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S P ECIA L I SS U E MARC H 7-9, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE | SA N TA FE | LAS C R U C E S

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Welcome To Deadline Hot Spots THE FIRST TIME I VISITED NEW MEXICO, some 30 years ago, I learned how to ski on its breathtaking, snowcapped mountains. Then I was able to enjoy a few of its bubbling hot springs. Throw in a few national monuments, some of the best food I have ever had (and I consider myself a foodie), the art, the remarkable architecture, and… well, you get the picture. That’s why they call it the Land of Enchantment. As Hollywood production starts moving across the country, we at Deadline want to be there to spotlight each new Hot Spot, shedding light on its pool of talent, as well as its unique locations and resources. When the idea of Hot Spots was born, New Mexico was a smart and easy choice for our inaugural event. In the last three years, the state has received more than $100 million of investment from the Hollywood community. At the same time, both Netflix and NBCUniversal have laid down roots in Albuquerque, setting up shop with new production hubs, with plans to remain in ABQ for the foreseeable future. Now, that’s something to put a spotlight on. If you’re still asking yourself, “Why New Mexico?” that question will undoubtedly be answered at Hot Spots, so that you can think about taking your next project to the Land of Enchantment. Following day tours of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, showcasing the cities’ studios, filming locations and memorable sites, you’ll hear from city, state and regional film commissioners, the heads of local production facilities, and financial experts, as well as a number of A-list creatives currently working in New Mexico, who will offer their perspectives on what makes the state an invaluable production hub. On behalf of the entire Deadline team, welcome to New Mexico. We look forward to an exciting and illuminating conference.

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STATE PRIDE Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham with Tom Hanks.

Welcome To New Mexico IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME YOU to the State of New Mexico, an inspiring place to visit and the best place in the United States to live if you work in the film and television industry. Many of you already know MovieMaker magazine named Albuquerque its #1 large city and Santa Fe its #3 small city for those who want to work in the industry and enjoy an unsurpassed lifestyle. Since becoming governor on January 1st, 2019, my goal has been to invest in this industry so New Mexico can rise to a world-class production destination. Our stunning locations and vistas, culturally rich national parks, tribal lands, the Rio Grande, and the urban ambience that propelled Breaking Bad for five seasons are just the beginning. Additionally, • We have an experienced, dedicated, and professional crew base and the growth of the industry is bringing many skilled workers back to New Mexico from Los Angeles and Atlanta. There are 22 training programs statewide and we have one of the best workforce training incentive programs in the country, which pays a portion of the wages for new and advancing crew members. • The Film Incentive Tax Credit rebates a portion of production spending and we now have an extra five percent credit for rural locations. • And New Mexico has in place one of the most innovative programs in the United States with our Film Partners Program, where studios and production partners who agree to a 10-year stream of work are guaranteed rebates for the lease or purchase of stage space. In 2019, 94 productions spent more than $525 million in New Mexico. Both NBCUniversal and Netflix are now film partners and have established production centers in Albuquerque, while commercial and tribal partners are eager to develop more stage space to suit customer needs. New Mexico is investing in tomorrow while delivering today. Enjoy your stay.

MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM Governor of New Mexico

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 9:00 AM

Santa Fe Valet will pick up Hotel Chaco guests and depart for Santa Fe

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast

Presented by Inn and Spa at Loretto

Welcome by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and County Manager Katherine Miller

LOCATION: Inn and Spa at Loretto | 211 Old Pecos Trail | Santa Fe| NM | 87501

11:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Santa Fe Day Tour —Depart from Inn and Spa at Loretto

Presented by Santa Fe Film Office

Tour Includes: Las Golondrinas, Bonanza Creek Western Set, Santa Fe Studios & Garson Studios

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Albuquerque Day Tours

Presented by Visit Albuquerque

OPTION 1: Hot Air Ballooning & Yoga

OPTION 2: Los Poblanos Lavender Talk, Distillation Demonstration & Sachet Making

OPTION 3: Tour of Iconic Albuquerque Filming Locations

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Opening Cocktail Reception —Hotel Chaco, Level 5

Presented by Alessi Hartigan Casting

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibitor Marketplace —Open All Day, Hotel Chaco Lobby

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast —Hotel Chaco, Level 5 9:00 AM - 9:07 AM

Welcome to Deadline Hot Spots New Mexico —Hotel Chaco, Harvest Room

SPEAKERS:

STACEY FARISH GIL ROBERTSON

9:07 AM - 9:10 AM

Intro of Albuquerque Mayor by Synthia Jaramillo

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome to Albuquerque by Mayor Tim Keller

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 9:18 AM - 9:33 AM

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New Mexico Film Office: Why New Mexico?

Presented by New Mexico Film Office

A State Overview of Tax Incentives, Rural Incentives, Education & Training Programs, etc.

SPEAKERS:

9:36 AM - 9:51 AM

ALICIA J. KEYES Cabinet Secretary of Economic Development, State of New Mexico CARRIE WELLS Deputy Director, New Mexico Film Office

Diversity & Inclusion in New Mexico

Presented by AAFCA

Moderated by Gil Robertson

SPEAKERS:

LIZ PECOS President of IATSE Local 480 ROCHELLE BUSSEY Senior Manager of Operations & Workforce Development Programs, New Mexico Film Office RAMONA EMERSON Independent filmmaker & the owner of Reel Indian Pictures production company JONATHAN SIMS 10-year veteran independent filmmaker and the owner of No Reservations JASON ASENAP Albuquerque-based journalist/filmmaker, Film Arts Library at University of New Mexico

9:53 AM-10:08 AM

Albuquerque: The Production Hub of New Mexico

Presented by One Albuquerque Film Office

SPEAKER:

AMBER DODSON Film Liaison, City of Albuquerque

10:11 AM – 10:26 PM

On Location—Part 1: Albuquerque

SPEAKERS:

KIMBERLY ANN HARRISON EP, Deputy—Fox JOHN MANKIEWICZ EP, Interrogation—CBS All Access ERNEST DICKERSON EP, Interrogation—CBS All Access RHEA SEEHORN Actor, Better Call Saul—AMC PATRICK FABIAN Actor, Better Call Saul—AMC RJ MITTE Actor, Breaking Bad—AMC CALUM WORTHY Actor, Corporate Animals

10:26 AM – 10:46 AM Break Please Visit Exhibitor Marketplace & Fireside Chats in Hotel Chaco Lobby 10:49 PM - 11:04 AM

Santa Fe Film Office: Introduction to Santa Fe

Presented by Santa Fe Film Office

SPEAKERS:

JENNIFER LABAR-TAPIA Film Liaison, Santa Fe Film Office DAVID MANZANARES Producer/Location Supervisor

11:07 AM – 11:22 AM

On Location—Part 2: Santa Fe

SPEAKERS:

K.K. JAG Director of Finance, Warner Bros. Horizon Studios JEANINE MASON Actor, Roswell, New Mexico—The CW HEATHER HEMMENS Actor, Roswell, New Mexico—The CW ERIC WITT Line Producer, The Biggest Loser—USA Network

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 11:25 AM – 11:40 AM

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New Mexico: World-Class Crew Base, Largest Between The Coasts

SPEAKERS:

LIZ PECOS President, IATSE Local 480 LINDA MOREL Producer, Briarpatch—NBCUniversal KEITH RASKIN Producer, Briarpatch—NBC Universal PAULA DAL SANTO Production Designer, Better Call Saul—AMC CASSIDY ZACHARY Costume Supervisor & Designer, Midnight Texas—NBC STEVE BROWN Construction Coordinator

11:42 AM - 12:12 PM

Breakout Session: Alessi Hartigan Casting

SPEAKERS:

SHAYNE HARTIGAN Casting Director SANDE ALESSI Casting Director

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Netflix: A Fireside Chat

SPEAKERS:

PATTY WHITCHER VP of Physical Production, Original Film, Netflix MOMITA SENGUPTA VP of Physical Production, Original Series, Netflix

12:35 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch —Hotel Chaco, Level 5

1:50 PM - 1:53 PM

Afternoon Sessions Begin —Hotel Chaco, Harvest Room

1:53 PM – 2:03 PM

Film Las Cruces

Presented by Film Las Cruces

SPEAKER:

JON FOLEY Film Liaison, Film Las Cruces

2:06 PM - 2:21 PM

On Location—Part 3: Las Cruces

SPEAKERS:

RONNIE GENE BLEVINS Actor, Death in Texas BRANDON MENCHEN Producer, Death in Texas KEAGAN KARNES Line Producer, Walking with Herb

