Your Chance to Show Off
Gov. Richardson sent out his annual call for entries to the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase. The 2009 showcase is a series of free public screenings designed to expose and celebrate the work of New Mexico filmmakers. This four-day event offers local writers and directors a chance to have their short or feature-length film shown publicly on the big screen at Guild Cinema in Albuquerque. Screenings will be free to the public, and there is no entry fee to submit. Narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films are welcome. The Guild will accept a total of 30 hours of films on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 3. Entry forms are available at the Guild Cinema box office (3405 Central NE) or online at nmfilm.com. The showcase will take place May 14 through 17. If you’re a filmmaker looking to get some exposure, here’s your chance. Get on it!
Filming for TV
Hollywood features seem to be backing off their once-rampant filming schedule here in New Mexico. The Denzel Washington-led postapocalyptic action film The Book of Eli is still employing locations all over the state, and a new version of The Killer Inside Me directed by Michael Winterbottom will shoot a few days in Santa Fe this month. Aside from that, there don’t appear to be many big films on the horizon. Television, on the other hand, is continuing to take advantage of the state. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” recently wrapped up its latest season in Albuquerque and USA’s “In Plain Sight” is still in front of cameras. Just last week, it was announced that “Crash” on Starz will start shooting its second season in Albuquerque starting in May. Word also leaked that the new Sci Fi Channel series “Stargate Universe” (starring Robert Carlyle) will film in White Sands National Monument outside Alamogordo. Reports on “Stargate Universe” were a bit confusing. Some said the space-spanning series would shoot “part” of one episode in New Mexico. Others said the series would be here upward of three months. If that’s true, it’s not a very cost-effective way to shoot “part” of one TV episode. I’m guessing the three-month window is just an estimate of when the production might drift through the state. The show’s as-yet-unaired first season has been shooting since February, primarily in Vancouver.