Robert Redford and Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday the next step
for the Sundance New Mexico initiative is establishing training
"Milagro at Los Luceros," the initiative is a nod to "The
Milagro Beanfield War," which Redford directed and shot in
Truchas in 1988. Los Luceros is in Alcalde and is a 148-acre ranch
complex that will house the programs. The New Mexico Department
of Cultural Affairs operates the property.
this spring, the program encompasses a series of labs, workshops
and discussions. The focus will be on creating and expanding training
programs in film, arts and the environment.
a letter about the initiative, Redford called New Mexico "the
land of storytellers."
have always wanted to explore new ways to enable underrepresented
voices Native America and Hispanic in particular to
tell their own stories in their own ways on their own turf,"
he said in a prepared statement. "I also believe in arts as
an economic driver, and I look forward to helping a new generation
of storytellers prove that with me and with the state of New Mexico."
founded the Sundance Institute in Utah in 1981. The nonprofit organization
fosters the development of original storytelling for film and theater.
It is known internationally for its artistic development programs
for directors, screenwriters, producers, film composers, playwrights
and theater artists.
will be the creative director for an actor's lab designed specifically
for American Indian and Hispanic actors. It will be used as a national
training model for diverse populations.
audition workshops will be scheduled around the state to develop
and enhance auditioning skills. Each participant will be required
to submit an audition tape, and a panel of professionals will choose
the participants for the first Actor's Lab.
writing workshops will start with a series of one-day story workshops
called "Designed Obstacles" under the direction of screenwriter
five-day magical realism screenwriter's lab, using themes from
American Indian, Hispanic and African-American cultures will take
place in 2011.
screenwriter's lab for scripts written using New Mexico landscape
and Native, Hispanic or magical realism themes is also in the plans.
A Native Intensive Lab is under development with Director Chris
Eyre, who directed "Smoke Signals" and several films based
on Tony Hillerman novels, as well as episodes of "The American
April 20, a launch for Milagro at Los Luceros takes place with multiple
screenings of "The Milagro Beanfield War," a low-rider
parade and an art contest to design the logo for Milagros at Los
spring, the first in a series of Think Tanks, held in conjunction
with the New Mexico Film Office Film Finance and Distribution Conference
will take place. The focus will be on designing marketing and distribution
plans for the future.
Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler will present a discussion
in May at Milagro on the camera as storyteller. And in August, Milagro
will host a gathering of Native filmmakers who will be attending
the Smithsonian's Annual Native Showcase during Indian Market.
events include screening and discussions of Native and Hispanic
films, visual anthropology, film finance and distribution, and the
arts as an economic driver in New Mexico and the global economy.
Luceros is currently undergoing renovation and construction, scheduled
to be completed in 2011. Last May, state officials said the cost
of the new project with Redford would be covered with existing appropriations
for the operation of Los Luceros.
Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
discovery and development of independent artists and audiences.
Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support,
and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United
States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their