Aug. 04--LAS CRUCES >> Brad Littlefield has helped cast TV reality shows, including "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels" and "Date My Mom." He's acted a little, in the 2011 film "The Ghostmaker," and in the 2012 TV series "Are you Normal, America?" He's schmoozed with stars and movie industry movers and shakers from Los Angeles to the Cannes Film Festival
But his first love is in the mostly unseen, behind-the-scenes artistry that forms the foundations of creativity, in the deal-making, budgets, location scouting, financing, infrastructiure, collaborative efforts and other myriad and motley details that constitute the life of a producer.
"I love that the product we make
makes people feel things. I want to do anything I can to help that process. I think we all lift each other up," said Littlefield, whose firm, Open Range Pictures, currently maintains offices in both Hollywood and Las Cruces.
Open Range, he said, "is dedicated to producing films that change lives, create social problem awareness and propose solutions, and elevate society's perception of real life environments."
He's bullish on Southern New Mexico's film industry potential, and said he is currently working with regional businesses on "a major infrastructure project that could bring media productions to this region and potentially also be a major year-around tourist attraction. I'll
just say that there is a lot of interest from potential makers of Westerns. This could be really good for the community, and that's a major goal. My vision is to create jobs and offer services."
He said he's not yet free to give additional details about what he describes as an outdoor set with many potential uses, but noted that he hopes to be able to announce more news soon.
"Las Cruces offers so much. The diverse topography, great
weather, proximity to the El Paso Airport, and lots of virgin locations that haven't been overexposed. There are a growing number of people who have the skills we need and we're close enough to Los Angeles and Albuquerque to access equipment and other things. If we expand a little, the border region has a lot of resources. Places in El Paso, for instance, could double for New York City urban locations. We may not have it all together, but together, we have it all," he said.
Littlefield, a native of Washington, D.C., grew up in New Orleans and lived and worked on both coasts before starting his own company in 2008.
"I was always on the business and human resources side of things
and I enjoyed a successful career in Silicon Valley," he said.
His entertainment experience, according to his website, includes talent and casting for MTV Networks, project manager for YouTube, and development and funding projects that include "The Family Tree," "The Development of Appalachia," "Tangible Evidence," "Traveling Salesman," "Desert Water," "Dark Desert Highway," "Desdimona Goes Shopping For The Fountain Of Youth," "Are You There," "Box Of Shadows," "Implant," "Skorpio" and "One Amazing Thing."
Dear to his heart is a smaller project that first brought him to Las Cruces: the multi-award-winning "Becoming Eduardo," a film by Rod McCall based on a novella by LouAnne
Johnson. It was filmed primarily in locations in Southern New Mexico, including Court Youth Center, with local actors appearing in several roles. Honors for "Eduardo" included Best Latino Film at the Santa Fe Film Festival, White Sands International Film Festival's Audience Choice Award and Best New Mexico Film 2010 at the Albuquerque Film Festival.
He said he has several projects in various stages of development, including, "She's With Me," which Littlefield describes as "an urban romantic comedy that's now in post production. I'm also working on '2-11.' a police drama and I'm working with a well-known science fiction director on projects that could come here."
He is also involved
with author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, whose works became the critically acclaimed films "the Mistress of Spices" and "Sister of My Heart," on a production based on her novel "One Amazing Thing."
Littlefield characterizes the story as "kind of 'Joy Luck Club' meets 'The Poseidon Adventure.' It's about nine people trapped in the basement of the Indian Embassy in San Francisco. It's a cross-cultural story. I like to work with literary projects," Littlefield said.
For information on Littlefield and Open Range Pictures services and projects here and in California, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at http://openrangepictures.jimdo.com.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.
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