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Praise for New Mexico: Star of Lifetime movie says ‘nothing compares’ to filmmaking in the state

New Mexico native Brytnee Ratledge stars in Lifetime’s “The Au Pair Nightmare.” The production filmed in Albuquerque in May 2019. (Courtesy of Lifetime)

Brytnee Ratledge is a storyteller.

She tells these stories through film and TV roles.

The Albuquerque resident finds herself in the starring role of “The Au Pair Nightmare,” airing and streaming on Lifetime.

As much as she’s enjoying the attention for the role, like many others in the industry, the actress is also waiting for productions to get rolling again.

“It was tough at first because everything has just stopped,” Ratledge says. “People need entertainment, and I’m very hopeful that things will open back up. Hopefully, it could be that more productions come to New Mexico.”

During her downtime from filming, Ratledge finds herself bonding more with the film community.

“When people say we’re like family, it’s true,” she says. “I’ve been on sets in LA, and nothing compares to New Mexico. Everyone here wants to see others succeed. It’s a blessing.”

The New Mexico native has risen up the ranks in the film industry to the starring role in “The Au Pair Nightmare.” The production was filmed for about three weeks in Albuquerque in May 2019.

Check out Page 11 to read more about Ratledge and her journey in film.

Stay-at-home measures are still in place, and we continue to bide time with TV and film on streaming services.

Inside this week’s Venue, there are reviews for “The Lovebirds” and “The Painter and the Thief.” Those reviews are on Pages 4 and 6, respectively.

Museums continue to be closed, and this week, we take an inside look at what the National Hispanic Cultural Center has developed for online programming.

From virtual art tours to podcasts and learning through Zoom, staff has went all outgone all-out in bringing culture to the masses. See the story on Page 8.

Our dining review this week features takeout dishes from Gobble This in Old Town. Th review is on Page 12.

As the health measures continue to be scaled back, keep your eyes on Venue for stories of things to do – as they begin to open up.

I appreciate the readers as you all are turning to Venue and the Albuquerque Journal each week.

Respectfully,
Adrian Gomez
Venue editor

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