New Mexico – A Movie Scene

By Nathalie Bonnard-Grenet

I fell in love with the Southwest and especially with New Mexico, and I am not the only one… With its extraordinary light, beautiful and diversified landscapes, and very few days of rain, New Mexico is perfect for filmmakers. Furthermore, our governor (Bill Richardson) does what it takes to attract the film industry in this State, by creating incentives. Movies have been made for 100 years in the ‘Land of Enchantment’. Thomas Edison filmed the first one! Indian Day School (1898) – a one-minute silent film. From Classical westerns to more modern tales, from old favorites to never heard of films, New Mexico is well celebrated in film.

Here are some film history movies captured in NM: Easy Rider, Silverado, The Grapes of Wrath, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Milagro Bean Field War. And from a more recent perspective: No Country for old men, which won the Academy Award for the best picture in 2007, Little Miss Sunshine, Brokeback Mountain (2005), Transformers (2007), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Swing Vote (2008), Sunshine Cleaning (2008)… Just to name a few. Throughout the year, Film Festivals have flourished all over New Mexico, and attract many visitors. If you are a fan of movies, this is another reason to come visit Santa Fe, its surroundings, and movie locations.

Of course, since many films are made here, many celebrities live in the ‘Land of Enchantment’ or visit regularly. They enjoy the life style and the relative peace they have when going around town. Come discover New Mexico and see for yourself why this is a ‘place of choice’ for films!

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