Reel World: Ballooning Documentary, Film & Media Day At The Legislature And A Short Opportunity

It’s A Gas

Devin D. O'Leary
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The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum is presenting a free public screening of the documentary Two Eagles this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NE). The film relates the story of two experieced gas balloonists—one from Albuquerque, one from Moscow—who launched their bid in 2015 to get into the record books. Filmmakers follow the pair as they attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean by balloon. A light dessert reception will begin at 6pm at KiMo, followed by opening remarks and presentations. The film will screen at 7pm. Admission is free, but a $5 suggested donation is encouraged and will benefit the science and education programs at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. To reserve seating in advance, go to

Reel World: Roundhouse Kick-Off Roundhouse Kick-Off

New Mexico Film & Media Day returns to the State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 8. Members of local unions (IATSE, SAG-AFTRA) are calling for a Film Industry Professionals Rally at the Roundhouse that morning. The goal is to expose our state legislators to the many people who work in the film industry and to show just how large an economic impact it has on our state (nearly $290 million last year alone). At 8:30am the mayor of Santa Fe will welcome participants at the Inn and Spa at Loretto’s Tesuque Ballroom (211 Old Santa Fe Trail). At 9am the vendor information tables inside the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse will open, exposing visitors to the many local film-based companies. The “Breaking Bad” RV tour bus will be parked outside all day for photos. From noon to 1pm, the New Mexico Federation of Labor will present its “Moral Mondays” rally on the east side of the Rotunda. At 12:30pm there will be a press conference with Patrick Fabian, one of the stars of the AMC series “Better Call Saul.” From 1 to 4pm there will be a casting session outside the Rotunda featuring several local casting agencies. Participants can sign up inside at the casting table and have their pictures taken in the Shoot Santa Fe RV. There will be an Industry Professional Mixer at the Inn at Loretto from 1:30 to 2pm, allowing various crew members, actors and behind-the-scenes talent to get together and network. The Mitchell & Presley Talent Group will host a panel discussion on acting with “special guest industry professionals” from 2 to 5pm at the Inn at Loretto. Invited guests include casting director JoEdna Boldin, actor Vic Browder, actor/director/producer Lora Martinez-Cunningham, actor Esodie Geiger and line producer Alton Walpole. For more into look for New Mexico Film & Media Day on Facebook.

Reel World: Televised Shorts Televised Shorts

The New Mexico-based “boutique” media content provider Turquoise Trail Releasing is currently looking for short films (under 40 minutes) from New Mexico filmmakers. Turquoise Trail Releasing founder Kenneth Segura Knoll has secured an agreement with the cable/satellite channel ShortsHD—the global television home to high-quality short films—and expects to package some of the best New Mexico films for broadcast. To submit their work, filmmakers are asked to email an online link to the film along with contact info to A representative from the company will contact filmmakers with further information.
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