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NM Film Focus: Ready To Roll?

NM Film Focus: Ready To Roll?

The Latest News On New Mexico's Spring Shooting Schedule Is Good And Plentiful.

In addition to the return of Albuquerque’s beloved NBC series “The Night Shift,” the second season of the Epix series “Graves,” and the farewell season of Netflix’s “Longmire,” locals can expect to see no less than EIGHT new television pilots and freshman series filming throughout the state over the next several months.

While production on New Mexico’s second Epix series, “Get Shorty” is already underway in Albuquerque, a new sci-fi drama for CBS, and “The Girlfriend Experience” a drama for the Starz network are also heading to the Duke City.

Two comic-book-based series are headed our way from both superhero genre giants DC Comics and Marvel. DC’s contemporary crime drama “Scalped,” based on the comics of the same name, is expected to begin filming in southern New Mexico for WGN; and the longanticipated Marvel series “X-Men Hellfire,” for Fox, is also due to begin filming this spring.

Santa Fe can expect to see the return of TNT’s “Monsters of God,” which filmed its pilot just outside of the capital city this past fall. Rumor has it that a new series for Spike TV is also headed to the city different – “Waco” is set to star Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon and Ludacris.

A horror pilot and a sci-fi series for two cable networks are also on the horizon for the state. In addition to this stacked, serial shooting schedule three feature films are also on the roster for springtime in New Mexico.

Reminder: To get in on some of this epic filming goodness do yourself the favor of attending the annual Film & Media Day at the state legislature on Monday, Feb. 13 in Santa Fe.

The day’s events include rows and rows of New Mexico film businesses and organizations who can help you or your New Mexico business connect and get to work with the buzzing state film industry.

The sheer volume and wide array of employees and services required to complete a production is truly staggering and to most people looking to be considered to fill those positions, quite daunting. Fear no more, film industry enthusiasts – visit with industry professionals, and local and internationally known talent at Film & Media Day 2017.

Casting hopefuls are invited to step up to the camera for a statewide casting call where photos and information will be taken and submitted to New Mexico casting directors.

As part of the multi-production call, the first 300 people who arrive dressed in Western attire will receive a limited edition “Last Round-up” T-shirt commemorating the sixth and final season of “Longmire” casting.

In addition to access to vendors, resources, industry expert panels and special guests, including actor Chris Browning (The Book of Eli, Terminator Salvation, West World), there will be a celebratory screening of the four-time Oscar nominated New Mexico film “Hell or High Water.”

For more information and real-time updates on all events visit, facebook.com/NMFilmMediaEvents

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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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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.