Bridging Indigenous Filmmakers to New Mexican Businesses in 2020

It’s been a wild year for HSPF, but we couldn’t be more thrilled to Welcome the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) and its members to the film community! The AICC brings Native vendors & small businesses to the table to engage with the burgeoning NM Film Industry in 2020.  If you’re “in the biz” you know that hundreds of jobs are created through the filmmaking process. With 23 active studios in the state of New Mexico, the majority of them in the hub of NM film, Albuquerque, the demand is higher than ever for resources. Now is the perfect time to get involved! If you are a small business, this does not discount YOU.  In a recent poll taken by the NM Film Office, it was found that most Hollywood Studio productions engage with small businesses versus box stores and franchises.  

Photographed by Nadine Nagamatsu from left to right: Pony Vigil, Franklin The Boy, and Adam Chess.

Small businesses have more mobility and are able to work at the neck-break pace of film productions.  They also typically source their wares and materials locally, making every penny production spends rebatable through the state.  When a film crew is in-town to make a movie they often lease space. Let’s say, a scene is set in a diner. Production might want to lease a diner and are willing to pay the business what they would have made that week to utilize the space. Meaning, as a diner owner, I can make what I would have made that week, and pay all of my employees to take the week off…or consider offering catering services to production for additional income, while keeping my employees employed as well.

Photographed from left to right by Pony Vigil:  Marvis Aragoon Jr., Todd Christensen, Nadine Nagamatsu.

A transport business could be the next teamster team. Your local jeweler could be creating unique costume pieces for wardrobe department on a set. Do you have a craft, skill or small business? Register for your membership with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce TODAY, and don’t miss your chance to work with indigenous filmmakers in telling our stories from New Mexico through impactful local partnerships that will build and grow our community!

Holy Smokes: Project Film is looking forward to a film friendly 2020!

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Posted by Holy Smokes: Project Film on Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Written by Nadine Nagamatsu

Edited by Julie Vigil, author of “Agenda 22” 

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