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NM Film Focus: Blockbuster Support for NM Film & Media

NM Film Focus: Blockbuster Support for NM Film & Media
ABQ Studios Lot, pre-FBANM event. Image courtesy of Christa Valdez.

Members of the film community, including representatives from the local film union, various city film organizations, the New Mexico Film Office and area studio heads came out in force to network.

BY CHRISTA VALDEZ

What brings out droves of people on a rainy weeknight in Albuquerque? Our movie biz.

New Mexico film industry friends, faithful and hopefuls gathered at Albuquerque Studios for a mixer hosted by the all-new Film Business Alliance of New Mexico (FBANM). On the studio lots where “Breaking Bad” and lots of other major productions have filmed in recent years, business owners, film workers and industry advocates met with the common goal of fostering industry communications and opportunities throughout the state.

New Mexico boasts an ever-expanding infrastructure of businesses that service multiplatform productions. The combined efforts of thousands of locals end up on screens, both big and small, throughout the world. These jobs are made possible by many of the individuals who attended the FBANM event.

Matt Rauchberg

Matt Rauchberg, Albuquerque Studios’ senior VP of business development. Image courtesy of Christa Valdez.

Members of the film community, including representatives from the local film union, various city film organizations, the New Mexico Film Office and area studio heads came out in force to network.

Where the sets of “Better Call Saul,” “Preacher” and “Night Shift” recently stood, Matt Rauchberg, Albuquerque Studios’ senior VP of business development, introduced FBANM-specific initiatives. Rauchberg also welcomed state representatives to take the podium. Each echoed a sentiment of support for collective efforts across all manner of film-related work, services and businesses.

Nate Gentry, a state representative and House majority leader, cited an estimated 10 percent increase in industry revenues, “year after year”, as just one benefit of the New Mexico film business.

Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas also touted the major economic impact of the industry, as well as the importance of government efforts to continue that growth.

During the 2013 Legislative session, Maestas introduced what is now historic legislation — a union initiative, dubbed the “Breaking Bad” bill — that called for a 5% increase in incentives for TV series production. The bill has since become the most successful job creation bill in New Mexico this century.

State Representative and House Majority Leader, Nate Gentry

State Representative and House Majority Leader, Nate Gentry. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

State Sen. Lisa Torraco also rallied the crowd of industry supporters. Earlier in the day, Torraco publicly vowed to continue championing the same film-friendly legislation that she introduced in this year’s session. The legislation aims to expand the existing production incentives that benefit full-service post-production distribution services; the hope is to encourage companies to relocate, and eventually stay, in New Mexico.

Based on the many film-related organizations that are coming together more often in this vein, the most self-evident truth of the business of doing business with the New Mexico film industry is that our voices and votes matter if we are to sustain the state’s most thriving, and versatile, economic sector.

To find out more about FBANM, visit fbanm.com.

New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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