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NM-based TV series ‘Behind the Yellow House’ begins filming in Belen

The TV series, “Behind the Yellow House,” is being filmed in Belen. (Courtesy of Velvet Yard Productions)

The journey for “Behind the Yellow House” has moved into its next phase.

After months of raising money, the New Mexico-based TV series is starting production.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the series is filming in Belen and is produced by Velvet Yard Productions.

The series is not only being shot in New Mexico but is based on a New Mexico woman’s growing up during the 1960s.

Of course, the names have been changed for the film. It tells the story of Maggie, a girl from Albuquerque who was connected to a witches’ coven in the Sandia Mountains. From childhood, the story follows Maggie to her predestined future with the coven.

Joel Vallie is signed on to direct. Executive producer Terry Futschik approached the Albuquerque resident about the project at a film festival.

The story gained his interest, but it was the fact that production was going to take place in New Mexico that won him over.

“I’ve been in Albuquerque for 10 years, and this is my home,” Vallie said. “Having the opportunity to be a part of this production and story is amazing. We have a strong New Mexico crew with us. Getting to tell the story of this woman who endured this and then comes out to be a functional person is amazing.”

Futschik is producing alongside New Mexico resident Brendan Fehr.

She said New Mexico was chosen for the production because of the state’s availability of talented cast and crew and its film tax incentives.

“New Mexico’s landscape brings such value to any film being shot in the state,” Futschik said.

Futshik is also executive director of the New Mexico Film Foundation.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ about 35 New Mexico crew members, six New Mexico principal actors, including, Beth Bailey, Marie Wagenman, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Taylor Rodriguez, Fehr and Angela Wilson, and 20 New Mexico background talent workers.

” ‘Behind the Yellow House’ is packed with not only a story that explores the tale of growing up in New Mexico, but is also being shot in Belen and employing a number of New Mexicans,” said Amber Dodson, New Mexico Film Office director.

The production raised more than $16,000 through the crowdfunding site Seed and Spark.

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