Statement Regarding City of Las Cruces Film Studio RFP Award

Dec 17, 2018

Contact: Film Las Cruces President Jeff Steinborn, 575-635-5615 //

“Film Las Cruces applauds the City’s negotiation with the Tetrad Property Group and Cinespace Film Studios to partner with the City of Las Cruces to construct and operate a film studio in Las Cruces. This is
the culmination of five years of hard work by our organization and members of the local film community
to raise the funds and political support needed to bring this vision to reality. We are hopeful that this
negotiation is successful and brings a new level of film and media production to our community” said
Board President Jeff Steinborn. “Film Las Cruces Studios will continue to serve the film community and
our students, now and into the future.”

In 2013 State Senator Jeff Steinborn, local elected leaders, and members of the film community formed
the Regional Film Development Advisory Committee (RFDAC) to grow film economic development in
Doña Ana County. The following two years the group worked to secure close to a million dollars of
funding from the legislature and three million dollars from the City government. In 2016 the City
leadership encouraged RFDAC to become the City’s official film economic development entity. In the Fall
of 2016 Film Las Cruces was formed and soon thereafter hired a film liaison, opened a film office, and
launched a website and social media platforms promoting the region’s film assets.
In summer of 2017 Film Las Cruces and officials from the City and NMSU visited Cinespace Studios in
Chicago. While discussions continued about potential partnership with Cinespace, Film Las Cruces
worked with Doña Ana Community College to open Film Las Cruces Studios. To date the Studio has
hosted Clint Eastwood’s The Mule, Walking with Herb, and numerous local productions, casting calls,
and DACC film crew training.

Film Las Cruces visit to Cinespace in 2017