Posts Tagged film

On Location in Mexico: Hollywood Productions Have Safe Track Record

16 March 2011

Part of the fallout from Mexico’s drug war has been lost revenue from Hollywood production budgets. Once a prime shooting location for Hollywood films, Mexican film commissions have taken a hit as Hollywood takes sensationalized media reports of violence to heart. Mexico City film commissioner Fernando Uriegas told Variety that drugs have,

“not only given business to the cartels, but to the media who cover the violence around them. As long as these stories sell space, they’ll keep running them.”

In response to the fallout, state tourism and film commissions are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of productions.  According to state film commissioner Sergio Gutierrez, local and state police along with federal troops circle the sets with full security and even offer to fly in stars via helicopter, courtesy of the state government.

Noting that most of the nine productions that shot in the Mexican state of Durango last year asked to reduce security measures as shooting progressed, Gutierrez said, “When (actors and producers) come, they usually come with fear, but after a few weeks of filming, they realize that all this has more to do with the media … that this isn’t how they say it is.”

Read the full article here.

8th Annual International Film Festival Sees Large Turnout in Mexico

20 October 2010

Oscar winning actor Javier Bardem was one of many star studded guests at Mexico's 8th Annual International Film Festival (Photo by Greg Hernandez)

The 8th Annual Morelia International Film Festival in Michoacán opened to its largest turnout ever on Saturday, where hundreds lined the red carpets to see their favorite star studded guests.  Hollywood notable guests included director of Brazil and Monty Python fame Terry Gilliam, Academy Award winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, and celebrated Mexican directors Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Planet Terror, and upcoming Machete) and Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Babel, Amores Perros).

The AP article noted the contrast of Mexico in the media and up close, saying:

From afar it seems like Baghdad: car bombs, beheadings and corrupt politicians.  Up close, Mexico remains magical and picturesque in parts, feeling oddly safe even in the hardest-fought territories of the drug war.

When asked to comment on Mexico’s violence, Innaritu told the Associated Press that culture and education are important weapons against it.  The festival is quickly becoming a top international film festival.  This year it had 270 entries and 500 invited guests, 100 of which were foreign.