,” said Eric Witt, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Film Office. “We know how to throw down on a diving elbow drop.” The production will employ some 65 New Mexico crew members, 21 New Mexico actors and 250 New Mexico background talent. Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department expects a busy summer production season in New Mexico for film and television as word gets out about new incentives for the industry. “Our crews, our climate has always been terrific, and now we have an incentives law to match,” Keyes said. Signed into law last month by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the initiative provides rebates on qualified expenses up to 35 percent and more than doubles the annual cap on payments. It also exempts the cap altogether for those companies that sign a 10-year partnership with New Mexico. The “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” is directed by Max Martini (“The Unit”, “Sgt. Will Gardner,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Captain Phillips”) and produced by Michael Hagerty. Starring Mike Carey (“Chicago Fire,” “Crisis,” “Sgt. Will Gardner”), Chris Margetis (“Night Fangs,” “Lockout,” “Frankenstein Day of The Beast”), Randy Couture (“Expendables,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Ballers”), Bas Rutten (“King of Queens,” “Paul Blart, Mall Cop,” “Zookeeper”), and D.B Sweeny (“Two and a Half Men,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Night Shift”). The feature is about the Manson Brothers, who are two masked Professional Wrestling Villains in the twilight of their careers. Excommunicated from the big leagues, they now seek out a living trading on their once famous names on the shady underbelly of the independent pro-wrestling circuit.
4/8/19 – Santa Fe, N.M – 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.
3/25/19 – 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. The production will employ more than 150 New Mexico crew members and approximately 2,500 New Mexico background talent – about 250 per episode. “This is another great example of how New Mexico is becoming a destination for both film and television production. These are good jobs that are helping to diversify our economy,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and a former Walt Disney Co. executive. “We welcome the crew of the T.V. series ‘Interrogation’ to Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This industry is a big part of Albuquerque’s creative economy, a strong and growing sector that creates local jobs and supports local businesses. The opportunities it is bringing to our workforce and rippled effects will add even more momentum to our work to build an economy that works for everyone.” Starring Peter Sarsgaard, Kyle Gallner, Kodi Smit-McPhee and David Strathairn, “Interrogation” is a true-crime drama series in which the viewer becomes the detective. The series is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to binge in any order, and the season finale will be released at a later date.
3/11/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Film Office announced that the commercial for “FYZICAL” produced by ElDeca Productions, has filmed in Las Cruces. The production employed more than 15 New Mexico crew members, 12 New Mexico actors and approximately 5 New Mexico background talent. The commercial was directed by Lindsy Campbell (“The Divorce and the Brazilian”) and produced by Tiffany Sherie Neeley (“The Divorce,” “OM+ME,” and “Back To Earth,”). “FYZICAL” commercials are focused on health and well-being. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/11/19 – 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. The independent feature is directed by Mark Gantt (“Murder in Mexico,” “Intricate Vengeance”) and produced by Ross Kohn & Nancy Leopardi (“FEED”, “American Exit,” “Nightmare Cinema”) and Rick Metz. Starring Cassie Howarth (“Trunk,” “Home and Away,” “Bar Karma”), Kevin Fonteyne (“Sun Records”) and Shawn Pyfrom (“Desperate Housewives”) “Model Citizen” is the story of Cassie Howarth as a single mother and fashion model who is kidnapped and held for ransom by brothers played by Sean Pyfrom and Kevin Fonteyne. For more information contact:email@example.com.
1/28/19- Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the commercial “TIM Italia Job” produced by 144 LLC will begin principal photography late January at Spaceport, NM. The production will employ 20 New Mexico crew members and approximately 1 New Mexico background talent. The commercial is directed by Ricardo Grande and will showcase an Italia mobile network offering its customers a chance to win a free trip into Space. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1/28/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the short film “Last Sunrise,” produced by The False Door LLC, completed filming in Santa Fe. The production is employed approximately 29 New Mexico crew members, 6 New Mexico actors and 5 New Mexico background talent. Co-directed by Tyler Duvall and Matthias Halligan, the short film stars Nicole Webster (“Distill My Beating Heart”) and Scot Scurlock (“Bad Situation,” “Sea Critter) and is the story of a father and daughter duo making their last stand against a crooked lawman. For more information contact: email@example.com.
1/28/19 – 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. For more information contact: TMNApinballproductionsinc@gmail.com.
1/16/19 – For those who continue to primarily associate ABQ with its breakout Breaking Bad franchise, good news: The Emmy-nominated Better Call Saul, set in the flip-phone era, was renewed over the summer for a fifth season, while ABQ merchants continue to meet demand for all things Walt, Jesse, and Saul. Local fixture Rebel Donut still offers the Blue Sky donut with a (perfectly legal) sprinkling of blue rock candy, while RV tours of prominent locations of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul continue to ferry superfans to over two dozen ABQ locations that are now part of TV history.”
