Film Otero - Otero County - One of New Mexico's Premier Filming Locations

K. Jan Wafful, Film Liaison
1301 N White Sands Blvd Alamogordo, NM 88310-6659
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Witness Video Game History: Attend Atari Landfill Excavation on April 26

Become a part of gamer history. Unearth the truth behind the ultimate urban legend. We’re excited to announce that the excavation of the long-rumored “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video game burial site will occur on April 26, 2014 and will be open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the team uncover the infamous Atari game cartridge grave.

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   Billy Shakespeare   
Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts Presents: 
Southern NM Filmmaking Event Showcase 
Q&A with Director, Cast and Crew
Otero County Film Office:  Alamogordo:  Friday, February 8th,  2013  at  7:00 pm
Showcase, Audience Critique and Q & A – Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts- 1110 New York Avenue, Alamogordo.  FREE Admission –  Movie-going Public Invited and encouraged to attend.
This screening will be of a NM Film Industry Drama/Comedy Feature Film.  Filmmaker and industry professional, Deborah Voorhees, will present her feature film, “Billy Shakespeare” and discuss the different perspectives of the current local New Mexico filmmaking industry here in Southern NM.  Don't miss this unique opportunity to be a film judge, fill out a critique about the film and provide feedback to the director, cast and crew.   Students and aspiring filmmakers will have an opportunity to talk with the director, producers, and stars of this locally funded and financed project.  Learn more about Kickstarter and creative film finances that are launching community film projects for dedicated actors and filmmakers.  NM has become one of the premiere places to shoot motion pictures, television series and digital media today.  Engage in the discussion of the forward thinking necessary to produce local films in today's competitive environment.  The NM film industry-incentive programs initiated a decade ago have fostered a local industry that is continuing to grow.   Other subjects may include economic impact, media education programs, Native American filmmakers and building brick and mortar infrastructure in NM. Local film professionals and Film Festival competitors are Welcome!  Open and FREE to the Public.  Please RSVP via FB  or  Visit this website for further info and updates:   Contact for local information: 575-439-4353 or visit  Send direct inquiries to  Come early-Theater  will open at 6:00 pm and concessions will be available. *Rating: This film is un-rated. Adult Situations & Language: Non-graphic  



2009 Desert Light Film Festival

For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2009 12:00 Noon

Contact: K. Jan Wafful, Film Liaison
City Office 505-439-4353
Film Office 505-434-5882



Desert Light Film Festival
Otero County Film Office

Attn: K. Jan Wafful
1301 N. White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310


Press Release:


2009 Desert Light Film Festival: UPDATE

The Desert Light Film organizers are searching for New Mexico high school and middle school students to participate in the 2009 Desert Light film festival competition April 24. The festival is presented by New Mexico State University-Alamogordo and the Otero County Film Office. This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. The competition concludes with a full day festival held on the NMSU-A campus. Students and films come from around the state. More than 50 films will be showcased this year.

The competition is designed especially for New Mexico high school and middle school students. Each entry may be up to seven minutes in length, including credits. Categories include drama/comedy, documentary, animation, music video and a new category this year, the New Mexico tourism 30-second TV commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and resourcefulness. Deadline for film submissions is March 16. Entries can be mailed to the Otero County Film Office, 1301 N. White Sands Blvd. Alamogordo, NM 88310. Entry fee is $5. The competition is sponsored by the JC Penney Company, and prizes will be offered in every category and in both divisions. First place awards are $100 each and honorable mention awards are $50 presented by JC Penney Alamogordo store manager Jesse Casto.

The new category this year is the 30-second tourism commercial video for New Mexico Tourism. First place and honorable mention winners in this category, from both divisions, will be submitted directly to the tourism department for immediate consideration. The official tourism logo, which must be included in every commercial, can be found on the Film Otero website at and a link to the tourism videos posted can be found at . The official forms explaining the entry rules for all categories, judging, awards, and "Use of Submissions" are available on the Film Otero website. Seminars this year include Final Cut Pro, special effects makeup for film, MAYA Animation, storyboarding and production techniques.

Another special feature has been added to the festival this year. A special film briefing at White Sands National Monument has been arranged just for participants in this year's festival. Whenever professionals come to film at the monument, they have certain procedures to follow before they arrive and while filming. The interactive briefing with one of the rangers teaches students about the protocol of filming at the national parks and other agencies. Students arrive at the Sands before sunset where they will be able to film. This event is only open to students and teachers attending the Desert Light Film Festival.

Organizers for the festival include Jan Wafful, film liaison, Otero County Film Office; Jesse Casto, JC Penney store manager; Bryan Yancey, ProTech Division head, NMSU-A; Kathy Denton, Education and Interpretation Ranger, White Sands National Monument; Mike Espiritu, Otero County Economic Development Council executive director, Joan Griggs, NMSU-A festival director, and Dr. Bruce Martin, NMSU-A.

For more information, contact Jan Wafful at or Joan Griggs at .


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White Sands International Film Festival 08' Offers High School

The ALL-NEW White Sands International Film Festival 2008 Will Be Held in Alamogordo, New Mexico on March 16 - 22, 2008
For its fourth year, The White Sands International Film Festival (WSIFF) offers a uniquely diverse program of cinema, panels, and workshops. Set in Alamogordo with some events in Ruidoso, it promises to draw a widespread audience from El Paso to Albuquerque and all of southern New Mexico. This year it features innovative films from American and Latino artists of distinction. It screens movies in several competitive categories-narrative and documentary, long and short.

The festival's unique appeals are its geographic location and cultural heritage. Events occur at three venues, the new Allen Theater complex and the Space History Museum in Alamogordo, plus the Spencer Theatre in Ruidoso/Alto. The Festival also invites attendees to enjoy the beautiful country, facilities, and pursuits that grace southern New Mexico. The proximity of Alamogordo and Las Cruces to Mexico establishes one of its important aims: the encouragement of artistic exchange between filmmakers and audiences in the United States and Mexico.

Besides screenings of the best competitive films, some featured events are:
Lifetime Achievement Award to famous Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein,
Screenings of established films-Bella with Eduardo Verástegui, He Was a Quiet Man with Christian Slater, Seraphim Falls with Pierce Brosnan, Around the Bend with Michael Caine, and La Reina de la Noche Patricia Reyes Spíndola.

Attendees have opportunities to meet such film luminaries as:
Alejandro Gomez Monteverde director of Bella,
Arturo Ripstein director of La Reina de la Noche,
David Flynn producer of Seraphim Falls (shot in New Mexico),
Elliott Lewitt producer of Around the Bend (shot in New Mexico).

Master classes and panels such as the following are offered:
Swashbuckling for the Silver Screen with fight director J.R. Beardsley,
Writing for Film with noted Latino screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcia Diego
Casting to be Remembered with Angelique Midthunder and Carmen Martinez.
Conversation with David Flynn, UTA Agent for Cohen Brothers & Steven Soderbergh.

Jan Wafful, of the Otero County Film Office, and numerous local volunteers are working hard to make sure that at WSIFF filmmakers have the opportunity to learn, grow, and exhibit their work. Audiences can relish the pleasures of marvelously entertaining and creative movies plus mixing with those who create them. The joyous Southwestern celebration of movies at the White Sands International Film Festival takes place in Alamogordo the week of March 16-22. Come and join us.

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Film Otero - Otero County - One of New Mexico's Premier Filming Locations