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N.M. Film Focus: Conference Season Begins

N.M. Film Focus: Conference Season Begins

Check Out the Events Coming to New Mexico

BY CHRISTA VALDEZ

From every conceivable craft or service up to the stratosphere, New Mexico Film has a place for everyone. The most-asked question surrounding the ever-expanding industry is often how to get started, or even how best to take a peek behind the proverbial curtain.

The annual New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference on Nov. 11 and 12 at Isleta Resort and Casino is two days full of information and events covering everything from how to get to work on a local film crew to New Mexico’s place in emerging media.

This year’s conference boasts industry panel discussions and the debut of a digital media playground showcasing the latest in interactive and virtual reality technology.

An added bonus for New Mexico film fans is the rumors regarding which major television and film stars may make appearances.

Previous conferences have seen “Better Call Saul” star Patrick Fabian, “Longmire” star Bailey Chase and “Graves” series director Bob Balaban, as well as the first unofficial public announcement from “Longmire” producers that the show was picked up for its current season.

Visit nmfilm.com to see the full schedule of events and get signed-up.

Film enthusiasts who prefer to fly above the radar are invited to the 2016 Spaceport America Drone Summit Nov. 11 through 13, just south of Truth or Consequences.

The first purpose-built commercial spaceport will host the summit, which features workshops from AMA Government Relations Director Chad Budreau, Flytcam Motion Pictures Co-Founder Luke T. Davis and Sky Eye Network founder Damon Darnall.

Sponsored by New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back and the Spaceport America crew, events at the Gateway to Space Village at Spaceport America will include drone races and a cinematography challenge by the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. The contests are offering up thousands of dollars in prize money, and each event is open to spectators.

The summit promises to provide a window into the future of New Mexico filmmaking from the skies. To sign up for events and get in on early bird registration visit spaceportamericadronesummit.com.

 

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

 

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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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