Academic Pandemic

undefinedConcluded a second year as Visiting Professor in the Film department of Ringling College of Art+Design. Needless to say, this was not a typical year in academia. Mid-semester, everybody picked up and went home on the (wise) prompting of the College, to escape the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Undergraduates completed their courses on Zoom.

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Dungball Express — All Aboard

height_90_width_90_dungball_s2e10Recorded in the antediluvian times (March 9, 2020), here I am discussing my feature film 2-WAY (and, as a warm-up, undergraduate teaching) on the New Mexican-originated Dungball Express podcast, hosted by WGA screenwriter Don Davenport and University of New Mexico Lecturer Harry Musselwhite.

If you’re sheltering in place, I hope you’ll give it a listen — you’ll get the latest update on 2-WAY‘s financing and progress towards pre-production. If you’ve got even more time on your hands, go binge-listen to The Dungball Express.

The 20/20 on 2020

It’s probably appropriate that a post about the new year gets published January 31, when the year’s already well underway. (You can see I spend a little time at Albuquerque’s Sunport: here’s a shot just before dawn one Monday morning.) So here’s the professional update:

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2-WAY’s Indiegogo Campaign

My feature film 2-WAY‘s in the midst of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out already, there’s never been a better time. 2-WAY is 100% independently financed, and while the Indiegogo is just one of our revenue streams, it’s a crucial one. We need your support to make this film happen.

Wanna know more about the script I’ve written and am now producing? Head to our Indiegogo campaign. We’ve got lots of fun and unique perks attached to contribution levels. All contributions — no matter the amount — are tremendously appreciated. Contributions will open the door to a day on the set, the chance to be a background extra, breakfast with the producers, your name in the credits, a romantic weekend in Santa Fe or Mesilla, and much more.

The campaign’s end is very soon. Support thoughtful, quality independent filmmaking.

2-WAY Media Appearances

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Missed any of my media appearances discussing my feature film 2-WAY? Click here to catch up on radio interviews and print appearances across New Mexico. And if you haven’t already, please sign on to 2-WAY’s Indiegogo campaign! And we’re on social media with a new post every day: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Every follow and every like helps us out, as we complete our fundraising and head towards pre-production.

Announcing 2-WAY’s Indiegogo

On Monday, June 24, my co-producer Claudio Ruben and I announced the pre-launch of 2-WAY‘s Indiegogo campaign on KTRC‘s The Richard Eeds Show. You can listen to the segment here, with a surprise call-in from Santa Fean and congressional candidate Valerie Plame. And you can directly visit our Indiegogo here — which I hope you will.

People often ask me: “Why don’t they make movies they way they used to?” Well, the answer is complicated and multi-faceted — but if you’re looking for a film about the human heart, one that eschews guns, violence, spaceships and superheroes … then 2-WAY is your film. Now we really need your support.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter if you haven’t already — every like and follow helps us raise the funds for production.

If You Missed the Las Cruces Radio Broadcasts…

If you missed the live broadcasts of either of my appearances this week on Las Cruces area radio, fear not!

Listen to a very in-depth interview with 2-WAY co-producer Claudio Ruben and myself conducted by “Speak Up Las Cruces” host Peter Goodman. Originally broadcast June 20, 2019 on Radio Que Tal, KTAL 101.5FM.

And if that’s not enough, listen to a terrific interview with both of us conducted by “PUENTES a la comunidad” host Emily Guerra. Originally broadcast June 22, 2019 on KRWG 90.7 FM.

Both radio interviews will sneak-peek 2-WAY‘s big announcement for June 24. And if you haven’t already, please follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram!

On Las Cruces Broadcast Radio This Week

ktal-roadrunner_3I’ll be making the rounds of Las Cruces broadcast radio this week, on behalf of my feature film 2-WAY, which I’ve written and am now co-producing with Claudio Ruben of Red Dzambhala Films.

This week’s radio waves tour includes stops at Radio Que Tal, as we spend time with host Peter Goodman on his show “Speak Up, Las Cruces”. Airtime is 9am MDT Wednesday (6/20) on 101.5FM — but you can stream it live here. The segment was pre-recorded, and we’re told we’re coming in at around 45 minutes. It was quite a free-ranging discussion, but it’ll be the first unveiling of our next steps with the film (so kinda exciting!). I hope you can live-stream the show.

KRWG-logoOur next stop is on KRWG-FM, Las Cruces’s NPR station (which provides NPR content across southern New Mexico and into El Paso), headquarted on New Mexico State University‘s campus. We’ll be the primary spotlight on the show “PUENTES a la comunidad” (aka Fronteras), hosted by Emily Guerra. Broadcast time is 5pm MDT Saturday, on 90.7FM — but this can also be live streamed on the station’s home page! We’ll again preview our next steps with the film — so you have two opportunities to get a sneak peek at our big announcement scheduled June 24.

Please follow 2-WAY on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram, if you haven’t already — it really helps us as we reach our 100% independently financed budget goal.

One Office, Two Views

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This marks the wrap-up of my time at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (which is closing — lock, stock and barrel — on June 30, 2018). I moved into this office in 2010, when hired as full-time screenwriting faculty for the University. Our high watermark — as a department — might have been in 2016 when we were named by trade publication Variety as one of the “entertainment schools on the move.”

Certainly that was our goal.

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2-WAY — it’s everywhere!

Thanks so much to all of you who have already liked our 2-WAY Facebook page; it’s really appreciated! (And if you haven’t yet, this is the perfect time to click on the link and like/follow the page — or you can always search for @2waythemovie in Facebook, and find us.)

Dozens of likes can move us into hundreds of likes which can ultimately move us to thousands of likes. And this is actually really important, as it helps us in lining up territorial pre-sales, product placement, and crowdfunding (it’s 2018, and social media performance helps with everything). This is what independent feature films have to do to gain traction in a very crowded marketplace.

In the meantime, if you also have an Instagram account, we’d love to have you follow us there as well: again, you can search for @2waythemovie — or click on this handy link. While content will overlap between our Facebook&Twitter feeds and our Instagram feed, you’ll definitely find some unique content on Instagram, since we’re trying to communicate solely using perfectly square imagery.  🙂

In the coming days, we’ll let you know how we expect to intersect with New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute and Dona Ana Community College’s Creative Media Technology department — and there’ll be lots of other news as well!