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El Raton Media Works

El Raton Media Works Arts2Work workforce development & career opportunity hub serving Colfax County and surrounding areas.

Our vision is to bring film, television and emerging media projects to northern New Mexico to invigorate the local economy and create a wide-range of community and workforce development opportunities through partnerships, collaborations and investments with local and regional businesses and educational institutions. Filmmaking and television production requires building entire worlds. Fully realiz

Our vision is to bring film, television and emerging media projects to northern New Mexico to invigorate the local economy and create a wide-range of community and workforce development opportunities through partnerships, collaborations and investments with local and regional businesses and educational institutions. Filmmaking and television production requires building entire worlds. Fully realiz

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Don't miss the annual Raton tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol put on by the Santa Fe Trail School for the ...
12/16/2022

Don't miss the annual Raton tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol put on by the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts!

You don't want to miss this annual tradition...

Hey writers! Here's a chance to have your idea produced into an independent film from the Santa Fe Independent Film Club...
12/15/2022

Hey writers! Here's a chance to have your idea produced into an independent film from the Santa Fe Independent Film Club. Submissions open today and go through February 15, 2023.
https://www.sfindiefilmclub.org/submission-rules

🚨 Contest Announcement 🚨

Do you have that screenplay that you dream of being made into production? Now is your chance to have it made.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Club is hosting a contest where one winner has the opportunity to have their screenplay made for the big screen.

Visit 👉 www.sfindiefilmclub.com for all the details.

Behind the Scenes of "Potential" by Ramon DosherRaton Youth can still sign up before December 1, 2022 for mentorships in...
11/21/2022

Behind the Scenes of "Potential" by Ramon Dosher

Raton Youth can still sign up before December 1, 2022 for mentorships in 2023's Film Prize Jr NM event on our website
https://www.elratonmediaworks.org/workshops

Raton Public Schools

There's an important meeting for the I-25 Raton/Clayton Interchange Study happening on November 17th. Community input is...
11/04/2022

There's an important meeting for the I-25 Raton/Clayton Interchange Study happening on November 17th. Community input is a critical component of this project, so if you're in the area and able please join us!

Awesome news!https://www.cpr.org/2022/11/02/new-mexico-film-school-opening-el-raton-mediaworks/?fbclid=IwAR29mWlaERFmq1V...
11/02/2022
High-tech filmmaking could be part of northern New Mexico’s future

Awesome news!
https://www.cpr.org/2022/11/02/new-mexico-film-school-opening-el-raton-mediaworks/?fbclid=IwAR29mWlaERFmq1VmZuanwp7D8L-E0k54Dz7JwOpJjMsiDU9WKCVnQz3WXE8

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting and collaborating on these efforts including these folks!

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Raton Public Schools Teresa Leger Fernandez Felicity Fonseca Santa Fe Community College (NM) New Mexico Highlands University San Juan College Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Raton, New Mexico ZIA Youth Scott Campbell The Center for Community InnovationFM 93.9 Enchanted Air KRTN

Raton's new Kearny Film Studio and Education Center is slated to open next year in a historic brick school building. It’ll house workshops, offices and classrooms for the film industry, plus be the site for a proposed cutting edge extended reality film studio.

A wonderful weekend of fun at Colexico! It was even voted as the top thing to do in the state! Today at 12pm join us at ...
10/16/2022
Five Things to Do This Weekend | October 14–16

A wonderful weekend of fun at Colexico! It was even voted as the top thing to do in the state!

Today at 12pm join us at Kearney Elementary school for a tour of our future studio and workforce center in case you missed it yesterday at the event.

https://www.newmexicomagazine.org/blog/post/five-things-to-do-this-weekend-october-14-16/amp/?fbclid=IwAR01pnyUBuhsx_alp2FW9qagJbJfWiTTNBH61oYujJs6ZSduN2DA7T-qBO8

Get a taste of the Colexico Experience Spaghetti & Westerns Festival, in Ratón, screen the Albuquerque Chinese American Film Festival, see vintage and contemporary Native jewelry at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, in Santa Fe, dance over to the Zoot Suit Pachanga & Car Show, in Las Cruces, ...

One week until the fun begins!
10/07/2022

One week until the fun begins!

The fun begins one week from today!

Shout out to our newest Local Crew sign-ups Audrey Munden, Ramon Dosher, and Meegan Thompson. You can list yourself and/...
10/07/2022

Shout out to our newest Local Crew sign-ups Audrey Munden, Ramon Dosher, and Meegan Thompson.

You can list yourself and/or your business on our website and receive emails as potential gigs come available. If you would like to sign up visit www.elratonmediaworks.org/signup

ACTORS NEEDED IN RATON:Raton's Haunted Dungeon is looking for actors for 3 weekends in October starting Oct 14th, Friday...
10/06/2022

ACTORS NEEDED IN RATON:

Raton's Haunted Dungeon is looking for actors for 3 weekends in October starting Oct 14th, Fridays and Saturdays 6-9pm, and Halloween night.

Message them on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083535823782

Raton, New Mexico

We have two mentorships available for students from Raton Public Schools that want to create their own films for Film Pr...
10/01/2022

We have two mentorships available for students from Raton Public Schools that want to create their own films for Film Prize Junior 2023.

Film Prize Junior is a short film competition for middle and high school students across the state of New Mexico.

For this competition, educators and students work together to create a concept, write a story, and produce and edit a short film with help from team members and film mentors. Entrants that complete the competition will have their films showcased in the Film Prize Jr. film festival and qualify for prizes including equipment grants for the schools and scholarships for the students.

Registration and scripts are due December 5th and final films are due in March 2024.

We would like to start mentorships as soon as possible, so if you or any student you know would like to participate, email us at [email protected]

The news is out, and we're so excited! We have tons of work ahead, if you're interested in getting involved, sign up on ...
09/29/2022
Governor announces $1.1 million for Kearny Film Studio and Education Center in Raton | Office of the Governor - Michelle Lujan Grisham

The news is out, and we're so excited!

We have tons of work ahead, if you're interested in getting involved, sign up on our website. When it comes to community building it's always "the more the merrier"!

Thank you Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for your immense support!

https://www.governor.state.nm.us/2022/09/23/governor-announces-1-1-million-for-kearny-film-studio-and-education-center-in-raton/

https://www.abqjournal.com/2535172/gov-pledges-1-1m-for-film-school-studio-in-raton.html

https://ladailypost.com/governor-announces-1-1-million-for-kearny-film-studio-and-education-center-in-raton/

https://rrobserver.com/gov-pledges-1-1m-for-film-school-studio-in-raton/

https://www.yahoo.com/now/gov-pledges-1-1m-film-031700337.html

https://darik.news/newmexico/governor-announces-1-1-million-for-kearney-film-studio-and-education-center-in-raton/664648.html

PRESS RELEASES HomePress ReleasesGovernor announces $1.1 million for Kearny Film Studio and Education Center in Raton Governor announces $1.1 million for Kearny Film Studio and Education Center in RatonSep 23, 2022 | Press Releases RATON – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today that her admin...

Here's another one for you screenwriters! Free to submit to by October 5, 2022.
09/27/2022

Here's another one for you screenwriters! Free to submit to by October 5, 2022.

The New Mexico Film Foundations indie screening program, which is now hosted quarterly, supporting Independent Filmmakers, is accepting SHORT FILMS, MOVIE TRAILERS AND MUSIC VIDEOS for its 2022 Fall Indie Screening being hosted in Albuquerque.
Deadline to submit October 5, 2022
FREE to submit
For submission and eligibility information: https://www.nmfilmfoundation.org/indie-screenings/

Today, we were very honored to host Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at Kearny School, the future home of Raton's Film Ed...
09/23/2022

Today, we were very honored to host Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at Kearny School, the future home of Raton's Film Education and Workforce training center. Her tenacity has helped New Mexico develop a thriving film economy, and now she's become an integral part of our project here in Raton.

Thank you, Governor Lujan Grisham, and all your team for your support of our dream as well as your relentless dedication to this beautiful state. We're enthused to be part of rebuilding Raton's economy and aim to make her proud!!

Extras needed in 30 minutes at 8am!
09/21/2022

Extras needed in 30 minutes at 8am!

Wed Sept 21st 6:30 -10am Volunteers needed for a video shoot! Don't miss this cool opportunity! All ages welcome. You can rsvp or show up that morning. This is definitely something to arrive late to work for!

Also need a HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST for Sept 21st and possibly the 22nd. Please contact Anita at 719-845-7270 for immediate consideration.

Great opportunity next weekend in Mora to bring oral history to life with the assistance of professional documentary fil...
09/17/2022

Great opportunity next weekend in Mora to bring oral history to life with the assistance of professional documentary filmmakers!

In this unique training, students will be learning how to use smart phone cameras to bring oral history to life on film and through documentaries facilitated by filmmakers Ramona Emerson and Kelly Byars. Students will learn about research, pre-production, interview techniques, lighting, and editing for filming in the field.

To participate in this training you must be a New Mexico resident and at least 12 years of age with a smart phone capable of recording video.

There is space for 14 participants, so don’t wait - register now at the link!

https://www.stagecoachfdn.org/upcoming-experiences-calendar/reel-stories

Film Extras needed next week in Raton!
09/14/2022

Film Extras needed next week in Raton!

GrowRaton needs film extras next Wednesday! Coffee ☕️ and donuts 🍩 will be provided.

For Young Local Actors -- The Casting Call for "Trial of the Wicked Witch" is taking place this week on Thursday and Fri...
09/05/2022

For Young Local Actors -- The Casting Call for "Trial of the Wicked Witch" is taking place this week on Thursday and Friday. All are welcome to try out!

These two! We could not be more proud of both Deanna and Ramon and all the hard work they put into their video projects....
09/04/2022

These two! We could not be more proud of both Deanna and Ramon and all the hard work they put into their video projects. If you missed the premiere event yesterday, you can watch their projects at the bottom of our website at www.elratonmediaworks.org/

Also, we are ready to mentor more youth that would like to learn Video Production by participating in the 2023 Film Prize Junior New Mexico competition. Please reach out if you would like to create a project!

Hey, writers -- you have until Monday to enter the Stagecoach Foundation short film screenwriting competition. This is a...
09/03/2022

Hey, writers -- you have until Monday to enter the Stagecoach Foundation short film screenwriting competition. This is a great opportunity to turn your idea into reality!

Writers!

We're extending the deadline and expanding the counties included in our Screenwriting Competition!

If you live in any of the counties pictured below and are a New Mexico resident, you can enter your screenplay to be made into a short film!

Rules and requirements are listed in the link.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 5th at Midnight!
https://createsend.com/t/t-8B81EB33CFE522C32540EF23F30FEDED

This Saturday! Don't miss it!
08/31/2022

This Saturday! Don't miss it!

08/25/2022
Love this town and love this crew!
07/03/2022

Love this town and love this crew!

The Greater New Mexico Media Collective held our first conference this month and we identified these priorities to prese...
05/26/2022

The Greater New Mexico Media Collective held our first conference this month and we identified these priorities to present to The New Mexico Rural Summit and the New Mexico State Legislature:

1. Increase Productions in Rural Areas of New Mexico
2. Media Education and Workforce Development in Rural Areas
3. Infrastructure in Rural Areas

These are huge goals, but we're determined to make them happen! We'll keep you informed as more progress emerges.

Pictured:
Jose Lopez
Nancy and Gilbert Quintana
Andrea Swift
Melete Finch
Scott Campbell
Jessica Barfield
Ann Theis
Chapo Theis Lopez

Greater New Mexico Media Collective's first conference is underway. Tons of ideas are developing and knowledge is spread...
05/06/2022

Greater New Mexico Media Collective's first conference is underway. Tons of ideas are developing and knowledge is spreading in Farmington today.

Here's ERMW head, Ann Theis, and President of American Commons Media, Scott Campbell, presenting during a lecture this morning. More good stuff to come!

Ann Theis and Jose Lopez from El Raton Media Works, and Jolene Greene with the City of Raton, met with Congressional Fie...
04/22/2022

Ann Theis and Jose Lopez from El Raton Media Works, and Jolene Greene with the City of Raton, met with Congressional Field Representative Ben Salazar this week in Raton and they had a very productive conversation focused on workforce development in rural New Mexico. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful advocate in Mr. Salazar and are excited for more good things ahead!

