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The New Mexico Film Office Announces the Feature Film Chupa has Begun Filming in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Film Office today announced the feature film Chupa is currently in production in the state for Netflix. Filming will take place from August - October 2021 in Estancia, the Zia Pueblo, Mesilla, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque New Mexico.

Chupa is employing over 900 New Mexicans over the next 3 months, which continues our strong and ongoing relationship with Netflix”, said Amber Dodson, Director, New Mexico Film Office.

Jonás Cuarón’s directs Chupa and 26th Street Pictures Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing. Executive Producers are G. Mac Brown and Brendan Bellomo. Principal cast includes Oscar® nominee Demián Bichir, along with Evan Whitten, Nickolas Verdugo, and Ashley Ciarra.

The film follows a teenager (Whitten) who, while visiting his family in Mexico, gains an unlikely companion when he discovers a mythical creature hiding on his grandfather’s (Bichir) ranch. To save him, Alex, and his cousins (Verdugo & Ciarra) must embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Jhamal Robinson, VP Physical Production, UCAN, at Netflix said, "We're excited to bring Chupa to New Mexico, where a great range of fantastic locations and experienced crews will help us bring this exceptional story to life."
The production is employing approximately 300 New Mexico crew members and 650 New Mexico background and extras.

The original screenplay was written by Marcus Rinehart, Sean Kennedy Moore, and Joe Barnathan, with rewrites by Jonás Cuarón.

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All film and television productions in New Mexico are required to adhere to the state’s operative emergency public health order, associated public health restrictions and COVID-Safe Practices.

The New Mexico Film Office has released Back2One, a catchall set of principles, general recommendations, and resources for film and television productions operating during COVID-19. Back2One recommendations and other COVID-Safe Practices can be found at


Year: 2021

Project Type: Feature Film

Status: Premiered

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