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Greetings from the land of Enchantment

By Robyn Reede
Santa Fe, NM (The Hollywood Times) 5/4/17 – Busy, busy again.
Will Gardner to film in New Mexico, Production Company: Mona Vista Productions, It is being produced by: Michael Hagerty, Max Martini and Tony Mark and will Star: Max Martini, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise and JoBeth Williams. “Will Gardner” is the story of an Iraq War veteran – suffering from traumatic brain injury – who takes a spirited motorcycle trip across America picking up pieces of his life lost since combat.

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Max Martini, director and star of “Will Gardner.”
According to Mona Vista Productions, 30 percent of the film’s profits will be distributed to three charities that assist soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder and homelessness.
Inline imageGary Sinise will begin filming in New Mexico as part of the cast of “Will Gardner.” (Rich Fury/Associated Press)
Also filming according to New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis the television limited series “Waco” produced by The Weinstein Company, will begin principal photography mid-April thru the end of June in Santa Fe. The six part series will premiere on Paramount Network in 2018. “The Weinstein Company is known for high quality projects with intriguing storylines and ‘Waco’ is no exception,” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “A mini-series means a longer production time, more money being spent and more people working.” “We’re very happy to have ‘Waco’ here, particularly because of the number and variety of locations they’re using throughout Santa Fe County,” said County Manager Katherine Miller.
“Waco” is directed by John Erick Dowdle (“No Escape,” “As Above, So Below”) and Dennie Gordon (“Legion,” “Power,” “Empire”) along with producers Harvey Weinstein (“Six,” “Project Runway,” “Lion”), Salvatore Stabile (“The Sopranos,” “Rescue Me,” Revenge” “Power”) and Drew Dowdle (“No Escape,” “As Above, So Below”). Starring Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “Midnight Special”), Taylor Kitsch (“Lone Survivor,” “True Detective,” “The Normal Heart”), Paul Sparks (“Midnight Special,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Night Of”), Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “The Witness for the Prosecution”), Rory Culkin (“Signs,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Columbus”), Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Fargo,” “Vice Principals”) and John Leguizamo (“Bloodline,” “The Crash,” “John Wick: Chapter 2”). “Waco” will reveal the untold story exploring the true life details leading up to and chronicling the 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect, The Branch Davidians. Told from several perspectives of those most intimately involved in both sides of the conflict, this story has never been shared on television before and is surprising in its stark contrast to the media narrative at the time and what is remembered of Waco almost 25 years later.

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New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis also announced that the television pilot the “Scalped” produced by Horizon Scripted Television, Inc., will begin principal photography for the month of April in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Laguna Pueblo. “This is a particularly unique project dealing with modern day challenges and issues of cultural identity in Native American communities. The production has involved Native American advisors for input in presenting this sensitive subject matter.” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “Scalped” is the story based on a critically acclaimed sixty issue crime/western comic book series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guéra.
“Scalped” is directed by Adil El Arbi (“Black,” “Image,” “Broeders”) and Bilall Fallah (“Black,” “Image,” “Bergica”). Starring Gil Birmingham (“Twilight Saga,” “Hell or High Water”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas,” “The Tree of Life”), Alex Meraz (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”), Chaske Spencer (“Banshee,” “Sneaky Pete”), Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women,” “Winter in the Blood”) and Zahn McClarnon (“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” “Bone Tomahawk”),
“Mission Control”, a new pilot for CBS, will begin principal photography in New Mexico. Production will take place in Albuquerque. “Whenever we have another TV pilot, we have a good chance for another TV series to follow,” said New Mexico State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “I know New Mexico will do its part to make this pilot the best it can be and we look forward to the great TV series jobs it could bring.” “Mission Control” is produced by CBS Television Studios. The pilot is executive produced by Brian Buckner (“True Blood,” “Friends”), Andy Weir (“The Martian”), Chic Eglee (“Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead”), Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood (“Designated Survivor”), and Slingshot Global Media’s Courtney Conte (“That 70’s Show,” “Grounded for Life”) and Quan Phung (“Whitney”). The pilot is directed by Jeremy Podeswa (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones”). “We welcome CBS Television’s ‘Mission Control’ pilot to Albuquerque for filming,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “The film industry continues to be strong in our city, providing high paying and creative jobs to our citizens.” The pilot stars Poppy Montgomery (“Unforgettable,” “Without a Trace”), David Giuntoli (“Grimm”), Peyton List (“Frequency,” “Blood and Oil”), Wunmi Mosaku (“Fearless”), Levi Fiehler (“Ray Donovan,” “The Fosters”) and Nestor Serrano (“Revenge,” “24”). “Mission Control” focuses on the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists.