Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Unknown Rockstar (2011)

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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House/Drive/Rock Stage

The Crimson Room - Dahlonega, Georgia

Roots in South Valley of ABQ - 1510 ....

Barelas Barrio - Greek Orthodox Monastery - Hazeldine & Fourth


Sonny's Bar & Grille, circa 1990. Still at?:
4214 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108

Washington state radio DJ

Heading into Tijeras Canyon - (35.063135°, -106.481823°)

SB 337 at 333 in Tijeras, NM

Approaching ranch - Strange path on Highway 60: (34.432932°, -106.527168°). Also (34.447987°, -106.542772°)

RR Crossing (34.485180°, -106.577371°)

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Manzano, NM (34.647257°, -106.344801°)

Family Ranch

Marietta, GA

Big-I - about (35.102192°, -106.630426°)

The Barn - N. 4th St. - across from Smith's Supermarket - (35.146394°, -106.639121°)

Across from UNM on Central (35.081046°, -106.614855°)

Quarai Ruins, Manzano, NM - entrance and church

View of ABQ

Small town

Views of ABQ

View of downtown from Hotel Blue

Covered Wagon front in Old Town

Casa de Fiesta Remore(?) Grill/ Santa Fe South

South side of Old Town Plaza - driving east

Performance venue

Nob Hill Shopping Center - east side?

Central Ave. RR underpass

Westside 66 Neon arch

View of Lomas Blvd. and downtown from about the Howard Johnson's Hotel.

View of Central between 4th & 5th at night

Looks like San Felipe de Neri church

El Rey Theater, April 2010.


KUNM radio station

Atlanta, GA


Macon, GA

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Almost Exhausted the List of Easily-Obtained Films for My Albuquerque Filming Locations Atlas

I've been tallying filming locations for my Albuquerque Filming Locations Atlas (see sidebar) for 15 months now. I've identified 362 films for tracking. 230 of these films have been scanned (about 64% of the total number of titles - nearly two thirds of the total), yielding 1,377 filming locations. It's getting progressively harder to add films to the Atlas now, because suitable ABQ-based films are either:

1.) Unavailable;
2.) Available, but at a high cost;
3.) Never got distributed in the first place, so exceedingly-scarce now;
4.) Made-for-TV movies that are locked away in a vault somewhere;
5.) Brand new and haven't been issued yet; or
6.) Some combination of the above.

I'll be talking about my Atlas at the SWPACA conference in Albuquerque in February. I want to have some fun with it. In particular, I want to make some YouTube videos regarding how different film teams use the same filming locations. Also, I want to present odd or comic moments in Albuquerque cinema. I guess there is an amorphous entity called Albuquerque cinema after all, it's just difficult to fully appreciate it.

So, for the moment, very few new films to add.

Descansos (2009)

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Last updated: November 26, 2019

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Wooden boardwalk/colonnade

Paved road

Church - twin crosses


Side of Highway

Camel Rock!

Sign for Stems Floral Boutique, 2520 Juan Tabo Blvd NE # D, Albuquerque, NM 87112, along with FedEx Kinko's & New York NY Deli

View of stores like Twisters



Espanola sign (35.993539°, -106.082722°)


View of Hospital - NE Corner of Spruce & N. Coronado Ave., in Espanola

Intersection of Spain & xxxx in ABQ.

Gee Loretta! - Women's clothing store
10655 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111


Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Central Ave. on 9 Mile Hill (35.067779°, -106.763568°)


Roadside descansos/ athletic field/ playground


More descansos


More descansos

2416 ABCD 2418 ABCD -

More descansos

Santuario de Chimayo sign


Amazing Grace/ road signs to Santuario/ Pilgrims and Guitar

Thanks to El Santuario de Chimayo, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Pojoaque, NM, Stem's Exquisite Florals, Gee Loretta, Rancho de Chimayo, Tattoos by Derrick Costello, Q-Staff Theater, Holiday Inn in Santa Fe, Red Dog Alley.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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Last updated: November 26, 2019

AKA: Highway 66. Directed by John Ford and based on the book by John Steinbeck. Filmed across the American Southwest with primary filming in California; New Mexico scenes shot in Gallup, Laguna Pueblo and Santa Rosa. Starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Carradine. Six Academy Award nominations and two Oscars won, for Best Director and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jane Darwell).

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Segment representing Oklahoma City is wrong it's actually Albuquerque - Sunrise & Rosenwald Buildings evident, plus reference to Kress Building - Central Ave., between 4th & 5th

Drive into valley - distant mesas

Camp Keyton, vicinity of Winslow, AZ

Red Rock ... where? Gallup? - View of Pyramid Rock - about (35.531609°, -108.628753°)

Pecos River Bridge - Highway 66 bridge, looking west (they're eastbound for some reason) at Santa Rosa

View with donkeys - Thinking maybe Tijeras, NM - Santo Nino Parish

Good Eats diner - Not sure where, but unlikely to be Santa Rosa. Thinking eastern edge of Albuquerque, maybe about (35.065571°, -106.487643°)

View of valley
Approximately (35.049455°, -106.871563°)

According to imdb, Laguna, NM area should be in the film, but I didn't recognize any Laguna scenes.

Leaving NM - appears to be slightly west of actual state line (35.356942°, -109.050920°)

Agriculture inspection station - (35.350351°, -109.056737°)

Petrified Forest?

Metalworking - Thinking maybe around (35.327972°, -109.083344°)

Colorado River