Saturday, January 11, 2020

"Atlas of Albuquerque Filming Locations" Milestone

After discovering a cache of Albuquerque films (those films that last an hour, or more) and making a big push, I've now got Atlas entries for 281 of 377 films - roughly 75% of the total.

It will be very hard to push further, though. The remaining films are just hard to find. I'm hoping that I can find a few films by prowling Albuquerque used video stores, but some of these films are very obscure, so I'm not hopeful. Further progress from this point will be slow and halting.

The Speed of Orange (2012)

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ABQ Downs

Sunray Racetrack in Farmington, NM

Disappointment Valley, CO


South Valley pix

La Mesa Park (Raton)

Uranium Downs - Grand Junction, CO

Thunderbird Downs, Las Vegas

Los Alamitos Track, CA


Santa Fe Downs

She's Missing (2018)

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White Mesa, near top, west side

Aerial images

Rodeo images


Shorty's BBQ, 1204 Route 66 (apparently in Moriarty)

Shorty's Bar-B-Q - Restaurant
1204 Rte 66
Moriarty, NM 87035

Near burned house

Road to mountain on horizon, with utility poles



Outside Casino

Lariat Motel - Hotel
708 Rte 66
Moriarty, NM 87035

Seaside images

White Mesa - about (35.528970°, -106.818083°)

Old Church, Corrales, NM

Reception hall

Shorty's BBQ


Whiting Brothers Gas Station - Gas station
500 Central Ave
Moriarty, NM 87035


House - 800

Lariat Motel

Bosque Farms Rodeo Association, 1040 Arena Rd., Bosque Farms, NM 87068


Rodeo Grounds

800 House/Walking



View of Moriarty Central Ave. - (35.008917°, -106.061995°)

View of El Comedor Restaurant
El Comedor de Reyes - Pan-Latin restaurant
1009 Highway M
Moriarty, NM 87035

Under power lines

Mrs. Ruiz

Gypsum Mines

Shorty's/Aerial Shots/Lariat Motel

Bend in Road

Drive Up on the West Side - Package to go


Gun Shop

Bulletin Board

Road to Clay City - South of ABQ. Probably Bobby Foster Rd.

Bar/Dance Club

Fancy Home - Sandia Foothills?

Shooting Yard/Fountain

Plot hole - how is she driving again?

Room...9? Lariat?


Gas Station (Fillup)/laundry/Room

Ocean/Paradise Motel

Absent (2010)

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Park (w. palm trees)


Johnny Tapia Story - Interview site


The Pit

(Wallace Park Community Center was where he started boxing as a kid - not pictured)

ABQ Streets - Outwest Auto Corral (near La Barca & McDonalds)

Cafe Da Lat, 5615 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Pioneer Motel

Big Texas BBQ

A Quality Inn (which one?)

Cafe Da Lat - Vietnamese restaurant

Caravan East, 7605 Central Ave. NE

Pinon Motel.

Fulton Motors Truck Sales

ABQ's mass grave on West Mesa


Johnny Tapia round II

Ohkay Casino in Espanola

The Garden (III) (2017)

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Forest (moss on trees - not NM)



Shift of Urban scenes

Knifepoint - Alley entrance just north of Central on 5th Street NW - E. side

The Garden - seashore


Small plaza - where is this?

Blackbird Buvette, 509 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102/ Walking outside on Central Ave.

The backyard garden again

Driving in Country Club neighborhood - 16th & Los Alamos, turning right on Los Alamos

5th & Central, NW corner, and nearby


SW Sunset

Brief glimpses of Library from SE corner, Copper between 3rd & 4th, south side


Yard/kitchen/field - where is this?


Aspen woods

Roosevelt Park

House, Etc.

Driving in Country Club neighborhood


5th & Central, Ramp - behind Copper Garage?

4th & Copper, just N of intersection, E side

Walking under promenade, E side of Hyatt Regency

Back yard

Wedding reception/plaza again/bubbles

Streets in Country Club neighborhood - Los Alamos & 16th St.

House with candles

Hilly field, etc.

Alley again, then the Desert Sands pool!

Central & 6th., NE corner, looking west; Desert Sands

Nice - Valle Caldera? Yellowstone? (Maybe Durango)

Old Town Plaza - small plaza, south side, bandshell, SE side

ABQ Street/alley/Room 110

Outside 519 Central Ave. NW

Looking out house - ABQ neighborhood, but where? Looks like Fruit & 10th neighborhood.

