How did this happen? "Not only was it crazy, it was possible" is our favorite quote from the "Meow Wolf - Origin Story" documentary described as "A psychedelic, rowdy anthem for artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone who has ever dared to have a dream." Join us for a great conversation with the documentary Directors Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller as they talk about the effort to "feed the beast" and tell the incredible story of Meow Wolf on screen.
Our guest on FILMCAST today is Marc Comstock, a working actor in the New Mexico Film Industry and president of the local chapter of SAG/AFTRA. Listen in as Marc tells us his story of how he was bitten by the acting bug at an early age and his pathway that led him to where he is as an actor today. Marc shares some great tips for anyone interested in this exciting career including great information about working on the craft and how to nail the audition process. Marc will be representing SAG/AFTRA at the annual NMFO Film & Media Conference this year as the organization is one of our conference sponsors. Thanks SAG/AFTRA!
Paul and Randa Silva join us on FILMCAST to share some great stories about their experiences working as extras on Film and TV productions in the New Mexico industry. What started as a lark by Randa (who eventually coerced her husband Paul into joining) has turned into roles on more productions they can count in the state. Clearly these folks enjoy their retired lifestyle, traveling the country in their RV and working as extras. If you’ve been wondering what the Extras Experience was like, listen to Paul and Randa and see if it sounds like something you would like to do.
ANGELIQUE MIDTHUNDER began her career in casting as an assistant in the mid-1990s after working internationally as an actress and discovering an intrigue for the casting process. In addition to casting every character type, Angelique has developed a special niche for Native American casting and prides herself on preserving integrity in cultural casting while recognizing the value of creative freedom. At the NMFO Film Office, aside from production calls, the most frequent inquiry we get is about CASTING. Listen in and get some great insights and audtioning tips from a pro: Angelique Midthunder.
Make a film in 48 hours? YES! The 48 Hour Film Project is a world-wide film competition that challenges filmmaking teams to write, shoot and edit a short film in just 48 hours. Listen into this discussion with Albuquerque 48 Hour Film project co-producers Kendra Crooks and Austin Madrid as we talk about how it works, what the experience is like and how to get involved in this years competition. Every filmmaker should try to make a film in just 48 hours.
The regional Film Liaisons and Offices in New Mexico are indispensable when it comes time for boots on the ground for Film and TV projects shooting in the state. Without their extensive local knowledge and resources, projects working here would have a much less favorable opinion of the experience they had while shooting. But they also interface with their communities in many more ways, providing a vital part of industry growth and opportunities for New Mexicans. Listen in as we talk about that with Eric Witt, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Film Office, as well as many other subjects… including their sponsorship of this year's Film & Media Conference coming up in November.
Yes - THAT Neil deGrasse Tyson! Dr. Tyson is in New Mexico shooting the new season of COSMOS and sits down on location to talk with FILMCAST about a variety of things: his path to science, the early challenges, his somewhat reluctant turn as one of the most recognizable scientists in the world and much more including, well…THE UNIVERSE. He’s a very engaging guest… you won’t be bored with this one.
The MeowWolf art installation in Santa Fe has, in a relatively short time, become a cultural phenomenon that reaches far outside the borders of New Mexico. Join our conversation with Vince Kadlubek, CEO & Cofounder of MeowWolf, as he talks about his own roots, the early inception of the group and ideas that led to the creation of MeowWolf, as well as the future directions it will take in media, gaming and filmmaking as well. It’s a fascinating marriage of art and commerce that is uniquely homegrown and New Mexican.
It’s another family affair episode of FILMCAST. Cinematographer/Photographer Barry Kirk and his Producer daughter Melanie Kirk join us for a great conversation about how each has found their path into the industry in New Mexico. Listen in as we hear each one’s professional history with the added fascinating dimension of how our families influence our interests and choices along the way.
How in the world to keep track of everything “Technology” in the world today? Ok - how about just keeping track of everything tech in New Mexico? That’s where New Mexico TechWorks comes in. Join Director Jennifer Nevarez (Hurricane Refugee who just couldn’t leave NM after falling in love with the place - oh, and with a New Mexican) as she talks about this very unique initiative to "expand Tech access and education and increase Tech enterprise and employment.” As everything in the entertainment and tech worlds continue to collide, we need TechWorks in the industry now more than ever.