Camel Rock Studios: Santa Fe becomes home to first film studio founded by Native American tribe

New Mexico’s majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains is now home to the first Native America-owned movie studio, Camel Rock Studios.

With the support of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Film Office, Tesuque Pueblo’s Camel Rock Studios has reimagined a former Santa Fe-based casino into a 75,000-square-foot multi-use production facility and film studio,  featuring standing sets, along with 100 acres of open space on the pueblo.

The studio’s diverse landscape mimics locales around the world, while the pueblo also serves as a gateway to northern New Mexico, with access to iconic locations including Ghost Ranch, Taos and El Santuario de Chimayo.

Timothy J. Brown, president and CEO of the Pueblo of Tesuque Development Corporation, said: “It’s a bit of a back-to-the-future facility. Camel Rock was conceived to follow the tradition of the historic Hollywood studios – like Warner Bros. and Paramount – with their off-site film ranches.”

New Mexico has emerged as a rich and expansive resource for worldwide film and television production. The movie ranch soft-opened in 2019 with a major feature film from Universal Pictures starring Tom Hanks, News of the World, based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles. The film is expected to be released this Christmas.

Native American Chris Eyre, an internationally recognised film and television director and producer and Camel Rock Studios advisor, said:  “In the past, Native Americans have been misrepresented and marginalised both in front of and behind the camera. In 2020 the Tesuque tribe of New Mexico is changing this narrative, and I am honored to be part of this groundbreaking new endeavour.”

In the coming years the facility is expected to include a studio backlot, new sound stages, a production facility and wide-ranging production services.

Timothy J. Brown added: “As we grow our studio, we are striving to make this a comprehensive production facility that will support global productions across multiple platforms, including film and television, digital streaming, music, and gaming.”

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Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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