Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries

Pursuant to Section 9-15-4.1 NMSA 1978, the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries is currently comprised of ten (10) members, each appointed by the Governor per statue to four-year staggered terms provided that the initial appointments shall be made so that one-half of the members shall be appointed for two-year terms and one-half of the members shall be appointed for four-year terms. 

The Council’s mission is: “To serve as a resource and recommending body to the Governor and the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) to promote film, television and emerging media within and throughout New Mexico and assist in carrying out the Economic Development Department’s Film Division strategic plan.”

An agenda for the meeting will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and can be obtained by calling 505-629-2426. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact (505) 476-5604 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. 

The next virtual meeting will be held in 2022. Meeting details and agenda to follow.

James Gollin, Chair

James Gollin, was born in upstate NY, where his father founded the Film Studies Department at the University of Rochester, in association with the George Eastman House Film Archive.  He studied at Princeton University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the International University of Japan, as well as in France and Italy.  After work at a number of think tanks and as an investment banker at Nomura Securities in Tokyo and at Morgan Stanley International in Tokyo and London, Mr. Gollin co-founded the investment management company Pacific Partners in New York and managed securities investments, real estate, and other projects. He is a founding member of the Social Venture Network of socially responsible business-people. As Director of the Angelica Foundation, Mr. Gollin funds environmental and human rights groups, primarily in Mexico.  He is currently or has recently been on the boards of non-profits and commissions such as Rainforest Action Network, the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, the Santa Fe Film and Digital Media Commission, the Santa Fe Network, Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, the Canyon Neighborhood Association, Community Change Action, Livingry Foundation, and others.  He is an active investor in private equity and real estate.  He has been a Santa Fe resident since 1992. He is eager to serve as Chair of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries, where he hopes to work with the New Mexico Film Office, the Economic Development Department and others in government service, as well as with the private sector and relevant non-profits to help promote a rapidly growing, sustainable film and related industry ecosystem in New Mexico.

Talia Kosh

Talia Kosh works at The Bennett Law Group in Santa Fe and is President and Founder of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, assisting and educating artists, filmmakers and musicians with business and legal matters. Talia’s work also focuses on creating space to develop conversation and solutions to connect creative talent through collaboration in New Mexico. 

Luke Renner

Luke Renner is the Professor of the San Juan College Digital Media Arts & Design Program.  He worked for 7 years in broadcast television at an NBC affiliate.  During this time he produced over 80 local interest shows including Great Southwest Voice of Native America.  Luke then left television to manage marketing and public relations for the Farmington Museum system.  He later started a marketing division for the City of Farmington’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs which oversees the museum system and seven other departments.   In 2004, he began teaching as adjunct faculty in the San Juan College Creative Arts and Design Program then began teaching full-time in 2007.  During this time, he re-designed the existing program into the current Digital Media Arts and Design Program.  

Jo Edna Boldin

Jo Edna Boldin CSA -In 2020, Jo Edna was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This is the first year that a regional casting director has been invited. In 2019, Jo Edna was inducted into the New Mexico Film & TV Hall of Fame. Jo Edna was on the founding board of New Mexico Women in Film. A proud member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) Jo Edna served on the National board 2017-2019.

Rajeev Nirmalakhandan

Rajeev Nirmalakhandan was born in Sri Lanka, raised in New Mexico, and educated in Los Angeles. He is now a writer and director and is a faculty member at The Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University. Rajeev has worked creatively for over fifteen years in commercials, films, and other media, and recently co-wrote and directed a feature film entitled, “The Odd Way Home.”

Lance Maurer

Lance Maurer is the CEO and founder of Cinnafilm, Inc, a global leader in enterprise, B2B media conversion software.  With over 12 years of experience in cinema, broadcast, and streaming/OTT in global content distribution markets, Lance has worked closely with the world’s largest movie studios, networks, and content providers to solve the most challenging conversion issues in a rapidly-evolving industry that demands highest quality playback experience.  Cinnafilm works closely with other industry-leading technology leaders like Techicolor, Dolby, Skywalker Sound, NVidia and more, and its technology is used in hundreds of facilities on a wide gamut of professional content ranging from the restoration of Gone With the Wind to the 2020 Olympics.  Lance was born and educated here in NM, and currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Ramona Emerson

