Monday, June 2, 2008

Crash, Governor's Cup Animation in the News

From the NM Business Weekly:

Gov. Bill Richardson says the television series "Crash" will begin filming in New Mexico this month.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, the series will be produced by Lionsgate and Starz Entertainment. Paul Haggis, who co-wrote and directed the film, will be the executive producer, according to E! Online. Don Cheadle, who starred in the film, will also produce.

The TV story picks up where the original ensemble left off, but will introduce new characters and delve into more than race relations in Los Angeles.

The production will wrap in October and will hire about 145 New Mexico crew members, as well as local actors and extras.

Some 95 major feature films and television projects have shot in New Mexico since Richardson took office, adding $1.6 billion to the state's economy.

Richardson also announced the winners of the 2008 Governors Short Animation Competition.

Jeff Drew of Albuquerque won the Pangea Pictures prize for "One Square Mile of Earth," which features the Albuquerque comedy duo The Pajama Men (Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen). He describes it as a "cut-and-paste moving collage world filled with an array of furry, scaly and sometimes slimy characters."

The winner of the National Geographic All Roads category is Frederick Aragon of Taos for his "Coyote Tales: Mystery's Night." It tells the story of Coyote, who has never been able to make someone love him and his attempt to change that. Aragon is a musician and storyteller.

The competition is financed by Pangea and National Geographic All Roads Film Project. Each winner will receive a $10,000 budget toward the creation of their short animated project, use of software, trainees and equipment from state schools and Pangea Pictures.

Eric Witt, director of media arts and entertainment development with Richardson's office, said the annual competition brings the work of New Mexicans to a larger audience and has repeatedly discovered some of the most promising media artists in the state.

For more information on Frederick Aragon and his Coyote Tails project, visit his blog.
For a trip to Jeff Drew's world of animation, visit his site here.

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