Sunday, February 21, 2010

Santa Fe Studios Move Forward

updated 9 minutes ago

The state has approved a property sale for Santa Fe Studios to begin construction.

The New Mexico State Board of Finance has given the go-ahead for Santa Fe County to sell economic development property on NM 14 to the studio's developers.

With the sale complete, construction is now expected to begin in April...

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CSF's Garson Studios Officially Names Director

From PR Newswire:

College of Santa Fe's Garson Studios Names New Director

Paula Amanda continues tradition of serving film industry on college campus

SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Santa Fe has named Paula Amanda director of Garson Studios, a 65,000-square-foot soundstage facility on the college campus. Garson Studios serves the film industry in northern New Mexico and Santa Fe, and is the only professional movie studio on a U.S. college campus.

Since 2006, Amanda has been responsible for the daily operation and security of the Garson Studios soundstages during production, and she has stage-managed multiple features, including "Legion," North Country," "Brothers" and "The Sunset Limited." Amanda is also the president and founder of the New West Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that integrates documentary film with the educational system. She has worked in the film industry as a location scout, production coordinator and producer.

"Garson has been serving the film industry for more than 20 years," said Amanda. "We are well known in the film-making community. The films 'No Country for Old Men,' 'The Missing,' 'City Slickers' and 'All the Pretty Horses,' as well as made-for-television broadcasts and commercials, were filmed at Garson."

Garson Studios ( was funded in 1989 by film legend Greer Garson to answer the growing demand for state-of-the-art working soundstages in New Mexico. The studio includes a 3,000-square-foot production space, a 14,000-square-foot stage A and a 7,000-square-foot stage B. Facilities also include an additional 3,000-square-foot production studio. Student interns from the College of Santa Fe's Moving Images Arts department assist on film projects at the studios...

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Santa Fe Complex in the News

Nice write-up on the Santa Fe Complex in the Santa Fe New Mexican the other day:

...The Santa Fe Complex, a group of challenge-solving junkies who specialize in wickedly complex problems, is going to help the Department of Defense figure out these battlefield replacement-part questions.

Fred Seibel, who was selected this week as the new executive director of the complex, said the project is for the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, a Department of Defense division. "They're looking for ways to optimize distribution of materials to units in the field," Seibel said.


The contract signals the potential for more paying contracts to support the complex. Thus far, the group consists of a paid office manager and executive director in a rented building on Agua Fría Street in Santa Fe, with a bunch of consultants who are paid on contract. The group's board and problem solvers include scientists, artists and technology geeks. Their rent and a little more has been covered since the group formed in 2008 by the city of Santa Fe's Economic Development Department.

Santa Fe Complex scientists, artists and technology consultants have helped model escape routes for Santa Fe County residents in case of wildlife and helped the San Francisco Department of Public Health track troubled youth within the city's social services network.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Santa Fe in the New York Times

Nice article about Santa Fe in tomorrow's New York Times Travel section (available online now), including looks at its 400th Anniversary, the Santa Fe Art Institute, SITE Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Complex (including a quote from ARTS Lab founding Director, Ed Angel), the impact of film, and more.

Read the article at: The Art of Being Santa Fe