At a screening in Washington D.C. hosted by Paramount Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America, Fey chatted about the film and why the production chose New Mexico.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is based on the true story of Kim Barker, played by Fey, an American journalist that reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early 2000s.
On the decision to film in New Mexico, Fey cited the mountainous desert terrain, access to the Kirtland Air Force base, and the state’s film tax credit program.
“For us, the terrain matching well was great. And there are tax credits for our industry in New Mexico,” said Fey. “We were also very generously given access to Kirtland Air Force Base…. It was a perfect combination that made the movie possible.”
According to the MPAA, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” spent more than $16.6 million in New Mexico, including $924,000 on lodging, over $500,000 on transportation, and more than $520,000 on catering, baked goods, and other food items. The production team also hired 480 local cast and crew and over 1,640 local extras.
The film opens nationwide on Friday, March 4.
Also at the event was MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd and Viacom Executive Vice President of Global Government Affairs DeDe Lea, producer Lorne Michaels and screenwriter Robert Carlock. The screening took place at the United States Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater.