2021 is our opportunity to build dreams

Currently working on new Northern New Mexico Projects, looking for new interns and or internship crews, I will be reviewing new youth who wish to learn more about film making and job opportunities . You can find out more about New Mexico Filing jobs with Local Unions and film office.

Local New Mexico Film Union

The film workforce in New Mexico is still looking for crew members, IATSE film union has many training programs, and jobs are excelling. New Mexico Film just had it’s first conference since covid began, people are gathering and public events are being scheduled.

Four feature film s and five television shows are in production this month.

All of New Mexico is excited to participate with new incentive programs for jobs in NM. Security and Production assistance is in high demand, crafty, and hair and make up is in search of new talent. Carpenters are always in demand, however the skill, and safety level has increased.

Each Day is exciting in New Mexico, we are please announce multiple trains programs and job opportunities with union jobs, You can find most of your posting on social media searching job film jobs extras, and film training.

Indigenous Heritage Month 2020

We begin by saying thank you, to all the one’s who came out and trudged with us on this epic adventure. It was not an easy task, with limited training locations and also limited resources, this was one for the books.

Our first production for our NM film community

We focused on word and mission, that reflected what all of us are going through. We never would have imagined the outcome of this year, now we are seeing a future need for stories to be told and sharing lifestyles of the future is upmost imperative.

Our Executive Producer Adrian Chavez Sr was monumental on keeping this show alive, security, and sanitation was how we were able to create such a miracle endeavorer.

Lobo Protective Services LLC developed Sanitation Team for movies sets in NM

Learning was a key element to our mission, we began with understanding some of the gear we work with and build a set for future productions. Special thanks to Serious Grippage and Lighting.

Thank you for your valuable input & instruction for local film makers…

Then we worked our way to understanding procedures in film location, also scouting techniques.

Each times we gathered we began to understand each others personalities, and interests in film, Different departments to understand what department we may like to be in.

Exploring our community to see who is participating in public events, learning how to cope with new regulations in public.

Then we all felt a sigh of relief, knowing we are strong and focused on healing. Each time we Camer together, we began to understanding our opportunity to share good intentions and positive vibrations for healing…

We began to reach out to our community for support.
Each one offered us support to keep our film operational…

Senator Shannon Pinto

Also Represenetive Derrick Lente of NM

Now we have more Indigenous Film Makers ready to tell their stories, exciting times for all…

Homecoming is, so many words can describe our inspiration to stay strong
During the summer each one of us we’re dealing family challenges and of course public awareness.

Now we are focusing on empowering all Indigenous Film Makers, we are very excited to begin another project.

Special thanks to Kern Chriswell of the Albuquerque Film Office, and Amber Dodson of NM Film Office. Plus The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, on keeping us up to date on all procedures fo operations. Terry Sloan our making sure we stayed on track, Michelle Melendez, and Maria Brazil of City of Albuquerque Offices. We all performed with out a hitch or his up, considering the obstacles we endured.


We would like to say this is “Indigenous Heritage Month 2020”

Executive ProducersOne AlbuquerqueLobo Protective Services LLC

Thunderbird Group LLCCredits:

“Homecoming is”Shannon Pinto for New MexicoDiné Navajo NM“

HOPE” Carma HarveyDiné Navajo ABQ NM

“Change”Lyle Sandoval- Diné – Navajo ABQ NM Lovely Loretto – Jemez Pueblo ABQ NMAyana Sandoval- Diné ABQ NM

“Movement” Carma Harvey Sport WearDiné Navajo ABQ NM

“Resiliance” Mindy LittleyellowbirdPojoaque Pueblo NM

“Love” Tiana Jane Cachini Zuni Royalty Organization Miss Zuni 2019-20 ZUNI NM

“Strength”Senator Derrick J. LenteSandia Pueblo NM

”Vision”Philmer BluehouseDiné Navajo AZVO: VJ PonyDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

“Community”Shannon Pinto for New MexicoDiné Navajo NM

“Frybread“Lil Mike & FunnyBoneChoctaw & Pawnee OK

“Laughter”Ricardo CateKewa Pueblo NM

“Rejoicement”Emileah LujanTaos Pueblo NM

“Nourishment”Kewa Christian PachecoKewa Cassie Pacheco Kewa Caiden PachecoVO: VJ Pony VigilDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

