Las Cruces working to boost local film production

Last month, the New Mexico Film Office announced that the Hollywood Reporter has named New Mexico as one of the “Eight Hotspots” for shooting in the U.S. or Canada.

The industry magazine cites factors such as tax incentives, infrastructure, longevity, and $397 million of direct spend in Fiscal Year 2016.

“This is gratifying and encouraging news on the New Mexico film front,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “Here in Las Cruces, we are increasing our efforts to capitalize on that momentum to bring more productions to our area.”

The City of Las Cruces has a Memorandum of Understanding with Film Las Cruces, a local nonprofit organization that promotes Las Cruces as a prime film location. The organization is currently working with film production teams in developing the film industry regionally. Film Las Cruces states it is eager to help identify locations, secure equipment, hotel accommodations, and assist with other resources. According to Ed, “The city is also actively working to purchase property for a sound stage through primarily state-appropriated funding. A sound stage has long been sought in Las Cruces and once established, is anticipated to further stimulate local film production.”

In addition, the city recently created a new Economic Development department that can also serve as a catalyst for increasing film activity.