Films a Blessing and a Curse for Small New Mexico Towns

Small towns in New Mexico are increasingly being used as film locations. But for some locals, the invasion of Hollywood is not worth the economic benefits.
July 21, 2009, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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More than a dozen film productions have taken place in the small New Mexico town of Las Vegas, where some locals are calling for a film moratorium.

"The filming has brought in a surge of money, but it has also brought tension. Store owners in Las Vegas, complaining that filming hurts their businesses, have clashed with film supporters, even calling for a moratorium on all productions.

As more and more movie production leaves California, sensible small towns across the country are getting a taste of Hollywood glitz -- and it isn't always sweet."

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Published on Monday, July 20, 2009 in Los Angeles Times
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