N.M.'s packed spring and summer shooting schedule, homegrown talent scoring prestigious roles and a Santa Fe talent agency announces it will close its doors.
N.M. Film Focus: Seeing, Being Stars
BY CHRISTA VALDEZ
High Desert production
New Mexico is packed to the rafters with spring productions. The AMC series “Preacher” is filming its first full season in Albuquerque. Television pilot “Midnight Texas,” based on a supernatural fiction series, is being shot alongside the third season of the NBC medical drama “The Night Shift.”
In other parts of The Duke City, an untitled sci-fi series pilot comes to town in mid-March and El Rey network series “From Dusk Till Dawn” trades its Texas home for The Land of Enchantment.
Up north in Santa Fe, lawman Walt Longmire is ready to climb back in the saddle, and he’s not the least bit lonesome. Later this month, production commences on the fifth season of the character’s namesake series.
A brand new western series set in the 1800s is also expected to start production in Santa Fe this summer. Sci-fi is slated to return to The City Different by summer’s end, in the form of a series titled “Red Mars.” Remember, our state’s capitol city played host to Fox series “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” in 2013.
A teen drama known as “Star Girl” is projected to film in Albuquerque starting in April. The cruelest month will also boast Hugh Jackman sightings all over New Mexico. The third installment of the Wolverine franchise will be shot here from late April through the end of July.
Albuquerque proves a stellar stand-in for the Middle East in political journalism comedy “Whisky Tango Foxtrot,” starring Tina Fey and now playing in theaters nationwide.
Later in March, New Mexico will be well-disguised as an otherworldly fortress in the widely anticipated flick “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Albuquerque can also be seen playing herself in the second season of “Better Call Saul,” airing Mondays on AMC through April 18.
Lakota-Sioux actor/precedent setter/director Amber Midthunder recently made national headlines with the news that she landed a co-starring role opposite Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza in FX network series pilot “Legion.” On Oscar night, the world caught a glimpse of Bosque High School student Forrest Goodluck.
Albuquerque teen Goodluck’s role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio was literally front and center at the awards ceremony, as a clip from “The Revenant” featuring Goodluck played right before DiCaprio finally nabbed the Best Actor Oscar at the 88th annual Academy Awards.
For the better part of the last decade, three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) franchised talent agencies have called our state their home base. On April 4, 2016, just two will exist here. After years as the head of Santa Fe-based A&M Talent House talent agent, Jody Black announced the agency’s closure in late February. The remaining SAG franchised talent agencies are Mitchell & Presley Talent Group and The O’Agency.
Pro-tip: There is no such thing as a “casting agent.” The term is frequently misused, usually in an attempt to describe either the position of either a casting director or a talent agent. A casting director is hired by productions to cast talent in background or leading roles. A talent agent represents contracted clients, namely actors, in seeking out such roles and negotiating professional fees.
New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.
Author photo courtesy of Carol Skipwith Photography