Voting is now open for Film Prize Junior New Mexico's virtual film festival. Raton High School students Ramon Dosher (Po...
04/18/2022
El Raton Media Works

Voting is now open for Film Prize Junior New Mexico's virtual film festival.

Raton High School students Ramon Dosher (Potential) and Deanna Sanchez (The Shuler Theatre) have projects in the competition! Please take a minute to watch and vote.

The rules for voting are as follows:

Visit the Film Prize Junior New Mexico website at https://www.filmprizenm.com/festival-2022/

Watch a minimum of three films.

Visit and complete the voting form at https://form.jotform.com/lafilmprize/fpjrnm-audience-choice

Voting will end at 12 AM MDT on Sunday, April 24th.

Bringing film, television and emerging media projects to northern New Mexico. Changing the economy is possible. Our leadership team bring years of experience to bear on the challenges of expanding economic and workforce development to the region. We’re results driven, with a proven record of previ...

On Monday, voting starts for New Mexico's Film Prize Junior awards. We assisted two talented students in Raton to produc...
04/15/2022

On Monday, voting starts for New Mexico's Film Prize Junior awards. We assisted two talented students in Raton to produce their submissions and would LOVE to see them win a scholarship for the excellent work they put into their projects. Keep an eye out next week as we share links on how you can view and vote on their projects.

The Greater New Mexico Media Collective's first conference is quickly approaching. The one-day event will include a vari...
04/15/2022
Event

The Greater New Mexico Media Collective's first conference is quickly approaching. The one-day event will include a variety of networking and brainstorming sessions aimed at building a strong rural film collaborative across New Mexico.

More information and an RSVP form are available for those interested in attending:

One day of connecting and collaborating New Mexico rural communities

Here is a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to learn the basics of working in film. This two-day intensive is FREE...
04/15/2022

Here is a wonderful opportunity for those wanting to learn the basics of working in film. This two-day intensive is FREE and covers Assistant Camera, Acting for the Camera, Sound, & Grip.

A winning script will be chosen from a preceding screenwriting contest and then be filmed on a 2-camera shoot, supported by Panavision for Arri Alexa cameras, dolly & track from Maleko Grip & Rigging, and set lights & electric equipment from Cinelease, ABQ. The winning Short Film will be screened in your community as well as at George R.R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe in 2022.

Visit https://www.stagecoachfdn.org/upcoming-experiences-calendar/san-juan-county-road-show for all the info

We're very proud of Deanna and had a great time helping her create her first film. Hope it's one of many more to come!
04/08/2022
The Shuler Theater Documentary by Deanna Sanchez | Explore Raton

We're very proud of Deanna and had a great time helping her create her first film. Hope it's one of many more to come!

This video was shot by Explore Raton's high school intern Deanna Sanchez for the Film Prize Junior New Mexico competition for April 2022. Deanna set up and c...

Our team is heading to Farmington next month to take part in the Greater New Mexico Media Collective conference! The net...
04/08/2022
Greater New Mexico Media Collective

Our team is heading to Farmington next month to take part in the Greater New Mexico Media Collective conference!

The network's goal is to create a collaborative of creative clusters in rural communities across New Mexico for the purpose of economic development using collaboration techniques developed during the pandemic to connect these communities.

We're excited to be part of this and look forward to developing a strong rural filmmaking community across all of New Mexico.

Wildcraft Media and the Mora Empowerment Project are proud to be part of this new alliance. We are building media bridges to new and under-represented voices...

Auditions happening next week for Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts production of Bugsy Malone Jr!
01/26/2022

Auditions happening next week for Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts production of Bugsy Malone Jr!

ABQ named No. 1 for moviemakers for fourth year in a row
01/26/2022
ABQ named No. 1 for moviemakers for fourth year in a row

ABQ named No. 1 for moviemakers for fourth year in a row

Albuquerque is No. 1, again — for the fourth consecutive year. The city topped MovieMaker’s 2022 “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” list in the big cities category. The city was first ranked No. 1 in 2010 and has made the annual list every year since 2007. It fell out of the […...

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