New Mexico has a new nickname. It’s NOT only the “Land of Enchantment”, but because of the large number of movies and TV shows being filmed here now it is also known as “Tamalewood”. The film industry loves New Mexico for many reasons including the incentives the state offers them, the 350 days per year average of sunshine, long spring and fall seasons, not very many rainy days, a work force experienced in the industry and trade schools pumping out more students into the film industry every year. A win-win for everyone.
There have been lots of movies filmed here in Tamalewood, among them more recently are: No Country for Old Men, Sunshine Cleaning, Terminator Salvation, 3:10 to Yuma and Wild Hogs, to name just a few
Even before the film industry incentives, New Mexico had a long history of film making, with titles like:
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
Easy Rider (1969)
American Grafitti (1973)
The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Young Guns (1998)
Additionally, there are a few current tv shows based here in Albuquerque, like Crash and Breaking Bad. USA Network’s hit series, In Plain Sight, filmed about ten minutes of the 2nd season opener, “Gilted Lily“, here at Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, and our experience is chronicled in my previous blog found here. It was a fascinating time for us and our neighbors, to say the least. I would love for them to come back and do it again.
The list of movies filmed here really goes on and on. New Mexico has been the birthplace of many fine, (and some not so fine), bits of film. See a more complete list here.
To celebrate the Film Industry in New Mexico, and to show it off too, the ABQ Trolley Company has introduced a new tour – the “Trolleywood Tour”, a 90 minute Trolley trek to movie locations all around Albuquerque. They even get access to the Albuquerque Studios’ backlot. I know that I blog a lot about the ABQ Trolley Company, but hey – they are a true gem of Albuquerque and we have never had a guest who did not thoroughly enjoy any ABQ Trolley Tour, ever. So check out their Trolleywood Tour, but be quick. The first one (Aug 21) sold out fast. The next Trolleywood Tour is on September 18, 2010 and the tickets are available from their website right now. What are you waiting for?
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