Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Governor and Mayor Berry Announce CBS & Hallmark Hall of Fame Will Shoot Let Them Shine in Albuquerque

From the New Mexico Film Office:

For immediate release         Media Contacts: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office 505.476.5613
June 29, 2010                                            Ellen Nesselrode Jasa, Hallmark 816.274.8099
Governor Bill Richardson & Mayor Richard Berry Announce CBS & Hallmark Hall of Fame Will Shoot
Let Them Shine in Albuquerque

SANTA FE-Governor Bill Richardson and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry today announced that Let Them Shine, a CBS and Hallmark Hall of Fame production, will shoot in the Albuquerque area through the end of July.  The production is expected to hire up to 150 New Mexico crew, as well as approximately 25 local cast members and as many as 600 local background talent.

"We are proud that CBS and Hallmark chose New Mexico for this major production," said Governor Richardson.  "The film and television industry continues to create jobs and bring significant revenue into the state even while other sectors of the economy are not."

"This is an exciting opportunity for Albuquerque," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.  "Our city really has become the world's friendliest place to make movies.  We welcome Hallmark with open arms."

Let Them Shine, based on the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody" by Stacey Bess, is a story about a young teacher who gets her first teaching job and finds it's not what she expected.  Rather than a comfortable class, she is assigned to the School with No Name, a classroom in a community homeless shelter.  As she fights her own fears and prejudices, she begins to examine the lives of the underprivileged children she teaches.  What she finds are a group of children and their parents that are all in need of hope and love.

The movie stars Emily Vancamp as Stacey Bess.  Other roles are still being cast.

Let Them Shine is directed by Jeff Bleckner, with executive producers Brent Shields and Gerald R. Molen.  It is being produced by Andrew Gottlieb with co-producer Cameron Johann and coordinating producer Shawn McClaren.  The screenplay was written by Camille Thomasson.

Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 140 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3-billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.


Alarie Ray-Garcia
Communications Director
Office of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
State Capitol, Suite 400
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501