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Independent feature ‘Icebox’ to film in ABQ, Española

Diego Luna, left, and Gael Garcia Bernal are producers on “Icebox,” which is filming in New Mexico. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The film “Icebox” tells the story of a young boy trapped inside America’s immigration process.

The independent feature film will begin principal photography in the Land of Enchantment this month.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the feature will be in production through early August in Albuquerque and Española.

Anthony Gonzales will star as Oscar in the film, “Icebox.”

“We welcome ‘Icebox’ to New Mexico. In addition to the economic impact for crew and vendors, ‘Icebox’ will employ 40 New Mexicans in principal roles. That is testament to the deep talent pool of actors we have here in our state,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis.

The film follows Oscar, played by Anthony Gonzales. The boy is forced to leave his home country in Honduras and he attempts to reach his uncle in the U.S.

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The production will also employ 80 New Mexico crew members and about 500 background actors.

Starring alongside Gonzales is Genesis Rodriguez, Matthew Moreno and Omar Leyva.

It is directed by Daniel Sawka.

And the producers are some heavy hitters James L. Brooks, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell, David S. Greathouse and New Mexico co-producer Brent Morris.

“Albuquerque is pleased to be the home base for yet another film that employs many New Mexicans,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Our economy is benefiting from the film industry which is continuing to do well in our city and state.”

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