Albuquerque: The Unknown

Albuquerque: The Unknown from Puzzled Pictures on Vimeo.

In May of 2007, Sony Pictures Imageworks announced the opening of a satellite facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico that could take advantage of tax incentives offered by the state government.

Once in motion, employees of all tenure, and from many parts of the world, began moving to Albuquerque. Most knew absolutely nothing about the area. This is the story of the first forty employees who took the leap, and how they have come to experience the city of Albuquerque, and New Mexico.

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

A dumb 18 year old kid in Arizona thought it was a good idea to outrun the cops in a motorcycle.

A man who police said led them on a chase at speeds of over 100 mph on his motorcycle last week said “it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Police had their lights on, and an officer reported seeing Gerardi look back as the officer was getting out of his vehicle. Then the light turned green, and Gerardi took off.

“I thought about it for a second and thought, ‘I’m probably going to be arrested anyway,’ ” Gerardi said. “It seemed like a good idea at the time . . . I thought I could get away.”

Hopefully this kid learned his lesson.

Gerardi, a freshman at Gilbert Chandler Community College and a sales associate at a motorcycle shop, had a status hearing on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to a single count of endangerment, a Class 6 felony, and a single count of criminal speeding. He is scheduled to be sentenced this month and is expected to receive one year of probation and see his license revoked for one year.

What Movies Represent New Mexico

Movies By State

On social networking site Reddit, user subtonix posted a map of the US which shows movies that represent each state. I saw it reposted too many places to not comment on it. Some good movies represented some states well, like Raising Arizona for Arizona but New Mexico was not well represented by the movie The Tao of Steve.

I never heard of The Tao of Steve so I put it in my Netflix queue and moved it to the top. Generally I found the movie too predictable, kind of slow and didn’t care about the characters. Other than the movie taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I didn’t see how it had anything to do with New Mexico. The characters and story could have taken place anywhere and it wouldn’t have made any difference to the movie.

There’s several other movies I think would make better representation of New Mexico with the top of the list being The Milagro Beanfield War. While the movie is not a true accounting of any story, I think it represents something that could really happen. Wikipedia describe the film.

Filmed on location in Truchas, New Mexico, the film is set in the fictional rural town of Milagro, with a population of 426. In keeping with the northern New Mexico setting that it is depicted as being a part of, Milagro is a predominantly Hispanic and Catholic town, with a largely interrelated population.
The picture tells of one man’s quixotic struggle as he defends his small beanfield and his community against much larger business and New Mexico state political interests.

There are several other movies that could do a better job. Listed are a few: White Sands, Gas Food Lodging, Wild Wild West, Wyatt Earp, Young Guns. What suggestions do you have?