Las Cruces screenwriters among those chosen for State Film Office training program

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A project by a team of Las Cruces screenwriters has been selected by the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) for its first-ever New Voices • New Mexico training program for emerging screenwriters in the state.

Brittany Ramirez and Micaela Legarda have been tapped for a project called “Unwritten” for television on magical realism, NMFO said in a press release. NMFO provided this description of the project: “On the day of her father’s funeral, a pedantic writer discovers why an empty notebook was her greatest treasure.”

NMFO selected 10 projects statewide, with the Ramirez-Legarda project being the only one in southern New Mexico.

The training program began in May and will continue in three phases for six months, NMFO said.

Led by Stowe Story Labs Founder and Director David Rocchio and Co-Founder David Pope, New Voices • New Mexico is designed to help emerging screenwriters develop the fundamental skills needed to write screenplays for feature films and television.

“This initiative is a direct result of our partnerships with major New Mexico studios and our commitment to nurturing local talent,” said New Mexico Department of Economic Development Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. “I am thrilled to see this diverse group of New Mexico storytellers receiving training and guidance so their projects can move forward. Congratulations to those selected for this inaugural program!

“New Mexico is teeming with creative, skilled, and diverse writers, and the New Mexico New Voices program is an effective way to encourage and empower them and their stories for the screen. The competition was tough and we congratulate each writer who, after a deep dive with Stowe Story Labs, will have a script ready to go, which is no small feat,” said the director of the film office of the New Mexico, Amber Dodson.

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