New Mexico group lobbies for film, television hall of fame

SANTA FE, N.M. — A new nonprofit wants to create a hall of fame for those who have made significant impacts on New Mexico’s movie and television industry.

The nonprofit is calling its project the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame, and hopes to one day find a building to host it. In the meantime, the group will seek nominations for the first crop of inductees, who will be announced at an awards gala in February in Santa Fe.

“We’re going to celebrate the people who aren’t always celebrated,” said Brian Espinosa, a producer and talent manager who sits on the film hall of fame executive committee. “We’re going to recognize the people who have made significant contributions to film and television here in all the various aspects — whether it’s someone who’s been Oscar-nominated for hair and makeup, or the crew members we don’t often think of. We want a really good mix.”

“They might not be people who are necessarily from New Mexico but people who have specifically contributed in some significant manner to the industry in our state,” he said.