Fancy Dancer / Hoop DancerEmileah Lujan Taos Pueblo NM

Director Ricardo CateKewa Pueblo NM

Camera DPBrandon MorganDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

Camera AssistFrank TheBoy ABQ NM Gros Ventre Nation MO

1st AD / Audio Julius PedroLaguna Pueblo ABQ NM

Camera Instructor VolunteerColemar Nichols ABQ NM

Grip & Electric InstructorRyle YazzieDiné Navajo ABQ NM

Editied ByVJ Pony VigilDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

Set MedicVolunteerDan Montoya ABQ NMAdrian Chavez Jr. ABQ NM

SoundTrack“Homecoming is……”Vocals & FluteVJ Pony VigilDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

“Inspiring Motivational Emotional Trailer”KornevMusic

“Rainbow Human” VJ Pony VigilDiné Navajo Nation ABQ NM

Special thanks to our sponsors

The City Of Albuquerque NM

Lobo Protective Services LLC NM

Cress Insurance Group NM

The Loan Fund NM

Data Management NM

Lectrosonics NM

Agenda 22 New Mexico

Strong and SafeBe safe and Stay strong….

Holy smokes film crew is focused on new career opportunities..


“For all our Relations”

Now we are focusing on empowering all Indigenous Film Makers, we are very excited to begin another project.

Special thanks to Dawn Begay of City of Albuquerque, Kern Chriswell of the Albuquerque Film Office, Amber Dodson of NM Film Office.

Plus The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, on keeping us up to date on all procedures & operations.

Terry Sloan made sure we stayed on track,

Michelle Melendez, Maria Brazil of City of Albuquerque Offices.

We all performed with out a hitch or hiccup, not even a cough, considering the obstacles we endured!


We would like to say this is “Indigenous Heritage Month 2020





“Homecoming is” a wrap

We have completed our task in training a Indigenous Film crew, covid complaint, and solid communication, we are very proud of our crew. Each day they record something, they only become more focused on mission. We trained through out the summer beginning in June. Our first few days we’re getting to know communication, and protocol, basically show up early.

We began with scouting and understanding ethics of film, how bad do you want this job? In the middle of a pandemic, and only pods of five allowed to be safe in crowds. This was not only a task, but a serious operation. Thank to our sponsor and executive producer Lobo Protective Services LLC, we were able to go out knowing we are following protocols for filming. At the beginning we could only do home movies, then our governor approved activities.

We adventured out to crowds in a safe manner, testing shots, lighting, and location scouting.

Each time we adventured out we tried our hand at social media deliveries, making short films about our crew.

Ricardo Cate’ explains his vision for film making in the southwest, building bridges to our community.

Then we began to understand camera frame, and color adaptation, remotely and began our storyline, Homecoming is. We found words that meant something to us all, then we began our talent search, asking relatives to come out and be safe to help send a message of healing and support.

We learned how to make film sets safe..also recored our first commercial for the film community.

Each day we checked ourselves on how we feel and where we were before we recorded. Each day made it more secure to get into a truth of safe filming. Our months turns into the whole summer. We felt stronger, and safe enough to go into production.

Thunderbird Group LLC was in serious mode keeping the film crew going when everyone thought we were never going to make it. We were determined to accomplish our goal. To become a covid compliant film crew for our Indigenous Community.

Food was difficult to find especially bleach and TP, One Albuquerque, and seven more groups stepped up and fed 450 families, in dire need of school supplies or anything to help with financial difficulties.

Once we understood color and frame settings for filming, we venture out further to find content for our show. Each time we gathered we felt the community coming out into the public. Things were looking good, friends were visiting at safe distancing, people were able to to go out and take care of business. We now we’re getting the in position to see if we could get an insurance policy for recording on set. We had our masks and social distancing was second nature. our crew was ready to film safe sets…

Thanks to our sponsor and supporter we found a policy for recording our show. It came at a price..

