ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — G.A. Hauser always wanted one of her novels to head to the big screen.
The author’s wish came true when she trekked out from Los Angeles last year and traveled to the Land of Enchantment to make the independent film “Capital Games.”
“I worked hard to find a way to bring the film to life,” she says during an interview. “I’m a novice when it comes to film, so the entire experience was full of learning for me.”
“Capital Games” follows handsome, clean-cut Steve Miller, played by Eric Presnall, who quit the Los Angeles Police Department to work in the calm environment in the business office of a marketing firm.
When exotic British newcomer Mark Richfield, played by Gregor Cosgrove, is hired on, Miller’s jealousy amps up.
After a crazy night in the Santa Fe desert when a team-building exercise on a business retreat goes wrong, the two spend a night of passion that neither can forget. Torn between passionate love and passionate hatred, Miller and Richfield endure agonizing decisions that will affect their lives forever.
“It’s a love story,” Hauser says. “It’s not one in the sense that it’s too dramatic. It’s full of comedy and I really had fun bringing this to life.”
Hauser and her crew filmed for nearly a month in New Mexico, mostly in and around Santa Fe. They also filmed at High Feather Ranch in Cerrillos and only spent three days shooting in Los Angeles.
“I have to tell you the grandeur of the area is amazing,” she says. “I’ve never been there before and there’s this immense open air and space. You get these views and looking out at the terracota colors and landscape. The beauty of the area added to the film.”
Shane Keough also was cast as a lead in the film. He rose to fame on the Bravo TV show “The Real Housewives of Orange County” during its first handful of seasons.
Getting the cast was a feather in Hauser’s cap, because it was an independent film. She says after doing some casting calls in L.A., the leads were cast, but not without some bumps in the road.
“There was some difficulty because some of the actors who came in didn’t realize it was for a role of a gay man,” she says. “Eric and the others were brave because they are all straight men playing these roles. It took some courage. I understand that as new actors, they don’t want to get typecast, but it’s just a role and I commend the actors for taking a chance on this film.”
Hauser has the film on the festival circuit right now. It had its world premiere at the Q Fest in Philadelphia this summer.
“It was better than I could have expected,” she says. “When you look at what we did with the small budget we had, it’s very impressive.”
Getting to New Mexico, Hauser was impressed by the talent – both behind and in front of the camera. She says local actors such as Corrine Fox, Rebekah Apodaca, Paula Ray, John Schaaf and Paul Castor added so much to the film.
“And then there was Tyler Gendron, who was one of our New Mexico grips,” she says. “He was just phenomenal and helped out so much.”
Hauser says international cinematographer Peter Borosh joined the crew and helped make the film better.
“We were squeaking by on the budget that we had,” she says. “Then Peter came in and basically wanted to get a portfolio going in the U.S. He really advised all of us on the entire process and that helped a lot. Though he wasn’t the director, his advice was used tremendously.”
Hauser’s next step after the festival circuit is to release the film on DVD. She has been contacted by three different distributors.
“There’s a lot of potential out there,” she says. “But as I said, I’m a novice to the film business and I want the distribution deal to give us some legs with the film.”