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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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***For Immediate Release***
Contact: Anne Stirling: 505-897-2101 | February 12, 2014
New Mexico Film Foundation Announces Statewide Media Project
New Mexico Film Industry partners will accept all public submissions beginning March 15th

SANTA FE –The New Mexico Film Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Post Alliance, Friends of Film, Video and Arts, and the New Mexico Tourism Department, will seek submissions from the New Mexico public to complete a media project entitled “Life in New Mexico”, beginning Saturday,
March 15, 2014.

"The purpose of this project is to bring attention to the Post Production process that is part of the New Mexico film industry," said Dirk Norris, President of the New Mexico Film Foundation, "and to highlight the New Mexico men and women who work in this area of filmmaking."

All residents will be invited to submit 3-minute video clips about living in New Mexico from the mundane to the spectacular. All types of video will be accepted but must meet content requirements. Video from people of all walks of life in New Mexico is of interest. The submitted films will be given to professional post production companies in New Mexico for them to compile in order to promote their expertise and abilities in editing. Post-production professionals have the choice to edit any or all footage accepted for the project, and online voting will be conducted to determine audience favorites.

Basic guidelines are as follows:
-Must be a NM resident to enter a video. Multiple submissions accepted.
-Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length, uploaded to Vimeo, You Tube, or other video supported website, then sent as e-mail link via application process between March 15-30, 2014.
-Accepted clips will meet production value standards and family friendly content.
-Submitter owns the rights to the clip. Release forms will be signed if clip is accepted.
-Entrants whose submissions are accepted will be asked to provide original footage by weblink. Those accepted will be advised in late April, 2014.
-Free to enter. Submission window will be open March 15 through March 31, 2014. Check nmfilmfoundation.org for additional details and updates.
For more information about the New Mexico Film Foundation, the New Mexico Post Alliance, Friends of Film, Video and Arts, and the New Mexico Tourism Department, please visit their respective websites at:
nmfilmfoundation.org, nmpost.org, filmvideoarts.org and newmexico.org.
 

2013 DLFF Best of Festival  
17 Yr. Old HS Winner, Samantha Filer, Los Alamos, NM

“SWORD OF ARUNDEL ” HS Drama Category & Best of  Festival Winner 2013  Photo by Otero County Film Office at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts…Host for April 2013 DLFF Awards Ceremony



Mountain View Middle School from Alamogordo at the 2013 DLFF on NMSU-A Campus


Sierra Middle School from Las Cruces at the 2013 DLFF on NMSU-A Campus

   



"Made in New Mexico" - Last Two Screenings- In Southern New Mexico
(as of 2/21/12) Show Schedule

Feb 23, Thurs @ 7:00 pm Aviator 10, Alamogordo
3651 Mesa Village Drive, Alamogordo http://www.allentheatresinc.com
Sponsored by Allen Theatres, supported by the City of Alamogordo, Otero County Economic Development Council and the Otero County Film Office, Alamogordo

Feb 24, Fri @ 7:00 pm Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso
709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 http://www.ruidoso.enmu.edu/
Presented by Film Lincoln County and Dirk Norris, a participant and supporter of the documentary.

Feb 28, Tues @ 7:00 pm Premiere Cinemas, Rio Rancho
1000 Premiere Parkway, Rio Rancho, NM www.pccmovies.com

Thursday night at 7:00 PM the public is invited to an open film industry premier of "Made in New Mexico" at the Aviator-10, Allen Theatres, 3651 Mesa Village Drive, in Alamogordo. Produced by Filmmakers and long-time industry professionals, Brent Morris and David Schweitzer, this film has been more than two years in the making. The showing of this New Mexico Film Industry documentary is sponsored by Allen Theatres, and co-hosted by the Otero County Film Office, Alamogordo.

"Made in New Mexico" sheds light on the many factors that make the state one of the premiere places to shoot motion pictures, television series and digital media today. From a brief history of filmmaking here to a discussion of the forward thinking necessary in today's competitive environment, the documentary explores the innovative industry-incentive programs New Mexico initiated a decade ago. Other subjects include economic impact, media education programs, Native American filmmakers and building brick and mortar infrastructure. Set against the backdrop of stunning landscapes and light, the filmmakers interviewed producers Stewart Lyons (Breaking Bad), Tony Mark (The Hurt Locker), Alton Walpole (The Book of Eli) and Kenneth Topolsky (The Wonder Years), studio management Jason Hool (Santa Fe Studios), Wayne Rauschenberger (ABQ Studios) and Rick Clemente (I25 Studios), actors including Virginia Madsen, directors Aaron Shiver and Lawrence Blume, union leaders, industry veterans, educators and students. Some of the most revealing and honest points come from the backbone of the industry -- many hard-working technicians on film sets and at post production facilities.

