Friday, June 13, 2008

New Mexico's 100th Major Film Production

From the New Mexico Film Office:

Governor Bill Richardson Announces 100th Major Film Production for New Mexico

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the production company 26 Films will commence principal photography in New Mexico for Run For Her Life, a feature film starring Dermot Mulroney and Diane Kruger, marking the 100th major film production shot in the state during his administration.

Run For Her Life will be directed by the acclaimed Icelandic director, Baltasar Kormakur, with Michelle Chydzik Sowa and Nathalie Marciano of 26 Films producing along with Jennifer Kelly.

Principal photography begins June 15th in Santa Fe. The production will employ approximately 90 local crew members and 300 local actors.

Run For Her Life is a dramatic thriller about Paul Stanton (Mulroney), a successful D.A. on the path to political office who becomes entrenched in a dangerous situation while trying to save the life of his 8 year-old daughter in desperate need of a lung transplant.

Run For Her Life marks the fourth feature for 26 Films whose credits include The Wedding Date, Starter for 10 and My Life in Ruins, starring Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss and Rachel Dratch, due out later this year.


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1 comment:

john said...

I have been a background Actor here in New Mexico for many years now, I have spoken to many Minorities that see exactly what I see, except they are Afraid to speak up and be Retaliated against. If you dont belive me, all you have to do is sign up as a Background Actor with someone, Onlocationcasting,Gwyn Savage etc. What you will see will amaze you! a sea of White Anglo Saxons controlling the entire Hollywood Industry, it is Shameful to say the least, in a Diverse Country as ours, with a Black President in the White House now, this is Disgraceful. Script Writers writing 99 percent of the Feature Film with all White Characters for the big Screen. All key Cast 98% White, in majority of the Films being shot here in NM, all you have to do is Watch these films, dont take my word for it. Yes with an occasional Black or Hispanic in the Mist. Even Background actor are majority White and always given preferencial treatment, giving them key positions as far as Screen Time. I was recently working background on a TV series just wrapped up season 2, Junkyard Crime Scene investigation, Scene called for 2 main Characters and rest were background so about 10 individuals all together. Let me break it down for you. There was 1 Hispanic, 1 Oriental, 7 White men and 1White Woman, getting the Picture now.
Now let get Production Crew 99.9 Percent White, dont believe me, next time you are on a Film Set, take a good look around! if you think I am being irrational and sensitive. I am Shocked that these crews are brought in from California and other States and rarely are hired through New Mexico labor pool. What their excuse on that, "Not enough trained people here in New Mexico" I was told.
When Blacks and Hispanics are hire on a film usually it is Thug and gangster role, or a Maid working in a Motel. No one says anything or dares to speak up,
Time and Time again I am on Sets that baffle me, that no one speaks up and says anything at all. This in my Opinion is Unethical and Immoral to control an industry in a Diverse Society of ours. All you have to do is Watch the Film, get on a Set to work as a Background or try to work as Crew to observe and Confirm what I am saying is True and Real.