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‘A great message’: ‘Agnostic’ to be shown at this year’s Santa Fe Film Festival

Luke Hawthorne knew he wanted to create a film with a message.

So he got to writing, and the result is the film “Agnostic,” which will screen on Feb. 17 as part of the Santa Fe Film Festival.

“We’re excited for the festival,” the Farmington-based filmmaker says. “We were selected for the Borderlands Film Festival, and it was a great experience.”

“Agnostic” is a faith-based film, and Hawthorne likes to call it “a modern-day moses and the burning bush.”

The story follows Chance, who is agnostic and not sure there is a God.

“He was raised in foster care without parents and ends up going to college on a football scholarship,” Hawthorne says. “He comes back to his hometown, and he gets into the lifestyle of fast women, fast money and fast cars. He gets in trouble for it. The lifestyle he chooses leaves him to die in the desert, and he finds that he can’t survive on his own.”

Director Luke Hawthorne

Hawthorne filmed the movie in 2016 and finished the editing in 2017.

He also was director and writer of the project.

“It was difficult to get this done,” he says. “We shot this on almost no budget, and we were lucky to use a million-dollar house, Lamborghinis and lowriders. It was super low-budget, and almost everybody in the film was on the project on a volunteer basis. We shot it over six days and it all went quickly.”

The film was shot entirely in Farmington, and Hawthorne had help from two of his New Mexico State University professors.

“Everyone came together to make this a spectacular film,” he says. “It was amazing to see people come together to make the film with a great message.”