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TV pilot ‘Capitol Barbie’ features all NM cast, crew

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Riley Del Rey is determined to showcase New Mexico talent.

The Albuquerque-based filmmaker is readying her latest TV pilot, “Capitol Barbie,” which will be 100% New Mexican.

The New Mexico Film Office announced the TV pilot on Friday. It will film in Albuquerque through March.

Filmmaker Riley Del Rey

“Capitol Barbie” is a “Mean Girls”-style political thriller about aspiring Latinos in Washington, D.C. Dolly is an intern who moves across the country to pursue her dreams of working on Capitol Hill. She ruffles the feathers of a politician vying to become the first Latina president, who then tries to kick her off the hill.

“The story is about the toxicity and gender dynamics in politics and law,” Del Rey said.

Del Rey is pulling triple duty as writer, director and producer.

According to the state Film Office, the production is employing about 40 New Mexico crew members, 20 principal New Mexico actors, and 40 New Mexico background talent.

Native New Mexican Elese Jones is featured as Dolly.bright spot logo

Jeanette Aguilar Harris, a life-long New Mexican who trained off-Broadway and was a series regular on CBS’ “Under Suspicion,” will play Melissa Lopez-Gaffney, an egoistic politician gunning to become the first Latina president.

The production will shoot at Amy Biehl High School and the University of New Mexico’s West Wing.

“We are using Amy Biehl to recreate the Capitol,” Del Rey said. “It’s going to be an amazing shoot.”

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