Some news and activity in the film production scene in New Mexico in the last few days. A current production, “Highway”, is being filmed partly in Moriarty, which makes perfect sense, since there is a highway in Moriarty. But, the NM Film Office also proudly announced that something called “Arizona” has just finished being filmed not just in New Mexico, but even in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Film buffs might recall that one of the big all-time hit movies, the 1955 Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” was shot in Nogales, Arizona. This was described as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the U.S. National Film Registry. So if Nogales is more like Oklahoma than Oklahoma is, no doubt Rio Rancho is more like Arizona than Arizona is, which says a lot about Arizona.
Here are some details about the two productions, as provided by the New Mexico Film Office:
The feature “Highway” produced by TW Films, Ripple World Pictures, and GCI Film will film in Albuquerque and Moriarty mid-July through early August. The production will employ 30 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 150 New Mexico background talent. “We are happy to welcome ‘Highway’ to New Mexico this Summer and we look forward to a busy Fall,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We know the production will have a great experience working in New Mexico’s Film Industry.” “This is great news, and we welcome the film industry to the city of Moriarty, and are looking forward to working with them,” said Moriarty Mayor Ted Hart. “With the amount of employment and tax dollars created, this will be greatly appreciated. Moriarty welcomes the movie ‘Highway’ to our great city.” The feature is directed by Alexandra McGuinness (“Lotus Eaters,” “Riders”), along with producers Anna O’Malley (“Volkswagen Joe,” “Blight,” “First Love”), Dominic Wright (“Zoo,” “Retreat,” “Song for A Raggy Boy”) and Eamonn Cleary (“Volkswagen Joe,” “Hill Street,” “Blight”). “Highway” is also executive produced by the Irish Film Board along with executive producers Jacqueline Kerrin (Ripple World Pictures), Adam Stanhope, and Graham Appleby (GCI Film). “We are delighted to announce that production is starting in New Mexico on Alexandra McGuinness’s feature film ‘Highway”, said producer Anna O’Malley. “We look forward to shooting in the breathtaking landscape of New Mexico and working with the talented local cast and crew.” Starring Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver,” “Alita: Battle Angel”), Lucy Fry (“Bright,” “11.22.63”), Christian Camargo (“The Hurt Locker,” “Romeo and Juliet”), Josh Hartnett (“Black Hawk Down,” “Pearl Harbor”), Blake Berris (“ Breaking Bad,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Sheila Vand (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone”), “Highway,” is the story of Jane, a local rodeo queen who goes missing; Heidi throws everything into her search to find her best friend, in a remote desert town with a history of missing women. ### Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com
New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the feature film “Arizona” produced by Rough House Pictures and Imperative Entertainment filmed in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. The production employed 115 New Mexico crew members, 12 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 50 New Mexico background talent. “Arizona” was directed by Jonathan Watson and produced by Bradley Thomas (“There’s Something about Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”), Dan Friedkin (“All The Money in The World,” “Hot Summer Nights”), Ryan Friedkin (“Hot Summer Nights”), Brandon James (“Flower,” “Vice Principals”) and Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down,” “Vice Principals”). The film stars Danny McBride (“Vice Principals,” “Eastbound & Down”), Rosemarie DeWitt (“La La Land,” “Rachel’s Getting Married”) and Luke Wilson (“Old School,” “The Royal Tenenbaums.”) ABOUT IMPERATIVE ENTERTAINMENT Founded in 2014, Imperative Entertainment is an innovative and competitive entertainment studio located in Santa Monica, CA. Imperative specializes in the development, production and financing of original & branded entertainment across all platforms focusing on film, television and documentaries. Imperative Entertainment is a division of The Friedkin Group, a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. ABOUT ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES was created as a joint venture between David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Danny McBride. Following its success with the hit comedy series EASTBOUND AND DOWN, which ran for four seasons on HBO, Rough House has gone on to establish itself as a hub for bold voices in both comedy and drama. Rough House has produced films like CAMP X-RAY, MANGLEHORN, JOE, FLOWER, and THE LEGACY OF A WHITETAIL DEER HUNTER, as well as television shows like FX’s CHOZEN, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS, and TBS’s upcoming animated series, TARANTULA. ### Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com