3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Romantic, beautiful, and historic, Santa Fe is distinguished for being a multicultural arts hub in the New Mexican desert. “The creative environment drew me to Santa Fe,” said Jane Rosemont, director, writer and producer of the award-winning 2014 documentary short “Pie Lady of Pie Town.” “We had a rental home here and, as a fine art photographer, my visits became longer and longer… then I got smart and moved here full time.”
About local filmmaking spirit, Rosemont said, “When I was looking for a director of photography and an editor, all I needed to do is ask my friends in the industry here. Everyone is eager to help match up appropriate workers with filmmakers. There are enough resources for a rich pool, but it’s not overwhelming.” That rich pool includes actor Wes Studi (who provided narration on Pie Lady) and author George R. R. Martin of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga made world-famous by HBO’s Game of Thrones. Those two are permanent fixtures at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, which is held in part at Martin’s own recently restored Jean Cocteau Cinema.