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She received her degree in Media Arts in 1997 from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) in 2015 from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has worked as a professional videographer, writer and editor for over twenty years and is currently working on her 8th film project, Crossing the Line. She is an Emmy nominee, a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Time-Warner Storyteller Fellow, a Tribeca All-Access Grantee and a WGBH Producer Fellow. Ramona just finished her first novel, Shutter the first of a trilogy, and is now working toward publishing and adapting the series into a screenplay. Through her storytelling, Emerson looks at contemporary stories about her people and aims to question and redefine the expectations of Native cultural identity,  highlighting stories that are not a part of mainstream media. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she and her husband/producer, Kelly Byars run their production company Reel Indian Pictures.

Ken Fischer

Ken Fischer worked for over forty years in feature-film post-production, primarily as an award-winning sound editor at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Sound. Ken’s credits include, Apocalypse Now, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Terminator 2, and Avatar. Ken volunteers with various New Mexico media non-profits as well as Santa Fe Search and Rescue. He enjoys mentoring new and seasoned film professionals both here in New Mexico and the industry at large. Ken lives in Santa Fe with his wife, author, Carlyn Montes De Oca.

Liz Pecos

Liz Pecos is President of IATSE Local 480, the film technicians’ union representing below-the-line film workers in the state of New Mexico. She is also a costume designer and supervisor and has worked on over thirty film and television productions in New Mexico. Ms. Pecos proudly serves as the first female elected to the presidency in Local 480. She chairs several union committees, is a Vice President on the New Mexican Federation of Labor executive board, is appointed as the Political Coordinator and Women’s Committee Coordinator for IATSE District 5, and serves as a union delegate to state and national conventions. Ms. Pecos was born and raised in New Mexico and is a member of the Pueblo of Jemez, known as “Walatowa,” or “this is the place,” by her tribe, and traces ancestors back to the original Pueblo of Pecos. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her two German Shepherds.

Sam Tischler

Sam Tischler came up through the ranks of the New Mexico Film Industry. His work has given him first-hand experiences with the various areas and demographics of New Mexico and the many demands of the film industry. He has worked on 18 feature films and over a hundred episodes of television. He currently works as a Production Manager and Line Producer. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees and the Location Managers Guild International.

2021 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
November 19, 2021 agenda and minutes (coming soon)
September, 17, 2021 agenda and minutes
June 18, 2021 agenda and minutes
March 25, 2021 agenda and minutes
2021 Annual Report

2020 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
November 20, 2020 agenda and minutes
October 21, 2020 agenda and minutes
August 27, 2020 agenda and minutes
June 30, 2020 agenda and minutes
May 8, 2020 agenda and minutes
2020 Annual Report

2019 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 25, 2019 agenda and minutes
August 23, 2019 agenda (no quorum present and minutes were not taken)
October 24, 2019 agenda (no quorum present and minutes were not taken)
November 14, 2019 agenda (no quorum present and minutes were not taken)

2018 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 12, 2018 agenda and minutes
May 10, 2018 agenda and minutes
August 2018  agenda and minutes
November 2018 agenda and minutes
2018 Annual Report

2017 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 13, 2017 agenda and minutes
May 5, 2017 agenda and minutes
August 24, 2017 agenda and minutes 
November 9, 2017 agenda and minutes
2017 Annual Report

2016 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 8, 2016 agenda and minutes
May 5, 2016 agenda and minutes
August 25, 2016 agenda and minutes
November 3, 2016 agenda and minutes
2016 Annual Report

2015 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 23, 2015 agenda and minutes
May 7, 2015 agenda and minutes
August 13, 2015 agenda and minutes
November 5, 2015 agenda and minutes
2015 Annual Report

2014 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
February 10, 2014 agenda and minutes
May 8, 2014 agenda and minutes
August 19, 2014 agenda and minutes
November 20, 2014 agenda and minutes
2014 Annual Report

2013 quarterly meeting minutes and agendas:
March 28, 2013 agenda and minutes
June 26, 2013 agenda and minutes
September 26, 2013 agenda and minutes
November 21, 2013 agenda and minutes
2013 Annual Report

For questions regarding the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries contact:
Rochelle Bussey, Senior Program Manager: or 505-476-5600.