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TNT Films TV Western Series Pilot in New Mexico

TNT is banking on the Old West.

Production on the pilot episode of “The Tin Star” for TNT began in late October and will run through the middle of the month.

“The Tin Star” is a Western TV series set in the 1880s and tells the story of three brothers, The Flynns, who step in to save the town of Gateway when the sheriff, who is their father, is murdered. The trio are pitted against a corrupt cattle baron determined to take over the town.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ at least 130 New Mexico crew members and more than 350 principal and background talent.

Cam Gigandet stars as Jake Flynn, who along with his brothers Terence, played by David Denman, and Daniel, played by Keir O’Donnell, battle to keep Gateway safe.

The town is located in Colorado.

The pilot is being produced by Karen Moore, who has been nominated for an Emmy for “Breaking Bad,” and unit production manager and Oscar winner and Santa Fe resident Tony Mark. Mark won an Oscar for producing “The Hurt Locker.”

Danny Cannon, Deran Sarafian and New Mexico resident Bruce McKenna are executive producers of the film.

Gigandet has appeared in “Burlesque,” “Easy A” and “Twilight.” Denman appeared in “Big Fish,” “Fair Game” and “Smart People,” while O’Donnell has appeared in “Wedding Crashers” and “The Runaways.”

The film also stars Oscar winner Keith Carradine, who plays Frank Sarr. Sarr acts as a surrogate father after the Flynn brothers lose their dad.

The series has been shooting in Galisteo, La Cienega and Valles Caldera.

Also, the Film Office announced the independent feature film, “Stars,” is shooting in Santa Fe, EspaƱola, Galisteo and Pecos through late November. It will employ about 45 New Mexico crew members and more than 125 principal actors and extras.

It tells the story of Glen Sweet as he takes to the open road to escape his structured suburban world. As he drives through the American West, he decides to commit suicide on his birthday.

But as he reaches out to people from his past and encounters new acquaintances, he begins to give the value of his life a second thought.

The film is directed by Derrick Borte and produced by Scott Lochmus and Bill Perkins.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal

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