Pre-Production: Oct-December, 2012
Principal Photography: January, 2013
Completion: September, 2013
Location: New Mexico, Ireland
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Genre: Music Comedy
Logline: A young wanna-be musician joins an avant-garde pop band led by Frank, an enigmatic genius.
Pre-Production: Sept-October, 2011
Principal Photography: November-December, 2011
Completion: Spring 2012
Location: New Mexico
Director: Antoinette Beumer
Cast: Holly Hunter, Carice Van Houten, Jelka Van Houten
Genre: Road Movie
Logline: Two sisters journey from Holland to New Mexico, in search of a reunion with their birth mother.
BLAZE YOU OUT
Pre-Production: July-August, 2011
Principal Photography: September, 2011
Completion: Spring, 2012
Location: Espanola & Northern New Mexico
Director: Diego Joaquin Lopez & Mateo Frazier
Cast: Elizabeth Pena, Mark Adair-Rios, Veronica Diaz-Carranza
Genre: Action Drama
Logline: An unyielding young woman ventures into a ruthless underworld to save her sister.
JUST LIKE A WOMAN
Pre-Production: June, 2011
Principal Photography: July, 2011
Completion: Fall, 2011
Location: New Mexico
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Cast: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Faharani
Genre: Road Movie
Logline: Two belly dancers hit the road to avoid problems at home and find themselves in New Mexico.
Pre-Production: January, 2011
Principal Photography: Feb-March, 2011
Completion: Fall, 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; Watertown, CT
Director: Christopher Neil
Cast: Graham Phillips, David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Ty Burrell, Justin Kirk, Keri Russell
Genre: Comic Drama
Logline: A teenager struggles with a complicated home life and his first year at prep school.
Pre-Production: May, 2010
Principal Photography: July - Sept, 2010
Completion: April 15, 2011 (Airdate on Disney Channel)
Director: Patricia Riggen
Cast: Bridget Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko
Logline: A Disney Channel Original Movie about a group of high schoolers who meet in detention and form the best band ever.
MADE IN NEW MEXICO DOCUMENTARY
Pre-Production: March 2010
Principal Photography: April 2010 - June 2011
Completion: February 2012
Location: New Mexico
Director: Brent Morris, David Schweitzer
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Virginia Madsen, Lisa Strout, John Armijo, Alton Walpole, Mark Medoff, Wes Studi, etc.
Logline: An inside look at the film and media-making industry in New Mexico focusing on the tax incentives that fueled a boom in production and created political controversy.
A YEAR IN MOORING
Pre-Production: Oct, 2009
Principal Photography: Nov - Dec, 2009
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Director: Chris Eyre
Cast: Josh Lucas, Ayelet Zurer, James Cromwell
Logline: A man spends a season restoring a sailboat, learning to reconnect with the world after a painful tragedy.
Pre-Production: May, 2009
Principal Photography: May - Dec 2009
Completion: June, 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Director: Brent Morris & Reinhard Lorenz
Cast: Eva Encinias-Sandoval & the students/professionals of the National Institute of Flamenco
Logline: A master teacher’s dance school explores the culture, traditions and passions of flamenco – from its gypsy beginnings to its role in the twenty-first century.
Pre-Production: Oct-Nov '08
Principal Photography: Dec 08 - Jan '09
Completion: Fall, 2009
Location: Albuquerque, other NM TBD
Director: Markus Goller
Cast: matthius Schweighofer, Friedrich Mucke
Genre: Road Movie - serio/comedy
Logline: Two East German buddies travel cross-country in 1989, searching for a mysterious father in San Francisco.
BEER FOR MY HORSES
Pre-Production: December 07-January 08
Principal Photography: Feb-March, 2008
Completion: August, 2008
Location: Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico
Director: Michael Salomon
Cast: Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Ted Nugent, Claire Forlani, Tom Skerritt, Willie Nelson
Genre: Country Road Comedy
Logline: An Oklahoma Sheriff and his posse head down to Mexico to rescue his girlfriend from the bad guys...comedy ensues.
TO LIVE AND DIE
Pre-Production: July, 2007
Principal Photography: August-Sept., 2007
Completion: February, 2008
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Joe Pantoliano, Carmen Serano
Genre: Action Thriller
Logline: A police officer with a painful past returns to Albuquerque, enlisted by the FBI to help capture a mastermind assassin.
Pre-Production: March-April, 2007
Principal Photography: May, 2007
Completion: Fall, 2007
Location: Stamford & Bridgeport, Connecticut
Director: Roel Reine
Cast: Steven Seagal, Paul Calderon, Lance Henriksen, Renee Goldsberry
Genre: Action Thriller
Logline: An ex-cop with a heavy gambling debt is coerced by a mysterious group into assassinating top criminals in an East Coast city.
Pre-Production: April-June, 2006
Principal Photography: July, 2006
Completion: Tribeca Film Fest-4/27/07; Theatrical release 1/08
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Director: Zak Penn
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, Chris Parnell, Dennis Farina, David Cross, Ray Romano, Werner Herzog
Logline: Various characters enter the Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the Grand Championship of Poker, determined to win big bucks to satisfy their various agendas.
