Friday, April 24, 2009

Invasion of Privacy to Film in NM

From: Ray-Garcia, Alarie, SPO
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 1:55 PM
Subject: Governor Richardson Announces "Invasion of Privacy" to Film in New Mexico

For Immediate Release Contact: New Mexico Film Office

April 24, 2009 505-476-5600

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Hammer Films to Shoot “Invasion of Privacy” in New Mexico for Exclusive Media Group (EMG)

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the suspense thriller “Invasion of Privacy” (working title- aka “The Resident”), starring two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Boys Don’t Cry”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen,” “P.S. I Love You”) will shoot in New Mexico. Hammer Films is producing for parent company Exclusive Media Group (EMG), the global filmed entertainment group combining Hammer and Spitfire Pictures, backed by strategic Investment Group Cyrte Investments.

Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution for the film.

“I am pleased that a movie with such enormous talent associated with it has chosen to film in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said. “In addition, the film will be a boost to the economy by creating work for hundreds of New Mexicans.

“Invasion of Privacy” will film in and around Albuquerque, with the majority of filming at Albuquerque Studios. Shooting will commence May 26 and wrap July 17. The film plans to hire at least 200 local crew members, plus 14 speaking roles and over 200 background talent.

Producing the film for Hammer are Simon Oakes, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Cary Brokaw. Hammer’s Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner will executive produce along with Tom Lassally of 3 Arts Entertainment. Hilary Swank also serves as an Executive Producer. Vicki Dee Rock is co-producing.

Antti J. Jokinen is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Robert Orr (“Savior”) and re-written by Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “Fur”). As one of the most acclaimed directors in the music video landscape, Jokinen has directed award winning videos for artists such as Will Smith, Beyonce, Eminem, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Missy Elliott and Korn, among others. Originally from Finland, Jokinen is the co-founder of the production company, Solar Films, which has grown into Finland’s largest TV and film producer, and has produced two of the top ten grossing Finnish films of all time. Jokinen has also directed and co-written several national Television series.

“Invasion of Privacy” is inspired by the fact that every year, millions of single women in America move into apartments for the first time. They do not know who lived in the apartment before them, they do not know their landlords, and they don’t bother to change the locks. This is the story of one such woman.

“We are excited to welcome ‘Invasion of Privacy’ to our city,” said Mayor Marty Chavez. “You won't find a more film friendly town than Albuquerque.”

Since Governor Richardson took office, over 120 major feature films and television series have shot in the state, adding over $2.5 billion dollars to New Mexico’s economy.


Hammer is a legendary British film brand, originally launched in 1934, which delivered a hugely successful run of films in the 1950s including Gothic classics DRACULA and THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and Sci-Fi picture THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT. Hammer's reputation became branded worldwide as 'Hammer House of Horror'. In the 1960s Hammer struck distribution deals with Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox and Columbia. Hammer went on to produce a huge volume of films which included such titles as THE PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES, THE NANNY, QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT and ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.

Not in production since the 1980s, the company is now being aggressively reinvigorated by Exclusive Media Group through new investment in the development and production of film, television and digital-platform content.

Hammer’s return to horror was heralded by interactive web serial BEYOND THE RAVE, which was broadcast by MySpace in 12 territories in 2008. Today, Hammer has an active development slate totaling more than 25 projects across diverse genres sourced out of both Europe and the United States. Hammer expects a number of these projects to go into production during 2009, following THE WAKE WOOD, Hammer’s return to theatrical features, which began shooting in September 2008. In addition to “The Wake Wood,” new Hammer film projects include “The Quiet Ones,” to be directed by Jesse Dylan (“Kicking & Screaming,” “American Wedding”) and “Let the Right One In,” a remake of the widely acclaimed Tomas Alfredson directed Swedish film “Lat den ratte komma in,” to be adapted and directed by Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”).


Formed by strategic investment group Cyrte Investments in May 2008, Exclusive Media Group (EMG) is the parent company of Los Angeles based Spitfire Pictures and legendary British Studio, Hammer which now has a combined share holder equity and facility in excess of $100 million. The company is run by Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Simon Oakes with Sinclair and Oakes serving as Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs (out of Los Angeles and London respectively). East is President of EMG and Chairman of Exclusive Film Distribution.

Under EMG, Spitfire and Hammer operate as two separate production entities. EMG aims to produce 6-8 films per year and to acquire additional pictures for worldwide distribution through its subsidiary Exclusive Film Distribution. The group also develops projects for television and digital platforms.

EMG has over 300 titles in the combined Hammer and Spitfire libraries and pursues an aggressive library acquisition policy. The Hammer library is noted for its remake potential and the company is in discussions with A-list writers and directors to revive and re-imagine some of the highly touted titles.

Cyrte Investments is part of Delta Lloyd Asset Management, one of the Netherlands major asset managers, which in turn is majority-owned by London Stock Exchange listed Aviva plc, one of the world’s largest insurance companies.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ReelzChannel Opens Doors!

More good news... apparently tomorrow night's show (Secret's Out with Leonard Maltin) will highlight movies made in New Mexico!

WSIFF In the News

The California Chronicle picks up on the good stuff happening at the White Sands International Film Festival:

Movies on the Move: International Film Festival Moves to Las Cruces

By S. Derrickson Moore, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

Apr. 19--LAS CRUCES -- Hollywood on the Rio Grande, or Tamalewood, as some wags are dubbing New Mexico's growing role as a film mecca, may also be vying for a role as the Sundance of the desert.

For its fifth edition, the burgeoning White Sands International Film Festival is moving to Las Cruces. Here the event is expected to attract film fans from throughout the world with an innovative roster that will include films, panels and special events Thursday through April 26.

The indy film fest became so successful that it has outgrown Alamogordo and is expanding to local venues that include the new Allen Theatres Cineport 10, Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and New Mexico State University.

"This year, WSIFF will screen over 45 independent documentary and narrative films at the new Cineport 10 and will conduct a series of informative and exciting panels led by industry experts. Weekend events will include an opening night bash on Thursday at the St. Clair Winery, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla in Mesilla, and after parties at the Azul Nightclub at Hotel Encanto on Friday and Saturday nights, April 24 and 25," said WSIFF festival director Kierstin Schupack.

The festival is attracting a diverse range of films and talents...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Christopher Productions announces four new productions for release

Based in Albuquerque, Christopher Productions would like to announce four productions that are due to be released.

Based in Albuquerque, Christopher Productions would like to announce four productions they have coming up that may interest you: two national productions (one about paralysis and one about global warming), one about adolescent brain development, and one to help kids lose weight in a healthy way. Also, Chris Schueler will teach a course in Documentary production at CNM this summer beginning May 22. You can find more information about CNM's programs at

CODY: The First Step
Narrated by Glenn Close, this documentary follows the life of Cody Unser who was paralyzed at age 12 and is now graduating from the University of Redlands 10 years later and is fighting to walk again.

We opened the theatrical version of this program in Los Angeles last week and will be opening in NYC beginning May 1 in order to be eligible for Oscar consideration. The show has a one hour version that will be made available to PBS stations around the country beginning in July.

If you are near LA or NYC here are the theatres and times/dates:
Friday, April 17- Thursday, April 23, 2009 Laemmle's Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA
Friday, May 1- Thursday, May 7th, 2009 IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014

The First Millimeter: HEALING THE EARTH
Filmed around the world, this program explains one of the solutions to global warming and details with the way farmers and ranchers can increase the health of their land, save
money and pull the Carbon out of our atmosphere.

The program premieres in New Mexico on KNME TV 5 Wed. April 22 (Earth Day) at 8pm. It will be made available to PBS stations nationwide beginning in June. The program has a theatrical version that will have showings in select markets this spring.

