Thursday, April 8, 2010

NMFO / NM Filmmakers Program / Milagro - APRIL

A few more pieces of great news from the New Mexico Film Office:

Dear NM Filmmakers and Supporters,

I hope this finds you well!  I'm pleased to announce another exciting month of opportunities available to New Mexicans in April.  For those who have been waiting to hear about our WRITING WORKSHOP being conducted by "Milagro at Los Luceros" and the NM Filmmakers Program in May, see below.  Also noted are reminders about Monday's deadline for our AUDITION/ACTING WORKSHOPS, as well as the TOWN HALL MEETING taking place in Albuquerque on behalf of the Governor's Council on Film & Media Industries this Saturday:


- Milagro Audition Workshops:  This coming Monday, April 12th is the deadline for aspiring actors around the state to apply for the Milagro Audition Workshops we'll be conducting in Gallup, Las Cruces, Roswell, Albuquerque and Espanola later this month.  No acting or auditioning experience needed - please pass the word to your friends around the state!  See more details and the application info at  


- Milagro Writing Workshop:  Below is a new announcement with all the details about the upcoming Milagro Writing Workshop we'll be conducting on May 1st.  The workshop is free and open to all New Mexican residents. Fifteen (15) participants will be chosen and the workshop will be held at the historic Los Luceros property in Alcalde, NM.  Those selected will receive location/time and details by April 24th.  Your typewritten application must be received no later than April 17, 2010, for consideration. See below for more details and again, find the application info on our homepage:


- Governor's Film Council Town Hall: A reminder that the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries will be conducting their third Town Hall meeting this Saturday in Albuquerque, April 10th.  Details are listed under the Writing Workshop announcement below.


We hope to see many New Mexicans take advantage of these free opportunities and attend the town hall if you're interested in discussing the state's film industry with NMFO Director Lisa Strout and the many talented men and women of the Governor's Council.  Feel free to contact me or Rochelle Bussey with questions on any of these events ( or  I'll be heading to the NALIP National Filmmakers Conference in Los Angeles tomorrow to represent the New Mexico Film Office, and I look forward to seeing those of you who'll also be in attendance!  To keep updated every week on NM Film Office events, visit us on the web (Facebook: "FilmNewMexico", Twitter and or listen to us on the radio ("NM Film Works!" radio program broadcasts every Saturday at 11:00am on KTRC 1260 AM and Sundays at 12 noon on KABQ 1350AM in Albuquerque).


Be well,

Trish Lopez


nm filmmakers

Trish Lopez

NM Filmmakers Program Director

NM Film Office

418 Montezuma Ave.

Santa Fe, NM  87501

(505) 476-5611 | |



News Release

April 7, 2010



MILAGRO AT LOS LUCEROS Announces Workshop with Acclaimed Writer-Director Joan Tewkesbury



SANTA FE, NM- Milagro at Los Luceros, in collaboration with the NM Filmmakers Program, will host its first writing workshop—"Designed Obstacles"-- May 1, 2010.  New Mexico writers are invited to apply for the opportunity to work with award-winning writer/director Joan Tewkesbury in the one-day workshop. Designed to unhinge caution and disrupt writers' established patterns, the workshop guides participants' development of story through spontaneous written response to various situations, complications and possibilities.


In order to access character and story, Tewkesbury asks writers to put aside logic and judgment as she leads them through seemingly random assignments. She also challenges their translation of word to image and their ability to make something from nothing.


"Basically, it's a scavenger hunt for the imagination," said Tewkesbury.


The workshop is free and open to New Mexico residents only. Fifteen (15) participants will be chosen for the workshop to be held at the historic Los Luceros property in Alcalde, NM. Those selected will receive location/time details.


Application instructions can be found on the New Mexico Film office website:


Your typewritten application must be received no later than April 17, 2010, for consideration.  Those selected will be contacted via phone by April 24, 2010.

Please send applications to:


Designed Obstacles Workshop

c/o New Mexico Film Office  
418 Montezuma Avenue

Santa Fe, NM   87501


JOAN TEWKESBURY, Writer/Director 


Critically acclaimed writer/director Joan Tewkesbury has amassed an impressive list of credits in both television and feature films throughout her distinguished career. Beginning as an Ostrich in Jerome Robbins' PETER PAN, she became a choreographer, a script supervisor for Robert Altman's MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER, then a writer of feature films and a director. She has also written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television projects.


