Make New Mexico Film Sets Safe For Everyone

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Due to the complex nature of the filmmaking process, there are numerous OSHA and occupational safety regulations to keep people safe from injuries on set. But what is frequently overlooked are the workforce safety issues of sexual harrassment, abuse and exploitation.

Local and national headlines and the #metoo movement are shining a spotlight on the absence of clear guidelines to safeguard vulnerable talent and crew members from abusive practices. In addition, there's lack of enforcement of existing policies and critical areas where the policies fall short.

The US film industry as a whole is currently working to create enforceable reforms. But New Mexico has particular challenges.  At any given time, as many as two-thirds of New Mexico productions may be filming on remote locations with no cellphone access. Also, here and elsewhere, actors and crew are often discouraged from reporting abuse.

Long-term, this project is about creating a safe environment for all of New Mexico's film sets and projects with clear guidelines and a team of certified Intimacy Coordinators.

Short-term, this project will fund the initial education requirements for a certified Intimacy Coordinator in New Mexico and for the organizational efforts to put clear guidelines in place.

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