Thursday, October 15, 2009

Las Cruces Town Hall for Film & Digital Media

There's a lot of great film and media work going on in the Las Cruces area -- but we don't always see much coverage of that in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe media markets. Raising their profile and building connections between all of New Mexico's communities was part of the reason for the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries Town Hall in Las Cruces on October 8th.

From the Las Cruces Sun-News:
Southern New Mexico ready for a bigger slice of movie-making pie
By S. Derrickson Moore Sun-News reporter
Posted: 10/09/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES - Southern New Mexico is ready for a bigger piece of the state's movie pie, locals and film professionals from throughout the state agreed at a town hall meeting Thursday hosted by the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries (GCFMI) at Alma d'arte Charter High School.

Build infrastructure such as a Western set, continue to train media-savvy students, collaborate creatively with northern New Mexico and Borderland colleagues and take advantage of our great year-around filming locations, professionals advised, and Las Cruces should be poised for success.

It could have been a tense week to muster support for movie-making in our region, after the closure of Highway 70 to film "Due Date" resulted in traffic jams that irked thousands of area commuters. But locals still bulllish on plans to make Las Cruces into Hollywood on the Rio Grande flocked to the meeting and networking and strategy sessions.

The goal of the gathering, held in association with the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico, was "to gather input on the future of the state's burgeoning film and media industries" with an agenda that included a town hall-style "listening session," and break-out strategy sessions focussing on making connections to link and benefit both northern and southern New Mexico, and to foster film and digital media opportunities and educational strategies...
More at: Southern New Mexico ready for a bigger slice of movie-making pie

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