Soon we had talent scheduled and we finally found a location on city property that allowed us to record. We we’re a go, green lit for production, everyone was very excited, not only to be recording, but to be able to experience real movie set, I they had not yet done so. Our Youth have had a chance to work on a feature film about three years ago. Now their intrucoitrs are ringing out the real camera, and really record our show.

Location map for talent and crew

We recored our first half day, as the schedule only allowed half dat of production to keep film crew safe. We now are reciting attention form our community and talent and crew were focused on a mission of healing and good intention for our people. Something to feel good abut in these trying times.

We received more support with our sponsors who fed us and helped with costs.
We are so grateful for those sponsors who help with payroll, we couldn’t have finished this project with out their support.

Each day we felt it was imperative to keep moving forward, lockdowns were as server, and people were out and about, our talent same from all parts of New Mexico as Burque was our home for dancing and performing…

HSPF Indigenous film crew

We are working towards a goal at the end of our year, to have a small film crew who can operate in these serious conditions, and tell a story, this summer we chose to trek on in a safe environment. To learn how to become a real film crew. The conditions are carefully reviewed for safety, and compliant to safety regulations. As you will see further into this storyline. You will understand a bit more on how we all have to operate in New Mexico, if we are planning to keep our community safe, and continue to tell stories that inspire us to be strong and resilient.

We combined our video production delivery of the summer 2020, and have begun to record our inspirational reel, for the city of Albuquerque AKA One Albuquerque.

Jul 13, 2020 We begin with understanding protocol for working in safe environment with Lobo Sanitation Team

This is how we present our set, to our cast, and crew, also sponsors, yes we are looking for support to build a solid Indigenous Film Crew, here in New Mexico!

Aug 20, 2020 keeping our m film community safe on sets

We have to be in small pods 6 in order to record on city property

September 26th, 2020 Emileah Lujan Fancy Dancer at Sunrise
Jul 26, 2020 Ricardo Cate’‘ understanding film and set procedure

Project Homecoming is:

Bringing together Indigenous People locally from Albuquerque, NM.

September 26th, 2020 Emileah Lujan Hoop Dancer & Crew “REJOICEMENT”
Aug 8, 2020 Understanding your project “CHANGE”

Shooting in playground at the civic center, 

September 26th, 2020 QUIET SOLAR SET

10 crew operation, pods of 6 on set…..NO MORE THAN 10 people ON SET safe distance to hot set 30’

Aug 17, 2020 Giving back to our Indigenous COMMUNITY staying safe, and strong.

As per regulations of shooting in New Mexico we have to be very mindful 

as to whom we are in contact with…72 hours before we shoot. 

Sep 14, 2020 The RESILIENCE is working, we are becoming a Solid Tribal Film Crew.
September 26th, 2020 Juice Pedro with Adrian Chavez Sr. executive producer of Lobo Protective Services llc, Brandon Morgan and Frank The Boy working with Tiana Jane Cachini Miss Zuni LOVE
 Sep 23, 2020 Everyone feels the changes, especially our graduates of 2020 MOVEMENT


September 26th, 2020 Dan Montoya our Set Medic “Thank you for volunteering for our production! Thanks for keeping us safe!


September 26th, 2020 Tiana Jane Cachini Miss Zuni & Mom with Ricardo Cate’


September 26th, 2020 Emileah Lujan & Ricardo Cate’ @ Civic Center INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY



September 26th, 2020 Safe distancing all day on set LOVE


Be safe and Stay strong….Holy smokes film crew is focused on new career opportunities..

September 26th, 2020 CARMA HARVEY & crew HOPE

WEAR ALL BLACK UNIFORM PLEASE…t-shirt, mask, personal water bottle.

DATE Character WORD

09-26 01. CARMA HARVEY Navajo traditional -HOPE

09-26 02. CARMA HARVEY Sport wear -MOVEMENT

10-12 03. Shannon D. Pinto -COMMUNITY

09-26 04. . Emileah Lujan -REJOICEMENT

09-26 05. Wheelchair Mindy Littleyellowbird -RESILIENCE


10-12 07. Special guest         -NOURISHMENT

09-26 08. Tiana Jane Cachini Miss Zuni -LOVE

10-12 09. TBA – Forever

09-26 10. Emileah Lujan -Indigenous

September 26th, 2020 Pony Checks audio settings and solar generator is full power!….