2:24 PM - 2:44 PM

New Mexico Film Locations—Diverse, Accessible, Fresh

SPEAKERS:

SHANI ORONA Location Manager/Scout CHRISTIAN DIAZ DE BEDOYA Location Manager DEBORAH WAKSHULL Location Manager CLAY PERES Location Manager

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

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2:44 PM – 3:04 PM

Break Please Visit Exhibitor Marketplace & Fireside Chats in Hotel Chaco Lobby

3:07 PM - 3:27 PM

Production Services and Support in New Mexico

SPEAKERS:

ANDREA VESTRAND Account Executive, Production Resource Group

JOHN SCHRIMPF Vice President of U.S. Regional Operations, Panavision

CRYSTAL MCALERNEY President, Studio Concierge

NEVADA HARMON Owner & CEO, Home Local 505

JOHONNIUS CHEMWENO CEO/Founder, VIP StarNetwork

MARSH SHAMBURGER President/Owner, AE Productions

AARON ESTRADA Creative Director/VFX Supervisor, Crafty Apes New Mexico

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Keynote Address: NBCUniversal

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SPEAKERS:

BRIAN O’LEARY Senior Vice President, Tax Counsel, NBC Universal Media

VANS STEVENSON Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs, Motion Picture Association

3:52 PM – 4:22 PM

Breakout Session: Cast & Crew: Finance & Tax Incentives

Presented by Cast & Crew

SPEAKER:

4:25 PM - 4:45 PM

DEIRDRE OWENS VP of Finance, Cast & Crew

Elevating New Mexico’s Talent—

A Conversation with Casting Directors & Talent Agents

SPEAKERS:

SHAYNE HARTIGAN

SANDE ALESSI

ANGELIQUE MIDTHUNDER

JO EDNA BOLDIN & MARIE MCMASTER

CARISSA MITCHELL

4:45 PM - 4:50 PM

Closing Remarks

SPEAKERS:

STACEY FARISH

GIL ROBERTSON

AMBER DODSON

JENNIFER LABAR-TAPIA

JON FOLEY SYNTHIA JARAMILLO

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Closing Reception —Tablao Flamenco at Hotel Albuquerque

Presented by Hotel Chaco & Hispano Chamber of Commerce

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Did you know...

New Mexico increased their annual funding cap per fiscal year* from $50M to $110M. *Beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

To learn more about our financial services and sign up for our free 2020 TIP Guide, visit:

www.castandcrew.com/financial-services/

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THE SPEAKERS What you need to know about speakers appearing at Hot Spots New Mexico GIL L. ROBERTSON IV CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT,

readership in excess of two million. As the co-founder and President

companies such as Carenet, Advanced Network Management,

of the African American Film

Netflix, NBCUniversal, Jabil and

Critics Association (AAFCA),

others have chosen to expand

Robertson leads the world’s

into Albuquerque. Synthia has led

Gil L. Robertson IV is the

premier body of Black film critics

efforts to support small business

author of Book of Black Heroes:

and produces the annual AAFCA

in Albuquerque by leading the

Political Leaders Past & Present

Awards, an important event on

implementation of programs

(Just Us Books)—a collection of

the Hollywood awards calendar.

such as Engage, Job Training

biographies on game-changing

He is also a media expert who

Albuquerque, Tipping Points, and

elected political leaders. A veteran

regularly appears on the TV talk

the Small Business Office.

journalist and bestselling author,

show circuit, where he shares

Robertson has edited three

his expertise on topical issues.

Synthia spent nearly two decades

successful anthologies: Where Did

A popular national lecturer,

at the Albuquerque Hispano

Our Love Go: Love and Relationships

Robertson speaks on issues that

Chamber of Commerce in various

the softball field, and visiting with

in the African American Community

impact professional growth strate-

roles, with her most recent role as

her older daughter when she isn’t

(2013), Family Affair: What it Means

gies and personal development.

Chief Operating Officer. Synthia

off on exciting adventures.

AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

to be African American Today (2008),

Robertson earned a B.A. degree

Prior to her role in the City,

has a background in banking and

KEYES

selected as “Pick of the Week” by

in Political Science from Cal State

is an experienced small-business

AMBER DODSON

Publisher’s Weekly, and the classic

Los Angeles and is a professional

owner, having owned a daycare.

FILM LIAISON, CITY OF

Not in My Family: AIDS in the African

member of the National Press

American Community (2006), the

Club, The National Association

leadership to the community by

latter two nominated for NAACP

of Black Journalists, The National

serving on many boards for busi-

Image Awards for Outstanding

Academy of Recording Arts &

ness and community organiza-

years of professional experience

Nonfiction. Robertson is also

Sciences, The National Academy of

tions, including on the City’s Small

in the entertainment, media and

the author of Writing as a Tool of

Television Arts and Sciences and

Business Regulatory Advisory

tech industries, both in the private

Empowerment (2003), a resource

the MPAA.

Commission and City Alive.

and public sectors. Appointed

book for aspiring journalists, and is

SYNTHIA R. JARAMILLO

Synthia lends her expertise and

Synthia was raised in

ALBUQUERQUE Amber Dodson has over 20

as Film Liaison by the City of

Albuquerque, New Mexico and

Albuquerque’s Mayor Tim Keller,

graduated from Rio Grande

Amber has been leading the

DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC

High School. She continued her

Albuquerque Film Office over the

in entertainment journalism,

DEVELOPMENT, CITY

academic pursuits by attending

past year’s explosive, record-

Robertson has authored over 50

OF ALBUQUERQUE

Central New Mexico Community

breaking growth in film and

College, completing training at

television production.

a regular contributor to The African American Almanac (Gale Press). During his 20-plus years

national magazine covers. His byline has appeared regularly in

Synthia Jaramillo is the Director

the University of Notre Dame,

During her tenure, Albuquerque

a list of publications that includes

of Economic Development for the

Mendoza College, the Stanford

was again ranked #1 as the

the LA Times, the Atlanta Journal-

City of Albuquerque. Synthia is the

Graduate School of Business Latino

“Best Place to Live and Work as

Constitution, Billboard, Fortune,

first woman to lead the Economic

Entrepreneurship Scaling Program,

a MovieMaker” by MovieMaker

Essence and Ebony magazines.

Development Department and is

and Loyola Marymount University.

magazine, and was chosen by

He is the founder and editor of

focused on developing the local

the nationally syndicated Arts &

economy of Albuquerque by

Synthia finds joy and respite

gural “Hot Spot” of 2020. Prior to

Lifestyle column, The Robertson

supporting small businesses and

in spending time with her two

being Film Liaison, Amber worked

Treatment. Approaching its 20th

empowering the community.

daughters, cheering for her young-

in the Hollywood film industry in

est daughter from the stands at

both development and production,

year, the column boasts a national

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ROBERTSON

JARAMILLO

DODSON

St. Pius X High School, he attended

film and television and secured

Notre Dame where he studied Art

private equity investors to finance

History. He then went on to earn an

these productions.

MBA with honors from the Harvard

WELLS

PECOS

KELLER

Keyes was selected by Mayor

Business School. In his personal

Tim Keller as Director of the

time, Keller lives in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Film Office in 2018

with his wife Liz and their two

where she led the effort to help

young children, Jack and Maya.

Netflix open a production hub in

ALICIA J. KEYES

the state. Keyes has served as Cabinet

CABINET SECRETARY OF

Secretary under Gov. Michelle

business development for Silicon

District from 2015 to 2017, and

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,

Lujan Grisham since January 2019

Valley tech start-ups, and market-

currently serves as Mayor of

STATE OF NEW MEXICO

and has worked with the governor

ing and advertising for a Fortune

Albuquerque.

500 media company. Amber serves

As Mayor of Albuquerque,

to expand the Film Incentive Alicia J. Keyes is Cabinet

Tax Credit, boost workforce

on the New Mexico Governor’s

Tim is committed to fulfilling

Secretary for the New Mexico

training, and improve industry

Council on Film and Media

Albuquerque’s potential. His

Economic Development

outreach. She also worked closely

Industries and is passionate about

vision for economic development

Department, which oversees film

with NBCUniversal to open an

New Mexico being the disruptive

focuses on supporting business

and television. She grew up in

Albuquerque studio.

leader in cultivating a more diverse,

development of all types from

Albuquerque and earned a degree

sustainable and inclusive film, TV

small business to international

from Claremont McKenna College.

and digital media ecosystem.

business, supporting workforce

Keyes started a career in the

Amber received her B.A. in

CARRIE WELLS DEPUTY DIRECTOR,

development, building on

film industry working for Joel

History from The Colorado College

Albuquerque’s tourism and

Fields and Len Hill in television

and when not at work, can be

creative economies, and boosting

movies. She then joined The Walt

found enjoying everything New

Albuquerque’s thriving film and

Disney Company and eventually

Albuquerque Film Office, a

Mexico has to offer, including

digital media industry. Under

oversaw the international acquisi-

Division of the City of Albuquerque

skiing, snowboarding, hiking, taking

the leadership of Mayor Keller,

tions and co-productions depart-

Economic Development, for 14

photos of endlessly gorgeous skies,

Albuquerque has welcomed

ment, buying distribution rights

years before transitioning to the

and adventuring with her two kids.

Netflix, NBCUniversal and other

for select and all international

State of New Mexico Economic

film and TV industry support

rights for films under Buena Vista

Development Department earlier

companies like Production

International and domestic rights

this year. It was predominantly an

Resource Group. For the second

under the Buena Vista Motion

office of two, so she did everything

year in a row, Albuquerque is the

Pictures Banner (Touchstone,

from managing social media

#1 “Best Place to Live and Work as

Hollywood/Disney).

to developing the permitting

TIM KELLER MAYOR OF ALBUQUERQUE After a successful business career, Tim Keller refocused his

a MovieMaker,” according

Keyes returned to New Mexico

NEW MEXICO FILM OFFICE Carrie Wells worked in the

process, filming guidelines and

professional life toward a duty of

to MovieMaker Magazine.

in 2008 to raise her children and

office process and procedure. She

public service. Tim held the posi-

Tim Keller was born and raised in

be with her family. Keyes also

has received awards for service

tion of New Mexico State Auditor

Albuquerque and is an Eagle Scout

started her own company, where

from Mayors Chavez and Berry, as

from 2009 to 2015, the position of

and Kellogg Foundation Race Equity

she developed and optioned

well as Police Chief Gordon Eden.

State Senator for the International

Fellow. Following graduation from

original and literary content for

While there, the Albuquerque

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Film Office received the Location

Agreement negotiations and the

finished his Master’s degree in

the FOX family. She began as a

Managers Guild Award for Best

New Mexican Federation of Labor

Creative Writing, with an emphasis

supervising producer on Star, co-

Film Office in the world and was

AFL-CIO Conventions. Pecos sits

on Screenwriting, and looks to pen

created by Lee Daniels, and then

mentioned as one of the reasons

on the board of the New Mexican

more features. He has been an

spent the following two seasons

Albuquerque was named one

Federation of Labor as a Vice

appointed leader within his tribe,

as a co-executive producer, writing

of the “Top Ten Places to Live

President representing IATSE

serving as Tribal Secretary for two

most of the episodes throughout

and Work as a MovieMaker” by

unions in New Mexico. She served

terms. This role is akin to a “Chief

the span of the series.

MovieMaker magazine, during

her union as a lobbyist at the 2019

of Staff” position. Acoma has a

almost all 14 years.

and 2020 New Mexico legislative

storied history in filmmaking and

as a writer and producer on 10

Carrie and her partner of 16

Prior to that, Harrison worked

sessions. Ms. Pecos has completed

Jonathan has oftentimes managed

seasons of the acclaimed series

years, Eli, are the proud parents of

the IATSE Officer Institute 1.0

film location requests for the

Criminal Minds, and as an assistant

three very good chihuahuas: Olive,

course, IATSE Secretary Treasurer

Pueblo, creating its first permitting

on Friends.

Ruby and Papi Chulo. She enjoys

Training, IATSE Leadership Training,

structure. Jonathan ultimately

camping, kayaking, traveling and

as well as the Train the Trainer

wants to continue to create

JOHN MANKIEWICZ

all other adventures life has to

course. She has been the President

community stories and eventually

CO-CREATOR/CO-SHOWRUNNER/

offer, great and small.

of Local 480 since March 2018.

direct his feature films. That goal,

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/

Previously she held the position

alongside being the best dad he

WRITER, INTERROGATION

of Vice President of Production

can be, is what drives him.

LIZ PECOS PRESIDENT OF IATSE LOCAL 480

Services on the Local 480 Executive Board, beginning in January of 2017.

Liz Pecos is President of IATSE Local 480, the film technicians’

RAMONA EMERSON

union representing below-the-line

OWNER, REEL INDIAN PICTURES

film workers for the state of New Mexico. She is also a costume

Ramona Emerson is an

John Mankiewicz is a screen

JASON ASENAP

and television writer whose

FILMMAKER & JOURNALIST

credits include Bosch, House of Cards and House. Mankiewicz

Jason Asenap is a Comanche and

began his career as a reporter

Muscogee Creek writer and direc-

and columnist for the Los Angeles

tor (and an occasional actor) based

Herald-Examiner, and has written

designer and supervisor and

independent filmmaker and the

in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He

for Rolling Stone, Esquire and

has worked on over 30 film and

owner of the Reel Indian Pictures

holds an MFA in Screenwriting

The New Yorker. In collaboration

television productions in New

production company. Her resume

from the Institute of American

with Jerry Miller, he wrote Miller’s

Mexico since 2010 in the costume

includes Sundance, plus two well-

Indian Arts. His films have screened

chapter in Anatomy of Innocence:

department. She joined Local 480

received docs that aired on PBS.

around the United States and

Testimonies of the Wrongfully

in 2012 after getting her union

Emerson is Native American and

internationally, most recently

Convicted, published by Liverwright

days working as a costume shop-

Albuquerque based.

in Canada, Finland and New

in 2017.

per for the television hit, Breaking

Zealand. In addition to film, Asenap

Bad. A New Mexico native, Pecos

JONATHAN SIMS

contributes thoughtful journalism,

ERNEST DICKERSON

returned to her home state after

OWNER, NO RESERVATIONS

writing primarily about Indigenous

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/

living on the East Coast for 10

PRODUCTION

contributions to film, art, and

DIRECTOR, INTERROGATION

years, while attending college at UMass, MA and working at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In addition to serving as chair

culture. You can find his writing in Jonathan Sims is from Acoma

High Country News, First American

Ernest Dickerson is an Emmy,

Pueblo, one of a handful of sites

Art magazine, and Indian Country

Peabody, and two-time Image

that can claim to be the oldest

Today. Asenap was born and raised

Award-winning film and television

to the Local 480 Executive Board,

continuously inhabited places in

in Oklahoma and spent significant

veteran whose signature brand

Ms. Pecos chairs several Local

North America. He is a devoted

time in North Texas. He calls the

of visual storytelling has been

480 committees, including the

father of two children and a media

southern plains and the high desert

entertaining movie and TV fans for

Governance Committee and the

maker. A journalism graduate

of New Mexico home and it heavily

more than 30 years. Dickerson’s

Justice & Reconciliation Committee,

from New Mexico State University,

influences his aesthetic.

extensive work on the silver

which aims to create policy and

he did one year of news and has

education opportunities for mem-

been a freelance media maker

bers and union staff in harassment

for over 12 years. His work has

KIMBERLY ANN HARRISON

prevention. She has represented

taken him around the country

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/

Local 480 as a delegate at the

and the world. Jonathan has been

SHOWRUNNER, DEPUTY

IATSE Quadrennial Convention,

part of major motion picture sets

IATSE General Executive Board

and one-man-band international

meetings, IATSE Area Standard

travelogues. Most recently he has

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screen and on television has successfully solidified him as one of Hollywood’s top creative talents. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson earned his undergraduate degree from Howard

Kimberly Ann Harrison is celebrating her fourth season in

University, after which he attended New York University’s Tisch School

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of the Arts. There Dickerson met

RHEA SEEHORN

will next be seen starring

filmmaker Spike Lee, with whom

ACTOR, BETTER CALL SAUL

alongside Terrence Howard

he would ultimately collaborate as

as a high school wrestler

Director of Photography on such

Rhea Seehorn currently stars

classic films as She’s Gotta Have It,

as Kim Wexler in AMC’s hit series

seen as ‘normal’ in Triumph,

School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo’

Better Call Saul (Emmy and Critics

premiering later this year.

Better Blues and Malcolm X.

Choice Award nominated).

Dickerson’s 1992 feature

Seehorn’s portrayal of Kim has led

directorial debut, Juice—an

the character to be deemed one

urban drama whose social and

of the most powerful women cur-

cultural resonance continues

rently on TV, earning her a Critics’

to this day, and which launched

Choice Award nomination for Best

the film careers of Tupac Shakur

Supporting Actress in a Drama

and Omar Epps—gave way to

Series and a SAG nomination for

other big screen credits, such

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.

as Surviving the Game, Tales from

overcoming all odds to be

the Crypt: Demon Knight, Bones

PATRICK FABIAN

and Never Die Alone. In 2017

ACTOR, BETTER CALL SAUL

MANKIEWICZ

EMERSON

Dickerson’s feature film Double Play, based on the internation-

Best known for his portrayal of

ally acclaimed Frank Martinus

Howard Hamlin for five seasons

Arion novel, made its world

on AMC’s Peabody Award-winning

premiere at the International Film

series Better Call Saul, Patrick

Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which

Fabian has worked with everyone

was attended by King Willem-

from Angela Lansbury to Xena,

Alexander of the Netherlands.

recently recurring on such series

2017 also marked the 25th

as Carol’s Second Act, Black Monday,

anniversary of Juice, with a special

Special, Code Black, Agents of

commemorative DVD and never-

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Lucifer. Fabian has

released Blu-ray.

also starred in films including

His work as a visionary

nearly $70M worldwide), Bad Ass,

been showcased in some of the

Driver X, the upcoming Send It! and

top television shows of the past

Eat Brains Love.

The Wire, The Walking Dead, Treme, Dexter and many others. Dickerson’s most recent television credits include CBS

His favorite ABQ hike is La Luz

RJ MITTE ACTOR, BREAKING BAD

ASENAP

Best known for his portrayal

also served as executive producer,

of Walter “Flynn” White for five

EPIX’s Godfather of Harlem,

riveting seasons of AMC’s Emmy

Amazon’s Bosch and The Man in the

Award and Golden Globe Award-

High Castle, Netflix’s House of Cards,

winning dramatic thriller Breaking

and HBO’s The Deuce.

Bad, RJ Mitte is an actor, advocate

Dickerson, who is a long-

SEEHORN

Trail up Sandia Crest.

All Access’s Strange Angel and Interrogation, for which Dickerson

SIMS

The Last Exorcism (which grossed

filmmaker and storyteller has

decade, including hit series like

DICKERSON

FABIAN

and philanthropist who has

standing member of the

carved out his niche in Hollywood

Directors Guild of America

by breaking down stereotypes

(DGA) and the American Society

and changing people’s mindsets

of Cinematographers (ASC),

with his easygoing demeanor

currently resides in sunny Los

and positive outlook on life, while

Angeles, California.

coping with cerebral palsy. He

HARRISON

MITTE

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WORTHY

KARNES

LABAR‑TAPIA

MANZANARES

CALUM WORTHY

in battle rap as a thesis subject

out-of-state producers to navigate

Fe in 1993, embracing the Santa

ACTOR, CORPORATE ANIMALS

becomes a competitive obsession.

the New Mexico film landscape

Fe lifestyle. Here is where she

The film took home the Midnight

and state tax credit.

worked in the primo, high-end,

Calum Worthy began his acting

Madness People’s Choice Award

five-star hospitality industry. After

career at the age of nine with his

at the Toronto International Film

screen debut in Fox’s Night Visions

Festival in 2017. He was also in the

JENNIFER LABAR‑TAPIA

and went on to land the starring

2019 independent film Corporate

FILM LIAISON, SANTA

to create the Constituent Services

role in the BBC One award-

Animals, directed by Patrick Brice,

FE FILM OFFICE

Department, working directly with

winning mini-series I Was a Rat. He

starring opposite Demi Moore and

has since appeared in a number

Ed Helms.

eight years she turned to local government where she was hired

all five County Commissioners Jennifer LaBar-Tapia has been

and handling all constituent

with the Santa Fe Film Office

requests throughout the County.

Climate Reality Project founded

since its conception in 2016 and is

She moved on to run the County

Out of Order and recurring roles on

by Al Gore and continues to travel

responsible for planning, organiz-

Manager’s Office and then to the

series such as The Days, Reunion

on behalf of the ONE Campaign to

ing and coordinating productions

Film Office. All these positions

and Psych.

help fight global extreme poverty

for film, television, commercials,

have set up Jennifer to lead Santa

and spotlight the issue that

photo shoots, videos, documen-

Fe into its status as a desired

Poverty is Sexist.

taries, web, animation, gaming,

production location.

of film and television productions,

Calum is a supporter of The

with a series regular role on HBO’s

In addition to his early feature films such as The Last Mimzy, Dr.

Born in Victoria, British

and all other creative projects that

In Jennifer’s career she has been

also appeared on hit television

Columbia, Worthy currently

fall under the Film Office duties in

mentored by the best in the indus-

shows including Stargate: Atlantis,

resides in Los Angeles.

the City and County of Santa Fe.

tries of entertainment, hospitality,

She ensures compliance with City

and local government. All of these

and County policies and works

trades have proven vital to run a

closely with all levels of production

successful Film Office: knowledge

personnel, Federal, Native, State,

of the industry, exceptional

City, and County agencies.

customer service, the Santa Fe

Dolittle 3 and Deck the Halls, he has

Kyle XY, Smallville, Supernatural and Stormworld, the latter of which

KEAGAN KARNES

earned him the 2010 Leo Award in

LINE PRODUCER

Canada for his performance. His breakout came in 2011 on Disney

Keagan Karnes is an award-win-

Channel with a guest-starring role

ning producer/line producer

on Good Luck Charlie, which soon

and owner of the production

high-end hospitality and local

government connections, policies

led to a series regular role on

company 8 Beat Films, based in

government has come full circle

and practices.

Austin & Ally as Dez. Following his

New Mexico. Keagan’s feature

to this role with the joint City/

time on Disney, he went on to star

film credits include Walking with

County Film Office. Way back

DAVID MANZANARES

in the Netflix hit series American

Herb, starring George Lopez and

in the 1900s, the late ’80s to be

PRODUCER/LOCATION

Vandal and played the male lead

Edward James Olmos, which

exact, she was a cast member at

SUPERVISOR

in the Hulu true-crime anthology

shot in Las Cruces, New Mexico,

Disneyland, her first full-time job

series The Act with Joey King and

and Land Of Dreams, directed by

celebrating Mickey’s 60th Birthday.

Patricia Arquette.

Shirin Neshat, which will shoot

This is where she got her first taste

career spans three decades.

Her career in entertainment,

Region she represents, and local

David Manzanares’ production

Calum also starred in Bodied, a

in Northern and Southern New

of entertainment, performing in

Having worked on over 50 films,

film directed by Joseph Kahn and

Mexico this summer. He is also

parades, street shows, and as

from small independent projects

produced by Eminem, where he

slated to produce the feature film

various characters. She attended

to large studio blockbusters

played a progressive graduate

Little Brother this fall. In addition

Disney U and was highly trained in

in New Mexico, nationally and

student who finds success and

to feature films, Keagan produces

guest entertainment.

internationally, David serves as

sparks outrage when his interest

branded content and works with

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Jennifer then moved to Santa

a Producer, 2nd Unit Director,

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JAG

MASON

HEMMENS

WITT

Locations Supervisor/Manager

and songs for film and TV projects.

new series Roswell, New Mexico as

Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong.

and Locations Scout.

He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and

Liz Ortecho. The show’s second

The sexy, sleek primetime drama

the Recording Academy.

season will premiere on March

takes viewers into the lives of a

16th, 2020 and it has already been

group of husbands, wives, and

renewed for Season 3.

friends who live (and love) in the

David began his career in New Mexico working on fashion

David resides in Abiquiu, along

still shoots, which led him into

with his wife, Andie, a fashion

commercials and music videos. He

and stills producer. Their son,

then continued his career into film

Maximiño, is a sophomore at

on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in the

On Perry’s series, Hemmens

and TV. David also serves on the

Stanford University. David is

recurring role of Dr. Sam Bello.

plays Marcie Holmes, a real

Santa Fe Digital Film and Media

always ready for the next exciting

She also appeared in ABC Family’s

estate agent stuck in an unhappy

Commission. He is a member of

celluloid adventure.

