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Hailing from New Mexico and Los Angeles, Michelle Tomlinson is an award-winning actress, acting teacher and director.

A 2020 recipient of the bronze Best Director & Best Web/TV Pilot Award for the Palm City Film Festival for her narrative directing debut, Deeply Superficial, Tomlinson loves working behind and in front of the camera.

Tomlinson is in post-production with the documentary she directed titled Edge, which centers around Native American language preservation with producing partner Lori Bowen and former Governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo, James Mountain and the New Mexico Film Foundation.
 
Projects in development and pre-production include the feature films Portales and The Penny. She's also working on an untitled rom-com she’s writing with Mary McDonald, which is nearing final script.

Working weekly with actors, Tomlinson coaches and teaches actors from ages 8 to 80 and every skill set level. Tomlinson believes in teaching not only the craft of acting and booking acting jobs, but the philosophy and business of what it takes to work in this industry. She uses a holistic approach that she applies in her private acting sessions and workshops.
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This week's interview includes New Mexico local producer and Executive Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation, Terry Futschik. Her projects include producing Behind the Yellow House (directed by Joel Vallie) and Baron and Toluca (directed by and starring Brendan Fehr). She has been immersed in the local independent film industry and has a passion and commitment for the advancement of women and youth in film.

 

Learn about upcoming events by the New Mexico Film Foundation and find out more information at nfilmfoundation.org

About Royd McCargish: Tune in to Cinema Scope for a conversation with local New Mexico actor and producer Royd McCargish. Royd has been acting for many years and has executive produced two feature films, available on Amazon Prime. His work includes Back to Billy, The Final Trial of Billy the Kid and 30 Seconds in Hell.

 

Royd is an all rounder with lots of experience in different aspects of filmmaking, from crafty, location scouting, set construction, producing and more.

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 Albuquerque Film & Music Experience Executive Director Ivan Wiener
In this episode, we're speaking with Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) Executive Director Ivan Wiener about this year's event, which will be in person as well as online September 13-18. The event, ranked by FilmFreeway as one of the top 50 festivals (out of 80,000) in the world worth the entry fee for filmmakers, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a significantly ramped up focus on its educational Center Stage Conversations. This year's Center Stage Conversations will welcome guest speakers and panelists working at the top of their craft in Hollywood and New Mexico.
 
This year also marks the return of in-person films, music and networking opportunities.
 
You can view AFMX's full schedule and purchase passes at afmxnm.com.
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Director & Producer Barbara Bentree
In this episode, we're chatting with Santa-Fe based award-winning director and producer Barbara Bentree about her approach to documentary filmmaking, her advice for funding and her advice to others considering documentary filmmaking. We're also chatting about her latest feature-length documentary, Origami in the Garden, which is taking the festival circuit by storm. Origami in the Garden is also an official selection for this year's Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, which takes place September 13—18. People can also catch the film at the John Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe on September 22.
 
Barbara's previous documentary, Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time, appeared in numerous film and music festivals all over the world and qualified for the 2019 Oscars and Grammy Awards.
 
Barbara is one-half of Jindojazz Productions, which she runs with her husband, multiple award-winning musician and producer John Rangel. Find out more about their work at www.jindojazz.com. Find out more about Origami in the Garden at origamiinthegardenfilm.com.
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On this episode of Cinemascope, hosts Milton Reiss and James Wysong talk with the Director of The Santa Fe Film Office, Jennifer LaBar-Tapia

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In this episode, we’re chatting with SAG-AFTRA New Mexico Local President & SAG-AFTRA Actor Marc Comstock about the state of film in New Mexico, how actors and filmmakers can bring their A-games as productions ramp up and some exciting predictions for the end of 2022.

After graduating from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Theater, Marc moved to Seattle where he performed in over forty plays and broke into film, commercial and industrial work. He then spent eight years in Los Angeles, where he booked numerous short films and worked on 100+ episodes as Bill Maher’s stand-in on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2012, Marc moved to New Mexico and has worked steadily ever since. He's had recurring roles on The Night Shift and Manhattan and continues to work steadily on the stage.