If you would click to know more or support our campaign please email us! @ pony@ntv.life 505-301-7170

We will email you our presentation for review!
Thank you, and be safe & strong for New Mexico!

Home Coming is the project

We have had a summer of all summers, not able to gather in crowds, or hug someone. Tough times for sure, my pueblo friends, are saying they miss ceremony. We are all going through this together, as so many have pushed us to the limit. Each day we have grasped another change, or excepted that fact it is tougher than most days.

We are strong and resilient. We are the people, we are the future of happy days.

Fortunately indigenous people know suffering, with major limitations. Now it is an even paying field. Welcome to our word.

Stay Strong Stay Safe We are working on new programs, and scripts. Everyone can do this with us…..

We are excited to announce a New Season of STONE SOOP season 3.4 in 4K soon to be 8K


We begin by announcing our adventures has taken us to new heights, or should I say “we will be expanding our horizon”. We have been asked to do 4K and 8K production for a global television network. We will be highlighted on their new site, as well as, we have ben excepted as a VIP Pioneer production company.

Currently now reaching out to al of our film makers in the Southwest to bump up their game to 4K, if you’re not already doing it. Today we will take our little show that reflect Indigenous Film Makers, and Musicians, to the next level of communication. Storytelling has jest become real as life. with images and sounds delivered to those who have 4K tv’s soon to become 8K by fall of 2021.

Created by Ricardo Cate’

The Moccasin Grapevine says “a new TV station opening in Albuquerque, NM January 1, 2021”. This means jobs will become available for Indigenous films crews. four tv crews and four documentary crews.
Holy Smokes Project Film is teaching our first film crew to assists in our first production, “Homecoming is” a 90 second story of how Indigenous people survive and thrive with spirit, and determination to be safe. Quite the story.

Tagged with: Holy Smokes Project FilmIndigenous BusinessIndigenous Film MakersIndigenous Networks


New Mexicans Training for New Mexican Jobs

February 1st, 2020

Trying on our carbon footprint evidently it has grown since…

At the Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico on Environment Day, Tuesday, January 28th. Holy Smokes: Project Film lobbies at the capital for sustainable filmmaking during the 2nd session of the 54th legislature. We enjoyed talking with the environmentalists, who were very interested in our project.

Everybody deserves an equal opportunity to recognize and pursue their dreams. A career that a person has a passion for improves their mind, body, and spirit.  Earning a decent salary also enhances the quality of a person’s life, and the money goes back into the community via spending, thus supporting other businesses allowing them to grow and flourish.

Film is the ultimate collaborative industry, and HSPF plans to grow it through education by teaching the soft-skills necessary to work on a film set through hands-on classes and real-life experience on film sets.

Local 480 is supporting us by reviewing our curriculum for film training to transfer to jobs with the local 480 Union.

HSPF currently has a pilot program locked in for the Fall of 2021. The students, parents, and educators alike are enthusiastic about our pilot program. The HSPF Program will focus on below the line job opportunities through running a full-fledged film set to create 30-sec shorts and gain set hours to have the chance to join the local 480 and work towards credits to other unions within the film industry. EG: SAG-AFTRA, local 600, teamsters unions, etc. 

HSPF will be in attendance at the capitol for Indigenous Day (aka American Indian Day) on February 7th, where we will be lobbying for access to filmmaking for indigenous peoples of New Mexico. On Media Day, February 10th, we are promoting filmmaking education for all New Mexicans with the students and educators of Bernalillo High School in attendance urging legislators to fund the future we need.  

