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Carlos Vilkerman Cinematographer


New economic impact study of the Film Industry in New Mexico reveals an astonishing benefit to the economy of the state.


You can now watch the award winning documentary “Artificial Reefs, the True Story of the Carmen Fabiana” on Vimeo

The vessel Carmen Fabiana, originally named M.S. EDGAR LEHMANN, was built by the Van Diepen Broth, LTD Waterhuizen shipyard in (GRONINGEN) Holland. Its net weight was 1,856 metric tons. Its LOA 115 mts. (350 feet) and it sunk at Guabina Bay in the State of Aragua in Venezuela, the 14th of May 2000. This ship was originally involved in an insurance claim due to an intense fire that destroyed almost all of its living quarters and engineering room. The insurance company declared the vessel a total loss and in order to avoid dock(s) payment it was given away for scrap. According to the disaster report of the Venezuelan Port Authority, the sinking occurred when the vessel was being towed to the Port of La Guaira. Zuri Zorazu and myself witnessed the towing maneuvers while shooting a documentary about wrecks when it was been taken out of the Puerto Cabello Port. Six days later while filming on Guabina we discovered the ship laying on its starboard side at a depth of 42 meters (140 feet).

You can now watch the award winning documentary on Vimeo. Shot between the year 2000 and 2006, this documentary covers a five (05) year exploration of the vessel as it became an artificial reef. Follow link to Vimeo:

Video Length: 25 minutes long.

Resolution: 720 x 480 enhanced.

And the strike is finally over!

The film industry strike is over. However, it is now November and if you are in a state like New Mexico, Colorado or Utah, any production shot outdoors will have to wait at least until March in order to have continuity. If it snows overnight, you will have snow in the morning but it will have melted by the afternoon. This means, you are forced to work indoors. Plus many producers don’t like working during the winter season, you have to stop for the Christmas Holidays, it is cold outdoors and many industry workers want to take a break. For some states, the film industry will be at a halt for ten months.

Letter from the President of the American Society of Cinematographers

On August 2022, the President of the American Society of Cinematographers Stephen Lighthill, issued a letter where amongst many subjects, urged members and public to use the term “Cinematographer(s)” and not DP or DoP. I have always thought the term Dp or Director of Photography was a bit pompous. Only in the US the term Dp is been used. In Europe, I always heard “Cinematographer”. Not only that, it was confusing for the public in general. I can’t count how many times people would always asked me to take their photo because I am a Dp. I hope this request is well received by all members and it is passed on to the next generation of Cinematographers in the making.

Starting today (June 1st), JANE will be available on premium cable and streamer STARZ. The film also continues to be available for rental and purchase on AmazoniTunesGoogly Play and more.

“Jane” is in theaters!

Thinking about “RBG”…


Carlos at the New Mexico Film Media Industry Conference: