The New Mexico Filmmakers Experience

Composing for Film




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The New Mexico Filmmakers Experience consists of screenings and panel discussions about film creation and production by New Mexico filmmakers. Panel discussions will take place on the 3rd Sunday of each month from February to June, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts.

Screenings will take place each month, on dates to be determined, with a Q & A  afterwards. New Mexico Filmmakers will have the unique opportunity to speak with established directors. To see the full schedule of events visit our website These events are free and open to the public.

Sunday March 17, 2013 11 am to 1 pm

The New Mexico Filmmakers Experience continues with its March panel discussion entitled "Composing for Film." Who are some of the musicians in New Mexico composing for film? What are their experiences? How do they do it? Come listen to panelists CK Barlow, Andy Gabrys, Jeff Mettling, John Rangel and Sue Lucas.

CK Barlow
CK Barlow is an Albuquerque-based Composer whose work has been heard on ABC, NBC, BBC, Bravo, MTV, Nat'l Geographic, VH1, CMT, Discovery Channel, G4, History Channel, Animal Planet, Style Network, etc. Her track "Snap Crackle Pop" was used in 6 national Kmart ads in 2012. She has created music and sound designs for dozens of film, video and live theater projects, including feature films Warrior Woman (2012) and Roswell FM (post-production); and is represented by several top-tier film/TV libraries. CK has performance backgrounds in classical, rock and experimental realms plus a master's degree in composition.

John Rangel
John Rangel is a dynamic Composer and Jazz Pianist. He has been a professional musician for over twenty years. John grew up in a very musical family in New York City. He grew up listening to jazz and classical pianists; many of which were available to experience live in NYC. John now lives in Santa Fe New Mexico and teaches at the Santa Fe School of Arts and Sciences. 

Jeff Mettling
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jeff is a multi award winning musical composer and recording artist.  He is registered with BMI and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.  He interned multiple times with the musical writers for TV's NCIS, JAG, and Joan of Arch.   His musical group Elu is featured on Pandora and stations and has been licensed by Microsoft and many others.  Elu has made charted musically and has reached the top 40 on some of the internet's top music sites such as, and,, and Artislaunch to name a few. His music is available through most major on-line music venders such as Yahoo, CD-Baby, iTunes, Napster and others throughout the world. 

Andy Gabrys
Before getting involved in film scoring, Gabrys grew up in western Canada, and worked as an engineer in the mining industry. Desiring a change, he then decided to pursue music instead of engineering, and in 2002 he was awarded a scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music, graduating Summa Cum Laude in Jazz Composition in December 2004. Gabrys has scored a number of short films including "Plots" and "Leather Kittens Gone Bad" with director Holly Adams, and the 2010 Notable New Mexican documentary on Astronaut Sidney Gutierrez: "The Sky's Not the Limit" with director Tara Walch. Gabrys has placed music in the following TV programs: Sesame Street, American Pickers, Inside, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, Wreck Chasers, Flipping Out, Howe and Howe Tech, MTV Live, Sex News and Rock N Roll

Sue Lucas
Sue Lucas is the owner of SkyLimit Music, LLC an on-line music library consisting of cleared, and original stock music of all genres by independent artists.  Sue is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (Boston) with a Professional Certificate in Music Business giving her a solid music business foundation.  In 2013 SkyLimit Music started a new division - Naamah Publishing Co. with BMI.  Sue specializes in music licensing and recently secured the song Pigeon Camera by The Tragically Hip for a local short film by the same name.  Sue has also worked for the past 5 Seasons on the Emmy Award Winning TV Show, Breaking Bad (AMC/Sony).  She is also a member of Friends of Film Video and Arts and New Mexico Post Alliance.

Sunday March 24th, 1 pm at the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts. 

Warrior Woman: Watch the trailer HERE

You are invited to attend a free screening of "Warrior Woman" written/directed/produced by Julie Reichert and made in New Mexico. This screening is part of the New Mexico Film Office "Filmmakers Experience" and will include a Q and A with Julie after the film. Tickets are free but limited and you must get a ticket to attend.  Get your tickets HERE.

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