HOW TO ROB A BANK
Pre-Production: Jan-Feb, 2006
Principal Photography: Feb-March, 2006
Completion: Early 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Director: Andrews Jenkins
Cast: Nick Stahl, Erika Christensen, Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews, David Carradine
Genre: Bank Heist Comedy/Thriller
Logline: When he inadvertently walks into a bank robbery, a young man forges an uncertain alliance with his captors while negotiating his release with the SWAT team outside.
2-2-12 | Made in New Mexico Premieres
Yesterday we premiered our long-time coming doc on the film industry "Made in New Mexico" to a packed, appreciative and 99% industry crowd in Santa Fe. Now the goal is to take it to the people of New Mexico and are off to promote it in 9 cities around the State. We are proud to have finished this film after two years and by crowd-funding most of it, it give me encouragement for the future of making passionate, target audience films that aim to make a difference.
1-9-12 | Busy Year
2011 was a very busy year for me and independent film production here in New Mexico. I line produced four indie films - all directed with passion and intelligence - and I wish them all well as they finish post production. Goats - directed by Christopher Neil - is premiering at Sundance this January. Just Like a Woman was a fun romp with French/Algerian master director Rachid Bouchareb. Blaze You Out is an intense action thriller, directed with a ton of heart by Espanola locals Joaquin Lopez and Mateo Frazier. And Jackie, a Dutch film, brought together some fine talents including the beautiful Van Houten sisters from Amsterdam, with Oscar-winner Holly Hunter in a tough and touching road trip.
1-11-11 | Debating the Film Incentives
New Governor Susana Martinez wants to cut back the New Mexico tax incentive to 15%, which would effectively put an end to outside productions picking our state to film in. A debate is scheduled at the NHCC tomorrow 1/11/11 where legislators pro and con will debate the future of our incentives here. We will be there with cameras to document this important event for "Made in New Mexico." The future of our film industry is dependent on making the case for the true economics of our industry -- growing a tax base, multiplying outside investment in many sectors of our economy and building careers.
10-22-10 | Filming - Film Industry Doc
Getting the band back together and am going to finish shooting material for the NM Film Industry Doc by end of year and our goal is to premiere at Media Day, Jan. 2011 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.
6-9-10 | Flamenco School Premiere & Festival Update
We had a terrific premiere last night at the Flamenco Festival Internacional de Albuquerque and kicked of the 5-day festival of dance and music here. We have also been accepted into the San Antonio and Philadelphia Independent Film Festivals later in June.
5-19-10 | New Mexico Film Industry Documentary
Since March, I have been directing & producing a new documentary project about the current state of the New Mexico film and media industries. My partners, David Schweitzer, Luca Ceccarelli and other filmmakers, are in the process of interviewing key figures such as Eric Witt, Virginia Madsen, Jeff Bridges, Lisa Strout, Mark Medoff and Wes Studi. We aim to combine these with field shoots on sets, backlots, and following different threads such as emerging filmmakers, native American filmmaking and historical references.
5-18-10 | Flamenco School premiere June 8 - 12 at the University of New Mexico
Flamenco School, the feature documentary, will premiere June 8 - 12 at the University of New Mexico during the International Festival of Flamenco. Tickets are available at the UNM Box Office in person, by phone (505) 925-5858 or (877) 664-8661, or unmtickets.com. Screenings: Tuesday June 8 @ 6 pm, Thursday June 10 @ 1:30 pm, Saturday June 12 @ 4 pm. Hope to see you there.
12-21-09 | NM Incentives draw fire again
The Albuquerque Journal continues to sponsor articles that seem aimed at attacking the successful film incentives our state uses to compete with an ever-increasing field of contenders... here is my response to the latest article, which in their defense they printed.
Friday, June 26, 2009
State Keeps Close Eye on Film Incentive Claims
I READ THE HEADLINE for “You Pay Millions for Secret Film Costs” with dismay. As a freelance producer and unit production manager who was enticed to move from Los Angeles to New Mexico in 2006, my existence here is largely due to the progressive state film incentive program which has been so successful it is now drawing fire from politicians like Rep. Dennis Kintigh.
I feel your salacious headline on what I read as an otherwise fairly objective column by Thom Cole presents yet again the film industry as some secret evil empire out to bilk the citizenry of New Mexico. This kind of policy will do nothing to help our status as a destination for filmmakers and production companies who spend millions more than they are rebated in our economy, on crew salaries, location rentals, equipment and supplies, and many more legitimate expenses. These are outside dollars, from Hollywood and other parts of the globe, that would otherwise be spent elsewhere.
