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The ‘Monday’ rush: Albuquerque filmmaker opens up about feature film

Albuquerque filmmaker Alejandro Montoya Marin made the film “Monday” in 13 days. (Courtesy of Alejandro Montoya Marin)

Albuquerque filmmaker Alejandro Montoya Marín got the opportunity of a lifetime when he appeared on “Rebel Without a Crew” on the El Rey Network.

The premise of the series is to pit filmmakers against each other in making a film. It is the brainchild of acclaimed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

The twist is they have $7,000 and no crew.

After the competition was over, Montoya Marín completed the film, “Monday,” which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Production on the set of “Monday.” (Courtesy of Alejandro Montoya Marin)

Catching up with Montoya Marín to talk about five things that people don’t know about his experience making “Monday.”

1 “The weather was insane. One day we were at 93 degrees and the next day it was 40-something with rain. It was actually in the show. We set up all the equipment and then, ‘BAM!.’ It begins raining and we had to take the equipment next door up a hill.”

2 “I screamed at a Robert Rodriguez on set. I didn’t know it was him and he was there to check up on me and the movie. All I saw was a tall shadow. ‘Hahaha.’ I had to direct.”

3 “The villain was originally a man. But because the actor couldn’t attend I flipped it to a woman.”

4 “The director of photography also did sound and grip.”

5 “Team ‘Monday’ finished in 13 days.”

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