Producer Anthony DellaFlora
After a checkered journalistic career at the Albuquerque Journal, where he wrote about everything from crime to politics to the arts (not to mention a relationship column that developed a cult following), Anthony DellaFlora packed up what was left of his sanity and fled the journalism business (and a sure gold watch) after 25 years to pursue a career in the movies and TV, where he lost the rest of his sanity. Before leaving the Journal, however, he took his first crack at documentary filmmaking by producing High Strange New Mexico.
The experience of making High Strange was the catalyst for making the eventual leap to becoming a movie producer. He went on to create the "Duke City Shootout" script-to-screen movie-making competition, begun in 2000, with partners Grubb Graebner and Dennis Gromelski.
DellaFlora produced a public affairs TV show and two documentaries for the local PBS affiliate, KNME-TV, and continues to produce movies and TV through his company, Taos Communications Empire, for clients ranging from the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program to Music From the Q. He is still on the lookout for weird, offbeat and fascinating stories to turn into documentaries.
DellaFlora snagged a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award in 2012 for "Flight Path: The Flyway Project," a video he produced for the Albuquerque Public Art Program.
He also writes screenplays and TV pilots with writing partners Mike Gallagher and Steven Michael Quezada. Two of the screenplays and one of the TV pilots are currently under option with the Rio Grande Media Group.
Director James Lujan
James Lujan is a filmmaker and playwright from Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, an alumnus of Stanford University and the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. As a filmmaker, his documentaries, which have been screened all over the world, include “High Strange New Mexico” (1997), a probe into the state’s UFO subculture; “Little Rock’s Run” (1998), following the odyssey of a Native American fugitive; “Fame Eater” (1999), a look into the twisted mind of Hollywood cult author John Gilmore; “Inner Spirit” (2001), a glimpse at the impact of AIDS in the American Indian community; and “Challenger: An Exploration of Art and Spirit” (2003), a profile of renowned Taos artist Jd Challenger.
As a writer, Lujan’s screenplay, “Nation,” was a winner in the 1992 Los Angeles Writers Workshop Minority Screenwriter’s Competition, and, in 2004, his screenplay, “Fast Elk” was work shopped at the Sundance Film Festival’s Native Screenwriter’s Forum. Lujan is also produced playwright. His first play, “Casi Hermanos,” co-written with Ramon Flores, about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, was produced in 1995 by La
Compania de Teatro de Albuquerque. His second play, “Kino and Teresa,” a Native version of “Romeo and Juliet,” was an Equity production of Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles in 2005.
In 2000, Lujan founded the Taos Filmmakers Initiative (TFI), a nonprofit training organization offering filmmaking courses to the northern New Mexico community.
Lujan also worked for the Southern California Indian Center, Inc., in Los Angeles, overseeing its training and production division, InterTribal Entertainment, which aims to provide more opportunities for American Indians in the entertainment industry.
He currently teaches filmmaking at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.