Cast will include Claire Danes and James Marsden

New Mexico Film Office

April 20, 2011-SANTA FE – Economic Development Secretary-Designate Jon Barela announced today that Wind Dancer Films will shoot a feature film entitled As Cool As I Am in New Mexico. Production in Albuquerque and Belen will begin May 9, 2011 through June 10, 2011.

The production will employ at least 100 New Mexico crew members and more than 400 principal and background talent.

Cast will include Claire Danes and James Marsden. The film is directed by Max Mayer (Adam) and is written by Virginia Korus Spragg (An Unfinished Life) and Pete Fromm (source material from book: As Cool As I Am).

“New Mexico continues to attract films to the state and that is something my department is very proud of,” said Secretary-designate Jon Barela. “The New Mexico Film Office has a dedicated and hardworking staff that is able to showcase all our state has to offer.”

“We are pleased that As Cool As I Am selected Albuquerque, New Mexico over other states for its upcoming filming,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Albuquerque’s film-friendly neighborhoods, ideal weather, close-proximity to LA, as well as the state’s competitive film incentives make the city an attractive film destination.”

As Cool As I Am tells the story of a sarcastic and intelligent teenage girl who comes of age in a small town with her most absent and very young parents, and deals with the pains of adolescence with her equally wry boyfriend, Kenny.


By Joshua L. Weinstein

James Marsden and Claire Danes will star in "As Cool as I Am," an independent film that will shoot in New Mexico next month, TheWrap has confirmed.

Writer-director Max Mayer, who directed Danes's husband, Hugh Dancy, in "Adam," is directing the movie, which is based on Pete Fromm's coming-of-age novel.

"As Cool as I Am" is the story of Lucy Diamond, the teen daughter of self-centered parents who married when they were teens. Marsden and Danes play the parents. The role of Lucy has not yet been cast.

Anthony Mastromauro, of Identity Films and Judd Payne and Matt Williams, of Wind Dancer Productions, are producing. Virginia Korus Spragg wrote the script.

Marsden and Danes are repped by WME. 

Wind Dancer in on multinational docu skein 

By Steve Clarke - Variety 


U.K. shingle Off the Fence is collaborating with two U.S. co-producers on docu series, "Wildest Africa," highlighting the damage being done to the continent's ecosystems.

The 13-part skein, which Off the Fence is launching at Mip TV, is being made with indies Wind Dancer Films and Africa HD.  

The series features such geographical wonders as the wild waters of the Zambezi river, the volcanoes of Virunga National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro's herds of red elephants.  

Skein is helmed by Richard Kirby, whose credits include "Life" and "The Private Life of Plants," both made for the BBC. 

The first four episodes of "Wildest Africa" have been partially co-funded by UKTV's Eden channel, Oasis HD, Gallic-Teutonic cultural channels Arte and German pubcaster ZDF and ZDF Enterprises.

"The series showcases just what can be achieved through strong partnerships," said Off the Fence's chief operating officer Ellen Windemuth.