Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice & Fire author George R.R. Martin is launching a new non-profit film studio, which will be open to both emerging and established filmmakers. Called the Stagecoach Foundation, the production studio will be set up in a 30,000 sq ft space in Martin’s hometown, Santa Fe, NM. City Mayor Javier Gonzales told the Albuquerque Journal:
“A Santa Fean donated the building to Martin with the idea that it would be used for ‘something good’ for Santa Fe. What this means for the city specifically is more film infrastructure that increases the likelihood that major film productions will come to town along with start-up movie-makers, film editors and digital media creators who need affordable production space. The Stagecoach Foundation facility could be used for a film crew’s headquarters as well as editing and other functions… As a foundation and a non-profit, his (Martin’s) vision to make this facility accessible and affordable so film and digital artists will have a space where they can go and create. The space should allow young film entrepreneurs to mix with some of the most seasoned people in Hollywood.”
Filmmakers Ethan & Joel Coen, who made the Academy award winner No Country for Old Men in New Mexico, are also expected to use the new studio for their upcoming film, the mayor added.