Bunheads and ABC’s drama Of

marriage. Last season, Marcie

Kings and Prophets.

learned that her best friend and

the DGA and IATSE 480. David’s favorite part of the

K.K. JAG

Mason was most recently seen

Her other past television

same middle-class neighborhood.

neighbor carried on a torrid affair

industry is “all of it—being part of

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, WARNER

credits include CSI: Crime Scene

with her husband. In a moment

a creative and collaborative team

BROS. HORIZON STUDIOS

Investigation, The Secret Life of the

of weakness fueled by revenge,

American Teenager, Awkward, You’re

Marcie pondered embarking on

the Worst, NCIS: Los Angeles and

her own affair to even the playing

Daytime Divas.

field. The show premiered this

where everyone’s contribution is recognized and valued… that

K.K. Jag is a production finance

is most rewarding.” He works to

executive with over 30 years’

make each project successful and

experience in the industry. She

collaborative, and likes to work in

started her career in freelance

Miami, Florida and started her

anticipated second season on

New Mexico with amazing crew,

production accounting by working

acting career after winning Season

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

star-studded locations and an

on various movies and television

5 of FOX’s So You Think You Can

incredible production base.

shows including Mars Attacks!, V.I.P.

Dance. She graduated cum laude

her scene-stealing role as Alice

Mason was born and raised in

past September for its highly

Hemmens is best known for

and Temptation Island. After 20

from UCLA in 2014 and currently

Verdura on The CW’s Hellcats,

cian. David’s talent can be seen in

years of freelance, she started a

lives in Los Angeles, California. She

starring opposite Ashley Tisdale.

a myriad of projects—on the big

corporate career in television at

actively supports the non-profit

Her other television credits boast

screen, as well as on television

ABC Studios, HBO and Horizon

Define American.

an impressive range. Hemmens

and in commercials. One of his

Scripted Television where she

favorite memories was when he

oversaw the production account-

HEATHER HEMMENS

appeared with the late Anthony

ing on shows such as Longmire, Big

ACTOR, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

Bourdain in Parts Unknown’s “New

Little Lies and You. K.K. currently

Mexico” episode, along with his

is a Finance Executive at Horizon

son and late father, sharing stories

Scripted Television in Burbank, CA

on her way to becoming one of

and music over a campfire at

and lives in Los Angeles with her

Hollywood’s most sought after and

credits include Complicity, Road

Ghost Ranch. Aside from his acting

partner, Leo Lavazza, and their

engaging talents. Since beginning

to the Altar, and The Candy Shop,

talent, David is a musician as well.

English Bulldog, Iggy Azalea.

her acting career, she has fostered

as well as the critically acclaimed

an impressive body of work in

Glory Road and cult favorite The

both television and film.

Dukes of Hazzard. Additionally,

David is also an actor and musi-

His Latin band, Manzanares, has entertained audiences in New

JEANINE MASON

Mexico, nationally and interna-

ACTOR, ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO

tionally. His music is described as a high energy and fiery sound— Nuevo Latino! He composes music

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Jeanine Mason can currently be seen starring on The CW’s

has held multiple character arcs on fan favorite shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and The Haves

Heather Hemmens is well

Hemmens can currently be

and the Have Nots. On the silver screen, Hemmens’

Hemmens has done her fair share

seen as a series regular on the

of work behind the camera, by

CW series Roswell, New Mexico. She

both directing and producing the

is also one of the female leads in

short films Designated and Perils of

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MOREL

RASKIN

an Active Mind.

DAL SANTO

ZACHARY

BROWN

secondary levels to support

Partner at Raskal Productions.

produced Married… with Children

industry growth. He is currently

Morel has produced shows

in Moscow and Everybody Loves

Hemmens started her career

an independent producer for film

for Nickelodeon, USA, Comedy

Raymond for Egypt. Additionally, he

on the stage, which ultimately

and television, most recently as

Central, TV Land, Paramount

produced two Spanish-language

earned her a full scholarship to a

Line Producer on USA Network’s

Network, USA, NBC and HBO. In

sitcoms for Telemundo.

prestigious arts high school. Upon

The Biggest Loser. He holds degrees

2016, as a producer, Morel won a

At present, Keith is focused

graduating, she moved to Los

from the University of Vermont,

Primetime Emmy for Best Variety

primarily on Raskal Productions,

Angeles to pursue her dreams as a

the University of Illinois and UCLA.

Sketch Show with Key & Peele.

which provides outstanding

Coming from a small town,

screen actress. Heather holds a black belt in martial arts and weapons training.

LINDA MOREL

Producers Guild of America and

PRODUCER, BRIARPATCH

the Directors Guild of America. She

When she’s not in production, she calls Los Angeles her home. She

Linda is a member of the

Linda Morel was born and

and television industry.

is also a member of the Producers

PAULA DAL SANTO

Peer Group Executive Committee

PRODUCTION DESIGNER,

for the Television Academy.

BETTER CALL SAUL

has been a Big Sister in the Big

raised in Los Angeles, CA. Linda

Brothers program for four years

began her path in the entertain-

and counting.

ment industry working as an

KEITH RASKIN

assistant at the William Morris

PRODUCER, BRIARPATCH

ERIC WITT

production services for the film

Talent Agency before taking her

After finishing her master’s degree in architecture at the University of New Mexico, Paula

Keith Raskin, founder of

LINE PRODUCER, THE BIGGEST

first job out of the agency as a

LOSER (ENDEMOL SHINE)

Casting Director for a Fox TV show

Raskal Productions, is a freelance

architect and general contractor.

with then-clients Culture Clash,

producer in the film and television

Paula found both design and

a Latino sketch comedy group.

industry. Keith is known for

construction equally rewarding.

entertainment finance in Los

While casting and booking bands

producing single-camera and

They enabled her to see a project

Angeles, including as executive

for the Fox TV show, she made

multicam comedies and dramas

through from start to finish—from

vice president and corporate

strong ties in the music industry,

for networks and studios such as

the conceptual design process to

officer with Dino De Laurentiis

which pulled her over and out of

Comedy Central, Hulu, Crackle,

completing the technical drawings

Communications, Eric Witt

television. In the coming years,

NBC, USA, FX, TBS, Sony, TV Land,

to actually building the project.

headed legislative and political

she worked and traveled for

Paramount Network, Reveille

affairs for New Mexico Governor

Warner Bros. Records, Inc. as an

and Adult Swim. He also helped

a film student at the time, sug-

Bill Richardson throughout that

International Artist Development

start up several companies while

gested that she look into film

administration’s eight-year tenure.

Manager with countless acts such

working as a Vice President of

production. Her background

He also directed the expansion of

as The Deftones, Neil Young and

Production. Raskin has produced

as an architect was a strong fit:

media industries in New Mexico,

Van Halen. After seven years of

over 1,500 hours of television

decades of experience in design

including film and television pro-

touring, Morel made the leap back

programming including children’s

and construction, as well as her

duction, the impact of which grew

to television, as the Production

shows, live variety shows, talk

passion for painting.

from $9 million in 2002 to over $4

Coordinator on Nickelodeon’s

shows, and dating shows.

billion in the ensuing term. Witt

The Brothers Garcia. A few years

also oversaw the establishment of

later she met Keith Raskin. Raskin

Sony International has sent

in New Mexico, including Breaking

statewide crew training, business

would become her mentor while

Raskin all over the world to teach

Bad and Better Call Saul. Working

development, and educational

she moved up to Production

production in countries such as

with leading creators, producers,

programs at the university and

Supervisor, Producer and now

Egypt, Colombia and Russia. He’s

directors, production designers

Following a career in

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Because of his versatility,

Dal Santo became a licensed

In the mid-2000s, her daughter,

Since then, Paula has worked on some of the top productions

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WHITCHER

and masterful crews, she has gained a wealth of knowledge

SENGUPTA

a variety of film outreach events.

FOLEY

BLEVINS

ORONA

to Netflix, she was the Executive

locating film and various multime-

VP of Production at Viacom

dia productions to the Las Cruces

Entertainment Group and BET,

area, including The Mule (starring

and continues to appreciate the

PATTY WHITCHER

gratification of collaboration.

VP OF PHYSICAL PRODUCTION,

where she managed all aspects

Clint Eastwood), All The World is

ORIGINAL FILM, NETFLIX

of physical production across

Sleeping (starring Melissa Barrera

the company’s adult networks:

and Jorge Garcia), and Death

Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, the

in Texas (starring Ronnie Gene

Original Film, Patty Whitcher

Paramount Network, BET, TV

Blevins and Bruce Dern). Foley

oversees the production

Land and CMT. Additionally, she

was at the forefront of advocating

supervisor and designer who

management of all original films

oversaw the Post Production

for the ‘Rural Credit’ and looks

has worked in film and television

at Netflix. Whitcher is one of the

Operations team and Viacom

forward to the continued growth

for the past 12 years. A native

top feature line producers in all of

Digital Studios Production.

of the film and television industry

New Mexican, she worked in the

Hollywood and has worked with

SenGupta began her career on

in his home state.

costume department in various

directors such as Steven Spielberg,

the Paramount lot at MTV Films,

capacities including as a seam-

Bill Condon, Joss Whedon, the

where her credits include Election,

stress, ager/dyer, shopper, and

Russo Brothers, Kenneth Branagh

The Original Kings of Comedy and

RONNIE GENE BLEVINS

set costumer before turning to

and Rob Marshall. Some of her

Aeon Flux. She holds an MFA from

ACTOR, DEATH IN TEXAS

costume supervising and design.

producing credits include Captain

USC’s Peter Stark Program and a

Her credits include Terminator

Marvel, Thor, The Avengers, Avengers:

Bachelors in Biology from UCLA.

