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Lost in New Mexico

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Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero is an American Independent film shot in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2004. Written and directed by filmmaker Jason Rosette, the movie is notable for its primarily POC (People of Color) cast and crew, the use of all local New Mexican participants, its improvisational style reminiscent of Nicolas Roeg, and its creative handling of uncommon themes including illegal immigration and human cloning:

"The hook of Lost in New Mexico is its human cloning element and the ethical questions that very real dilemma raises. While controversial issues like this are certainly compelling, the film really shines when it explores the emotional implications of such drastic thinking."

— Eric M. Armstrong, "Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009)", The Moving Arts Film Journal (2010)[1]


The film is about a single grieving mother named Susan whose daughter has recently died; she makes contact with animal cloning expert and geneticist, Dr. Kurt Morell, who frequently assists local ranchers with the process of cloning prized bulls and racehorses. After convincing the doctor to assist her by cloning her daughter, Susan steals cash from the box office of the local movie theater where she works and heads off to meet the Doctor. A co-worker from the theater, undocumented immigrant named Javier Apollinaire, is accidentally caught up in the robbery and thus flees with Susan. They are both tailed by a field agent from the Food and Drug Administration, who hopes to foil the cloning arrangement before it can proceed.[2][3][1][4]


Lost in New Mexico began shooting in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004. The feature is notable in that it is one of only a handful to shoot in nearby Laguna Pueblo, which is property of the Laguna Nation.[5][6] The film is also notable in that it was one of the first independent films to shoot in New Mexico with the support of the newly established New Mexico Film Office film incentives program,[7] which offers rebates to approved, registered productions of all sizes.

According to the New Mexico Film Office[8] filmography for 2004, Lost in New Mexico is one of twenty feature films recognized to be shooting in New Mexico that year. Of those, it is the only independent, POC-dominant production to be taking place in the state at the time.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lost in New Mexico: The Strange Tale of Susan Hero (2009) | The Moving Arts Film Journal". July 7, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-07.
  2. "Steam Community :: Lost in New Mexico". steamcommunity.com.
  3. "Watch Lost in New Mexico | Prime Video". www.amazon.com.
  4. "HOME - LOST IN NEW MEXICO: A 21st Century Feature Road Movie Made in New Mexico, USA". Lost in New Mexico.
  5. "IN FOCUS: SITE SPECIFIC - Filmmaker Magazine - Fall 2004". www.filmmakermagazine.com.
  6. "Indie Slate Magazine(defunct) - April 2007" (PDF). www.indieslate.com.
  7. "Incentives – NMFilmOffice". nmfilm.com.
  8. "NM Filmography – NMFilmOffice".

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