House w. stairs


Driving east on Tijeras; right onto 3rd St.

Fields - down around Belen?

Thanks given to Prop House, Flying Star, Olive Garden, Garcia's Kitchen, Blackbird Buvette, Pizza 9, Applebee's, Desert Sands, and Magic Lantern

Friday, January 10, 2020

Walter White Funeral (2013 Video)

Jackamoe Buzzell's family is from Maine, as are most Buzzells in the United States, and since my mother is a Buzzell, it is likely I'm a distant relative to Jackamoe.

The beautiful and effective eulogy is by Michael Flowers, Breaking Bad Set Dresser.

My sister is here somewhere.....


Sunset Memorial Park

Thursday, January 09, 2020


Interesting movie.

Icebox (2018)

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Classroom - 7th & Mountain?


Truck yard

SW of ABQ - fences


Crossing fence/Bike/Walking/Transport

Big Holding Facility - probably the place used in Sicario, off Jim McDowell Road

Driving down road - Shooting Range Access Road?

Upper Curve on Bobby Foster Road

Fields - southern NM?

Driving/Courthouse - Bernalillo Co. Annex

Upper Curve on Bobby Foster Road

S. NM again

Bobby Foster Rd.

Bus station

Menaul School/ City of Watsonville (35.109982°, -106.638012°)

Husband for Hire (2008 TV Movie)

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Crew pickup spot - Alameda Blvd. at S. Guadalupe Trail - SW side.

Mama Dia - ?

S. on Guadalupe

Rail yards

Mobile Home Park - Space 16

Double Eagle/ Lobby at Airport

Mama Dia

Sandia Resort/Green Reed Salon

Cada Dia

Valley drive

Gretchen & Elliot's place from early BrBa

Truck theft - Los Poblanos Ln NW, just north of Rio Grande Pl NW

Salsa Club

Trapped in basement

Austin 200 - Shooting Range Access Road??

Cabaret - old Burt's Tiki Bar

Thanks in credits include: Exchange Communications, Copper Square Security

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Este Does Not Make a Movie (2014)

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Este Does Not Make A Movie - Feature Film from Ryan Turri on Vimeo.

Speaking in a car

Strip Mall - 136-A

Inside home

Abe Makes A Movie home office - Near Silver & Washington St. SE - Right next to Route 66 Veterinary/ Parked car


Pacing in front of 136-D

Concrete Arroyo - N. Channel Trail & Montgomery Blvd. - (35.130965°, -106.607544°) and (35.132114°, -106.606629°)

Bridge - (35.136828°, -106.605193°) - heading to Rio 24

Parked car/ house/

Various Abe Scenes

O'Niell's - Irish restaurant - thinking this place
4310 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Arch on Central, near O'Niell's

Parking lot
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center - Thrift store
4301 Bryn Mawr Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Building 6, Apt. 41
one of two nearby complexes - probably complex to NE

End of Bryn Mawr

Back at the office

Comedy event

Abe Makes a Movie (2015)

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Blue room

Film festival room

Festive room (looks like SUB back in the day)

Rachel's House

Street at night

Parents' House


Dirk's Apartment

Hospital Room

Lucky Boy Restaurant, 3521 Constitution Ave NE.

Lucky Boy Restaurant, 3521 Constitution Ave NE.

Back Alley

Mesa edge (S. Coors? S. of Central?)

Alley - Behind Intolerance Museum



1st & Roma, SE quadrant, heading east on Roma

YES Housing and YDI, 104 Roma NW

Staircase explosion - Country Club neighborhood?

Running along fence

Coronado Park????

Parents' home

On site - Fair Square -

Lucky Boy


Parking lot

Pool Hall

Driving to apartments

Apartments/ Woods/ Park?/ House


Bowling Alley

Lucky Boy

Jethro's GBW House

Parent's House


That strange building about 550 2nd St. NW - Berger and Bargerr - Tower Plaza Building

Catering house

Lucky Boy

Movie part


Street at night, but now in the day

Film festival

Lyrics from a Bleeding Heart (2018)

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Walking along concrete arroyo


Metal post in front of Lash'd, 4605 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite B



Vegan Doughnut


Interesting neighborhood

Crandall Rd. and Delgado Rd. SW (westernmost intersection)


