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NM filmmakers to be honored

The New Mexico film industry continues to be a bright spot for the state.

There are many filmmakers who call the Land of Enchantment their home and make films in the state.

This is the impetus behind the New Mexico Film Office’s “New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase.”

The showcase will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Bank of America Theater, inside the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW.

The event will start with a networking hour. Food trucks will be on hand for those who want to purchase food or beverage. An awards ceremony including a panel with last year’s winners and the handing out of awards will begin at 6:30 p.m.

“One of the great aspects of a healthy, vibrant film industry is the opportunities it creates for New Mexicans to tell their own stories,” says Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico State Film Office. “We received submissions from Roswell, Las Cruces, Lovington, Española … all over the state. The quality of all the submissions and the films that have made it to the finals are a great example of the high level of talent we have in communities across the state.”

Awards will be presented for seven categories, as well as for best in show, wild card and an audience award.

The finalists are:

Comedy: “Canned Soup,” Laura Gayarre-Acacio, “Diva’s Perfect Posse Ep. 1.1 Perfect Pumps,” Christina Gopal, “Dog Bachelor,” Jamie Merideth, “The Backroom,” Albert Fry Jr., “The Love That Would Not Die 2,” Devon Ludlow.

Documentary: “How We See Them,” Jesse Fisher, “Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco,” Shebana Coelho, “Parade of Dreams,” Gabe Gillette, “The Mayors of Shiprock,” Ramona Emeson, “Wonderful Ed a Santa Fe Story,” Mark Shepherd.

Drama: “Agnosia,” Christopher Horn, “Chasing Sunset,” Robert Posey, “Pareidolia,” Erick Castillo, “Pieces of a Dream,” Carolyn Smith, “Undying,” Dominique Mazire.

Horror: “18 Minutes Of A Film That Refuses To Exist,” Christian Lemons, “The 7 Doors,” Alex Gianopoulos, “The Entrada,” Mark Lewis, “The Hitchhiker,” Aaron Lopez.

Music Video : “Medicine,” Ted Bolton, “Ruse Of Fools – Happy Song,” Sherwin Lau, “Memory – Not Over You,” Shaun Hettinger, “NM Roadtrip,” Lizette Casas, “Vanish. Abyss,” Dusty Deen.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy : “Apothecary’s Cage,” Josh Relic, “Flux,” James Perkins, “Of Stars & Magic,” Trevor Rogers, “Saturn Return,” Evan Curtis, “Shift,” Jac Roberts.

Student: “Bruises,” Kel Cruz, “Casuist,” LeRoy Grafe, “Pure Democracy,” Samuel Smith-Boyle, “Shovel and Gore,” Kristen Saiz, “The Next Page,” Addison Fulton.

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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