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George R.R. Martin starts non-profit film foundation in Santa Fe

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George R.R. Martin, who you may know as the guy behind the Song of Ice and Fire novels — possibly, I dunno — has a new side project: he’s launched a non-profit company called the Stagecoach Foundation in his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Santa Fe resident donated a building — formerly the headquarters of Daylight Chemical Information Systems — to Martin. It will serve as the operation’s office, and include pre and post-production spaces. Martin hopes the foundation will attract filmmakers big and small to the area. “Our dream is to bring more jobs to the people of Santa Fe, and to help train the young people of the city for careers in the entertainment industry, through internships, mentoring, and education,” he wrote on his Not a Blog.

Local authorities are giddy over the prospect of pumping Hollywood money into the area. “What this means for the city specifically is more film infrastructure,” said Santa Fe mayor Javier Gonzales. “As a foundation and a non-profit, [Martin’s] vision to make this facility accessible and affordable [so filmmakers can have a place] where they can go and create.”

As Gonzales says above, the first filmmakers to benefit from the foundation will be Joel and Ethan Coen, the guys behind movies like FargoThe Big Lebowski, and No Country for Old Men.

And now that we have all the info out there, let’s get the primal fan scream out of the way: ‘WHY IS HE STARTING A FILM COMPANY WHEN THE WINDS OF WINTER STILL ISN’T FINISHED?’

Okay, I’m glad that’s over. Also, as Martin noted in a later blog post, he’s not overseeing day-to-day operations or anything. Best of luck to the Stagecoach Foundation.

h/t Albuquerque Journal


  • So glad he’s spending time not writing and instead doing this. Yes, pretty much everything he does that doesn’t include writing book 6 now annoys me.

  • Is he sure this won’t distract him from the Wild Cards series and all of the other distractions that keep him from making reasonable progress on book 6?

    • George has little incentive to finish the book. The books sell well and have been adapted for the tv. He also get royalties from the show. And finally he goes to cons where people bow and scrape and treat him as if he is the best thing since the Guttenberg press. Martin has gotten his reward and there is no real drive for him to finish the books/story.

      I just lost faith that he is serious about finishing the book when I heard that he would be cutting back appearances in 2017 (as opposed to not going at all). It was then that I realized that he really no longer cares. A professional would sit him or herself down and complete it.

    • At this rate last season of GOT will air and we’ll still be waiting for book 6. The guy has the nerve to mention there might be eight books. I’m 30 and I don’t think i’ll live long enough to see a 7th book let alone an 8th.

  • I can’t believe no one has commented on GRRM’s blog post from Mar. 18 where he says: “Besides all that, there’s been the huge new Wild Cards deal, the Wild Cards reread, lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet, and of course — always, always — WINDS OF WINTER.”

    The HBO comment is very interesting. He also seems to be aware that fans are concerned about the status of Winds of Winter and is letting us know that he hasn’t given up on completing Winds.

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