"There have been over 55 motion picture features made here in Otero County."...says Otero County film liaison, Jan Wafful. "The earliest of these were two films made in 1911. With over 100 years of filmmaking history, the Tularosa Basin can claim a larger movie-making participation than most locals realize. Production here is close to 70 projects a year--including fashion shoots, television, commercials, music videos, documentaries and feature film. This premier event is a great opportunity for the public to come out and learn more about the New Mexico Film Industry and the economic impact of the industry for all New Mexicans-local and statewide. Filmmaker Brent Morris will accompany the film here. Mr. Morris will introduce the film and provide a short Q & A after. Alamogordo is so pleased to have him as our guest, and to have the opportunity to screen this industry documentary. The Otero County Film Office wishes to thank Allen Theatres for sponsoring this event that is free and open to the public, film students and our local industry professionals."

 

 

New Mexico Film Office Announces Statewide Film Industry Town Halls

SANTA FE - The New Mexico Film Office today announced a series of Town Hall meetings scheduled to take place across the state, beginning with Southern New Mexico in October. Director Nick Maniatis will discuss the state of the New Mexico film industry " including an update about 2011 legislation, the outlook going forward, and opportunities and training available to New Mexicans." The meetings are also intended to provide an open forum for the new Director to learn about educational programs, film related businesses, and issues of concern for each community. The Town Halls are free and open to all, including students, local filmmakers, businesses and the general public.

The first three Town Hall meetings will take place October 17, 18 and 19 in Las Cruces , Ruidoso and Roswell , respectively. The New Mexico Film Office will take questions from the audience and will collaborate with local chambers of commerce and schools in conducting these events.

"We are working to make sure that New Mexicans across the state have a chance to be a part of this exciting and growing industry," said Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office. "Through these town halls, we are reaching out to residents around New Mexico to create a dialogue about how we can help each other in representing our communities."

The first series of these meetings will take place as follows:

LAS CRUCES: Monday, October 17th , 2011 @ 6:30pm

Doña Ana Community College Auditorium

2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd

Las Cruces, NM 880012

Contact: Matthew Byrnes at mbyrnes@nmsu.edu

RUIDOSO: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 @ 6:30pm

Spencer Theatre

108 Spencer Rd.

Alto, NM 88312

(575) 336-4800

Contact: Dirk Norris at dirk@dirknorris.com

ROSWELL: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 @ 5:30pm

Roswell Chamber of Commerce

131 West 2nd Street

Roswell, NM 88201-4703

Contact: Kathleen Curtis at kathleen@roswellnm.org | (575) 623-5695

"We have a strong and vibrant independent film industry throughout the state, with a top-notch digital media circuit in Southern New Mexico . We look forward to learning more about their work and supporting their efforts in any way we can," said Trish Lopez of the NM Film Office.

There is no RSVP necessary to attend any of the Town Hall meetings and the NM Film Office encourages the surrounding communities to come out and participate in the discussion. The expected time frame for each is approximately two hours with Q&A. Future Town Hall meetings will be scheduled in other cities in early 2012. The New Mexico Film Office conducts regular visits to communities across New Mexico each year during conferences, seminars, and as part of its annual tour of winning films through its NM Filmmakers Showcases.

For more information on the 2011 Film Industry Town Hall meetings and other NM Film Office announcements, please visit www.nmfilm.com or call (505) 476-5611.

 

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Desert Light Film Festival is Pleased to Announce:

Animation Category

Panel of Judges

rachel nicol judge for 2011

eric renz-whitmore judge for 2011

Rachel T. Nicoll

Senior Technical Director

 Eric Renz-Whitmore

Executive Director, New Mexico

Technology Council

Sony Pictures Imageworks' Rachel Nicoll joined the visual effect company in 1993, making her employment one of the longest at the Academy Award® winning facility. After 15 years at the Imageworks home office in Culver City, CA., she relocated to the company's satellite office in Albuquerque, NM.

