New Mexico’s incentives for film and television were specifically structured to build local jobs. Productions get tax rebates for using and training local crew members. Other states allow productions to get tax credits or rebates on crew members they bring in from elsewhere. Central New Mexico Community College has been a primary source of training to fill that crew pipeline. In this episode, we speak with Jim “Grubb” Graebner, who runs the film technician training program at CNM, about how CNM is adapting and expanding its program to train more crew since Netflix has opened a production hub in Albuquerque and the state expanded its incentives. We also talk with Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice in screenwriting at the University of New Mexico. UNM recently renamed its Department of Film and Digital Arts to the Department of Cinematic Arts, which will focus on film production, gaming and animation, and criticism. UNM plans to offer classes in acting for the camera, directing, set design and construction, practical special effects and expanded coursework in screenwriting.
Guests: Jim “Grubb” Graebner, head, Film Technician Training Program, CNM
Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice, Film & Digital Arts, UNM
May 31, 2019 – Among the many pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after the legislative session is one designed to boost film and television production in the state. It raises the annual cap on tax incentives and pays off part of a backlog of rebates that grew under the Martinez Administration to more than $380 million dollars.
The changes come on the heels of Netflix’s opening of a major production hub at Albuquerque Studios. The bill exempts companies like Netflix from the annual cap on incentives if they buy or lease a production facility in the state for at least ten years. It also offers additional incentives for productions that film outside the Albuquerque/Santa Fe corridor.
Alicia J. Keyes is the state secretary for economic development and says the changes represent a new era for film and media production. In this episode she talks with NMiF correspondent Megan Kamerick about the future of the media industry in New Mexico.
Guest: Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development