A feature documentary that shows the impact a healthy film & media industry has on people's lives in the State of New Mexico.
Since Thomas Edison's company shot "Indian Day School" in 1897, films have been made in New Mexico. The geography and landscape, coupled with the famed light, have always attracted and inspired filmmakers ... but New Mexico was a sleepy backwater of production that saw, on average, a few Westerns a year.
That's changed. A progressive film production tax credit and a no-interest loan program were enacted and New Mexico became the second state in the country to launch a successful film incentive program. Hollywood took quick notice. Productions flocked to the Land of Enchantment. Economic impact grew from $36 million in 2004 to over $800 million in 2009. The industry now employs over 3,000 people directly and many more indirectly. Production dollars trickle through the economy and multiply as they get spent on supplies, hotel rooms and equipment -- not to mention homes, cars and college tuitions. A healthy film and media industry has boosted employment but just as important, it has created opportunity for independent filmmakers to thrive and for the thousands of young people studying media and filmmaking to realize their vision in what historically been one of the poorest states in the Union.
Now, in the current political and economic climate, the incentives that fueled this boom are under increasing scrutiny by some lawmakers who feel they should be capped or done away with entirely.
It is our intention, with this film, to document the current state of the industry in New Mexico and by doing so, put a human face on a political controversy. Here is a sample of what we have obtained so far: interviews with Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, Virginia Madsen ("Scoundrels"), Wes Studi ("Avatar"); producers Alton Walpole ("Book of Eli") and Stewart Lyons ("Breaking Bad"); film commissioner Lisa Strout, historian John Armijo, writer/director Mark Medoff ("Children of a Lesser God"), producer/director George Burdeau ("The Native Americans") ... and we are just getting started.
Co-producer David Jean Schweitzer, myself and other members of the film community here will shoot more footage through December. We will profile filmmakers and film workers, students and media educators from Santa Fe to Las Cruces, post production companies, performers and indie filmmakers while showcasing some of the most spectacular locations on the planet. We aim to complete our project by January's legislative session where we will present our film to those who will decide the future of our film programs.
Help us keep New Mexico a truly viable place to make films by joining our Kickstarter campaign today. Our team is working pro bono on this project because we believe it is of vital importance to make this NOW. Your contributions will be used to offset basic costs of production and post.
We WILL make this film by any means necessary, but please help us portray our industry in the most professional light possible. Thank you for your consideration and your support.
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