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On this week’s episode of New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with “Longmire” author Craig Johnson to learn more about his writing process and the inspiration for his characters. Additionally, correspondent Megan Kamerick checks in on the state of the film industry in New Mexico and what that could mean for employment.

The TV series “Longmire” takes place in Wyoming, but films in the Land of Enchantment, featuring well known places like Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Eagle Nest, and Red River. Kamerick will sit down with Eric Witt, the executive director of the Santa Fe Film Office, Ann Lerner, film liaison for the Albuquerque Film Office, and Kieran Sequoia, production coordinator/actor with IATSE 480.

Also, during this week’s episode, host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel will discuss teen drug use in New Mexico, the digital divide and a proposal to place a Facebook data center in Los Lunas.

Guests

  • Craig Johnson, author of the “Longmire” series
  • Eric Watt, executive director, Santa Fe Film Office
  • Ann Lerner, film liaison, Albuquerque Film Office
  • Kieran Sequoia, IATSE 480 production coordinator/actor

Line Panelists

  • Janice Arnold-Jones, former state rep.
  • Dede Feldman, former state senator
  • Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
  • Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

Correspondents

  • Sarah Gustavus & Megan Kamerick

Host/Commentator

  • Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

NMiF regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1 and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. of Channel 9.1, except during Pledge Drives.

The producer for NMiF is Sarah Gustavus and Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for NMiF is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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