Film Blitz set to strike LV

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Submitted to the Optic

Another film is going to be shot in Las Vegas. This one is a little different. The Las Vegas Film Blitz 2011 is coming to Las Vegas this month thanks to a partnership between Luna Community College, the International Alliance for Stage Theatrical Employees, Albuquerque Actors’ Studio, Eastern New Mexico University — Roswell, and New Mexico State University — Grants.

The Film Blitz is planned as a three-day production from May.

It is funded through a Carl Perkins Grant and contributions from the IATSE 480, the film technicians’ union.

The film project will be a five-minute music video based on the song “Don’t Stop Believin’” performed by Journey / Glee, with the main shooting taking place both inside and outside Robertson High School. Additional shots that do not disrupt traffic or business operations will be taken around Las Vegas showing members of the community holding signs that say “Don’t Stop Believin’ In Las Vegas,” “I Believe,” “Don’t Stop”, “We Love Las Vegas”, etc.

The main purpose of the event is to provide a unique educational opportunity for Las Vegas high school juniors and seniors and college students and to stimulate interest in Luna Community College’s new Film Technician Training Program.

The program is designed to train film technicians to work in New Mexico’s film industry.

The project is the project of Jon Hendry, business agent for the New Mexico film technicians’ union.
“I have been involved in making movies in Las Vegas since the 1980s, and it’s among my favorite locations. We are glad to help Luna and the Las Vegas community kick off their new Film Technician Training Program through this production,” said Hendry.

Hendry has assembled a team of professional film crew from the film programs at the ENMU and NMSU campuses to work with Las Vegas students on the project. Included on the team is the project director and choreographer, Lora Martinez-Cunningham of Albuquerque Actor’s Studio.

Martinez-Cunningham is a professional actor, director and choreographer. In addition to appearing opposite Denzel Washington in the Hughes Brothers’ post-apocalyptic thriller, The Book of Eli, her recent film credits include Passion Play, The United States of Tara, Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight. She recently wrapped up Bless Me Ultima.

Four actors and about 35 dancers are needed for the project. Casting calls are being held this and next week for West Las Vegas and Robertson High School students.

“To work with a talented and skilled crew on such a project as this is truly a golden and one-time opportunity,” said Rand Kennedy, director Luna Community College’s Mass Media Department. “I don’t think even Hollywood High gets such great opportunity.”

“Our primary goal is to provide a special and top quality educational experience to Las Vegas students, and to generate interest in the wide variety of jobs and careers available in the New Mexico film industry,’ said Kenneth Bachicha, project coordinator. “We hope this event will be a great and positive experience for the students, the community, and our guests who are coming here to help us.”

For further information about the Las Vegas Film Blitz 2011, contact Kenneth Bachicha at 505-718-6497.