Thadd Turner’s dream could buoy employment prospects for the citizens of Roswell,NM soon. This is certainly much better news than the tragic shooting of Wade Whitman who was gunned down in front of a mobile home at the Town and Country RV Park on West Brasher.
Thadd, who only moved here a week ago, bought 120 acres of of land formerly occupied by Fed Ex Facility. The former resident of California and Santa Fe plans on building a Western movie set with a 20,000 square foot sound stage. It will not be exclusively the Western genre flicks that will be produced north of town, as Turner plans on shooting movies pertaining to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The actor/director, who was introduced to Roswell by city councilor and Minister(God is recruiting you through her faith based FB company) Natasha Mackey, humorously declared his specialty was getting shot off of horses in old Westerns. Mackey stated that this would give the city the opportunity to partner with the film students at ENMU-R who are about to graduate from the Media Arts Program.
Thadd’s plans extend far beyond the alliance with ENMU. He wants Roswell to be a place for young film professionals to study which will include seminars for directing, screen writing, and other media fields!
I sure hope this gets off the ground as the city could sure use an economic shot in the arm. Roswell is no stranger to grandiose ideas that die on the vine and I hope and pray that this exciting job creating venture does not fizzle out like a cheap firecracker. We could use some extra jobs so that our hard working citizens would not have to borrow from the many title loan and payday loan places around town.
Thanks to Christina Stock, whose name this writer had never seen in the RDR, for penning a lucid write-up that should energize the community.