Mary Pickford in The Pueblo Legend (D.W. Griffith, 1912)The New Mexico Film Industry Documentary could use a little help!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Support the NM Film Industry Doc!
From Brent Morris...
Dear Colleagues, Film Friends, Film Makers, Workers and Interested Parties,
Myself and others in the New Mexico film industry are working hard, and largely for free, to put together a compelling documentary that will demonstrate to others what we already know --
That New Mexico has developed a film, television and media industry worth keeping.
I am fortunate to have been employed for over twenty years in the entertainment industry. I don't like asking for handouts or charity. I like to pay people for their work. However, I feel at this time it's imperative we complete this film and thus I'm sending this email to you.
We have launched a fundraiser on Kickstarter to raise $5,000. As of today, we're at $1,750. If the balance isn't raised by December 5th, we forego all funds pledged so far.
These funds will be put to good use, covering expenses such as fuel and meals as we travel the state, hard drives and media for acquisition on High Def cameras, licensing clips and still photos, music, post production, and other essential ingredients to making a professional quality film.
A little background ---
Since Thomas Edison's company filmed "Indian Day School" in 1897, motion pictures have been shot in New Mexico. The geography and landscape, coupled with famed light, attracted and inspired filmmakers for generations. It used to be a place you went to shoot Westerns.
That's changed. Progressive film production tax credits and no-interest loan programs were enacted. Hollywood took quick notice, productions flocked to the Land of Enchantment. Economic impact grew from $36 million in 2004 to over $800 million in 2009. Today the industry employs over 3,000 people directly and many more indirectly. Production dollars from outside the state trickle through our economy and multiply as they're spent on supplies, hotel rooms and equipment -- not to mention homes, cars and college tuitions. The industry has also created more opportunity for independent filmmakers and young people to realize a career in a creative environment.
Now, in the current political and economic climate, the incentives that fueled this boom are under increasing scrutiny. Some lawmakers feel they should be capped or done away with entirely. By documenting the current state of the industry in New Mexico we want to put a human face on a political controversy and show what these incentives have reaped here.
A sample of what we have obtained so far --
Interviews with Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"), Virginia Madsen ("Scoundrels"), Wes Studi ("Avatar"); producers Alton Walpole ("Book of Eli"), Stewart Lyons ("Breaking Bad") and Kenneth Topalsky ("Scoundrels"); director Lawrence Blume ("Tiger Eyes"), film office director Lisa Strout, historian John Armijo, writer/director Mark Medoff ("Children of a Lesser God"), director George Burdeau ("The Native Americans")… and we are just getting started.
We are profiling film workers, students and media educators from Santa Fe to Las Cruces, post production companies, performers and indies, while showcasing some of the most spectacular locations on the planet.
We aim to complete our project by January's legislative session where we will present our film to those who will decide the future of our film programs.
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION.
YOUR TEN DOLLAR PLEDGE BUYS A DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM.
A TWENTY DOLLAR PLEDGE BUYS A DVD.
Also click here Facebook to sign up as a friend on our fan page New Mexico Film Industry Documentary to spread the word. We are posting clips and trailers there all the time.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration -- and please feel free to forward to anyone you think might find this of interest.