Actor/director teams up with state for filmmaking programs at Los Luceros ranch
By Robert Nott
The program will reside at the historic Los Luceros ranch in Alcalde, north of Española. The state Department of Cultural Affairs bought the roughly 150-acre spread last year for $2.5 million.
Redford is building a house in the Santa Fe area, and intends to live more than half of the year here, it was announced Thursday.
Lisa Strout, head of the New Mexico Film Office, said Los Luceros is ideal for the program. "When you go there," she said, "something makes you want to sit by the Rio Grande and start writing."
Redford said the program will eventually encompass directing, screenwriting and producing, providing an environment to create job opportunities for American Indians and Hispanics. Though set in New Mexico, these labs are not just designed for state residents, Strout stressed.
Below: "Gov. Bill Richardson and actor and director Robert Redford announced plans Thursday a collaboration to expand training in the state for Native American and Hispanic filmmakers. The project, ‘Sundance in New Mexico,’ will be based at Los Luceros, the historic, state-owned hacienda north of Española." (Jane Phillips/The New Mexican)