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Indie film, ‘Willenberger,’ begins production in NM

Actor Antony Starr will star in the film, “Willenberger.” AP/Victoria Will)

“Willenberger” is the latest production to film in New Mexico.

The independent film will begin principal photography mid-November and run through the end of December.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, production will take place in Roy, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Ewen Bremner is filming in New Mexico. (Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

“New Mexico’s powerful incentives, strong workforce, robust film infrastructure and incredible scenery make us an excellent location for independent productions,” said Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “We’re proud to welcome Willenberger to New Mexico.”

The production will employ 55 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 60 New Mexico background talent, according to the film office.

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The film stars Ewen Bremner, Antony Starr and W. Earl Brown.

It is a character driven comedy about sausages and friendship — the German sausage, that is.

W. Earl Brown will film “Willenberger” in N.M. (Paul A. Herbert/Invision/AP)

Set in small-town America, it’s a story about two men, hopeless dreamers, who join forces in a quest to erect the ultimate German sausage restaurant. The film is also a social satire about the nexus of fear, where religion becomes an intellectual cul-de-sac, and racism, homophobia and intolerance reign supreme.

It will be directed and produced by Ulrich Thomsen and co-produced by Steve Bakken.

“We were unsure what to expect coming to shoot our little indie film here in New Mexico, but all of our expectations have been exceeded. We arrived with a small budget and big dreams, and the local film community has come to our aid to help bring our story to life,” Bakken said.


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