Writing for the Screen

Writing for the Screen in New Mexico

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Registration Deadline – Monday, July 20
One-day registration is $125, two-day registration is $225. Lunch is included in the price of registration.
South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
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“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” – Alfred Hitchcock.

Thursday, July 23

Anne Lerner 7-239:00 – Promoting New Mexico’s Film Industry – Ann Lerner is the Director of the City of Albuquerque’s Film Office. She has twenty years of experience of working in the film industry as an owner and line producer for her own commercial film production company, specializing in TV commercials. She has produced local, regional and national television commercials, filming on location all over the United States, and Toronto. With her at the helm, many successful television shows have been filmed in Albuquerque including “In Plain Sight” and “Breaking Bad.”

Thomas Donnelly 7-2310:00 The History of Film in New Mexico – Tom Donnelly is currently at work on a major research project on film and television production in New Mexico, part of which will cover the history of production in the state up to the present day. This work will form the basis of a book to be published by the University of New Mexico Press in the spring of 2017. Donnelly lectures on film and television at Leeds Trinity University in the United Kingdom and is a specialist in American film history and the study of cult television.

Justin Golding 7-2311:00 Marketing Your Film – Justin Golding is a writer, actor and director. He is a produced screenplay writer and is commissioned by producers and production companies to develop and write film and TV scripts. He teaches screenplay writing and film production at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Film School and presently has a three-book project with Ariel Books LLC.


Lunch 12:00 – 1:15

Kirk Ellis1:30 – Documenting History on Film – Kirk Ellis won two Emmys, a WGA Award, a Peabody, and the Humanitas Prize for his work as writer and co-executive producer on the HBO miniseries “John Adams.” Previously he received an Emmy nomination and won the WGA Award and Humanitas Prize for the ABC miniseries “Anne Frank,” which he wrote and co-produced. Currently, Ellis is writing “Bound for the Promised Land,” a film for HBO about Harriet Tubman. Ellis is also writing “Drill,” a dramatic series set amidst US Army basic training in Ft. Jackson. Upcoming motion picture projects include the bilingual feature “El Democrata,” based on the life of Mexican Revolutionary hero Francisco Madero, and a biography of the Marquis de Lafayette for director Jean-Francois Richet. 

Bruce McKenna2:45 – Adapting Books for the Screen – Bruce C. McKenna is an award winning screenwriter and TV producer.  He wrote on four of the ten episodes of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series “Band of Brothers.”  He then created, co-wrote and co-executive produced The Pacific, the Emmy Award-winning Miniseries for HBO, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. He is currently developing a miniseries on Peter The Great for Bold Television, and adapting Hampton Sides’ Kit Carson epic “Blood and Thunder” for Ridley Scott.

Friday, July 24

Jacques Paisner 7-249:00 – Producing a Film Festival – Jacques Paisner is the director of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation. He is the author of Albuquerque Blues 2007, and was writer and director of the 2009 feature film, Rejection. Paisner is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. http://santafeindependentfilmfestival.com

Alejandro Montoya Marin10:00 – Writing, Directing & Acting for the Screen – Alejandro Montoya Marin was born in Laredo, Texas and was raised in Mexico. His interest in film began at a young age which led to his education at the Vancouver Film School in Canada. When he moved to Albuquerque he began producing short films and documentaries that have been screened in France, India Turkey and across the United States. His work includes: “Intrepido,” “The Princess and the Musician,” “The Joneses” and “Low/Fi.” He’s presently at work on a feature film.


Debra Denker11:00 –Capturing the World on Film – Documentary filmmaker Debra Denker is the founder and director of the non-profit SkySpirit Foundation’s Global Diversity Film Project. Her film “We Are All Mothers” was shown in the 2007 Santa Fe Film Festival. Other films on Tibetan and Afghan refugees were shown in Taos Mountain Film Festival and Telluride Mountainfilm. She co-produced the 1985 documentary “A Nation Uprooted: Afghan Refugees in Pakistan,” which was shown in many film festivals, on PBS, and on international TV. Her short film on community gardens in New Mexico and South Africa, “Community Garden: Many Hands Make Light Work,” was shown in the 2012 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase. She is currently working on a full-length documentary “Between Worlds: Africa.”

Lunch 12:00 – 1:15

1:30 – So You Want to Write Comedy? – Ron Bloomberg explores the seriousness of being funny. He is an award winning comedy writer-producer whose network credits include “All in the Family,” “Three’s Company,” “9 to 5,” “Home Improvement” plus pilots for CBS, NBC and MTV. Upon moving to Santa Fe in 2004, Bloomberg began writing one act plays. Six have been produced, as well as his full-length play The Queen of Madison Avenue.


Sophie Ell 10-312:45 Tony Hillerman on Film – Graduate student and scholar Sophie Ell of The Tony Hillerman Portal at the University Libraries at UNM will discuss the four Hillerman books made in to movies: Dark Wind, Skin Walkers, Coyote Waits and A Thief in Time. http://ehillerman.unm.edu



Questions? Contact us at 505-471-1565 or wordharvest@wordharvest.com

One-day registration is $125, two-day registration is $225. Lunch is included in the price of registration. All events take place at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Register Now.