As a producer in the process of obtaining a rebate from the state of approximately $4800 on a $25,000 project, I can testify first-hand that the auditing process for film expenditures is extremely precise and I must present multiple documents verifying eligibility for each claimed expense. The people at the state are professional and respectful of the process and if that includes keeping some information classified in the name of privacy, I think that is a small price to pay for the excellent job the film program is doing to keep millions of dollars of annual production coming to New Mexico — no small feat in this economy where many other states have caught on and are offering even more lucrative offers to producers.
BRENT MORRIS Albuquerque
5-21-09 | Flamenco School ... or going off the deep end
I'm co-directing/co-producing my first doc, a first-person look at a cultural treasure here in 'Burque -- the National Institute of Flamenco. After witnessing a couple of street performances by the troupe, my friend Reinhard Lorenz and I approached the exec. director, Eva Encinias-Sandoval, about documenting her school and her approach to life. She agreed and off we went. Three weeks in, we have shot about 7 hours of material and edited that down to 6 minutes for promo purposes. We're submitting to various entities for funding to enhance the production value. We envision staging dance sequences in front of iconographic New Mexico locations. It's a little like jumping into the deep end of a swimming pool, a little scary at first but immensely pleasurable. Flamenco is like an onion, peel away a layer and there's a lot more underneath. More updates later.
Meanwhile -- looking for a paying gig as well to finance my obsessions!
10-23-08 | Friendship! (the film)
Fall finds me working on a German serio-comic road movie about two young guys from East Berlin ca. 1989, who set out cross-country in search of a mysterious father in San Francisco. Produced by Oscar-winning producers Wiedemann & Berg ("The Lives of Others"), it is a great script from which we hope to make a funny, touching film with the majority of shooting days in New Mexico. I have also consulted and budgeted numerous other projects for 2009 and am gearing up to produce and direct a documentary about the "Tamalewood" production scene. As the season is upon us, let's Vote For Change and keep pushing forward more progressive films and inspiring visions.
3-19-08 | Spring has Sprung
Wrapped "Beer for My Horses" March 15. What a great shoot, starting with the generous spirits of stars Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent and Greg Serano. The film is due out this summer theatrically then DVD and Country Music Television in the fall. The New Mexico crew was extraordinary and despite snow, wind and the ever-present flu making for some difficult logistics we pulled off a funny, winning project. I am looking forward to going up to Maine April 6-12 to teach the AD/UPM/Line Producer workshop for the first time in two years. BTW Pistol Whipped has just been released on video and gotten some surprisingly good reviews for a late-career Seagal movie. The Grand opens in a limited and expanding release later in March.
11-20-07 | Thanksgiving
This fall has been good to me in New Mexico. I finished up UPM'ing some add'l photography on "Sunshine Cleaning," a great independent comedy from the producers of "Little Miss Sunshine." I am next going to be one of the producers on a comedy called "Beer for My Horses" by country star Toby Keith and Rodney Carrington. This film will shoot early 2008. With the Writers Guild and threatened Screen Actors Guild walk-out summer next year, a lot of producers are putting projects in the works and the crews are working non-stop here. We all hope for a quick resolution to labor unrest, but I have to support the writers who have asked for a fair piece of the digital pie. With Thanksgiving here, I give thanks to all those who have helped me on my way and hope I can repay the kindnesses in passing.
8-28-07 | Livin' and Dyin'
Shooting "To Live and Die" as Co-Producer/UPM, my first gig in New Mexico. Couldn't be happier working with a great crew & producers, director (Bob Kurtzman did visual FX on "The Devil's Rejects"). We are filming mainly in downtown Albuquerque featuring the Carom Club, the old Courthouse and Burt's Tiki Lounge. Joe Pantoliano is awesome as "Kaplow"... a Hannibal Lecter type with bomb-making skills.
6-26-07 | New Mexico summer project
Back from Connecticut, I will be the UPM of an Albuquerque shoot, "Angelmaker." More news on that as pre-production begins in July. The Seagal movie was a challenge on many levels...and now editing in Los Angeles. The director, Roel, was terrific in handling the limitations thrown at him and all in, we tried to elevate the quality of the film with heavy-duty action sequences and amazingly gritty urban locations in Connecticut. Met some good people back East but am happy to be back and enjoying the New Mexican summer.
2-20-07 | Connecticut Bound
I've been hired to produce the next Steven Seagal movie, "Marker", that will shoot in Connecticut this April - May. While I wanted to establish myself in New Mexico this spring, and had some good productive meetings with people about projects, ultimately everything I was up for pushed or "went another way" with a line producer. Connecticut has a 30% tax credit on eligible spend, and they don't exclude a lot of items. The challenge will be finding a local crew and pulling the film off in a tight 4 week schedule with 6 weeks of prep.
Hope to work in New Mexico later this year.
1-10-07 | The Snows of Albuquerque
Arrived in New Mexico 12/29/06, the day the biggest snowstorm hit the state in 50 years! Quite a welcome. We lost power for four days and sat around the fire to keep warm. Talk about family bonding. The sun's out now and the snow's melting and the lights & heat are on... looking for my first NM project at present. The film office says 7 features are shooting here this Spring. Sounds promising.