Since moving to New Mexico, Nicoll has been very active in the community, giving lectures and teaching classes at universities, as well as keynote addresses at the Desert Light Film Festival and UNM Continuing Education Digital Media Conference. She has been instrumental in restarting the local Rio Grande ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and currently serves as its chair.

Nicoll has distinguished herself as a Matchmove artist working on films such as GREEN LANTERN, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HANCOCK, I AM LEGEND, SPIDER-MANTM 3, the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, the Academy Award® winning film for Best Visual Effects SPIDER-MANTM 2, the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects SPIDER-MAN TM, and the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects STUART LITTLE.   

She originally joined Sony Pictures Imageworks right out of college to work in the previz and multimedia group.  Her initial projects included JOHNNY MNEMONIC, SPEED, WINGS OF COURAGE and CYBERWORLD 3D. Nicoll received a typeface design patent for her work on WINGS OF COURAGE. 

Nicoll earned a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA in 1990 and then enrolled in the MFA program of Animation at UCLA School of Film & Television from 1990 to 1993.

Eric Renz-Whitmore has been involved in assisting creative technology and media development in New Mexico for several years. As a founding member of UNM's ARTS Lab, he was instrumental in organizing and community building efforts as part of New Mexico's "Media Industries Strategy Project" including development of an array of communications channels and producing events such as the state's annual media industries conference.  He helped launch New Mexico's Rio Grande Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and the New Mexico Post Alliance where he currently serves as a board member, and also serves on the Governor's Council for Film and Media Industries. As Executive Director for the New Mexico Technology Council, a non-profit committed to growing tech business throughout the state, he is continuing his work in building communities, as well as expanded efforts to improve workforce development for technology business.

Animation Category

Panel of Judges

rachel nicol judge for 2011

eric renz-whitmore judge for 2011

Rachel T. Nicoll

Senior Technical Director

 Eric Renz-Whitmore

Executive Director, New Mexico

Technology Council

Sony Pictures Imageworks' Rachel Nicoll joined the visual effect company in 1993, making her employment one of the longest at the Academy Award® winning facility. After 15 years at the Imageworks home office in Culver City, CA., she relocated to the company's satellite office in Albuquerque, NM.

Since moving to New Mexico, Nicoll has been very active in the community, giving lectures and teaching classes at universities, as well as keynote addresses at the Desert Light Film Festival and UNM Continuing Education Digital Media Conference. She has been instrumental in restarting the local Rio Grande ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and currently serves as its chair.

Nicoll has distinguished herself as a Matchmove artist working on films such as GREEN LANTERN, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, HANCOCK, I AM LEGEND, SPIDER-MANTM 3, the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, the Academy Award® winning film for Best Visual Effects SPIDER-MANTM 2, the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects SPIDER-MAN TM, and the Academy Award® nominated film for Best Visual Effects STUART LITTLE.   

She originally joined Sony Pictures Imageworks right out of college to work in the previz and multimedia group.  Her initial projects included JOHNNY MNEMONIC, SPEED, WINGS OF COURAGE and CYBERWORLD 3D. Nicoll received a typeface design patent for her work on WINGS OF COURAGE. 

Nicoll earned a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA in 1990 and then enrolled in the MFA program of Animation at UCLA School of Film & Television from 1990 to 1993.

Eric Renz-Whitmore has been involved in assisting creative technology and media development in New Mexico for several years. As a founding member of UNM's ARTS Lab, he was instrumental in organizing and community building efforts as part of New Mexico's "Media Industries Strategy Project" including development of an array of communications channels and producing events such as the state's annual media industries conference.  He helped launch New Mexico's Rio Grande Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and the New Mexico Post Alliance where he currently serves as a board member, and also serves on the Governor's Council for Film and Media Industries. As Executive Director for the New Mexico Technology Council, a non-profit committed to growing tech business throughout the state, he is continuing his work in building communities, as well as expanded efforts to improve workforce development for technology business.

   

teri farley judge 2011

 

scott kingston judge 2011

Teri Farley

Animation Curriculum Coordinator

 Scott Kingston

Red Earth VFX Studios, Inc.

