The mission of Film Las Cruces is to promote and develop the film and entertainment arts industries in Doña Ana County and Southern New Mexico.

The primary objectives of Film Las Cruces Include:

  • Maintain a film liaison office focused on the development and promotion of the film and entertainment arts industries in the City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, and Southern New Mexico.
  • Promote and assist in the development of film and entertainment arts production infrastructure in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.
  • Collaborate with regional academic institutions, professional film workforce development organizations, and the community to develop and sustain a trained film and entertainment arts workforce.
  • Maintain a comprehensive location, crew, and vendor support database.
  • Support community education about the film and entertainment arts industries.
  • Support local filmmakers.


Drew Mayer-Oakes

Las Cruces Film Liaison
1.575.888.0229 cell

Jon Foley

Las Cruces Deputy Film Liaison


Jeff Steinborn

State Senator

Ross Marks

Director, CMI

Derek Fisher

Associate Professor, NMSU CMI, Animation and Visual Effects

Russ Smith


Chair Project Mainstreet

Amy Lanasa

Director of NMSU Creative Media Institute (CMI)

Matt Byrnes

Chair of DACC Digital Imaging & Design Technology (CMT)

Cathie Fern

Chairperson of SCORE Las Cruces

Pepper Gallegos

Professional Makeup/Hair and Special Effects Makeup Artist / IATSE Local 480 Trustee

Rajeev Nirmalakhandan

Director, CMI

Stephen Osborn

Filmmaker, Photographer, CMT

Mark Vasconcellos

Actor, Director, Bigbask Productions

Lamaia Vaughn


Dan Williams

Writer, Grip, CMT, IATSE

Constance Hasapopoulos

Actress, Writer, A Children’s Theatre Founder

Max Bower

Real Estate Developer, Venture Capitalist

Irene Oliver-Lewis

Ex-Officio Board Member
Artist, Arts Advocate, Founder Alma de Arte

Mark Medoff

Ex-Officio Board Member
Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, CMI