Salvation (2009), Breaking Bad

Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil

Throughout college and grad

(2008/09), Graves (2016/17),

War and Spiderman: Homecoming,

school, SenGupta worked as a

actors working in the entertain-

Midnight Texas (2017/18) and Silk

all for Marvel. Additionally, she has

video store clerk at Vidiots and still

ment industry today. With over

Road (2019). She also works as a

produced Godzilla for Legendary

considers it the best film school

100 films and television shows to

professional fashion historian and

Pictures, Dreamgirls, The Soloist

ever. She lives in Los Angeles with

his credit, Blevins has been work-

is the co-host and creator of the

and The Terminal for DreamWorks,

her husband, daughter and her

ing in Los Angeles for more than

iHeartRadio podcast Dressed: The

as well as Memoirs of a Geisha

dogs, Frank and Harry.

two decades.

History of Fashion.

for Sony. A lifelong Los Angeles resident, she is the mother of two

JON FOLEY

of the best directors in the field,

children and a graduate of Loyola

FILM LIAISON, FILM LAS CRUCES

ranging from Christopher Nolan

CASSIDY ZACHARY COSTUME SUPERVISOR/DESIGNER Cassidy Zachary is a costume

STEVE BROWN CONSTRUCTION COORDINATOR

As VP of Physical Production,

Ronnie Gene Blevins is one of the most consistent character

Blevins has worked with some

to Eli Roth. In 2014, he received

Marymount University. Jon Foley set his sights on the

critical acclaim for his lead role

Steve Brown is a Construction

MOMITA SENGUPTA

film industry at a young age and

opposite Nicolas Cage in David

Coordinator who has worked in

VP OF PHYSICAL PRODUCTION,

received the Film Technician

Gordon Green’s Joe.

film since 2006. With much experi-

ORIGINAL SERIES, NETFLIX

Training Program certificate upon

In 2019, Blevins produced

graduating from Las Cruces High

and starred in the film Death in

ence in the New Mexico industry, he is known for his contributions

As VP of Physical Production,

School. After completing his BFA at

Texas, shot in Las Cruces, New

to Breaking Bad, The Night Shift,

Original Series, Momita SenGupta

NMSU’s Creative Media Institute,

Mexico, opposite Stephen Lang,

Better Call Saul and other films and

oversees the production

he went to work as a grip and

Bruce Dern, and Lara Flynn Boyle.

television series. As a longtime

management of all English-

camera operator. He has now

Death in Texas is currently in

supporter of industry growth in

language scripted series at Netflix,

been with Film Las Cruces for over

post-production.

New Mexico, Steve participates in

overseeing a team of 50. Prior

three years and has assisted in

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He can next be seen in a

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prominent role in the third install-

Saul, The Night Shift and In Plain

in film prior to the last few

Albuquerque. Andrea had been

ment of The Conjuring, which is set

Sight, among others. His feature

years, Peres’ big-screen credits

a loyal client to this company

for release this September.

film credits include El Camino, The

include Wild Hogs, 3:10 to Yuma,

for many years, as they had

He resides in Los Angeles with

Goldfinch, The Glass Castle, 50 to 1,

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of

always gone above and beyond

his wife, actor Veronica Burgess,

Terminator Salvation and Good Kill.

the Crystal Skull, Brothers, Crazy

her needs on any given project,

Heart, Sicario and The Ballad of

regardless of budget size. She’s

Buster Scruggs. Over the years, he

thrilled to have brought such

also has brought his numerous

a large and extensive amount

talents to such Emmy-winning

of production support to New

series as Godless and Breaking

Mexico via these two amazing

a location manager and scout

Bad. More recently, the location

companies, in order to support

Orona is a location manager

for over 13 years on feature

manager wrapped production on

the next growth of film production

and scout currently based out of

films, television productions and

News of the World, an anticipated

in the state.

Albuquerque. After receiving her

commercials. She has successfully

Western drama from director

BFA from the School of the Art

worked with over 30 production

Paul Greengrass, which is set for

bring their technological expertise

Institute of Chicago, and a further

companies, from large studios

release later this year.

to the State of New Mexico

two-year stint living in New York

such as Disney and Lionsgate to

City, she moved to London where

small, independent productions.

and their son Leo.

SHANI ORONA

DEBORAH WAKSHULL LOCATION MANAGER

LOCATION MANAGER/SCOUT Deborah Wakshull has been New Mexico native Shani

she studied film production. While

Her passion lies in working with

ANDREA VESTRAND

PRG Albuquerque’s focus is to

through an extensive inventory of cinema camera rentals,

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE,

their highly sought after LED

PRODUCTION RESOURCE GROUP

Enhanced Enviroments, including

in the U.K., she produced several

directors, producers and pro-

short films that were warmly

duction designers to achieve a cre-

received on the international film

ative vision while remaining within

festival circuit. After hearing about

budget, no matter the size of the

involved with the New Mexico

such as NCam, a real-time previz

the burgeoning film industry in

production. Deborah’s creativity

film community since 2005. As

tracking system that allows for

New Mexico, she relocated back

and enthusiasm help her to think

a graduate of Columbia College

the clear understanding of how a

to Albuquerque to focus on loca-

outside the box and her excellent

Chicago’s Cinematography pro-

project’s CGI elements will interact

tion scouting and management.

communication, collaborative,

gram, she came to Silver City on a

with the live-action during filming.

In 2016, Shani won the Location

managerial and negotiation

whim, and within a few months,

Production Resource Group also

Managers Guild International

skills give her the ability to tackle

North Country arrived to film there.

offers broadcast services, live

award for Outstanding Locations

numerous complex situations that

This is where she discovered a

event production, and hotels &

in a Contemporary Feature Film,

can arise during production.

growing film community in New

staging expertise, in addition to

Mexico, which prompted a move

the film focus for New Mexico.

for her work on the critically-

Deborah was nominated for

a forthcoming standing “car Andrea Vestrand has been

acclaimed film, Sicario. Shani is

an LMGI award for her work on

to Albuquerque and later, to

currently co-writing a mystical,

Captain Fantastic. She was also

Santa Fe.

time-traveling adventure televi-

nominated for a regional Emmy

sion series based on historical

for a documentary short she

working both in the office and on

events and locations throughout

produced for local New Mexico

set on such projects as Breaking

the U.K.

PBS, KNME.

Bad, 3:10 to Yuma, Terminator

Upon moving north, she began

process” set, and VFX on-set tools,

JOHN SCHRIMPF VICE PRESENT OF U.S. REGIONAL OPERATIONS, PANAVISION John Schrimpf’s career at

Salvation, Due Date and The Lone

Panavision has spanned over

Ranger. Eventually, she started

36 years, first as the General

production managing and

Manager of Dallas, and currently

relocated to Los Angeles in 2012.

as the VP of U.S. regional

Still, Andrea believed firmly in

operations with additional

manager based in Albuquerque,

the benefits of filming in NM and

management of Panavision’s

nearly two decades of experi-

New Mexico, who began his

brought several independent

offices in Atlanta, New Orleans,

ence as a location manager on

entertainment career in 2006.

features back to the state.

Dallas and New Mexico. Under

feature films and television.

Taking on a number of positions

Born and raised in Asunción,

within the Location Department

working with the combined part-

provided camera packages to

Paragua, Christian has resided in

before moving up to his current

nership of Production Resource

some of the world’s most famous

Albuquerque, New Mexico since

role, Peres worked early on under

Group (PRG) and VER, one of the

cinematographers including

1995. He has managed over 300

such location managers as David

largest equipment rental houses

Academy Award winners Freddie

episodes of television, which

Manzanares, Becky Brake and

in the world, overseeing their NM

Francis, BSC, ASC, Chris Menges,

include Breaking Bad, Better Call

Mike Fantasia. Working primarily

Equipment Rentals Location in

ASC, Robert Richardson, ASC

CHRISTIAN DIAZ DE BEDOYA

CLAY PERES LOCATION MANAGER

LOCATION MANAGER Clay Peres is a location Christian Diaz de Bedoya has

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As of July 2019, she began

his purview, Panavision has

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and Dean Semler, ASC, as well as

NEVADA HARMON

creating a comprehensive

many talented young filmmakers.