Marc joined the New Mexico SAG-AFTRA Board in 2014 and is currently serving his second term as President for the local. In 2022, Marc was appointed by Governor Lujan Grisham to serve a four-year term on the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries. 

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In this episode, we're chatting with Native Cinema Showcase Program Manager Cindy Benitez and filmmaker and actor Morningstar Angeline about this year's showcase.
 
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian presents the annual Native Cinema Showcase, which takes place in Santa Fe from August 18 to 21. Native Cinema Showcase is an official program of the 2022 Santa Fe Indian Market, which is sponsored by the Southwest Association for Indian Arts.
 
About Morningstar, whose film Seeds is in the showcase: Born in Santa Fe and raised in Gallup and Los Angeles, Morningstar is a queer Navajo, Chippewa, Blackfeet, Shoshone and Latinx actor and filmmaker. Morningstar was just announced as the second-ever participant in NBCU's director's initiative and is a 2018 Sundance Indigenous Lab, 2020 Native American Feature Writers Lab and 2021 imagineNATIVE Directors' Lab Fellow and serves on the board of directors for the mixed-media company Tse'Nato'. As an actor, Morningstar recently had recurring roles in Outer Range and Westworld.
 
About Cindy: Cindy lives in NYC and has worked with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for the past 12 years. Ten of those years have been with Native Cinema Showcase, of which she said this: "One of my favorite memories at Native Cinema Showcase is not necessarily the films or even the filmmakers. It's the incredible subjects that are in these films."
 
Attendance is FREE, and you can find info and the full program here (35 films, 30 Native nations, 10 Indigenous languages, eight countries): https://nmai.brandlive.com/native-cinema-showcase-santa-fe-2022/en/home.
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Born and raised in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, High Desert Screening Founder and Director Carmen Dahlman realized as a small child that she wanted to be a performer. In this episode, we talk about her journey, why she started High Desert Screening and the importance of community and mentorship.

Carmen is also an actor, model and director and founded High Desert Screening in 2017 to showcase New Mexico’s artistic community. This unique film festival also introduces and promotes local photographers, artists and businesses that are committed to and invested in the elevation of the film and creative arts industry in New Mexico.

High Desert Screening takes place this year on Saturday, August 13, at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

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Guest Shalimar Krebs, Associate Dean of Art and Design/Liberal Arts/Film and Media Arts programs at Santa Fe Community College, discusses the various media programs at SFCC and opportunities for prospective students with Milton and James.

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This episode with top stuntman, fight choreographer and action coordinator Daniel Locicero is packed with info on working with fear and adapting to change to do what you love.

Trained by legendary Taky Kimura — Bruce Lee’s best friend and one of three people certified by Lee to teach his martial arts — Daniel’s one of Hollywood’s most sought-after action actors and fight choreographers. He’s been nominated for two SAG Awards for his work on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Mission: Impossible — Fallout. He also choreographed the longest fight scene ever shot without a cut for the film Beta Test.

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Nazneen interviews Alejandro Montoya Marin who is a writer and director.

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In this episode, we’re speaking with New Mexico’s own Catharine ("Cat") E. Jones — an award-winning director, SAG-AFTRA actor, writer and teaching artist — about finding fulfillment in the film industry while balancing family and other career endeavors.

As an actor, Cat’s had roles in Better Call SaulMidnight, TexasThe Night ShiftLongmire and many other series and films. Her recurring role on The Night Shift spanned three seasons and 19 episodes.

Cat's directing career began with her debut film, Pinky Promise, winning Best Director honors at the International Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival for the Flicks4Chicks contest in 2016. In 2017, Cat was awarded first place at the Chimaera Project’s In (H)er (D)irection Film Competition, whose advisory board includes Octavia Spencer and Angelica Houston. Cat's latest film, Hatchlings, won Best Horror at the Peephole Film Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico 2019 and Worldwide Women's Film Festival 2020 and is distributed through First Focus International. 

