July 21, 2011: Film/Digital Media

June 22, 2011

in Events,Film & Digital Media

The State of the New Mexico Film Industry – What are the terms of the new legislation as it relates to production, logistics and raising of capital?

Join us for a panel discussion about the New Mexico film industry and the impact of new legislation. Read a press release on the event.

Update, July 26, 2011: Read the New Mexico Business Weekly article covering the Coronado Ventures Forum panel discussion.

The following are links on state incentive programs for film production in New Mexico and elsewhere:



Eric Wittformer head of Motion Picture Association of NM and advisor to Gov. Bill Richardson
Following a career in entertainment finance in Los Angeles, Witt headed legislative and political affairs for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson—a position he held throughout that administration. As Deputy Chief of Staff he also directed the expansion of media industries in New Mexico including film and television production.


Brian Egolf State Representative, District 47
Brian received a bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and public service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  While in Washington, he worked in the White House for President Bill Clinton and on President Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign. After serving in the White House, Egolf worked at the United States Treasury Department and then moved to the office of Congressman Tom Udall. After working for Congress, Egolf returned to New Mexico to study Law at UNM. Immediately after receiving his law degree, he returned to the Santa Fe and  began practicing water law.

Thomas CliffordPolicy and Research Director, NM Taxation and Revenue Dept.
Tom served as Chief Economist and later Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the NM Department of Finance and Administration from 1997 to 2001. Tom was Chief Economist for the Legislative Finance Committee. In his current role, he advises the Martinez Administration and the Legislature on tax policy issues, helps draft tax statutes and regulations and helps the Tax Department with administrative functions.

Alton WalpoleCEO, Mountainair Films, Santa Fe
Mr. Walpole is an eclectic filmmaker with more than thirty years of experience as a cinematographer, editor and producer. Recent projects include Crazy Heart (line producer) and The Book of Eli (unit production manager). Walpole is a member of the Directors Guild of America and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is CEO and owner of Mountainair Films Inc.

Jason HoolPresident, Santa Fe Studios
Mr. Hool boasts impressively diverse commercial credentials, ranging from multinational product development to international private equity. Growing up in an entertainment industry family, he worked on numerous motion pictures as cast and crew. Jason serves on the advisory committee for the Santa Fe Community College Film Program and is on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico.

Nick Maniatis – Director of New Mexico Film Office
Mr. Maniatis previously served as the executive director of the New Mexico Independent Power Producers. He has worked on many film projects in New Mexico and was an appointed board member of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries from 2002-09. He also was a board member of the Digital Film Institute from 2003-10. Mr. Maniatis worked in many capacities in film and television production throughout his career, including Grace Under Fire (1995-96), World War II: When Lions Roared (1994), Different World (1992-93), and Candid Camera (1991-92). Maniatis is a former member of the Director’s Guild of America.

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Time: 5:30-8 pm
Venue: The Inn at Loretto, Santa Fe
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Directions: Map
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).
Advance sales end at midnight, Wednesday, July 20.

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