ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico Film Studios has broken ground on a 13-acre complex in southeast Albuquerque. The site, located at the corner of Desert and Broadway, will include a backlot, sound stages, and other studio services for local filmmakers.

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The studio says it’s the first to build a backlot for independent films in New Mexico. The studio says it has $100 million invested in the project. City Councilor Pat Davis says the first phase should be completed by early summer. Other phases will continue throughout the year.