Off set, Cat teaches performing arts to middle schoolers.

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Milton & James bring a new mini series to Cinemascope called "Meet Your Film Faculty", where they sit down with faculty members of the Santa Fe Community College film program. Today's episode features Johnathan Mugford, an established post-production film editor & drone operator, & Scott Milder, a writer, director and producer whose main focus lies in the horror genre.  

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In this episode, Dr. James Wysong and Milton Reiss sit down with the Stagecoach Foundation's Dr. Elizabeth Kianu Stahmer and Brandon Behringer and discuss how the foundation serves as a pathway into the film and television industry. The Stagecoach Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit and was founded by George R.R. Martin and David Weininger to attract productions to New Mexico and create opportunities for New Mexicans to get into the industry. They now provide free training to New Mexicans both in front of and behind the camera.

Learn more at www.stagecoachfdn.org.

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In this episode, we discuss four life lessons provided by top industry professionals who were guests on Cinema Scope in 2022. They were discussing their work with actors, but their insights are applicable to everyone. The guests for these episodes include a casting director with a PhD, a director who recently worked with actor Tom Skerritt in his first-ever leading role, a SAG-AFTRA actor and Academy member, and a former Hollywood talent manager who moderates a Facebook group of nearly 90 thousand actors.

 

You can check out the guests’ full episodes here:

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Industry executive, filmmaker and educator Christopher Lockhart is back on Cinema Scope! His February 2022 episode on how to successfully pitch films and series was one of Cinema Scope's most listened-to episodes ever. He's back to discuss his highly valuable (and completely free) group, The Inside Pitch, which is really "multiple master classes" for nearly 14,000 screenwriters and filmmakers to learn the art of pitching. Chris has 30-plus years of industry experience. He’s read over 60,000 screenplays in his career. As Story Editor at William Morris Endeavor (WME), the world's largest diversified talent agency, he curates film and TV projects for A-list actors such as Denzel Washington. He is a member of the Writers Guild, the Producers Guild and the Television Academy. You can listen to his February 2022 episode here: https://cinemascope.libsyn.com/cinema-scope-for-february-4-2022-with-filmmaker-christopher-lockhart.
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In this episode, SAG-AFTRA actor, director, producer and Breakthrough Reels Founder and Lead Editor Chris Bylsma discusses what actors and directors can do to dramatically improve their reels and clips, as well as actions that actors can take on set to become go-to actors for directors and producers.

 

Chris is known for his roles as "Sean Leibold” in El Camino, "Charlie Bowdre" in Vincent D'Onofrio's The Kid and "Pastor Garrett Moore" in Godless.

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In this episode, SAG-AFTRA actor, Academy member, teacher and coach Devielle Johnson discusses his insights on resilience in this tough industry—as an actor, and specifically as an African-American actor.

A professional actor for 17-plus years, Devielle splits his time between multiple markets. He’s booked numerous film and television roles, from a recurring role on FOX’s Lucifer to roles in Smallville, Grimm, Bates Motel and other episodics, to roles in films such as Interrogation. He trains with Margie Haber Studio in L.A. and is professionally trained in Meisner from Playhouse West and The Acting School. He’s represented in the L.A., Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and New Mexico markets.

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In this episode, producer, Cannes Producers Network Fellow and South by Southwest (SXSW) Mentor Roy Wol discusses his acclaimed production company (Studio Autonomous), mentorship, innovative fundraising strategies, European versus U.S. film markets and distribution's key role in telling globally important stories that bridge audiences.  

Roy's most recent features are breaking ground:

The Garden Left Behind won at SXSW and is considered by Rotten Tomatoes to be one of the best LGBTQ films ever made, and Americanish was the first-ever Muslim-American rom-com directed by an American-Muslim Hijabi woman.

