Thursday, December 10, 2009

NM in the News

I like it when New Mexico receives attention for the good things it does -- so 2009 is closing out nicely.

The other day, there were a slew of reports on the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two -- expected to launch out of New Mexico's Spaceport America in 2011 (

And now the LA Times features the development of Santa Fe Studios as a sign that New Mexico is continuing to grow as a production hub (

With another successful Santa Fe Film Festival and great reviews for NM resident Tom Ford's "A Simple Man" we're being seen as a place that's increasing production capacity, advancing technology and a source of great creative work.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

CMI Takes Two Awards from the Santa Fe Film Fest

From NMSU's The Roundup:

CMI Takes Two Awards from the Santa Fe Film Fest

This past weekend, staff and students of New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute had a moment in the spotlight when they earned two awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival for their film, Becoming Eduardo.

The movie, which is about a young Latino who is torn between a life of intellect and danger, was written, directed and co-produced by CMI instructor Rod McCall. Becoming Eduardo is based on the novella, Alternative Ed by Louanne Johnson.

McCall was at the ceremony Saturday to accept the Milagro Award 2009 and the Tamalewood Award for Best Latin Film. “The experience was terrific for me and the school,” said McCall, who was surprised at the success of the film.

Eight CMI students worked as production assistants in the movie and earned course credit for their contributions. Mostly filmed in Hillsboro, N.M. and partially filmed in Truth or Consequences, N.M., Becoming Eduardo underwent post-production over the course of nine months and was filmed in the summer of 2008. One of the biggest challenges faced during the making of the film was the amount of time given.

“We only had two weeks to film the movie in terms of budget and time,” said McCall.
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