ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Brendan Fehr instantly fell in love with New Mexico.
Over the past half decade, he’s had numerous projects film in the state, including the NBC show, “The Night Shift.”
He’s moved his family from California and he continues to make waves in the local film industry.
“I’m trying my best,” he says during a recent interview from Los Angeles where he’s shooting with a film. “I’m shooting with Eoin Macken and some of ‘The Night Shift’ crew. Eoin missed us so much, that he wrote a script and got it produced so we can get it back together.”
The project is one of a full slate of films for Fehr.
He wants to film some of them in New Mexico.
The first is “Baron and Toluca” or “B+T.” It follows ex co-stars and exes in real life, Jake Baron, played by Fehr and Toluca Mendez, played by Majandra Delfino as they find themselves reunited in a familiar town in New Mexico.
But when they experience a blackout and find themselves branded, they must set aside their bickering and team up to unravel the eerie abductions that threaten to take them for good.
With the local sheriff, Miles Sorrenti on their side, these three will join forces to put the pieces in place.
Fehr and Delfino appeared on the late-1990s series “Roswell” together.
The duo is currently crowdfunding the project through Indiegogo and have reached about 75% of their goal.
“Because we were on ‘Roswell’ together, we wanted to give something back to the fans,” Fehr says. “The fans are pitching in and supporting the project. We also don’t want to reproduce what we did on ‘Roswell.’ We want to create some new magic and ‘Baron and Toluca’ is the way.”
While the nostalgia is there because of the actors, Fehr says the pair wanted to create something that has its own footprints.
“We thought the best thing to do is find a patch of mud and make our own path,” he says.
The Indiegogo campaign has just more than a month left and Fehr says the support has been amazing.
“The fans never cease to amaze me,” he says. “When ‘Roswell’ was on, we were saved not once, but twice with the Tabasco bottle campaign. This was way before social media took over. Fans physically sent bottles of Tabasco to Fox and WB headquarters. It required effort to get the campaign to work. Back then, I was too naive to see how big of a deal it was. I’m more fully aware and I’m grateful for the support we’re getting on ‘B+T.’ ”
Fehr is also involved with an upcoming series called, “Behind the Yellow House,” which he is executive producing.
The film is produced by Terry Futschik and directed by Joel Vallie.
The series follows Maggie, a girl from Albuquerque who was connected to a witch’s coven in the Sandia Mountains.
“It takes place and it’s a New Mexico true story,” Fehr says.
Fehr wants to keep both projects in New Mexico.
“They’ve done a great amount of work to attract shows, productions and businesses,” he says of the industry. “To be in the same place with these things is amazing. I’m really a family and community guy. I would love to create something more New Mexico. We want to keep ‘Baron and Toluca’ in New Mexico. We want to go as local as we can.”
Fehr says “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” have both shown how to showcase and utilize New Mexico and its workers.
His project “Wilder” was shelved with the pandemic, but he hopes to resume it next year.
“New Mexico, it’s not going to be right for every project and fortunately, the three projects that I have next up on my plate, it’s perfect,” he says. “I want to bring something and contribute something to the local economy. I want to involve the pueblos and indigenous people. That would be such an amazing things. Giving back to the local economy is something that is close to my heart.”