 After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Animation from the Art Center Design College's Main Campus in Tucson, Arizona, Teri worked for ten years as the Senior Editor at DV Design Labs. While employed there Teri was responsible for working with clients, writing scripts, storyboarding, recording and capturing audio and video, coordinating on and off site shoots, wrangling talent, conducting market analysis, creating corporate identity packages, creating logo designs and websites, 2D and 3D animation. Teri moved to New Mexico in 2004 to become the Animation Curriculum Coordinator for the Art Center Design College Branch Campus located in Albuquerque. She has produced two award winning animation projects since moving to New Mexico and has several more in production. Her goal is to inspire, educate and graduate the next generation of award winning animators.  Scott, a classically trained musician, has been a business entrepreneur since 1988. He began with a partner to form Digital Link, Inc., which provided tiered Internet access and storage solutions to Northeastern Pennsylvania customers. Scott turned his attention toward Hollywood and connected with The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School at Universal Studios Orlando. There he developed; deployed and managed it's infrastructure and business operations for higher education and numerous student projects. His artistic and creative background brought him out of technology and into the entertainment industry first as a visual effects artist then into producing. Scott moved from Orlando to Albuquerque to work with long-time friend and now business partner, Ronald Thornton. As a partial owner he fills the roles of Executive Producer and General Manager for Red Earth VFX Studios, Inc., a New Mexico visual effects facility providing full service visual effects for productions of television, feature film, commercial and games.

josh riley judge 2011

Josh Riley

Animator/Game Designer

 Mr. Riley began his animation career by making his own short animated movies. He moved into video games in 2003, working for Griptonite Games in Seattle, Washington. His fields of expertise there included all sectors: concept design, character modeling, and animation. In 2008, he moved to Sony Pictures Imageworks New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since arriving at Sony Imageworks, he has worked on films such as G-Force, Cats &  Dogs 2, The Zookeeper, and is presently working on the Green Lantern project.

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Greetings NM Filmmakers and Supporters,

We have two more exciting opportunities this month: the latest New Visions presentation by local filmmaker, Peter Kershaw, will take place in Alamogordo on March 12th; and Milagro at Los Luceros will conduct a free Directors Workshop on Saturday, March 19th. Check out our website for info on the additional 10 workshops around the state that have yet to take place (www.nmfilm.com), and see details about the Milagro workshop listed below!

Alamogordo: Saturday, March 12th, 6pm

Showcase and Q&A - NM State University-Alamogordo | 2400 N. Scenic Drive - Rohovec Theater, Alamogordo

This screening will have an emphasis on animation. Award winning filmmaker, Peter Kershaw, will present a series of short films from Western and Eastern Europe and discuss the different perspectives and styles of filmmakers around the world. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about distinctions between artists and see amazing work from top-knotch, professional filmmakers. Open and free to the public. Visit this website for further info and updates: www.duchyfilms.blogspot.comContact Bryan Yancey for more information on venue: 575-439-3671.

 

The NM Film Office and Milagro at Los Luceros present: "Directing the Actor"

WHAT:   DIRECTING THE ACTOR with Sundance Institute Creative Advisor, Joan Darling

WHEN:   Saturday, March 19th, 8:00am - 6:00pm

WHERE: Los Luceros Ranch - Alcalde, NM

WHO:    Open to the public - limited to 12 participants

Joan Darling created this course for Robert Redford's Sundance Film Lab. This lively participatory workshop is for both directors and actors. Directors will learn amazing tools for creating performance and story, and learn the language that helps an actor deliver the performance they are seeking. Actors will learn how to better understand a director's vision and help bring that vision to life. Participants will have the opportunity to direct and/or act. Enrollment is limited to 12 attendees. Joan Darling is an Emmy and Director's Guild Award-winning actress and director. She has served as creative advisor for the past 16 years for Robert Redford's Sundance Film Institute. Regarded as one of the finest acting coaches in the business, her directing credits include MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Mary Hartman, Magnum PI, Doc, Rich Man, Poor Man, Rhoda, and Spielberg Amazing Stories. In addition to starring in roles on stage and television, and picking up another Emmy for acting, she appeared for four years in the award-winning improvisational production, "The Premise" with Gene Hackman and George Segal. She has taught courses at UCLA, USC, American Film Institute and the University of North Carolina.

