P.O. Box 22002, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502
Phone/Fax: (505) 982-9950 Cell: (505) 470-9740
CONCEPT OUTLINE FOR A NEW MEXICO TV SERIES
An unconventional entertaining and informative weekly "Video Magazine"
that follows the lives of the colorful characters at an obscure village café
and ventures into unique corners of New Mexico.
ENCHANTED CAFÉ will be a weekly TV series, created and produced entirely by New Mexicans, that tells inspiring stories about our wonderful state and expresses its spirit of individuality and cooperation, respect for diversity of cultural and personal expression, and stewardship of our sacred land. The rousing conversations and activities of the delightfully authentic characters who frequent an obscure, magical village café lead the viewer into diverse stories conveying the essence of the heart and soul of The Land of Enchantment.
This original, mixed-format show might be described as a New Mexico version of a cross between the popular TV series, “Cheers” and “Northern Exposure”, with some of the enchanting qualities of the films, “Bagdad Café” and “The Milagro Beanfield War”, interwoven with magical reality TV-styled adventures as in Anthony Bourdain’s CNN series, “Parts Unknown”, curious documentary vignettes as in Andrei Codrescu’s feature, “Road Scholar”, and an occasional music video or musical montage. These segments will highlight intriguing NM personalities, events and places, the complex culture and colorful history of this state, and unique and exemplary ideas in business, technology, public service, social organization, well-being and the arts as well as reflect on challenging local issues with a transformative perspective.
PILOT EPISODE: "NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE" An aspiring writer, escaping the trauma of her childhood home in a stolen truck, breaks down in an obscure New Mexican village and discovers an enchanting café.
ANGELA, an independent, spirited, mid-western farm girl in her early 20s, escapes the trauma of her childhood home following the death of her mother by stealing her Step-Dad’s pick-up truck. Her spirit lightens as she heads west through New Mexico until her truck breaks down in a remote village. Having no cell service, Angela searches for assistance and wanders into an unusual café. She gradually finds herself entranced by Rosita, the sweet proprietor, an intriguing cast of characters and a quirky traveling circus, and is transformed from a stranded runaway to a most welcome member of this unexpected family.
The TV series’ website, will be created as a blog written by the series’ lead character and aspiring writer, Angela, which will include more information and related web-links on the stories and issues referenced in each episode. It will also include a calendar of NM events and a directory of NM products and services.
ENCHANTED CAFÉ TRAIN ADVENTURE
An entertaining and informative train adventure to the Enchanted Café
TV series set at the historic Legal Tender Saloon in Lamy, NM.
The Enchanted Café Train Adventure will be a unique, immersive experience of New Mexico, guiding participants on an old train on the Santa Fe Southern Railway (“tourist” train service currently suspended) from Santa Fe to the village of Lamy, a landmark stop on the famous Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. Here they will visit the historic Legal Tender Saloon, film location for the Enchanted Café TV series, tour the Lamy Railroad and History Museum and enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by La Cocina de Balam, an intimate Santa Fe café offering fresh, local, organic, Latin Cuisine. Throughout the journey, participants will be treated to informative presentations on New Mexico history, culture and significant current issues and inspiring music and performances from the region.
This project is essentially a reincarnation and weaving of several independent businesses inspired by the Enchanted Café TV series now in development, to convey the essence of the heart and soul of the Land of Enchantment. It is also an answer to countless requests to revive the train, open the Legal Tender and expand the museum that honors the significant history of Santa Fe’s railroad and promises to be a great asset to tourism and business in New Mexico.
We anticipate the series attracting international as well as local audiences interested in the dynamic culture, unusual locations and unique stories of life in New Mexico. It should also attract the interest of “cultural creatives” and the younger generation committed to transforming our world. Ultimately, we hope to draw a “cult following” inspired by the show’s innovative design and offbeat nature.
Four essential intentions of this project are: 1) to create an ongoing vehicle for creative collaboration and development of those involved in the cinematic arts in New Mexico (its modular structure encourages inclusion of short films by many local filmmakers), 2) to provide a forum for stories about New Mexico as well as stories that inspire viewers towards more effective and fulfilling expressions in their lives and communities, 3) to promote greater understanding of the culture and issues of New Mexico, and 4) to boost tourism and business activity within New Mexico with the website becoming a “go to” destination for information about the state and the “Enchanted Café Train Adventure” becoming a notable attraction.
John Meade, creator / writer / producer, has been a film location scout-manager, production manager and assistant director for over 25 years with experience in all formats of the film and television business. He has also been a producer of concerts & theatrical productions, community events and multi-media conferences with a focus on inspiring community interaction, social evolution and personal transformation. Raquel Lopez, writer / production designer, grew up in New Mexico in a family that has lived in the area for generations. She has been writing all her life and has worked as a costume designer and art director for countless festivals and events in the western USA, most notably for major camps at Burning Man.