Future Voices of New Mexico is a collaborative filmmaking project that takes inspiration from the ALL ROADS FILM PROJECT of the National Geographic Society, which works with indigenous and under-represented voices from around the world. By bringing together teachers, filmmakers and various cultural institutions we have launched a project the encourages high school students from around the state of New Mexico to tell stories through film and photography. Utilizing local filmmakers, we have created filmmaking modules that are brought into the schools. In addition, we have created agency within the schools by bolstering their equipment with more cameras. Our team collaborates with local teachers to engage students at all stages of the filmmaking process, including pursuing careers in the industry.
Our filmmaking team includes Marcella Ernest, Jason Jaacks and Christopher Michael Roybal. On the photography side we are thrilled to have as a partner the Santa Fe Photo Workshops. Because of the commitment of Reid Callanan, the director, and Michael Webb, we have seasoned photographers go into the classrooms and work with the students.
Through our partnership with the Lensic Performing Arts Theatre, we are able to screen our students’ best work in old downtown Santa Fe. Other partners within the community are The Bonanza Creek Ranch and The Indigenous Language Institute. Bonanza Creek Ranch is a working movie set that has had over 130 films and promotes our students work by allowing students to utilize sets on the ranch for their films. The Indigenous Language Institute provides vital language related services that empower native communities by creating speakers of original languages and preserving individual identity and traditional wisdom.
While filmmaking and photography are the results of this work, we believe in the power of the creative process to inspire students to dream beyond high school. To add agency to these dreams, we have partnered with IATSE Local 480. The strength of the film industry in New Mexico allows our students to capitalize on these dreams and pursue the jobs that exist within the film industry.
In 2012, New Mexico became the 47th state in the U.S. Remembering New Mexico’s history is like opening a gift: of rich diverse cultures, unique traditions, and the stories of generations. Join us in the Land of Enchantment in 2012 and experience for yourself one of the world’s most vibrant centers for the arts, cultural heritage, and creative expression.