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[MISP] NM FILM PRESS: Governor Announces $385,000 for Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools

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From: NM Filmmakers <filmmakers.nm@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 5:42 PM
Subject: NM FILM PRESS: Governor Announces $385,000 for Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools
To: NM Filmmakers <filmmakers.nm@gmail.com>

For Immediate release                                              Contact: Pahl Shipley, NM Film Office

June 14, 2010                                                                                     (505) 476-5613



Governor Bill Richardson Announces $385,000 for

Film Training Programs at Three New Mexico Schools


SANTA FE- Governor Bill Richardson today announced that he has allocated a total of $385,000 to fund film training programs at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, and Luna Community College in Las Vegas.


"I have worked diligently to ensure that the benefits and opportunities presented by our growing film industry extend to every corner of the state," said Governor Richardson.  "These programs help make it possible for students throughout the state-especially in rural New Mexico-have the opportunity, in their own communities, to learn the skills and get the experience necessary to work in the highly competitive film industry."


The money is being allocated through the Governor's media fund, and is being distributed as follows:


Luna Community College, Las Vegas: $150,000

The Governor's allocation will fund the purchase of the basic equipment necessary to start a brand new program focusing on film technicians training specializing in the construction aspects of filmmaking. The program will train students in Las Vegas and surrounding communities in the film crafts most likely to be needed when film and television productions shoot in the Las Vegas area.


Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell:  $135,000

The funding will allow the expansion of an existing, very successful program that engages students in the entire filmmaking process.  ENMU-R has already produced a number of high caliber films.  The expansion will help involve at-risk students in area high schools and the use of a dual-credit program, which gives students a head start at college while encouraging them to graduate from high school.


New Mexico State University-Carlsbad: $100,000

The new money will fund the purchase of equipment that will allow the fledgling program at NMSU-C to reach more students and to teach them the practical skills necessary to get hired on a film or television production.


The major goals of Governor Richardson's focus on the film industry are clear and concise-

  • Create jobs for New Mexicans.
  • Create significant revenue for New Mexico, and
  • Provide training and support for our citizens to help build a sustainable, qualified work force for the future.


"I am looking forward to seeing what the next generation of New Mexico Filmmakers that comes through these programs is able to accomplish, which no doubt will be impressive," added the Governor.


Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 138 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3-billion.  There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.





Ashley Reese
Assistant to Trish Lopez
NM Filmmakers Program
NM Film Office
418 Montezuma Ave.
Santa Fe, NM  87501
(505) 476-5671 | filmmakers.nm@gmail.com | www.nmfilm.com


Eric Renz-Whitmore
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