Thursday, July 30, 2009

The 'Hurt Locker' New Mexican Connection

Robert Nott at the Santa Fe New Mexican has been getting some good stories recently from the people making our Film, TV and Media scene really work. It's great to see the wealth of talent we have here in New Mexico.
'Hurt Locker' producer lauds film crew — and New Mexico industry

Robert Nott | The New Mexican
7/28/2009 - 7/29/09
The cinematic thriller The Hurt Locker suggests that war is hell, but that some people can get quite comfortable being there all the same.

Apparently filmmaking can be the same way, for the blood, sweat and heat captured on-camera in the production was mirrored behind the scenes, according to Tony Mark, executive producer of the film.

"It's a tough, tough movie about a tough, tough subject," Mark said in an interview in his Santa Fe home. "There was a palpable tension throughout on the set. It was just like the onscreen story of three guys who fight with each other, but when the time comes to do the work, they come together to get the job done."

The Hurt Locker, a fast-moving, adrenaline-rushing drama that follows the exploits of a trio of Explosive Ordnance Disposal soldiers in war-torn Baghdad, opened at Regal DeVargas last week. Scripted by journalist Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow — best known for her intelligently fashioned action movies Point Break and Strange Days — the picture was shot over a period of 44 days, mainly in the Jordanian desert.

Tony Mark was born in New York City and started his show business career in theater before heading to Los Angeles. Among his production credits — dating back to at least the early 1980s — are The Fisher King, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and the New Mexico-shot films Bordertown and Georgia O'Keeffe. The latter will premiere on Lifetime in September...

Mark said he supports New Mexico's continued efforts to draw filmmakers here.

Noting that while The Hurt Locker pulled the crew from 15 different countries, "On Georgia O'Keeffe I brought in just three people from L.A. — the rest of the crew came from New Mexico," he said. "That speaks volumes about what's happened to the movie business here."

He estimates the O'Keeffe production injected at least $5 million into the local economy. "Do not tell me that the movies don't rain manna from heaven for communities who are impacted, because they do," he said. "Movies as an economic engine are great for any place — and particularly this fantastic place called New Mexico."
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