OWNER & CEO, HOME LOCAL 505

healthcare physician group

Nevada Harmon is the Owner

care access to the film and

to offer increased health-

He is the Texas Motion Picture Alliance Board (TXMPA) President and a Louisiana Film and

and CEO of HOME Local 505, a

entertainment industry across

Entertainment Association (LFEA)

company that aims to provide the

New Mexico. He is working

Board member.

finest short-term housing options

with physician groups, health

in Albuquerque at the best pos-

insurers, public officials, and

sible prices available.

the State Legislature to imple-

CRYSTAL MCALERNEY PRESIDENT, STUDIO CONCIERGE Crystal McAlerney was a

Prior to opening her busi-

ment the program statewide,

ness, she worked as a Travel

to increase healthcare access.

Coordinator and Script Supervisor

In addition to his recent

Production Office Coordinator,

in the film industry for over a

accomplishments, he has

Supervisor and Producer with

decade. She began her career

patented a new, innovative

over 22 titles in her credits before

at the age of 20, working for

healthcare platform, Access

leaving production for hospitality.

Academy Award-winning director

HealthTM, to expand health-

She had the great privilege of

James Mangold, which is when she

care access to communities

co-producing the short film

fell in love with film.

across the globe.

Sparks, which was written by

Born and raised in New Mexico,

Johonniuss is the primary

Elmore Leonard, directed by

Nevada knows all the best local

director and source for

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and starred

spots Albuquerque has to offer.

marketplaces that require

in by Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz.

With its unmatched weather,

specific attention to increase

It premiered at Sundance. She

culture and diversity, we want you

healthcare access and innova-

produced the full-length feature

to experience it all in between

tion to rural and under-served

film Homeland in her native home

your call sheets.

markets, including many

of Washington. Homeland enjoyed

Having worked in production for

much success on the festival

a decade, Harmon understands

trail, and was available for a time

the numerous challenges that

on Netflix. McAlerney was also

come with working on a film set.

an associate producer on When

Her goal is to provide customized

the Nines Roll Over, written and

care to make your stay in New

directed by David Benioff and

Mexico enchanting.

produced by Greg Shapiro. Concierge in 2014 and has

JOHONNIUS CHEMWENO

enjoyed the challenges of growing

CEO/FOUNDER, VIP

the company. Studio Concierge

STARNETWORK

Crystal purchased Studio

is a nationally accredited travel agency that was established in

CEO of Inverse Medical & VIP

bookings. With offices in New

StarNetwork, LLC, where he

Mexico, Georgia and Pennsylvania

has devoted his career to the

they are well positioned to book

healthcare sector, which includes

all over the country. Currently,

the Medical Device Industry,

Studio Concierge is helping 12

Pharmaceutical Industry, Patient

productions in five different states

Direct Post-Acute Services and

save time and money.

developing comprehensive health-

New Mexico cities, as well as

SCHRIMPF

DIAZ DE BEDOYA

MCALERNEY

care platforms. He has extensive

on growing Studio Concierge,

experience in strategic sales,

McAlerney is enjoying time with

business development, regulatory,

her husband Matt and her son

manufacturing, health insurance,

Wyatt on their little farm in the

and complex healthcare transac-

North Valley.

tions. His recent activities include

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VESTRAND

Johonnius Chemweno is

2007, specializing in group hotel

When she’s not working

PERES

WAKSHULL

HARMON

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CHEMWENO

SHAMBURGER

ESTRADA

O’LEARY, JR.

the Albuquerque Metropolitan

for concerts and music festivals,

worked on 14 feature films as a

Brian was associated with the New

Districts, and the University of

AEP provides lighting, audio, video

senior artist, including Iron Man

York office of Fulbright & Jaworski,

New Mexico Health Sciences

staging and design for some of the

3, Men in Black 3, G-Force and The

LLP. Mr. O’Leary previously served

Department. This encompasses

Southwest’s largest events.

Amazing Spider-Man. His TV credits

as Assistant Counsel to the New

include Cosmos, The Librarians and

York State Tax Appeals Tribunal

the regulatory and legislative

Having provided recording,

environment, and how political

lighting, video and equipment

Black Sails, where he served as

and worked in tax consulting with

theatre and state governments

for several film productions over

a CG Supervisor and occasional

Arthur Andersen, LLP.

play a really major role in our

the past decade, the company

VFX Supervisor. Most recently,

healthcare decisions.

continues to be a source for

Aaron served as the on-set VFX

the University of Hartford, a J.D.

Johonnius has founded and

Brian has a B.A. (honors) from

various production needs,

Supervisor for all of Roswell, New

(cum laude) from Albany Law

co-founded other private and

consulting several projects and

Mexico, Season 2, which was

School of Union University and an

non-profit organizations and

the growing film industry in New

shot right here in New Mexico.

LL.M from New York University

looks to support the New Mexico

Mexico. Marsh holds a degree in

Aaron’s former employers include

Law School. He is a member of the

community. He has recently been

classical composition from Baylor

DreamWorks Animation, Sony

Bar in New York.

appointed by Governor Michelle

University, and continues to

Pictures Imageworks, Nickelodeon

Lujan Grisham to the board of

compose and record for various

and Rhythm & Hues.

directors of the New Mexico

film projects, radio and podcasts

Workforce Development Board

along with helping to continue to

BRIAN J. O’LEARY, JR.

and also supports the New Mexico

grow AE Productions into one of

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TAX

Association of Commerce and

the premier production providers

COUNSEL, NBC UNIVERSAL MEDIA

Industry, healthcare insurance

in the country.

firms, New Mexico Workers

VANS STEVENSON SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS — MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION Vans Stevenson is responsible

Brian O’Leary is Senior Vice

for the MPAA’s state and local

Compensation Administration,

AARON ESTRADA

President, Tax Counsel for

government affairs department,

in addition to supporting a wide

CREATIVE DIRECTOR/

NBC Universal Media, LLC. Mr.

which represents member

range of physician groups, hospi-

VFX SUPERVISOR, CRAFTY

O’Leary has been tax counsel to

companies before state and

tals, and nursing associations.

APES NEW MEXICO

NBCUniversal since December

local government legislative,

of 1999. Mr. O’Leary’s practice

executive and regulatory offices.

focuses on tax controversies,

He also manages the member

MARSH SHAMBURGER

Aaron Estrada is the VFX

PRESIDENT/OWNER,

Supervisor and Creative Director

tax policy and economic

companies’ interests on all

AE PRODUCTIONS

at Crafty Apes New Mexico. As a

development initiatives. Brian is a

production, facilities and labor

Sr. VFX artist with over 25 years

frequent lecturer on film finance

issues. Stevenson is responsible

experience, he is well versed

and tax matters and serves as a

for issues and matters that

composer who spent many years

in all stages of VFX production.

board member of the National

include proposed legislation,

touring internationally, Marsh

While his interest always centered

Multistate Tax Symposium. He

rules and regulations that affect

Shamburger purchased a local

on photography and computer

regularly assists government

motion picture, television and

audio company in Albuquerque,

graphics, Aaron’s first break in

authorities in evaluating policy

home entertainment distribution,

NM and created AE Productions,

the industry was as a model

initiatives and appears as a

production and business practices

now one of the Southwest’s

builder at DreamQuest Images

witness before legislative tax

of MPAA member companies,

largest live event and production

in the days when CG was just

and economic development

including all tax issues, and the

providers. Well-versed on both the

starting to replace miniatures and

committee hearings.

MPAA-administered Motion

creative and technical of artists

traditional techniques. He has

A professional musician and

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Before his current position,

Picture Rating System in all 50

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STEVENSON

OWENS

HARTIGAN

ALESSI

states, four U.S. territories and at

she specialized in structuring and

he discovered his passion for

both actors and producers in the

the local level. He joined the MPAA

negotiating film and television

casting and ensuring productions

state. She is also a proud member

in 1989.

investments, including single

get the right talent. Shayne is

of the Casting Society of America.

and multi-project debt and debt/

now proud to call Sande Alessi

relations, marketing, business,

equity facilities. Previously,

his business partner, as they

and government affairs executive

Owens worked with Jonathan

seek out the best talent for the

ANGELIQUE MIDTHUNDER

in the media business. Prior to

Dolgen (former Chairman of

best producers in the industry.

