Santa Fe, N.M. – New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the independent feature “Will Gardner,” produced by Mona Vista Productions, will begin principal photography this month through the end of May, in Albuquerque, Belen, Zia Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo, Gallup and Jemez Mountains.
“This is a really intriguing production, a road trip movie that will showcase many New Mexico landscapes including three Pueblo communities, the Jemez Mountains and Gallup, NM as well,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. “Once again, New Mexico’s diversity of landscapes and cultures is a huge asset to the film industry.”
“In Albuquerque we support films of all sizes and budgets. We are pleased that ‘Will Gardner’ has chosen their home base to be here. Their effort to shed a light on veterans’ homelessness is something we have prioritized in my administration and I am grateful that they are giving back to the same community they are focusing on,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.
“We are very excited about the upcoming film production of Will Gardner shooting in New Mexico. The geography of Gallup should enhance the beauty of the film,” said Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney. “I am also confident that the supportive citizens of our area will connect to the emotional story being told.”
The production will employ approximately 60 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico principal actors and approximately 130 New Mexico background talent.
“Will Gardner” is directed by Max Martini, produced by Michael Hagerty, Max Martini and Tony Mark and executive produced by Tanya Hill and Matt Hanson.
“Will Gardner” is the story of an Iraqi war veteran. Starring Max Martini (“13 Hours,” “Captain Phillips”), Omari Hardwick (“The A-Team,” “Power”), Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story,” “All Good Things”), Elisabeth Röhm (“American Hustle,” “Joy”), Dermot Mulroney (“Pure Genius,” “The Grey”), Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY,” “Apollo 13”) and JoBeth Williams (“Poltergeist,” “Kramer vs. Kramer”). Local actors include Luis Bordonada (“Better Call Saul,” “The Bridge”) and Georgina Lightning (“Blackstone,” “Older than America”). For more information visit Facebook “willgardnerthemovie”; Twitter @willgardnerfilm; and Instagram @willgardnerthemovie.
Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com