First in NM Feature Production

The Dark Places is being produced in partnership between Duchy Parade Films & The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and in association with Native Hope Media and SFCC. This will be the first drama feature produced by IAIA. “In an unprecedented first, we’ve decided to shoot the film as a special topic so students can be involved for grade and stretch the pre-production stage to allow for greater training built in around the production.” Peter Kershaw NMWIF member and writer/director of The Dark Places.

The feature film The Dark Places is a magical realism contemporary love story set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film reflects the character of Santa Fe and the diversity of inhabitants that make up the community and the experience of living in New Mexico.

The ethos of the production is to create a new educational model for producing low budget feature films in places of learning with budgets of less than $250K under the guidelines of the manifesto - Dogma NM 18.  The Dark Places will include a large representation of Native Americans in front of and behind the camera. The film is being crewed by professional Keys working alongside students with industry mentors attached. Right now, for example, IAIA student Laura Hinman is scouting locations while being mentored by industry legend Todd Christensen.

Currently, we’ve entered a soft pre-production phase with a hard pre-production kicking off in spring 2019 and shooting slated for June/July 2019.

You can contact Peter Kershaw at - or follow the film’s progress on Facebook at to learn more about the production.


New Mexico Film Foundation 48 Hour Film Project Award
The New Mexico Film Foundation is awarding $750 to the winner of the 48 Hour film project in order to help them get to Filmapalooza.

Ongoing Adult Classes for Professional Acting in Film, Television, Commerical & Voiceover

Offered in Santa Fe by Casting Director/Producer Sheryl Roberts. 

Date: Sunday Afternoons
Time: 2pm - 5 pm
Cost: $100 per 4 consecutive sessions

Contact Sheryl to discuss details 505-204-4708

Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project Screenings

Group A: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Group B: Thu, Aug 2, 2018 @ 8:30pm
Group C: Fri, Aug 3, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Location: KiMo Theatre
423 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque 87102

On Sunday, July 29, Albuquerque teams submitted the results from their weekend of blood, sweat and tears – a completed film! Just a couple of day prior these were only ideas in heads of our filmmakers and now they have come to life.

You won’t want to miss seeing the films at our Premiere Screenings!


The Michael Chekhov Technique One Day Workshop with Quinn Mander

Date: Saturday, August 4th
Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $75

Stanislavsky called Michael Chekhov, nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov, his most brilliant student.  Chekhov led the Second Moscow Art Theatre for many years, teaching and directing through techniques he developed to address what he considered limitations in Stanislavsky’s approach.  The tools he invented inspire the actor’s work and imagination through movement, the resulting physical memory of sensations, and the focusing of the actor’s concentration on the movement of internal energy. This class will teach you another set of tools to add to your toolbox, which will inspire you and set you free as a creative artist.

A Special Night With Basil Hoffman

Date: Friday, August 10th
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Clear Light New Mexico
123 Broadway Boulevard Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cost: $10 Student - $25 General - $50 VIP with Signed Book

Basil Hoffman will speak about his 50 year acting career and share his insights into building and sustaining a Hollywood career at the highest levels of the industry. He expects and welcomes questions and conversation about acting and the acting business.

All ticket sales benefit New Mexico Spotlight Foundation. Food from Sauce Pizza with champagne, wine, beer and more!



FREE Improv Classes No experience necessary!

Dates: Saturday, August 11th - 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Monday, August 13th - 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, August 14th - 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: 1213 Mercantile Rd. Suite D
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Has the casting person ever said to you--just do something for us, anything!—and you’ve stood there wracking your brain for the last monologue you memorized? Improv will free you from those moments of terror. 

Join us! Explore the fun of learning improv exercises, being present in the moment, working as a team, and laughing together! And if you like the free class, we’ll give you info on the class series starting in August.

To reserve your spot, contact: For more information and details go to:

Rule of Three: Comedy Workshop with Ron Weisberg

ate: Saturday, August 18th
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $30

Ever wanted to nail that comedy audition? Or be funnier at parties?! In this workshop, we will learn comedy techniques relating to the "Rule Of Three." Comedy occurs in the delivery's timing and raising the stakes. The Rule of Three is a classic technique that guides us to comedic choices by establishing and breaking patterns.  Students will gain an understanding of comedic value through putting this technique to use through short scenes.


Archetypes: All Levels with Cat Jones

ate: Thursdays August 23rd - September 27th
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $275

In this course students will:
- Lear body fundamentals for screen & stage.
- Develop an awareness of the physical body vs. energy body.
- Learn to recognize and release unnecessary tension. 
- Navigate their body's energy map + emotions through chakra (energy) exploration.
- Study archetypes in themselves and see how these shared universal patterns inform their life and how it shows up in your acting.


The Booking Blueprints

Date: Saturdays August 25th - November 10th
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114,
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Cost: $1149.00

Three months of intensive training in the art of auditioning and booking the role.  
Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to work with New Mexico industry professionals Jo Edna Boldin, Kathryn Brink, Marie McMaster, Angelique Midthunder, Carissa Mitchell, Vic Browder, Chris Ranney and Ron Weisberg.


NMFO Educational Speaker Series: The New Mexico Film Incentive - Getting Your Money

Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Location: Joseph Montoya Building
1100 South Saint Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

What happens after your film is shot and what do you need to know to get the most out of your New Mexico Film Incentive? How can you be sure what you are spending money on qualifies for the incentive? Come hear how to work with the Tax and Revenue Department to get your Tax Credit.