APPLICATION:

  • Applicants must be New Mexico residents, 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must submit a paragraph description of why they feel this workshop will advance their career path in the film industry or related arts. Including tribal affiliation,
  • Ethnic background and/or county of residence is suggested but not required.
  • This workshop is free of charge.
  • Only e-mailed applications will be accepted. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 12th.
  • Email application to: milagro.losluceros@gmail.com
  • If you have been accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted via email by March 15th

 

FORMAT FOR APPLICATION:

NAME:

AGE:

NEW MEXICO RESIDENCY:

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

EMAIL ADDRESS:

PHONE AND ALTERNATE PHONE NUMBERS:

APPLYING AS AN ACTOR OR AS A DIRECTOR OR BOTH:

AVAILABLE ON MARCH 19TH AND ABLE TO TRAVEL TO NORTHERN NEW MEXICO:

ONE PARAGRAPH DESCRIPTION.

For more information on these or any other events, please contact the NM Film Office via phone or through our website at: (505) 476-5600 | www.nmfilm.com.

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Press Release: Otero County Film Office- Classes Available

For Immediate Release:

April 26, 2010 -- 12:00 Noon
Contact: Jan Wafful, Film Liaison
City Office 505-439-4353
Film Office 505-434-5882

 

NM Film Office: ETCP Certification for Rigging Grips

Test Preparation: Emphasis on Math
Workshop Location: Santa Fe
Instructor: Johnny Perri
Dates: May 10, 11, 12
Class cost is $25 for the three days, pre-payment required
For registration and all details, email Phyllis at pdetrich@gmail.com or call 505-986-9512

ALL WORKSHOPS REQUIRE ATTENDEES TO BE NM RESIDENTS, ID REQUIRED.

http://etcp.esta.org/candidateinfo/riggingexams.html

http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/bulletin-board/bulletin-board-post.php?id=2612

http://www.nmfilm.com/locals/workforce-advancement/class-schedule.php

 

Tobi Elizabeth Ives
Workforce Developmen
Marketing & State Liaison Contact

New Mexico State Film Office
Upstairs @ the Jean Cocteau Theatre
418 Montezuma Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87501

nmfilm.com

505.476.5612direct - 505.476.5601 fax

 

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For Immediate Release: August 18,2009        Contact: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Call for Proposals for New Visions/New Mexico 2009 Filmmakers program
 
New Mexico filmmakers are eligible to receive contract awards up to $20,000


 
SANTA FE - Governor Bill Richardson today announced a call for proposals for the New Visions/New Mexico contract award program provided by the NM Filmmakers Program at the NM State Film Office.  Now in its fourth year, the program annually awards a total of $160,000 (up to $20,000 per project) to local filmmakers to help fund their original narrative, documentary, animation and experimental film projects.  The program is open to all filmmakers in the state and awards can be used toward the completion of existing projects or the development of new ones.
 
"Homegrown filmmakers are key to the future of the film industry in New Mexico and I am committed to making sure they have every opportunity to succeed," said Governor Richardson.  "We have world-class talent in our state, and this program is a unique and important way to support worthy individuals working on promising projects."
 
In exchange for funding, applicants are required to provide a service to the state as part of their contract, such as training other New Mexicans in the industry or providing mentorship, public screenings or lectures free of charge to state residents.
 
"The New Visions New Mexico program provides the boost that can help new filmmakers complete their first projects and  help others reach the next level in their growth and experience," said Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office.  "Past winners have had their work screened at festivals around the country and some have used it to leverage more funds and discover new opportunities."
 
Panavision, a major supplier of cameras and lenses for the film industry world-wide, is once again partnering with the NM Film Office to provide the use of two motion picture camera packages (HD, 16 mm or 35mm) with no rental charge to two of the filmmakers that receive funding.
 
The deadline for proposals is October 16th, 2009.  A selection panel will review each proposal based on a number of criteria, including the artistic quality of the project, the applicant's demonstrated ability and creativity, managerial and fiscal competence, the quality of service offered to the state and the applicant's effort to reach a broad diverse audience.  Recipients will be announced in late November 2009 and contract work will begin in early 2010. 
 
Trish Lopez, NM Filmmakers Program Director at the NM Film Office, will conduct free informational sessions about preparing a New Visions/New Mexico application and about the NM Filmmakers Program on the following dates:
 
Monday, August 31st - 12:00pm | Albuquerque: UNM Arts Lab
Wednesday, October 7th - 7:00pm | Las Cruces: CMI Theatre in Milton Hall on NMSU Campus

 
Space is limited, so please call (505) 476-5600 to reserve a seat for any of the three sessions or for additional information.  Applications can be printed online at www.nmfilm.com or picked up in person at the NM Film Office at 418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NM.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009 3:59 PM

Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries Announces Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces

SANTA FE - The Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries will host a town hall meeting to gather input on the future of the state's burgeoning film and media industries.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 1:00 to 4:30 PM Thursday, October 8th at the Alma d' arte Charter High School in Las Cruces.

