Some Albuquerque neighbors not happy with Hollywood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – With the Albuquerque movie and television scene booming, many residents said they want to see film crews around them. However, some say they’re not a fan of the cameras, crews and time in the spotlight.

Sheri Benischek said she’s watched her neighborhood near Washington and I-40 turn into a full blow production studio over the years.

“I would say I’ve probably seen at least 10 to 12 films,” said Benischek.

Other neighbors have also seen the trend.

“Breaking Bad filmed here once or twice and Better Call Saul filmed here,” said Jason Stuart.

Benischek said last week brought in another film crew a few house down from her.

“The filming crew said they would be through and have all their things out by eight, but there was still activity at 9:30 at night,” said Benischek.

The day-long filming was for a movie called “War on Everyone.” Most neighbors we spoke with said they’re happy any time they see crews.

“I think it gives it a nice, fun, unique, and youthful energy to the neighborhood,” said M.J. Cunningham.

For Benischek, she says the long hours and traffic are bad enough. She also said filming for “War on Everyone” was on trash day and the city picked up the neighborhood’s garbage much earlier than normal.

“The flyers that the neighbors received did not have any indication that the trash was going to be picked up way earlier than it ever is,” said Benischek.

Other neighbors tell News 13 the good outweighs the bad.

“I guess they had arranged for the trash pick up to be extra early so I didn’t get my cans out in time, but you know if I had put them out at night like I was supposed to, I would’ve been fine,” said Jason Stuart.

“I mean yeah it was a little hard to get in and out of the neighborhood, but for me that wasn’t a big deal,” said Margaret Migliorati.

Overall, most said they don’t mind having Hollywood as a neighbor.

“They filmed until about ten at night, they were really respectful, they came in and checked up on everybody to make sure the noise level was okay,” Margaret Migliorati.

Benischek was not the only neighbor to have complaints. A few others said the late night shoots can sometimes get a little rowdy or loud. Benischek’s asking film companies to communicate more both before filming starts and while it’s going on.

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