Santa Fe, N.M.—August 9, 2012—A new movie directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband) will be based at Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Garson Studios, continuing the studios’ legacy as a magnet for TV and movie productions in northern New Mexico. Based on the Steven Grant graphic novels of the same name, 2 Guns stars Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and also features Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Edward James Olmos.
While the majority of the film has already been shot in Louisiana, the production opened offices on July 23 in New Mexico and expects to spend two months based out of Garson Studios. Producers include Marc Platt, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Adam Siegel, Jeffrey Stott, Ross Richie, Andrew Cosby and Norton Herrick.
During the past decade, Garson Studios has hosted the production of more than 30 professional films, which have collectively won five Academy Awards® and 18 Academy Award® nominations.
“We are thrilled to host 2 Guns at Garson Studios,” said Paula Amanda, director of Garson Studios and associate chair of the Moving Image Arts Department at SFUAD. “I have worked with many of the production people in the past and am always happy to welcome old friends home to Garson Studios.”
Movies made at Garson have ranged from No Country for Old Men to Haywire and City Slickers and have starred celebrated actors such as Jeff Bridges in True Grit, Natalie Portman in Brothers, and Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens. Garson most recently hosted A&E Network’s new show, Longmire starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips. Longmire producers announced in June that the show will be picked up for a second season and that they have plans to return to the SFUAD campus.
2 Guns will be distributed by Universal Pictures and Sony.
About Garson Studios
With its three motion picture sound stages—at 14,000, 7,500 and 2,800 square feet—Garson Studios has been hosting the production of feature films for more than 20 years. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV dramas such as Longmire have been shot at Garson Studios, one of only two professional film studios on a college campus in the nation. Garson Studios is part of the Garson Communications Center, a 65,000-square-foot production and postproduction facility. Students from the university’s Moving Image Arts Department have the unique opportunity to intern on film projects at the studios. For more information, visit www.garsonstudios.com.
About SFUAD’s Moving Image Arts Department
The Moving Image Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a comprehensive, hands-on, four-year curriculum that integrates film, video and digital production with critical studies and writing. Students also have the opportunity to intern on professional sets to hone their craft. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV drama, Longmire,
have been shot at the university’s Garson Studios, one of only two professional film studios on a college campus in the nation. Garson Studios is part of the Garson Communications Center, which features a 65,000-square-foot production and postproduction facility. The Screen, a popular destination within the Garson Communications Center, shows some of the greatest works of world cinema daily for students and the public.