Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Last year, the Tesuque Pueblo tribe of New Mexico opened a new casino, moving out of a 75,000-square foot facility that they quickly realized could be repurposed as a studio facility.
That idea was solidified in the fall, when the Universal Pictures feature “News of the World,” starring Tom Hanks, filmed at the facility. And thus launched Camel Rock Studios, which lays claim as the first movie studio owned by a Native American tribe in the history of Hollywood.
Camel Rock is located in the foothills of New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just north of Santa Fe. It's no stranger to filmmaking: More than 20 productions have shot on Tesuque Pueblo land over the decades, such as “Cowboy” and “The Man from Laramie.”
The Pueblo of Tesuque Development Corporation has invested $50 million in building out the new facility, a backlot movie ranch that also features standing sets, shooting stages, 100 acres of open space — and thanks to its previous life as a casino, a lot of parking — enough for about 1,000 cars. “News of the World” also left behind a filming water tank, the only of its kind in the state.
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