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UNM alum planning short film in bid to become a director

Lindsy Campbell is becoming a force in the New Mexico film industry.

Starting off as an actor, the University of New Mexico alum is making the jump behind the camera as a director.

“I’m really pursuing this career as hard as I can,” she says. “It’s everything I’ve ever wanted to do.”

Campbell is in the beginning stages of her next project – the short film “The Divorce.”

She’s currently raising the funds through Indiegogo.

And when the crowdfunding campaign ends, she will film the production in New Mexico.

“My intention was to always film it in the state,” she says. “I want the entire crew to be from New Mexico.”

Campbell says “The Divorce” is a revengeful dark comedy that accentuates just how awful divorces can be.

The script is complete, and Campbell has found a lead actor for the film.

Navid Negahban signed on to the project months ago.

He’s appeared in the film “12 Strong” as Gen. Dotsum and will appear as the Sultan in the coming “Aladdin” live action film.

Campbell met Negahban while working on “12 Strong.”

“Navid and I became buddies after I met (’12 Strong’ director) Nicolai Fuglsig,” she says. “Nicolai saw my content and my actor’s reel, and I shadowed him for as many days as I could on ’12 Strong.’ That’s when I met Navid and he told me he wanted to play the lead in the film. That was a huge gesture. It helped build my confidence in this project.”

Campbell is looking for a lead actress and says she might come from New Mexico.

“I think having Navid attached to the project will help raise the profile of the production,” Campbell says. “I’m going to film the short for $10,000. If we raise more than that, then it only adds to the possibilities of putting the film in festivals.”

Campbell plans to film in mid- to late May.

A single location is still being scouted.

Campbell says having Negahban on board gives her a lot of support.

“Navid is an individual who has no problem sending the elevator back down,” she says. “That has been a gift in my life. I made a decision about a year ago to change my life and really start focusing on making my dreams a reality. Six days later, I was shadowing Nicolai. Now Navid is in my film. Having someone believe in your work and have no ego is a great thing. It’s been one of the most amazing things to happen in my career.”

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