New Mexico Film booming through a global pandemic
“We’re bound for success right now.”
Through a global pandemic, New Mexico film is booming. Amber Dodson is the director of New Mexico Film; she says New Mexico is even more appealing post-COVID-19 shutdown.
In the year before COVID-19, the film office pulled in around 525 million dollars in indirect spending. That number dropped significantly in 2020 because of COVID-19, but they have bounced back in a big way.
“In fiscal year 21, we hit $623.8 million in direct spending. That shattered all previous records,” Dodson says.
A big part of the surge has been the large-scale productions that have chosen New Mexico as their home. So what makes New Mexico so appealing for talent like Dedee Pfeiffer and the cast of “Big Sky,” who is returning to New Mexico for season 2?
“I was so excited to come to New Mexico because this is where you want to go when you’re into spirituality and history and everything a little unknown. The cast is really excited this year. I think everybody really loves Albuquerque,” Pfeiffer says
Pfeiffer believes New Mexico is very different from other film hubs like LA.
“Sometimes, when people are nice to you in LA, they want something from you. So, we’re like, why are you nice to me? What do you want for me? And they’re like, No, I’m just really nice. I’m from New Mexico. I don’t want anything from you. I’m just nice!” Pfeiffer said.
Pfeiffer says she wants one thing before her journey in New Mexico comes to an end.
“Hopefully, an abduction over at Roswell! That would be awesome,” she said.
“It’s just an amazing clean industry, a growing industry, and a high paying industry. So why shouldn’t New Mexico be the leader,” Dodson said.
By: Angel Salcedo