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Film about gay couple, 10-year-old boy a ‘love letter to Santa Fe’

Andrew Fleming has been busy on the road with his latest film project, “Ideal Home.”

He’s been taking it to various film festivals across the country.

He’s done six screenings in six states.

“It was fun,” he says. “People seem to enjoy the movie.”

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd on the set of “Ideal Home” in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Andrew Fleming)

“Ideal Home” stars Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd. It follows Erasmus, played by Coogan, and Paul, played by Rudd, a gay couple whose life is turned upside down when a 10-year-old boy shows up at their door claiming to be Erasmus’ grandson.

The men aren’t ready to give up their lifestyle to be parents.

The film is now available digitally through Google Play, Amazon and iTunes.

For about five weeks in the spring of 2016, Fleming and crew filmed in Santa Fe.

Fleming was excited about returning to the Land of Enchantment. He filmed “Hamlet 2” in 2008 with Coogan in Albuquerque.

“I love Santa Fe and spent a lot of time there,” he says. “When I shot in Albuquerque, I was up in Santa Fe talking to a producer and we were staying up in a house up there. We hatched the idea of doing a film and setting it in Santa Fe. It was kind of a way to make sure that I could come back to Santa Fe and film there.”

Fleming says the original script was titled “Land of Enchantment,” but felt it would be confusing to people outside of the region.

He also wanted to film Santa Fe in a way nobody has seen.

“It’s just a really beautiful and magical place,” he says. “It feels like I hadn’t seen it on film. People shoot lots of movies there, and it’s always doubling for something else. It’s rarely playing itself. It’s a very visual place.”

From left, Paul Rudd, Javier Gonzales, Steve Coogan and Andrew Fleming on the set of “Ideal Home” in Santa Fe. (Courtesy of Andrew Fleming)

Fleming, who also wrote the script, says finding the right home in Santa Fe was a quest.

“Once we found the house in Rancho Allegre, this was the major piece to the movie,” he says. “We then filmed on Canyon Road and at Meow Wolf. We really used all of Santa Fe. They understood that in a way this film is a love letter to Santa Fe, and the city just opened the doors.”

Fleming is also known for his work on the 1990s films “The Craft” and “Threesome.” Recently, he’s helmed episodes of the series “Younger” and “Insatiable.”

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