She wrote (for director Robert Altman) the feature film THIEVES LIKE US, which starred Keith Carradine, Tom Skerritt and Shelly Duval. The following year, she scripted Altman's classic "mosaic of American life," NASHVILLE, starring a highly diverse cast, including Carradine, Lily Tomlin, Scott Glenn, Geraldine Chaplin and Henry Gibson to name a few. The lauded NASHVILLE provided Tewkesbury the opportunity to direct her first feature film, OLD BOYFRIENDS, presented at Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The cast included John Belushi, Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, Keith Carradine, John Houseman and Buck Henry.


For television, Tewkesbury wrote and directed THE TENTH MONTH for Carol Burnett and the award winning ACORN PEOPLE. She directed Lifetimes' poignant movie-of-the-week SUDIE AND SIMPSON with Louis Gossett Jr., Sara Gilbert and Frances Fisher; and wrote and directed TNT's telefilm adaptation of COLD SASSY TREE, starring Faye Dunaway, Richard Widmark and Neil Patrick Harris. In addition Tewkesbury wrote, co-produced and directed CBS's ELYSIAN FIELDS; wrote and directed HBO's WINDOWS, a short erotic film with Tim Hutton; directed the NBC telefilm WILD TEXAS WIND with Dolly Parton and Gary Busey; directed the Disney Channel's ON PROMISED LAND written by Ken Sagos and starring Joan Plowright; and co-wrote and directed SCATTERING DAD, starring Olympia Dukakis and Andy Griffith, a movie-of-the-week for CBS. She continues to direct episodic television and was consulting producer and director for the CBS series, THE GUARDIAN.


Most recently she wrote, co-choreographed and directed DANCE CARD for the Oregon Ballet theater; wrote and directed JAMMED, a play for Frances Fisher presented at the Edinburgh Festival; and is one of the artistic directors of UNDERCONSTRUCTION: NEW WORKS IN PROGRESS for the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, N.M. She has been a recurring advisor at the Sundance Film Lab as both a writer and a director as well as a teacher at USC, UCLA, the American Film Institute, Art Center, Chapel Hill and Bard College.


Her work has been honored by the Writers Guild, Humanitas, Golden Globes, the British Academy Awards, Cable Ace for directing, and the LA Critics award for best original screenplay.


Questions or comments concerning Milagro at Los Luceros should be sent to




For Immediate Release                                                                 Contact: Rochelle Bussey

April 7, 2010                                                                                                   505-476-5604

Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries Announces Town Hall Meeting in Albuquerque

SANTA FE – The Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries will host a town hall meeting to gather input on the future of the state's burgeoning film and media industries.  The event is FREE and open to the public and will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 10th at CNM Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque.

The Town Hall will focus on three areas: Future of the Film Industry, Education/High Schools and Post-Production/Digital Media. The schedule includes a listening session, three break-out strategy sessions and a final wrap-up session.   "This is an opportunity for the Council to get direct input from the public so that we can help update Governor Richardson's plan of action." said Chairman Michael Kaye. 

Pre-registration is suggested, as space is limited. To pre-register, visit:

 Schedule is as follows:

9:30 am           (Check-in)

10:00 am         General/listening session

12:00 pm         Break for Lunch

1:30 pm           Breakout sessions:

                  ●Post-Production/Digital Media

                  ●Education/High school

                  ●Future of the film industry

3:00 pm           Wrap-up/Closing Session

CNM Workforce Training Center is located at:

5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE

Albuquerque, NM  87113

Phone: 505-224-5220


For more information on the Town Hall event, please contact Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries Executive Director, Rochelle Bussey at or call 505-476-5604

The Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries was created in 2003.  Its mission is to explore new methods to nurture filmmaking, digital and interactive media in New Mexico; serves as an advisory resource for the Governor and the New Mexico State Film Office; provides a network of working professionals to assist emerging filmmakers and interactive media artists; and acts as ambassadors to promote a positive image of film and the economic and cultural contributions of filmmaking and digital media in New Mexico.





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