‘Making a Killing’ filming locally

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The Associated Press and Optic Staff

The independent feature “Making a Killing” is filming in northern New Mexico.

State Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says principal photography is expected to continue through the end of October in Las Vegas and nearby Montezuma.

The film is being produced by CanAmPac3, LLC. The project will employ 20 New Mexico crew members, 15 local principal actors and 30 background talent.

Starring Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jai White and Sally Kirkland, the story follows a special investigator who is assigned to a murder in a Southwestern town and soon finds that underneath the surface is a foundation of lies and greed.

Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón says she’s pleased to welcome the film team and that her community makes for an amazing destination for those who love film.

Jamie Pelz, the writer of the film, appeared before the City Council on Wednesday evening, saying the movie could have been filmed anywhere, but they chose Las Vegas.

“There was no selling involved because you have it all ...,”  Pelz said. “The community is a wonderful place... Thank you for having us.”