Albuquerque Named Top US City For Filmmaking

A major movie-making publication has given Albuquerque an excellent review.

"In the past, when people said, 'New Mexico?' they didn't really think of Albuquerque. Now, they can spell it," said Ann Lerner, of the New Mexico Film Office.

MovieMaker magazine named the Duke City the best place to live and work in film in 2010, citing more than 300 days of sunshine, diverse terrain andfilm incentives.

The magazine labeled Albuquerque as a "mini-movie Mecca." Albuquerque ranked first, followed by Los Angeles and Shreveport, La.

Gov. Bill Richardson has even taken note of the honor, saying, "New Mexicans continue to prove we make some of the finest films in the world." In his 2010 New Mexico State of the State speech delivered Tuesday, the governor noted the article and said the industry has brought in $3 billion to New Mexico.

Richardson added that with good reviews like this one, Albuquerque and the state are likely to draw in more projects -- some that may start out small but put New Mexico on a big map.

The article is scheduled to be online on Thursday.


Film Business, Filmmaking


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