Saint Hood Productions is filming the pilot for “At the End of the Santa Fe Trail.”
The series follows the life of Sister Blandina, a 19th century nun who resided in New Mexico and has a deep history in the state.
In 1873, she had a directive to move to Santa Fe to help in religious settlement. While there, she built several schools and orphanages and collected funds to build St. Vincent Hospital. She visited and cared for Billy the Kid and other prisoners confined in the main prison in Santa Fe.
The pilot production employs 145 New Mexicans in the cast and crew members.
Tomas Sanchez and Mark Steinig, and Albuquerque company Maleko Grip & Rigging, are co-producing the pilot. Sanchez is directing the series, and Robert Young is the writer.
Sanchez said what makes this project unique is that it is a New Mexico story, funded in New Mexico and has a cast and crew that is about 90 percent New Mexican.
“This task requires lots of attention to history and demands that we hire the best New Mexican cast and crew to execute some very technically challenging film sequences,” he said.
Production has been taking place in Chama, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
“I am honored to tell Sister Blandina’s story with an incredibly talented cast,” Sanchez said.
Starring as Sister Blandina is Alma Sisneros. Jerry Hardin portrays Mark Twain.
Diane Hill Hardin is also collaborating as the production acting coach.
The cast also includes Steven Schub and Kristen Kollender, as well as local talent Luce Rains, Vic Browder, Jason Coviello and David Midthunder.
Allen Sanchez, president of CHI St. Joseph’s Children, petitioner for the cause of canonization of the Servant of God, Sister Blandina Segale, said, “Sister Blandina is well-known to the Catholic Church for her extraordinary life. I am thrilled that now Saint Hood productions will share her miraculous achievements with the whole world. Sister Blandina is a nun that interacted with everyone from Billy the Kid to Mark Twain. Blandina’s love and compassion touched everyone she met. She was noteworthy in her own time, and I am excited that her exemplary story will come to life in this television series.”
Last year, the Vatican confirmed that Sister Blandina is being considered for canonization.
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