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Indie feature ‘Firstness’ begins production in southeast NM

Rural New Mexico is getting its share of film projects.

The independent film, “Firstness,” is in production in southeast New Mexico.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the principal photography is taking place in Carrizozo, Tularosa, Capitan, Ruidoso and Alamogordo.

The film is one of the first to take advantage of new tax film tax credit in New Mexico that provides an extra 5% incentive for productions in areas outside the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor, said Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary.

NM Economic Development Department Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.

” ‘Firstness’ shows that New Mexico welcomes small independent films as well as major productions,” said Keyes. “This project is further evidence that our new film incentives are encouraging production companies to look at filming locations in smaller rural communities, growing the industry in all corners of the state.”

“Firstness” tells the story of Tavi, a precocious, nonbinary kid living in rural New Mexico, who becomes fascinated by a formerly incarcerated artist named Julian, after witnessing him fall off his bike one day.

Tavi and Julian strike up an unlikely friendship, drawing disdain from their neighbors and philosophical wonder from each other.

Meanwhile, Tavi’s dad Keith battles his demons in an outpatient therapy group with an eclectic crew of small-town weirdos.

According to the film office, the production will employ five New Mexico crew members, one New Mexico actor, and two New Mexico background actors.

The feature is directed by Brielle Brilliant and produced by Bridget Botchway. It stars Tim Kinsella, Allex Jording and Caleb Cabrera.

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