Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Albuquerque #2 for Business for Technology, Film chose Albuquerque as the US second best city, looking for "places that have stable employment plus the talent to create new, well-paying positions. A robust job market makes these cities safe havens during the recession and will give them a head start toward growth when the recovery takes off."

Of particular note for Albuquerque was its success in encouraging both tech and film business growth.

Read the Albuquerque write-up (with a few other perks) at: #2 Albuquerque, New Mexico

And the full article at Best Cities: It's All About Jobs

Cinnafilm Signs With Arri!

Absolutely great news from our friends at Cinnafilm:

from the NM Business Weekly:
Cinnafilm lands deal with film-equipment giant
Engineering software firm Cinnafilm Inc. has signed a deal giving film-equipment giant ARRI worldwide rights to resell Cinnafilm’s image processing software.

Albuquerque-based Cinnafilm develops film and video post-production tools. The software ARRI will resell uses Cinnafilm’s video processing engine, called Pixel Strings.

The software suite has been renamed ARRI Relativity. The companies have set an invitation-only product launch event for June 2 in the Los Angeles area.

In a news release, privately held Cinnafilm described the deal as a “multiyear, multimillion-dollar” agreement. The company will provide ARRI with technical support and upgrades to the suite, while continuing to pursue independent research and development.

“Our agreement with ARRI is the culmination of over six years of hard work and dedication by a small group of exceptional people, and we’re honored to partner with an industry leader,” said Cinnafilm CEO Lance Maurer.

Germany-based ARRI’s history dates back to 1917. The company is involved in all aspects of the film industry, from manufacturing, production and visual effects to post-production, equipment rental and film and sound laboratory services. Its products include camera systems, studio lighting fixtures and digital imaging systems.

More coverage over on Studio Daily.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sundance in New Mexico!

For immediate release                                                                           Contact: Pahl Shipley

May 14, 2009                                                                                                 (505) 476-2282


Governor Bill Richardson and Robert Redford Announce "Sundance in New Mexico"


Unique collaboration will offer world class programs for local Native American and Hispanic Filmmakers


SANTA FE-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today announced a new collaboration between Robert Redford and the State of New Mexico that is currently referred to as "Sundance in New Mexico."  The initiative will partner with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Film Office to create and expand upon training programs in film, arts, and the environment.  These programs will be designed specifically for New Mexico's Native American and Hispanic filmmakers. The Governor was joined by Mr. Redford at a news conference today at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.


"This marks a new level of commitment on the part of Bob Redford and my administration in supporting the underrepresented voices in our culture, to job creation through the arts, and to the power of partnerships built on mutual goals and aspirations," said Governor Richardson.  "The Redford and Sundance names are held in high esteem around the globe, and are synonymous in most people's minds with innovation in the arts, advocacy of the environment, and public policy reflecting both.  This is a tremendous opportunity for New Mexico's Native American and Hispanic filmmakers, and for the state as a whole."


"My love of New Mexico goes back many, many years," said Robert Redford. "My commitment to this state began with The Milagro Beanfield War."


Sundance in New Mexico will be based at historic Los Luceros in Northern New Mexico, a cultural treasure located along the Rio Grande that is owned and operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.  In use as early as 1350 by the Tewa people of Pfioge Pueblo, Los Luceros ultimately was pivotal in the development of commerce and government in New Mexico.


"We are pleased that this collaboration will allow the Department to fulfill its dual mission of protecting the state's cultural heritage, while providing educational programs that will benefit the people of New Mexico," said Stuart Ashman, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs


Robert Redford has a long history with New Mexico, dating back to the 1988 movie The Milagro Beanfield War.  The actor-filmmaker is also well known for his environmental activism.


Mr. Redford founded the Sundance Institute in 1981, a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development of original storytelling in film and theatre.  It is internationally recognized for its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights and theatre artists.  Sundance – the place – in the mountains of Utah, also reflects Mr. Redford's lifetime commitment of bringing together the arts and the environment.


"During these tough economic times, it is imperative to create partnerships which allow film and arts initiatives to not just survive, but to flourish," said Lisa Strout, Director of the New Mexico Film Office. "This opportunity is an honor and a gift to the State of New Mexico."


The costs for Sundance in New Mexico will be covered with existing appropriations for the operation of Los Luceros.


In his remarks, Governor Richardson recognized New Mexico Speaker of the House Ben Lujan for his leadership and ongoing dedication and support of Hispanic and Native American filmmakers in New Mexico. 


For more information on Sundance in New Mexico contact Kathleen Broyles

(505) 476-5604 or email