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In this episode, filmmaker Wes Hurley joins host Genevieve Trainor to discuss his life's story and how film helped him escape his harrowing existence in Russia.

Potato Dreams of America is Wes's autobiographical coming-of-age dark comedy about a young, closeted Russian boy in the disintegrating USSR who, terrified of others finding out he's gay, escapes to the U.S. with his mother — a Russian prison doctor who becomes a mail-order bride.

Potato Dreams of America premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2021 and is receiving acclaim for its timely view into the starkly different worlds of growing up in Russia versus the United States — and the elusive American Dream.

It was released theatrically in the U.S. in January 2022 and is available on most streaming sites. Click here (IMDb) for worldwide release information.

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Dr. James Wysong, Dean of Arts and Design at SFCC, and Milton Reiss, Co-Chair of the Film Department at SFCC, discuss their love of the science fiction genre. They share the surprising links between classic films like Metropolis and the pop culture of today. Stay tuned for part II of this fascinating conversation!

In the second half of the show, Milton and James share details on local training opportunities within the NM film community.

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In this episode, British-Nigerian casting director, actor, teacher, and producer Dr. Nike Imoru shares her thoughts with artists who may be struggling to find their place in the industry and in our creative world. Based in the Pacific Northwest U.S., she's helping to transform the industry and opportunities for fellow filmmakers and actors around the globe.

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Orlando Skidmore is a Native American filmmaker and cinematographer in New Mexico. He owns the production company Mesa Mountain Film.
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Groundbreaking researcher and best-selling author Dr. Christian Busch spent the past 10 years figuring out a science-based approach to creating good luck. He says we’re looking at luck incorrectly. Connect the Dots: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck is the culmination of his decade of research on serendipity, including his study of people who work in film.

In this episode, we dive into how you can change your trajectory for the better by accelerating your good luck.

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This week on Cinemascope, Milton and James discuss how different social issues are depicted by directors in their movies.  Plus, more about the importance of teaching on-set safety in film schools.

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Agam Darshi is an actor, producer, writer and director known for the film Funny Boy by Deepa Mehta, and many TV shows including DMZ, Sanctuary and The Good Doctor. She makes her feature film debut as a director with the film Donkeyhead, available on Netflix, in which she also stars. 
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Christopher Lockhart is Story Editor at WME and has over 30 years' experience in the industry, curating projects for A-list talent including Denzel Washington. More information on his website www.christopherlockhart.com. His Facebook Group, The Inside Pitch, is a valuable place for screenwriters to learn the art of pitching. 

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We introduce Cinemascope's two new co-hosts, Dr. James Wysong, Dean of Arts and Design at SFCC, and Milton Riess, Co-Chair of the Film Department at SFCC.  They will be joining the Cinemascope team the last Friday of every month.  Today they discuss Dr. Wysong's background and SFCC's Film Department.  Also, they announce the joint effort between Santa Fe County, SFCC's Film Department, and Stagecoach Foundation and the upcoming Production Assistant training program.  For details see: https://www.protecsantafe.com/

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In this episode, filmmaker and director SJ Chiro chats about directing Tom Skerritt and Mira Sorvino in her latest film, East of the Mountains, and her thoughts on how actors and filmmakers can move their careers forward.

 

East of the Mountains is 88-year-old Tom Skerritt's first-ever leading role, for which he received Oscar buzz.

 

The film landed on the DGA member-based Best DirectHer list as one of 2021's top 10 feature films directed by women. It was also nominated for "Motion Picture Drama" at the 2022 International Press Academy's 26th Annual Satellite Awards.

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A former Hollywood talent manager, Wendy is an expert on the business of acting and has dedicated her days to helping actors succeed in the industry. In the process, she created The Hollywood Winners Circle, a course which includes guidance from a community of professionals who offer advice and help actors learn about the business of acting. This is especially useful for new actors to learn about the industry.

Visit https://hollywoodwinnerscircle.com for more information.

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