To help fund HSPF or learn how to get involved as a vendor to film, as an indigenous filmmaker looking to teach or to see how HSPF can collaborate with a school near you, please contact Nadine Nagamatsu at 917-509-3752 or email at holysmokesprojectfilm@gmail.com 

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Recent press coverage on HSPF and BHS Pilot Program is available at:

Indigenous Day @ NM Capitol 02-07-2020

February 7th, 2020 8:00 am to 2:00 pm American Indian Day  at the Legislature
NM Indian Affairs Department will address American Indian Day  at the Legislature

State Capitol/Rotunda 8:30am – 11:30am
100th Bill Party Location: Eldorado Hotel Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

We will be near the east entrance of the state capitol
8:30 am – 2:00 pm Just look for the Indians shooting film 🙂
12:00 pm @ Press conference

We begin our journey building relations with our state officials and find out how far we can go to find jobs in the film business. Each day we look for job opportunities, but we just don’t have all the skills it takes to get that job.

Thunderbird Group Interns preparing for Local 4800 Union Jobs

The project is an educational program designed to encourage and train Indigenous youth in the inner-workings of filmmaking. 

Bernalillo High School Culinary Arts Class for Crafty & Catering

This program will provide a bridge to sustainable careers for indigenous people, while securing and growing the future of the New Mexico film industry. Why do we need this program? What are our goals? Run “Holy Smokes: Project Film” pilot program Train 5,000 individuals to become film professionals Increase the NM film industry workforce to 10,000 people (currently 5k)

NM Film community brings film training to New Mexico

We are providing a platform for all of us to raise our hand and I’m available and get the careers started. This takes time and dedication, as this type of job has heavy lifting and longs hours. We make sure all who are interested in this endeavor. once you find your niche, it is living the dream and helping with amazing being made here in the New Mexico Film Industry.


Each day we have reach new pinnacles for operations, we have received much support in the legislative itineraries. February 7th, 2020 for AMERICAN INDIAN DAY, and February 10th for our annual Media Day. These events highlight our directives to assist in building careers, further noted there will be many new jobs created in the next three years. Our goal is top help find 10,000 new jobs for the film industry.

Film careers & storytelling is our business.

Integrating film into New Mexico Film curriculum in an effort to create job opportunities for their graduating students. The program promises to deliver an opportunity for High School students who are not college bound, to be eligible to join the IATSE Local 480 film union upon graduation. 

Serious Grippage & Light of Albuquerque, NM, displays film equipment for learning experience 

Each educational department within the high school has a transferable skill in the film industry. HSPF is teaching the students of BHS which skills translate and the “what else” they need to know in order to be a successful film professional. Soft skills are necessary in most jobs, but especially in film. 

Hands on experience for students in film making

The City of Albuquerque will drive economic development by funding programs for schools in the community. A high school has already been selected in Sandoval County to facilitate the “Holy Smokes: Project Film” pilot program. Students will participate in the required 60 hours to earn access to a union membership upon graduation. Senator Derrick Lente from district 65, will be assisting with “Holy smokes: project film”. A unique community project bringing filmmaking to the indigenous people of New Mexico. Building bridges for career opportunities. New Mexico has a deficit of film professionals. Which is why we lose jobs to other states when outside production companies film in-state. Now is the time to rectify this situation and give New Mexicans a chance to prosper and showcase their talent across the great state of New Mexico.

Thank you for the beginning of our Journey to build jobs in New Mexico

We couldn’t be more thrilled to Welcome the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) and its members to the film community! The AICC brings Native vendors & small businesses to the table to engage with the burgeoning NM Film Industry in 2020. If you’re “in the biz” you know that hundreds of jobs are created through the filmmaking process. With 23 active studios in the state of New Mexico, the majority of them in the hub of NM film, Albuquerque, the demand is higher than ever for resources. Now is the perfect time to get involved! If you are a small business, this does not discount YOU. In a recent poll taken by the NM Film Office, it was found that most Hollywood Studio productions engage with small businesses versus box stores and franchises. Small businesses have more mobility and are able to work at the neck-break pace of film productions. They also typically source their wares and materials locally, making every penny production spends rebatable through the state. When a film crew is in-town to make a movie they often lease space.

Recent press coverage on HSPF and BHS Pilot Program can be found at:



For More information or if you would like to see the program in a school near you, contact Nadine Nagamatsu at 917-509-3752 
or email at: holysmokesprojectfilm@gmail.com

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