"This is an opportunity for the Council to get direct input from the public so that we can help update Governor Richardson's plan of action." said Chairman Michael Kaye.

The event is being held in association with the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico.  The schedule includes a listening session, three break-out strategy sessions and a final wrap-up session. 

Participants registering online will have an opportunity to help identify breakout sessions from a list including Opportunities in Film; Opportunities in Games, Modeling and Simulation; Building Connections between South and North; Building effective Groups and Organizations; and Developing Education Strategies - or they may suggest their own.

Pre-registration is suggested, as space is limited. To pre-register, visit www.altmedianm.org. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to submit their comments at the online form as well.

 Event schedule is as follows:

12:00 - 1:00 PM On-site check-in and registration
1:00 - 2:30 PM Council Introduction and Listening Session
2:45 - 4:00 PM Break-out Sessions (Topics to be determined)
4:15 - 5:00 PM Wrap-up Session
5:30 - 7:00 PM Following the Town Hall, IATSE 480 will host a post-event networking reception.  Location: Meson de Mesilla, 1803 Avenida de Mesilla. Phone number: 575-525-9212; web:
www.mesondemesilla.com

The Alma d' arte  Charter High School is located at 402 W. Court Avenue (downtown Las Cruces in the historic Alameda Neighborhood District between Alameda and Court Avenue), in Las Cruces. For more information on the Town Hall event, please contact Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries Executive Director, Rochelle Bussey at rochelle@nmfilm.com or call 505-476-5604

The Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries was created in 2003.  Its mission is to explore new methods to nurture filmmaking, digital and interactive media in New Mexico; serves as an advisory resource for the Governor and the New Mexico State Film Office; provides a network of working professionals to assist emerging filmmakers and interactive media artists; and acts as ambassadors to promote a positive image of film and the economic and cultural contributions of filmmaking and digital media in New Mexico.

The High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico provides leadership that fosters the retention and growth of technology in Southern New Mexico.  A 501C (3)  non profit formed in 2003, the Consortium has established itself as an active force in advancing the vision of making Southern New Mexico a regional technology leader and a national center for technical excellence.

The Alma d' arte Charter High School at the Court Youth Center is a pioneering arts-based secondary school serving a diversity of learners through a rigorous academic and integrated arts program. It opened in 2004. Directions can also be found on their website:  www.almadarte.org.

Also, don't miss the free Las Cruces informational session about New Mexico Filmmakers Program and how to prepare a New Visions 2009 application with Program Director, Trish Lopez:
 
Wednesday, October 7th - 7:00pm | Las Cruces: CMI Theatre in Milton Hall on NMSU Campus

Space is limited, so please call (505) 476-5600 to reserve a seat or for additional information.  Applications can be printed online at www.nmfilm.com or picked up in person at the NM Film Office at 418 Montezuma Avenue, Santa Fe, NM. Deadline for applications is October 16, 2009.

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DESERT LIGHT FILM COMPETITION

DESERT LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL brings award winning filmmakers to NMSU Alamogordo

Friday, April 24, 2009 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

A festival for high school and middle school students in New Mexico

Desert Light Film Festival, to be held on Friday, April 24 on the campus of New Mexico State University in Alamogordo, will showcase film in five categories: Drama/Comedy, Documentary, Music Video, Animation, and Tourism

Commercials. The community is invited to view the films and to attend presentations by screenwriter Kirk Ellis, and documentary filmmakers Michael Lennick and Shirley Gulliford.

Award-winning, Santa Fe-based writer/producer Kirk Ellis will speak in the Rohovec Theater about 11:00 AM. "Telling a Good Screen Story - It's Not That Easy" is the title of his presentation. His credits speak for themselves. Mr. Ellis has won two Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild of America Award and the Humanitas Prize for his work on "John Adams" starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. Ellis wrote and co-executive produced the seven-part HBO miniseries, which is based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. The miniseries scored a record 23 nominations; second only to "Roots" in Emmy history, and won a record breaking 13 Emmys in total, as well as four Golden Globe awards.

