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New Mexico Premiere of Big Kill

Stagecoach Foundation welcomes the Big Kill team back to New Mexico.

(SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO) — When it comes to transforming twenty-first century America into the Wild West, few filming locations can compete with Santa Fe. Between the Western ranches within a short drive of Santa Fe and our numerous sound stages — not to mention 360° vistas and varied terrain — the capital city of New Mexico offers myriad film-shoot opportunities.

The creative team behind the new Western Big Kill were well aware of those opportunities when they decided to head to New Mexico in 2017, employing more than 100 New Mexican crew, actors and background during the shoot at the Bonanza Movie Ranch. Now the team is coming back to Santa Fe — to celebrate the New Mexico red-carpet premiere of Big Kill. The premiere screening is being held at Jean Cocteau Cinema on Friday, October 26, at 7pm, followed by a Q&A with director Scott Martin and producer Michael Slifkin.

The premiere, which is by invitation only, allows the Big Kill team to say thank you to the city that welcomed them during production. Big Kill took up residency at the Stagecoach Foundation, an executive suite–style office space that provides visiting creative teams with a home base during their stays in the Southwest, while finding ways to engage their professionals with educational outreach opportunities for New Mexico’s underserved youth communities. Stagecoach Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization founded by longtime Santa Fe resident George RR Martin, is hosting the Big Kill New Mexico premiere.

“We loved filming in New Mexico because of the location and crew,” said Big Kill producer Michael Slifkin. “Overall, it was a great experience.” Marisa Xochtl Jimenez, Executive Director of the Stagecoach Foundation, said, “We were thrilled to welcome the Big Kill team to Santa Fe and the Stagecoach Foundation. We couldn’t have asked for more wonderful tenants, who were generous enough with their time to lead an unforgettable youth workshop on movie stunts. We’re delighted to thank them for choosing New Mexico as their filming location in the best way possible: by enjoying the complete film with not only local supporters of the film arts and industry, but with the cast and crew who made Big Kill happen.”

Big Kill, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Danny Trejo, Jason Patric, Christoph Sanders and Michael Paré, tells the story of a Philadelphia tenderfoot, two gamblers on the run, and a deadly preacher who end up in the boom town of Big Kill. Big Kill, rated R, debuts in select theaters this month from Archstone Pictures.

About Stagecoach Foundation

Stagecoach Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to the production of great works alongside economic opportunity for New Mexico's underserved youth and young adults. Job creation training in support of Santa Fe's economy, with a particular focus on Film, Education and Technology, is built into the Stagecoach Foundation mission. By bringing film and tv productions, as well as tech projects, to New Mexico, and working directly with local efforts to help grow film and tech initiatives from the ground up, Stagecoach Foundation connects working film and digital art/tech professionals to young people eager for education, information and real-world skills training. Stagecoach Foundation hosts free workshops, hands-on training programs and internships, creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for New Mexico's youth. Stagecoach Foundation is committed to inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and tech professionals, and providing them with the experiences to help them realize their dreams.

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