Thursday, December 11, 2008

KOB-TV" Movie business going strong

From KOB-TV:

Movie business going strong in NM
A different kind of movie magic seems to be going on in New Mexico. Despite a recession, there's plenty of work to go around with movie-making.

In fact, a big production staring martial arts legend Jackie Chan is being filmed in Rio Rancho.

The star, described as a bit shy and quiet, presented two $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club and Southwest Multi-Media. Both organizations work with children.

Pulte Homes donated the money because the company is getting a chunk of money from the film production. Producers are using some of their model homes for the shoot.

There are currently eight different movies or television shoots going on across the state.

Seven projects just wrapped up.

The New Mexico Film Commission says in the past 18 months, there have been eight to 12 shoots in New Mexico and they say that number remains steady.

The Georgia O'keefe film that's going on right now is made up of a 95 percent New Mexican crew.

Film officials say the bad economy has not hurt the film business in the least bit.

The week after Thanksgiving, theatres across the country saw the highest attendance since 2000.

"It's clean, it's high-paying, it hires local talent, it gives local talent an opportunity to show what they have to offer and I think overall it has a rippling effect of benefiting the regular individual here in the community," said Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack.

As for the plans for a Lionsgate studio in Rio Rancho, that's not happening anytime soon. But the mayor is hopeful that the studio will come back to the table for talks when the economy improves.

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