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New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

This June 25, 2020 photo shows the exterior of Camel Rock Studios, a new film studio owned by Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Native American tribe in northern New Mexico has opened up the movie studio at the site of a former casino aimed at attracting big productions in what is believed to be a first by a Indigenous tribal government in the U.S. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)
This June 25, 2020 photo shows the exterior of Camel Rock Studios, a new film studio owned by Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Native American tribe in northern New Mexico has opened up the movie studio at the site of a former casino aimed at attracting big productions in what is believed to be a first by a Indigenous tribal government in the U.S. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)(Russell Contreras | AP)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:47 PM EDT
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TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico Native American tribe is opening a movie studio it hopes will attract big productions.

Tesuque Pueblo recently converted its former casino near Santa Fe into a movie studio campus with more than 25,000 square feet of film shooting space. The tribe also dedicated more than 27 square miles on its land for outdoor movie scenes.

Cheyenne and Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre is advising the studio and says the campus has many existing sets.

The tribe’s land features stunning desert in the red-brown foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Netflix and NBCUniversal have invested in New Mexico studios in recent years.

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