Fresh from the Thursday night premiere of their documentary "The Land of Space and Time," Michael Lennick and Shirley Gulliford will speak about the making of a documentary at 10:15 AM in the ProTech building on the NMSU Alamogordo campus in room 128. They will talk about their craft, with a focus on this latest documentary. This is their third film on the history of the Space Age in New Mexico, a state (and state of mind) they regularly return to, though never for long enough. In his long career Michael Lennick has worked as a visual effects supervisor, screenwriter, producer and director in films and television. For the past dozen years he and his partner Shirley have focused on science and history documentaries, producing award-winning series and specials for The Discovery Channel, PBS and others through their company, Foolish Earthling Productions.

This year sixty-three films have been submitted for judging from high school and middle school students throughout New Mexico. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony Friday afternoon. Films will be screened throughout the day beginning at 9:00 am in the Rohovec Fine Arts Center.

The Reception and Awards Ceremony begins at 4:00 PM. Awards will be presented by Jesse Casto, representing our corporate sponsor JC Penney. Mr. Casto is our local JC Penney store manager and a member of the committee which manages the competition. Desert Light Film Competition is a joint project for the Otero County Film Office and NMSU-Alamogordo. The public is invited to come and join us in supporting the young filmmakers of New Mexico. For more information, contact Joan Griggs, 575-439-3626, or Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at 575-439-4353.

 

 

Dear NM Filmmakers

 

If you know anyone ages 14-20 who might be interested in creating a 30-second video to encourage New Mexico teens to use their seat belt, please let them know about this contest sponsored by the NM Department of Transportation. The best submissions will be eligible for great gift card prizes as well as one grand prize opportunity to be a production assistant on the next NMDOT commercial. See attached flyer and visit the site: www.clickdontsplat.com starting Monday, April 20th to see more details!

 

If you have any questions after reading the info on Monday, please call 476-1791 for more information.

 


New Mexico Film Office
Trish Lopez
NM Filmmakers Program Director
Rochelle Bussey
Phone: 505-476-5600
Fax: 505-476-5601
Email: nm.filmmakers@nmfilm.com
www.nmfilm.com

 

 

 

New Mexico Aims To 'Grow Its Own' Local Filmmakers

 

The state's $1 million dollar grant supporting NMFI's mission to bolster above-the-line talent is the latest step in Governor Richardson's bold film incentive programs," says Jonathan Wacks (Pow Wow Highway, Crossroads/South Africa, producer of cult hit Repo Man), Chair of the college's Moving Image Arts Department which offers NMFI.

State incentives, including a 25 percent state tax rebate on all expenditures made in state, an interest-free New Mexican film loan program and state-sponsored community college crew training programs, have paved the way for New Mexico to become a major player in the film and TV production business.

"The program aims to provide longevity for the state's filmmaking boom by increasing the number of New Mexican filmmakers," adds NMFI Director Diane Schneier Perrin.

While the NMFI is open to all qualified applicants, New Mexican residents receive priority admission and are exclusively eligible for college-sponsored tuition grants, which range from $2,000 to a full scholarship.

"NMFI is set up to increase the number of New Mexican stories being told," Schneier Perrin explains. "We hope to foster films that reflect New Mexican culture, with its rich and unique stories, perspectives, history and landscapes."

In its inaugural year, the program will admit up to 26 students, with plans for future expansion. NMFI provides $10,000 to each producer/director team towards the finance of their approved summer production. Many more New Mexicans will benefit from NMFI, thanks to the program's collaboration with state-sponsored below-the-line training programs at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). "The NMFI program will link up with the Film Tech Training Programs at SFCC and CNM to help train crew," explains Central New Mexico Community College's Jim "Grubb" Graebner. "In this way, NMFI benefits New Mexicans by generating [local] movies and training crews at the same time."

NMFI faculty includes such industry professionals as celebrated filmmaker Wacks, independent producer Schneier Perrin (Reversal of Fortune, Convict Cowboy, Run For the Dream) and screenwriter Tom Musca (Stand and Deliver, Tortilla Soup.) Visiting Hollywood filmmakers and Moving Image Arts BA program faculty will offer workshops and public events in their field of expertise to support NMFI's comprehensive curriculum. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degrees (in any field of study) or evidence significant film industry experience.

NMFI will be housed in CSF's state-of-the-art Garson Communications Center, adjacent to Garson Studios, the only commercial sound stag

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