Winners of the 2017 Filmmakers Announced



New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced the winners of the 2017 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase which took place November 4 & 5, 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

The following winners were announced in seven (7) categories:

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New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Next Weekend


New Mexico Film Office announced the 2017 NM Filmmakers Showcase awards ceremony, panel of 2016 winners and free screenings will be held in Albuquerque, NM. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center/Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th Street, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

The NM Filmmakers Showcase is an annual event featuring a vast range of creative talent from New Mexico residents from around the State. The Saturday (11/4) evening awards ceremony will announce the winners of each category and will also include a panel discussion with the 2016 NM Filmmaker Showcase winners (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm). On Sunday (11/5) afternoon (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) we will screen the winning films in their entirety.

Below (Continue Reading) are a list of nominees and this year we are excited to include a “Wild Card” award. The “Wild Card” award is a submitted film receiving the highest judges score outside of the top nominees.

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Features Strong Line-up of Indigenous Films


Return to Rainy Mountain and Tribute to Scott Momaday is directed by Jill Momaday.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) to be included as one of their community-level sponsors.
The Ninth Annual SFIFF is the premiere film event in Santa Fe, showcasing the very best independent films of 2017 in Santa Fe’s top theaters. This year, the SFIFF runs from October 18, 2017 through October 22, 2017, featuring five days of independent film, social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops. SFIFF’s goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich the Santa Fe community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico. For this year’s schedule and more information please visit, or call 505.349.1414.
As part of the 2017 programming, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) presents a special slate of Native American Film programming which features narratives, documentaries, and shorts with a unique perspective on Native America and Indigenous communities. These films include the top Indigenous films of 2017, plus local selections and films by up-and-coming Native Filmmakers.

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“Tremors” to Film in New Mexico


Tremors is back.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the SYFY television pilot “Tremors,” produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Blumhouse Television, will begin principal photography in Albuquerque at the end of October through the middle of November.

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Hiking Looming Birding Movies and Drawing and Painting (what more could you ask for) At the Pajarito Environmental Education Center

By Sandra West


Photo Chris Swanson.

Natural arch.

On Sunday, October 8, avid hiker Chris Swanson will lead an afternoon hike to our local window rock. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.

To participate, register online at Afterward, meet Chris and other hikers at 1:00 p.m. on October 8 at Mitchell Trailhead (located at the corner of Arizona and 45th streets). Participants need to bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and good hiking shoes or boots.

Chris Swanson is a long time avid hiker and trail runner who also enjoys rock scrambling and nature photography. New to Los Alamos, Chris moved here in 2016 from Southern California and hit the ground running (literally), learning and loving the local trails.

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Mr. Robot Hits Town


New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that USA Network’s television series “Mr. Robot” produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Anonymous Content, will partially shoot in Albuquerque at the end of August through the beginning of September.Continue reading

Television Series “The Brave” Filming Down Our Way


New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced that the television series “The Brave,” produced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios will begin principal photography at the end of this month through the beginning of December.

Production will take place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. “It’s great to see the return of one of our best ‘customers’ in Universal Television with the new series ‘The Brave’,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

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Location Location Location

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:

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“Radical Southwest: A Film Series” Easy Riders, Courthouse Raids, Civil Rights Heroes, the Summer of Love and Much More


In celebration of the landmark exhibition Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on display at the New Mexico History Museum from May 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018, the CCA Cinematheque presents an eight-month film series, exploring elements including the Summer of Love, Chicano resistance and avant-garde Southwest storytelling experiments.

Highlights include the only New Mexico screening of Long Strange Trip, a new Grateful Dead film; a presentation exploring the 50th anniversary of La Alanazia’s raid at the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse; restored classic and a rare New Mexico appearance of the legendary photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon. Support for the film series is provided by the New Mexico Humanities Council.

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Big Film Production Heading Our Way


Courtesy image from production Facebook page.


Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana Pueblos and the Jemez Mountains will be the sites of a new production, “Will Garner”, produced by Mona Vista Productions. Other sites will include  Albuquerque, Belen and Gallup. Principal photography will begin soon and continue through to the end of the month.

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Reduce Time and Cost Incentives Offered by IAIA




IAIA announced today that it will begin a Financial Incentive Program for incoming Freshmen for the Fall 2017 semester that will reward students for attaining their Bachelor’s Degree in four years (eight semesters) or less.  Students who accomplish this will be rebated tuition for their Senior year, earning a 25% savings on their tuition. (Because IAIA includes books in tuition costs, the books required for their senior year classes will also be free if they meet the criteria of the program.) To qualify, full-time, degree-seeking Freshmen students will need to take a minimum of 15 college credit hours each semester, meet the program requirements, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing–along with signing an agreement for admission into the program.

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New Film Production Starting Up This Month


The television pilot “Scalped” produced by Horizon Scripted Television, Inc., will begin principal photography for the month of April in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Laguna Pueblo. “This is a particularly unique project dealing with modern day challenges and issues of cultural identity in Native American communities.

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Film Production Big Boom In New Mexico



On top of other recently announced feature  films and TV shows being shot in the state, the last week has brought notice of much more activity in the film production business in New Mexico. The latest to arrive on the scene is the new season of Longmire, produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix. It will begin principal photography at the end of March thru mid-June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Valles Caldera, Pecos, Glorieta and other locations in northern New Mexico.

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Three New Film Productions Gearing Up in Town


After a long lull (I keep an eye on the new Mexico Film Office press releases, and there have been no announcements since November), suddenly there is a spurt of film activity in the state. Anyone looking for work on a film production, connected enterprises or just interested in local filming activities may now wipe their brow and breathe a sigh of relief.

Here are descriptions of the three new productions to appear down our way. To make further and deeper contact with the Film Office, visit their site at

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