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‘Deeply Superficial’ look at life: TV pilot filmed in Albuquerque takes home six film festival awards

A behind-the-scenes look at the pilot of “Deeply Superficial,” created by Keith Allen West, far left. (Courtesy of Russell Maynor)

When Keith Allen West puts his mind to it, something gets accomplished.

The Albuquerque resident’s latest venture is in the acting world.

He is the mastermind behind the comedy pilot “Deeply Superficial,” which recently picked up six awards at the Queen Palm International Film Festival.

“A few years ago, I made a concerted effort to enter the film and TV world,” West says. “As I was working and going to classes, it occurred to me that I have a funny story to tell.”

West worked for months crafting the script for “Deeply Superficial.”

The series takes a look at the life of a middle-aged, gay, divorced man and his life.

“My goal is to write, produce, and cast more comedic series in New Mexico,” West says. “From the inception of ‘Deeply Superficial,’ it was really important to me to hire a female director.”

Enter Michelle Tomlinson, who is also a acting teacher and coach.

” ‘Deeply Superficial’ is an incredibly fun and refreshing show,” Tomlinson says. “The characters are well developed and the story is solid. It’s funny and clever and I am truly excited and honored that Keith has reached out to me to direct.”

The pilot picked up a gold award for West for best actor. A silver award for best editing. Four bronze awards for best director, best web pilot series, screenplay and best actress for Teddy Eggleston.

West and crew filmed in September 2019 in Albuquerque.

West and Eggleston are joined by Vic Browder, Basil Hoffman, Cindy Lippert, Mike Miller, Richard Lippert, Doug Montoya, Ben Nolte, Angela L. Wilson and Alaina Warren Zachary.

“It’s like this core group of people that I met during classes,” West says. “Vic Browder and Doug Montoya’s characters are based off people that I know. They were the ones to play these roles. They did just a great job.”

A behind-the-scenes look at the pilot “Deeply Superficial,” which picked up six awards recently. (Courtesy of Russell Maynor)

In getting inspired for “Deeply Superficial,” West wanted it to have a 1980s sitcom feel, as if it were done on a soundstage.

Then he looked at “Melrose Place” and how it was shot all in one location.

“My house is so fun and interesting,” West says. “It worked beautifully and we filmed the whole thing in two days.”

The series is submitted to various festivals and West is continuing to pitch the series.

“This series is my shot at producing as well,” he says. “I’ve had a lot of advice in getting it to where it’s at. I think it resonates with a lot of people because the message is universal. What is it like to be single and divorced.”

 

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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