CASTING DIRECTOR

joining the MPAA, he was vice

Paramount Pictures) at his

Locations in New Mexico, Los

president of corporate affairs

private equity firm, Wood River

Angeles, Hawaii, and Georgia.

for Blockbuster Entertainment

Ventures, which specializes in the

Corporation, responsible for finan-

media and entertainment sector.

SANDE ALESSI

cial and stock market relations as

Owens holds an MBA from

CASTING DIRECTOR

well as federal and state govern-

the UCLA Anderson School of

ment affairs. Prior to Blockbuster,

Management and an AB degree

he was director of public affairs

from Harvard University.

Since 1978, he has been a public

and corporate projects for Erol’s,

Cast and Crew Financial

Angelique Midthunder began her career in casting in the mid-1990s after working internationally as an actress and discovering an intrigue for the

Sande Alessi is an award-

casting process. She spent many

winning casting director who has

years working in Los Angeles, and

worked on hundreds of notable

in 2005 relocated to Santa Fe,

a 200-video store chain that was

Services (CCFS) provides produc-

films and hit television series. Her

New Mexico. In addition to casting

acquired by Blockbuster.

tion financing for projects across

company, founded 20 years ago,

every character type, Angelique

the spectrum, from movies of the

made its reputation by finding

has developed a niche for Native

laude, in journalism from Ohio

week to large-budget features.

actors that others could not.

American casting. Midthunder

University and has completed

This financing is most commonly

post-graduate studies at New

in the form of tax incentive loans,

wanted Hasidic Jews who played

integrity in culturally specific

York University and the University

but also includes receivables

soccer, she found them in a day.

casting, while recognizing the

of Cincinnati, in public affairs,

lending and other short-term

When Gore Verbinski needed

value of creative freedom.

marketing, business finance and

financing. CCFS also provides pro-

each and every pirate to have

strategic planning.

duction incentive consulting and

to have their own unique look

alongside Richard Hicks and

management services in both the

for the Pirates of the Caribbean

David Ruben for an Emmy

U.S. and Canada. CCFS-affiliated

films, she scoured islands by

for Outstanding Casting for a

VP OF PRODUCTION INCENTIVE

experts additionally provide

catamaran with an armload of

Miniseries, Movie or a Special for

FINANCING, CAST & CREW

producers with legal and account-

Polaroid film to cast them.

Georgia O’Keeffe—and in 2017, she

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ing services, full completion bond

He holds a B.S. degree, cum

DEIRDRE OWENS

services and financial advisement. Deirdre Owens joined Cast & Crew in 2013 to launch Cast &

SHAYNE HARTIGAN

Crew Financial Services, where

CASTING DIRECTOR

A problem solver, Sande is a

Shayne Hartigan is a casting

prides herself on preserving

In 2010 she was nominated

was nominated alongside Jeanne

natural for the fast-paced business

McCarthy for an Aritos Award

of casting. She currently runs three

for location casting for Captain

casting offices in Los Angeles,

Fantastic. She is a current member

Albuquerque and Honolulu.

of the Casting Society of America

Sande was recently invited

she serves as Vice President of Production Incentive Financing.

When Steven Spielberg

by New Mexico Tax and

and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Prior to joining Cast & Crew,

director and partner at Alessi

Revenue and the New Mexico

Angelique is dedicated to sup-

Owens held the post of Senior

Hartigan Casting. Shayne started

Film Commission to write and

porting New Mexico’s film industry

Vice President of Finance at

his career as an actor. By way of

introduce an industry standards

and is especially proud of its

Grosvenor Park Media, where

casting director Rachel Sutton,

and practices guide to protect

vibrant and diverse talent pool.

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MIDTHUNDER

BOLDIN

McMASTER

MITCHELL

JO EDNA BOLDIN

directors, including Karen Arthur,

CASTING DIRECTOR

Amy Seimetz, Niki Caro, Nora

for the New Mexico film com-

Ephron, Zack Snyder, Taylor

munity, teaching actors and

actors that are successfully book-

Sheridan, Denis Villeneuve, David

mentoring up-and-coming talent

ing film (leads and principal roles)

invited to become a member of

Mackenzie, Scott Cooper, Peter

through workshops, classes, and

and television projects (co-stars,

the Academy Of Motion Picture

Berg, Andrew Niccol, Matt Reeves,

her involvement in the com-

guest stars, recurring roles and

Arts & Sciences’ Casting Directors

Gore Verbinski, McG, Albert

munity. She loves to give back by

series regulars).

branch. Also in 2019, Jo Edna was

and Allen Hughes, Carl Franklin,

hosting audition workshops with

Prior to becoming an agent,

inducted into the New Mexico

Ron Howard, Jim Sheridan,

all proceeds going to Cardboard

she co-produced projects that

Film & Television Hall of Fame. In

Alan Parker, Taylor Hackford,

Playhouse Children’s Theater in

were designed to encourage the

2020 Jo Edna was appointed to

Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan and

Albuquerque, NM, and organizing

involvement of local film students,

the Governors Council on Film

Joel Coen, Tommy Lee Jones,

school supply drives for local ele-

SAG-AFTRA actors, union mentors,

and Media.

Paul Haggis, Peter Berg, Lasse

mentary schools. She is especially

and businesses in the support of

Hallström, Steven Soderbergh,

dedicated to raising New Mexico’s

independent productions. Carissa

casting Emmy for Godless in 2018.

Terrence Malick, Mike Judge and

standards of professionalism and

was a graphic designer, art direc-

She was also nominated for an

Christopher Guest, to name a few.

making sure that as a community,

tor, and special events coordinator

New Mexico film is presented at its

for almost 20 years. She has

best. She believes that supporting

a Bachelor’s Degree from the

and encouraging each other is an

University of Wisconsin-Madison

integral part of what makes New

in Fine Art and Photography.

In 2019, Jo Edna Boldin was

Jo Edna was nominated for a

Emmy for casting on Into the West in 2006, and has won three Artios

MARIE MCMASTER

awards for outstanding casting,

CASTING DIRECTOR

for Godless, Hell or High Water and No Country for Old Men.

Marie A. K. McMaster has been

Marie is a passionate advocate

Mexico film great and unique, and

Angeles and New Mexico. Carissa represents an array of incredible

Carissa gives back to the

in the entertainment industry since

she lives her favorite saying—

community through her passion

2013/2014 New Mexico Women in

2002 after she accidentally got a

“When you do better, we all do

for children by working with

Film SAGE award. Dallas Women

job as a production assistant on

better”—by striving to help actors

Cardboard Playhouse Theatre

in Film awarded her their Lifetime

Campbell Scott’s Off the Map (star-

become their best selves.

Company, a children’s theatre that

Achievement Award in 2003. Jo

ring Sam Elliott and Joan Allen) and

Marie is a native of Taos, NM,

Edna was on the founding board

found herself drawn to the indus-

and graduated from UNM in 2003.

making bold choices, and serves

of New Mexico Women in Film.

try and the community it creates.

She lives in Albuquerque with her

by creating a community for

Since then, she has worked on

incredible husband and two amaz-

children through acting.

Boldin served on the National

countless studio features and inde-

ing and brilliant daughters, and

Board of CSA (the Casting Society

pendent films, including The Ballad

their menagerie of cats and dogs.

of America).

of Buster Scruggs and Whiskey Tango

Jo Edna was the recipient of the

Between 2017 and 2019, Ms.

teaches self-esteem, confidence in

A self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd and film buff, Carissa couldn’t be happier to represent amazing

Foxtrot, and television projects like

CARISSA MITCHELL

named Jo Edna Boldin “the

Wildfire, Interrogation, and Roswell,

OWNER & TALENT AGENT,

towards raising the levels of

premier casting director of the

New Mexico. As Associate Casting

MITCHELL & ASSOCIATES TALENT

professionalism in this wonderful

Southwest”, and she cast her first

Director and Casting Director

TV series Newscast from the Past for

alongside Jo Edna Boldin CSA, she

PBS in 1985.

has won two Artios awards, for

the Owner and SAG-AFTRA

to book one of her clients on The

her work on Hell or Highwater and

franchised talent agent at Mitchell

Mandalorian for Disney+. She is the

director for over 25 years, Jo Edna

Godless, and was nominated for

& Associates Talent for over

proud mother of three and even

has worked with many renowned

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

10 years, with branches in Los

prouder grandmother of two.

Austin Monthly magazine

As a feature film location casting

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actors and to continue to work

industry. One of her most exciting Carissa Mitchell has been

achievements to date has been

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