"Blaze You Out," Premieres in Española!
Co-directors Diego Joaquin Lopez, left, and Mateo Frazier, right, say they are like brothers, and have good creative chemistry.
New Mexico Premiere of Blaze You Out, Friday, May 10 in Española!
Moviegoers nationwide will soon get a chance to glimpse the uniqueness of Northern New Mexico with "Blaze You Out," a dramatic thriller co-directed by Diego Joaquin Lopez and Northern New Mexico College film professor Mateo Frazier. The film premieres Friday, May 10, at the Dreamcatcher Theater in Española, and on June 5 at the KIMO theatre during the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience. It will have limited release nationwide in July. "Blaze You Out" was also selected as one of Latin Heat Entertainment’s “Five Indie Film Picks for 2013.”
“It’s like a modern day cuento,” New Mexico-based filmmaker Mateo Frazier said. “We play on the dynamics of Northern New Mexico, with inspiration springing from community struggles.”
The film is set in fictional Esparanza, New Mexico, a town suffering from a culture of heroin abuse. When her sister Alicia goes missing after witnessing a murder, strong-willed Lupe ventures into the town’s dangerous underworld to save her.
Produced by Alesia J Keyes of AJK Productions, the film features names like veteran actress Elizabeth Peña, Veronica Diaz Carranza, Melissa Cordero, Q’orianka Kilcher, and native Santa Fean Jeremy Ray Valdez, among others. A talented crew worked behind the scenes as well, including executive producer Peter Touche, and co-producers Brent Morris and O’Shea Reid. The cast and crew came together with “degrees of separation mixed with fortuitous collision.”
Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment picked up the film in November of 2012, making it Frazier’s first ever feature film. It was filmed on-location in Española, New Mexico.
“I’ve always been actively involved in the community and I felt very passionate about telling a story that my community could identify with as well as give a mass audience an idea of what that experience is like,” Frazier said. "The movie is “truly a home-grown project that grew out of the support of the state.”
He also gives much credit to directing partner Diego Joaquin Lopez, with whom he has much creative chemistry. Frazier said that he was glad to provide an opportunity for young and talented Latinos through the film, a group he says does not get adequate recognition.
Prior to Blaze, Frazier has worked on about 20 short films and says he has more in the works. He says that working on his first feature has taught him “everything he didn’t know” about filmmaking.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a time like this,” Frazier said regarding the current level of opportunity for entering the film industry.
When not out on the set, Frazier teaches film, digital media, and screenwriting classes at NNMC where he has worked since 2007.
-- Story by Stephanie J. Montoya
Showtimes at the Dreamcatcher Theater
Fri. May 10 at 4:45, 7:15, 9:30
Sat. May 11 at 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30
Sun. May 12 at 2:15, 4:45, 7:15