Friday, May 21, 2010

Show's over for the film museum

Gov. Bill Richardson's office just announced it will close the state's film museum as of June 30th to save money. 

"While the museum has hosted a number of screenings and educational events it is imperative that we concentrate our resources on the core mission of developing our film production industry, including supporting the local independent filmmaking community," Richardson said in a statement.

It's unclear right now how much the move will save and what will happen to the employees who work there. The museum was created in 2003. A colleague here, Robert Nott, reported in March that the museum didn't have a programming budget, any exhibits or any events planned and that the director, Sharon Maloof, who had been earning $85,000 a year, had her salary cut to $55,000.

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