The People's House - New Mexico Governor's Mansion

Chock full of cool history, images and art brought to life through extraordinary vintage and contemporary footage and authentic music, "The People's House" explores the spell that New Mexico has cast on artists who have trekked to the state over the centuries and presents a beautiful insight into this beloved land through the windows, walls and portals of the official chief executive's residence. The film presents a unique showcase of the state's diverse cultures and rich history, narrated by award-winning author Hampton Sides. Viewers of The People's House will not only be treated to a visual journey through stunning artwork by world-famous icons who helped to make New Mexico an international destination, but they will come away with a deeper understanding of the particular magic that drew the artists to the state in the first place.

  • Jaima Chevalier
    Veiled Lightning, El Corazon de Santa Fe
  • Hampton Sides
    Key Cast
  • Ashley Browning
    Veiled Lightning
  • Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose
    Art Department
    Veiled Lightning
  • Adrian Wall
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television
  • Genres:
    New Mexico Art, New Mexico history, governor's mansion, Georgia o'keeffe, allan houser, taos society of artists, los cinco pintores
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Public broadcast NMPBS/KNME
    United States
    May 1, 2021
    broadcast American premiere
Director Biography - Jaima Chevalier

Jaima Chevalier is an award-winning author and filmmaker based in Santa Fe, NM. Her artistic focus documents authentic stories of the American Southwest, ranging from flamenco and famous artists of the region to Indigenous protest movements and exposing cultural appropriation.

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Director Statement

Flaubert posited that the artist should be invisible. I am only happy with my work when I feel that it is devoid of my bias and that it captures the authentic work product of all the collaborators, the magic of my subject, and the heartbeat of the ideas that coalesced in our vision.