This half hour special explains why even “good” kids can make bad decisions as it examines brain development in adolescents. The last part of the brain to develop is the area that controls impulse behavior and it’s not totally “wired” until the mid to late 20’s; thus, kids are not only combating peer pressure, they are not equipped to always make the right choice.

The show will air in New Mexico on KOB 4, KRWG (Las Cruces) and KENW (Portales) in early to mid September. It will also be distributed to school districts statewide through Cooperative Educational Services and New Mexico PTA.

In conjunction with the National Institute of Health, we’re developing a DVD tool to help motivated young people make healthy decisions about nutrition and exercise in order to lose weight. This will be completed by July and used in conjunction with the University of New Mexico in a clinical trial at two area high schools.

For more information, go to:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Media Industries people and companies recognized at NM Tech Excellence Awards

NMTC Technology Excellence Awards

This year's New Mexico Technology Council's Tech Excellence Awards recognized several key people and companies working in our media industries community for work done in the latter half of 2007 and 2008 at their award ceremony last Thursday night.

Among those recognized were:

Industry Achievement Awards:

UNM ARTS Lab's David Beining was recognized for his work in building and expanding DomeFest, whose juried show now plays at fulldome venues throughout the world. DomeFest returns to Albuquerque this summer (July 16 -18th).

Redfish' Stephen Guerin was recognized for his work in building the Santa Fe Complex, a collaborative project incubator space in Santa Fe that's been hosting many great events.

Technology Excellence Solution Awards:

Game Production Services was honored for its development of a Cognitive Air Defense Training System.

Ideum was recognized for development of its MT2 Multitouch, Multiuser Table

The State of New Mexico and its partners were recognized for development of Encanto, the NM Computing Applications Center.

This year's "Marc Orchant Maximum Impact Award was given to TVC's Sherman McCorkle.

There are quite a few other winners and honorable mentions (visit for more info), but as media involves more and more technology, it's important to see that there are world-class people and companies doing ork here in New Mexico.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

NM in the News: BBC

Always nice when we get good coverage outside of New Mexico, but it was especially cool that the folks at the BBC visited us here to see what's going on:

Film-makers desert Hollywood

By Peter Bowes
BBC News in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Angeles, the self-proclaimed movie capital of the world, is facing its biggest crisis in the history of film-making.

Hollywood is being snubbed by its own creative talent. There is something of a stampede by the entertainment industry to get out of town.

Long before the global economic downturn kicked in, film-makers were upping sticks and leaving Los Angeles for more cost-effective locations to shoot their movies.
Canada was one of the first countries to benefit from Hollywood's so-called runaway productions, but now the competition is closer to home.

More than 40 US states are offering film-makers tantalising financial incentives, such as rebates and tax-free loans, to make the next blockbuster in their backyard...

...One of the states benefiting from California's loss is New Mexico. With a similar climate to California - plenty of sunny days with wall-to-wall blue skies - it is a perfect place to make movies.

The state enjoys many of the characteristics that attracted the pioneers to Hollywood, decades ago.

"In the old days people used to come here for westerns, if they had a cowboy movie," says Michael Dellheim, a location manager who has worked in the state for 23 years.
Now, with a state-of-the art film-making facility, Albuquerque Studios, the state is well-equipped to make movies of any genre.

"We do it all now - episodic television with cops chasing the bad guys down urban city streets," explains Mr Dellheim.

Star power
He is currently scouting the state for a location that resembles a beach in the San Francisco Bay.

It is for scene for Denzel's Washington's latest movie, The Book of Eli, which is currently filming in New Mexico.

It is a post-apocalyptic thriller in which the Oscar-winner stars as a lone warrior named Eli, who battles to save the future of humanity.

Much of the movie is being filmed in a desolate desert location on the outskirts of Albuquerque - which makes a perfect setting - but the production company chose the venue because it made financial sense...
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