"The End Begins" cast
Some of the cast members from "The End Begins," written and directed by UNM film student Nick Nelson.

Last year, University of New Mexico film major Nick Nelson presented the pilot of “The End Begins” to a packed house and great reviews. Fans eagerly awaited the next installment, which has arrived. The premiere is set for Saturday, Jan. 31 at UNM’s Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media (IFDM) Mesa del Sol Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the film begins at 7 p.m.

IFDM was so impressed with the pilot, they offered Nelson more equipment and support to create another episode. “Our access to resources for phase two was considerably greater than for the pilot,” Nelson said. “We got a steady cam, dolly and dolly tracks, more cameras and lighting kits, plus a larger cast and crew.”

The film revolves around an unsuspecting programmer who uncovers information designed to collapse U.S. national security, forcing him to take action before the subversive plan succeeds. In the new episode, our reluctant hero flees a besieged Albuquerque and winds up at a Navajo reservation. While there, he encounters an unlikely ally: a Dine’ (Navajo) sheepherder. As the story unfolds, the hero and his band of recruits, learn that the threat against the U.S. is greater than imagined and could be the downfall of life as they know it.

Nelson, who graduates in spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, began the project, which he wrote and directed, as an independent study under Nick Flor, associate professor in the Anderson School of Management and faculty member in IFDM. The pilot was so well-received the project developed into a five part mini-series.

"Nick Nelson is truly a film & digital media polymath,” Flor said. His movie is a great example of what happens when you mix creativity, hard work, determination and entrepreneurship. Remember his name--you'll be seeing it in the future."

Visit "The End Begins" for a trailer and behind-the-scenes look at Phase II. Nelson, a full blooded Dine' (Navajo), created a trailer in Dine' bizaad with English subtitles. "The Dine' language adds real intensity," Nelson said. 

Nelson is also a member of the UNM Film Association, where students can find out about the film scene on campus or how to connect with film majors for collaborations. 

IFDM is a model of interdisciplinary education that gives students necessary critical, creative and technical skills to apply digital technologies in innovative and productive ways. Established in 2005 under the State of New Mexico’s Media Industries Strategy Plan (MISP), IFDM is built on existing strengths in the Anderson School of Management, Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts, and the School of Engineering, along with other schools and colleges. The IFDM Program has four objectives: Integrate Filmmaking and Digital Media, build a Native New Mexican Hollywood, train the Citizens of New Mexico and foster research.