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‘Power in writing’: Pandemic forced filmmaker, director, storyteller to ‘go inward’

Editor’s note: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.

Rebekah Wiggins didn’t let the pandemic slow her down.

Over the years, the fifth-generation New Mexican has carved out a niche for herself in the film industry.

She’s even made the move out of state to follow the industry, where she worked in various roles.

Late last year, Wiggins moved back to Albuquerque.

“I was always a producer, and now I’m a filmmaker and storyteller,” she says. “I feel like the pandemic gave me a lot of fuel, because I had to go inward. I had to face my own demons. I had some time to think about w

Rebekah Wiggins on the set of the “One Shot” video. (Courtesy of Rebekah Wiggins)

hat I wanted to say. That’s where I found my power in writing. That’s where the message gets out.”

Wiggins has also been teaching acting classes remotely through her company, Southwest Scene Works.

“I’ve had over 75 major student bookings,” she says of her time as a coach. “These are leads on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video shows. I’m excited to share my knowledge with the students.”

Rebekah Wiggins directing “Clownfish,” which was done remotely using Zoom and the Filmic Pro app. (Courtesy of Rebekah Wiggins)

If leading acting classes weren’t enough, Wiggins has been working on a one-hour TV pilot she was hired to complete.

She also directed the “One Shot” music video for Albuquerque-based band Prism B!tch.

Not to forget she’s preparing the pilot episode of her female-driven Gothic Western TV series, “Savage Lot.”

“It’s been so busy,” she says. “The last year and a half, I’ve lived in five different states and worked as a writer, actor, director and producer. I also did some work as an intimacy coordinator.”

Over the course of her film career, Wiggins has worked nearly in every position.

Rebekah Wiggins directing “Ushering in the Light” during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Rebekah Wiggins)

Each experience has helped her climb the ladder and become a creator and work above the line.

She’s also very interested in writing female-driven stories of survival.

“Telling stories of unconditional love between women, roots and family is important,” she says. “It’s about crafting something together that the audience can take away an experience with the human condition.

All of the experience she’s collected over the years has helped her execute various projects by adapting to the unknown.

“The pandemic changed the way the film industry is structured now,” she says. “I directed an entire project via Zoom recently. It was challenging, but we were able to come together and make it all work out.”

As Wiggins continues to blaze her own path, here are five things you probably didn’t know about her:

1 “I have a degree in commercial music and audio engineering.”

2 “I toured and played with a female bluegrass duet called The Middle Annes for two years. I play guitar and ukulele.”

3 “I got into the film industry by doing hair and makeup and special effects in film. I came from no training, and I didn’t even go to a high school with a drama program.”

4 “I directed a film completely remotely this year from Montana.”

5 “I’m dance-obsessed, and I dance every day. And I have a fake tooth.”

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