Local actor was happy to sink teeth into a role in 'Fowl' - Albuquerque Journal

Local actor was happy to sink teeth into a role in ‘Fowl’

Christopher James Hagen stars as Stiff Miller in the short film, “Fowl.” (Courtesy of Ross Marks)

Through the pandemic, many people were forced to pivot.

In Christopher James Hagen’s case, the film industry slowed to a halt for months.

“It was rough,” he says. “But I knew there were great things to come.”

He was right.

Along came the project, “Fowl,” written and directed by Las Cruces-based filmmaker Ross Kagan Marks.

The short film tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Stiff Miller and Louie Hernandez, who are both in an assisted living facility during COVID times.

Miller is bitter and angry because he is dealing with kidney failure, along side being on oxygen and in a wheelchair.

Meanwhile, Hernandez is diagnosed with the onset of dementia and maintains his sweet and innocent demeanor. Both men are living out their last days at the facility.

From left, Bruce Klefstad as Louie Hernandez and Christopher James Hagen stars as Stiff Miller in the short film, “Fowl.” (Courtesy of Ross Marks)

Hagen plays Miller and Bruce Klefstad is Hernandez.

“It was a wonderful experience working with Ross and the rest of the crew,” Hagen says.

Hagen traveled from Santa Fe to Las Cruces in November 2020.

Klefstad flew himself in from Phoenix for the role.

“We rehearsed for a day and filmed for two,” Hagen says. “On this project, everyone had the same goal.”

Hagen says Marks told the cast and crew that he decided to write “Fowl,” when the pandemic moved through and shut down the industry.

The process was also an outlet for Marks to deal with the death of his father-in-law, Mark Medoff, in April 2019.

“Ross told us that he realized that he had written from some of his experiences with his father-in-law,” Hagen says.

Brian Espinosa is the executive producer, and Kyle Ivy and Keagan Karnes were co-producers. Marks, who is also an associate professor at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University, enlisted some of his former and current students on the production.

Hagen says the production felt super safe with everyone following the COVID-safe guidelines for film.

Testing happened before everyone got on set.

“This was one of my first productions back from the pandemic,” he says. “It felt really good to sink my teeth into the role. I can tell you that I’ve never sworn so much.”

Hagen has also been involved in the upcoming Amazon series, “Outer Range,” which is a contemporary Western.

“One of the best things was staying at the Hotel Castaneda in Las Vegas, New Mexico,” he says. “I’ve been part of the film industry for years now and I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

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.

Home » Blogs » Local actor was happy to sink teeth into a role in ‘Fowl’


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Jemez Mountain Brewhouse opens its doors
Blogs
The recently opened brewery, located at ... The recently opened brewery, located at 17691 N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs, offers plenty of local craft beers including a few of its own.
2
Filmmaker knew action thriller 'Hot Seat' had to be ...
Blogs
The premise of 'Hot Seat' follows ... The premise of 'Hot Seat' follows the story of an ex-hacker is forced to break into high-level banking institutions, as another man must try ...
3
One of ABQ’s newest speed cameras stolen off its ...
ABQnews Seeker
Just over two weeks after the ... Just over two weeks after the city's mobile speed enforcement device on Lead at Cornell started issuing tickets, vandals removed the camera box
4
Film to document 100 years of Zozobra in 2024
Arts
In two years, the 100th anniversary ... In two years, the 100th anniversary of Zozobra will take place. On Monday, Hutton Broadcasting announced its collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Santa ...
5
Safe House Distilling Co. unveils canned vodka cocktail with ...
Blogs
The canned line has extended to ... The canned line has extended to its Green Chile Bloody Mary, as well as its collaborations with the Albuquerque Isotopes that include its Teller ...
6
World War II epic 'Wolf Hound' now available on-demand
Blogs
'Wolf Hound' features action sequences using ... 'Wolf Hound' features action sequences using vintage aircraft.
7
Toltec Brewing shuts it doors after 4 years
ABQnews Seeker
In four years, Toltec Brewing was ... In four years, Toltec Brewing was able to make its mark in Albuquerque. That run came to an end on Thursday, June 16. The ...
8
TorC brewery named NM's best independent brewery by web ...
Blogs
Yelp, which publishes customer reviews and ... Yelp, which publishes customer reviews and recommendations for various types of businesses, analyzed user-submitted reviews of breweries in every state to determine the best ...
9
'Dark Winds' debuts with 1.38M viewers
Entertainment
'Dark Winds' is making an impact ... 'Dark Winds' is making an impact with viewers. The AMC series debuted on Sunday, June 12, with 1.38 million viewers, which is a good ...