1/16/19 – Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the feature “Junkyard,” produced by Busy Day Productions and Dark Road Pictures will begin principal photography late January through the end of May in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The production will employ approximately 48 New Mexico crew members, 47 New Mexico actors and 93 New Mexico background talent. Directed by Zoltan Hodi and produced by Tamas Nadas (“Fierce Target”), Daniel “DC” Casillas (“NM Slaughter House”) and Rian Bishop (“Busy Day”). The feature stars Danny Casillas (“Battlefield Apocalypse”), Ryan Federico (“Love Thy Neighbor”), Tamas Nadas (“Fierce Target”), Zoltan Hodi (“Madam Secretary”), Stephen Goldfield (“Fierce Target”), and Michael Laurin (“Cry in the Night”). “Junkyard” is the story of two twin baby brothers who get separated in Afghanistan in 1981, when an airstrike hits their home. Both survive, 38 years later they meet again by accident as enemies. Will they kill each other or will they work together for the benefit of mankind? For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/6/18 Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the documentary “Veritas Templarum” (Truth of the Temple) produced by Blue Mamo Entertainment, LLC, will begin principal photography mid-October in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 6 New Mexico crew members, 3 New Mexico actors and 3 New Mexico background talent. Directed by Mark Tarrant and produced by Stacey Clayshulte, “Veritas Templarum” is the documentary of an evidenced-based perspective on the history of the Knights Temlar. Hosted by WM Adam Hathaway, Grand Master of the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico. For more information contact: email@example.com
Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the independent feature “Walking With Herb” produced by Optimism Entertainment Independent Feature will begin principal in September through mid-October in Las Cruces and Artesia. “’Walking With Herb’ starts off 2018 in what we are confident will be another booming year of production for our film industry in New Mexico,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We welcome Optimism Entertainment and are positive our scenery, crew and infrastructure will give them everything they need to be successful.” The production will employ 52 New Mexico crew members, 25 New Mexico actors and approximately 581 New Mexico background talent. The Optimism Entertainment film is directed by Ross Marks (“Homage,” “Twilight of the Golds”) along with executive producers Brian Espinosa (“Phantom Halo,” “Paranormalcy”) and Mark Medoff (“Children of a Lesser God”). “Walking With Herb” is based on the book by Joe S. Bullock and was adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff. The film stars Edward James Olmos, George Lopez and Mary McDonnell (“Dances With Wolves,” “Passion Fish”). “It’s become our mission to create more film jobs and enhance the already thriving creative culture of New Mexico. As natives of New Mexican’s, we’re inspired to create content to showcase, to the world, all the beautiful landscapes, and amazing talent we have in New Mexico. It’s our home state and we plan to remind the entertainment industry know how wonderful it is!” said Producer, Brian Espinosa. “Walking With Herb” tells the story of sixty-five-year-old Joe Amable-Amo who is struggling with his faith as his three-year-old granddaughter and her father have just died. The former amateur golf champion is besieged by the malaise of encroaching older age, working as a bank executive, gearing up for retirement, deep concern for his wife’s unanswered needs, his humanitarian daughter’s survival, and a potentially lethal loss of faith. But, at his nadir, in his office one afternoon, a voice speaks to him via his computer monitor. What does a syncopated voice–claiming to be God Almighty–have in mind for Joe? This ostensible God has chosen Joe to deliver a message to the world; it’s this: The seemingly impossible is possible. The God voice tells Joe he is going to play in the world’s richest golf tournament, The World Entire, and if he can renew his faith powerfully enough, he will win. Well, first and foremost, God wants Joe to meet his guide, his Virgil. Except his Virgil is an incredibly quirky man named Herb. And he’s a museum of tattoos and he drives a motorcycle and he makes golf clubs and promises Joe that he will help him regain the ability of his youth, if Joe will trust, not Herb, not God, but himself. And so, Joe and Herb set out on a journey of contention, of doubt, of setbacks that through Joe’s burgeoning faith in himself and the earthy wisdom of Herb turns his world upside down and then, in an act of outrageous selflessness, of stupefying generosity that turns his–and our–world very much right side up. When Herb roars away in the last minute of our journey, he leaves standing like a fortress of love and faith the family Amable-Amo–Joe, Sheila, their daughter Audrey, and by extension, everyone they touch.
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. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.” For more information contact: email@example.com
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the “Untitled Mehar Sethi Project” pilot, from Amazon Studios and Roughcut TV, will begin principal photography early December through mid-December in Albuquerque. “We’re thrilled to welcome back Amazon Studios to New MexicHiram Garciao,” said New Mexico Film office Director Nick Maniatis. “Our state’s unique history, crew, support services, and a very successful tax credit have drawn the producers back to our thriving industry.” The production will employ 100 New Mexico crew members, six New Mexico actors and approximately 160 New Mexico background talent. The untitled project, based on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-winning UK series “People Just Do Nothing,” is a mockumentary following a group of working class DJs and their friends in a town called North Las Vegas: a land of mini malls and vast parking lots, where the lights of The Strip act as a beacon of fame and glory that’s just out of reach. The series tracks their stumbling ambitions, and explores how relationships between friends and family evolve as the reality of your dreams starts to hit. It’s a sloppy celebration of life in the suburban southwest. The pilot will be directed by Chris Storer, with executive producers Mehar Sethi, Ash Atalla and Jon Petrie from Roughcut TV, and Chris Storer. The executive producers of “People Just Do Nothing,” Hugo Chegwin, Steve Stamp, Asim Chaudhry and Allan Mustafa also serve as executive producers here. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.