Web series are becoming serious business in our state
With the massive influx of big studio pictures and television shows making their home in New Mexico, our local crew, talent and filmmakers are rapidly raising their level of experience and are able to create original, homegrown content at a breakneck pace.
The reigning champion of New Mexico’s YouTube scene is undoubtedly the irreverent Master Ken, aka filmmaker Matt Page, who teaches the fictional mixed martial art Ameri-Do-Te in the web series “Enter the Dojo.”
Filmed in Albuquerque, Matt Page and his team have been viewed millions of times all over the world.
Albuquerque’s own political satire series “New Mexico Inquisition” is rapidly growing in popularity as the general public seems hungry for an inclusive and humorous look into the politics that affect our communities on a local level.
Another satirical series that lifts the veil on the local performing arts scene is “Thank You, 5.” The Albuquerque web comedy is rife with local performers and filmmakers getting to the top of their game.
Gone are the days of Albuquerque being most famous for occasional features on COPS, or the infamy of horrid area news stories going national.
Local media makers are raising the bar on what our great state is globally recognized for. Beyond “Breaking Bad,” and even “Wolverine,” productions made by hometown heroes are becoming the new normal.
Beyond the value of high volume views is the growing recognition from the international film community.
Independent New Mexico productions are no strangers to world-renowned film festivals, where many area creations are likely more well-known to an international audience than to those right here at home.
Locally-made short film, “Secondhand Sunset,” filmed entirely in Bosque Farms, is joining the ranks of the many New Mexico films that have screened at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival. The movie, created by Mixed Minds Productions for the 2016 Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project, will be seen at the prestigious event this year.
A quick and easy way to amplify New Mexico’s greatness is to support a local movie team.
It’s an investment in the future of New Mexico to take the time to seek out local creatives and lend them an ounce of support – from viewing and sharing their work, to pitching in on productions. The foundation has been laid by hardworking filmmakers all over the state. Let’s get on board with supporting our own.