A local investment
Last week, the production of the “Last Stand” wrapped up filming in the Hub City.
The movie, which stars actors such as former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville and Forest Whitaker, had been filming since October and made its mark in Belen. The film, directed by Kim Jee Woon, details the story of a small-town sheriff, played by Schwarzenegger, and his inexperienced staff who find themselves standing between a fugitive cartel leader and the Mexican border.
For many, the movie industry in New Mexico has been an opportunity to work in front of the cameras as extras and actors, and for others, they have been able to work behind the scenes learning the ins and outs of movie production.
But for small cities and towns such as Belen, it has brought more than just a chance to hob knob with Hollywood-types and celebrities. It’s about helping the local economy. According to Belen Mayor Rudy Jaramillo, more than 300 employees hired to work on the movie were local residents.
In the two, short months that “Last Stand” was filming, many local businesses were able to reap the rewards of a big, Hollywood film primarily shooting in Belen. Not only did the film’s crew and cast make their way into local restaurants to eat breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but they also purchased what they needed for the film at businesses.
They bought propane from Cross Country Propane, Feed and Supply, tires from Craig Tires, fabric and trims for draperies from Bernie’s Fabrics, frames from Trails End Framing and Gallery, and hardware and building supplies from Tabet Lumber and Concrete, Inc.These were just a few local businesses that benefited from the movie.
While the fictional town depicted in the movie is called Sommerton Junction, Belen has once again left its mark on Hollywood, and in return, the “Last Stand” has helped to boost its economy.
As the set continues to be taken down, we will never forget the impact this movie has left on our businesses, our city and our economy. Hasta la vista Hollywood. Regresa pronto!