Santa Fe Plaza

Bar - pool hall


Brief glimpse of San Francisco Street Bar & Grill in Santa Fe

Singing place again, next to gas meters - 461-B (likely behind The Grill)

Performance - Club - 1715






Quick view of 66 - 70 E. San Francisco Street

Park Bench just N of St. Francis Cathedral

Cowgirl - Barbecue restaurant
319 S Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Various bedrooms

Street musicians


"Shadow Lane Apartments, F2"

Outside apartment/apartment/dad


Convenience market (Tri-H)

Street musicians



Outdoor singing


Concrete Arroyo

Tree in front of St. Francis Cathedral



Bar exterior (Kosmos)

"Hot Wheels"


Pastiche of Images


Street musicians

Filming locations listed in credits: The Kosmos, Mocha Mug, The Grill, Tri-H, Leo's Bar, Quality Inn (but which one?) - all in ABQ. Cowgirl, in Santa Fe.

Mocha Mug - Coffee shop
2325 San Pedro Dr NE Ste. 1J
Albuquerque, NM 87110

The Grill
4615 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

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Monday, January 06, 2020

49th Anniversary of Albuquerque's Big Freeze of 1971

(Pictures from the Facebook group "Albuquerque Memories.")

Most winters, very cold air races south from Canada into the Great Plains east of the Rockies, but every forty years, or so, the arctic freeze also includes the West. In January 1971, a severe cold snap settled in New Mexico. Pipes froze that had never frozen before. On the coldest day, the low was -24 degrees Fahrenheit in Corrales. At times, temperatures were actually higher on Sandia Crest, a mile above the city, than they were in the city itself.

Our usual practice of sleeping in the unheated part of the house through the winter became dangerous. We grabbed sleeping bags and moved our beds into the Family Room, where at least we had some heat.

We took in a stray, tailless cat we found outside that was in danger of freezing. One night, around midnight, the stray cat decided to attack our parakeet. The cat knocked over the cage as it attacked and the bird escaped. Chaos followed as we piled out of our sleeping bags and chased the predatory cat and the dazed bird in semi-darkness. My sister grabbed the cat’s throat just as the cat caught the bird. The bird survived. Upset, we flung the ungrateful cat outside.

The cold snap was repeated in February, 2011. Natural gas providers failed to deliver fuel to many shivering people, compounding the misery.

Great Train Show - Cal Expo - January 4, 2020

Took A and J to see the model trains at the Great Train Show. I don't think they quite appreciated it - maybe too young - but I certainly did!

Time for Jump Castle!

Holy Breaking Bad! Albuquerque's Dog House, miniature version!

New Year's Day At Jean Henderson's Place

A large convivial crowd, as always, in the boonies that technically are part of Dixon, CA.

Fugue State (2008)

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Shooting Range Access Road

Jim McDowell Road?

Room 13 - Westside Jail???

Alley behind Jimmie Johns, close to 3rd

Volcanic rock

Somewhere on West Mesa - variety of places




West Mesa again - Out near Gila Rd. somewhere


Road/Travel Trailer

Viewpoint (35.146720°, -106.722724°)

Wild Horse Mesa, aka Maybelle's? Yes, very likely.

Abandoned kitchen - unclear


Walking downtown ABQ

Just west of 4th, on Copper Ave.

In front of Hyatt Regency

Security cam footage

Stairwell - No Exit - Fire Exit


Hot Air Dryer


In from the Night (TV movie, 2006)

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ABQ balloon Fiesta Glowdeo (or dawn)

Roadside mesa

House - 414 (off dirt road - Santa Fe? Corrales?)

Drive to mobile home park

GBW Clinic

Twisters Burgers and Burritos - Mexican restaurant
2435 Southern Blvd SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Law Offices of Kane and Kron.... - 220

Zimmerman Library


Street with Spanish-tiled roofs - Snowflake Dr. NW at Pandora Ln., looking east

10136 Sierra Hills Dr. NW

Writer's conference

Fountain - 8 points

La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa - Hotel ????
330 E Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Avenue of trees

San Felipe de Neri Church yard

Old Town Plaza Bandshell


Lindy's? I think so.

GBW clinic.


Bernalillo Co. Courthouse fountain

Computer Lab

Another therapist

UNM - Out on mall somewhere

Open Computer lab



Parent's Kitchen



Estate with vineyard

Drive back


View of mesas - near San Ysidro (35.544954°, -106.828791°)

Campus Building -