Movies Made in Albuquerque

On Sunday, November 19, 2023, Santa Fe-based writer and New Mexico film historian Jeff Berg presented a “Made in New Mexico” film screening featuring a collection of clips from movies that have been at least partially shot in Albuquerque – from a 1912 silent starring Mary Pickford until present-day blockbusters and a few you probably never heard of! Berg to provided historical context for the film clips. There was also plenty of audience participation.

The program was held at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town.

Photo of Jeff BergJeff Berg, a Chicago native, has lived in New Mexico for over twenty-five years, with nearly half that time being spent in Santa Fe, which is also known as the city weird by local wags. Albuquerque does have its own touch of weird, which Berg covers, while offering information, hints, and tips for visitors, would-be residents, film lovers, and locals alike. He first visited the state in the 1960s and concluded “New Mexico was even more exotic than I could imagine.” He later returned to briefly attend college in Artesia. Later, visits and watching “The Milagro Beanfield War” prompted a move to Santa Fe in 1995. He has also lived in California and Montana. As a film critic, cinema aficionado and historian, Jeff Berg served on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society and was an assistant manager at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. He has published several books including “New Mexico Filmmaking“.

Flyer for "The Tourists" (1912)