It was our pleasure to interview Dirk Norris, Executive Director of the New Mexico Film Foundation. https://youtu.be/gYC8LUqr6t4 You must see this 15 min interview to hear the latest. Dirk was formerly with the New Mexico State Film Office and has been devoted to promoting the film industry in New Mexico for many years. Dirk mentioned two new programs for 2017 that the NM Film Foundation is sponsoring. One is the Scholastic Screenwriting Competition, (see http://talewriters.or/scrip-contests/) and the other is NEW MEXICO GIRLS MAKE MOVIES. IF YOU ARE A GIRL, AGE 13 TO 23 AND HAVE A STORY, THEY ARE OFFERING GRANTS TO GIRLS TO MAKE A SHORT FILM AND THEN ALL WILL BE INVITED TO A NEW MEXICO FILM GALA at the Governor's Mansion in April, where their winning story will be performed as a staged reading. Learn every aspect of film-making and get a grant to do so. "Professionals will help you every step of the way." Dirk said that the "Incentives that the State of New Mexico gives to movie makers" bring in more jobs and more money to the state than almost any other industry. Politicians who complain about budget deficits need to realize that film making in New Mexico brings not only movie jobs, but fills our hotels, restaurants, creates investment in locations, new construction, and stimulates of any area where they are filming. For instant and quick stimulus we need to continue to attract movie and film productions to this state. Ben Boothe asked about future film projects and Victor Waumett mentioned that "People fly here from all over the nation to attend screen writing and movie making symposiums". There are almost 12 movies being produced, a few other projects are: Trials and Tribulations of being a Real Estate Agent, is a series being filmed in Santa Fe. Mack Page is doing a series on the Marshall Arts, in Santa Fe, called "Enter the DoJo". Yoshee is about a little child trying to take care of Parrots that are an endangered species, and it was just finished. Albuquerque is filming "Leslie". Another called "Thank You Five" about people in theater is in progress.