KOB-TV.com - By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - Peter Lauton says as a retired economist with a PHD, he's all for a movie production in Albuquerque. “I'm sure its great for the economy and we all get excited when a big star and a film crew moving around,” he said.
But as a guest at The Desert Sands Motel, he has his doubts. “I need my sleep and I know that's not going to happen for the rest of the week,” he said.
Earlier this week the production "Blood Father" starring Mel Gibson posted a film notice on Lauton's door. Hotel visitors will have to move their vehicles and keep them away until next Friday. Long-term residents who have disabilities say they don't know what to do.
A location manager with Blood Father productions says the landlord requested to handle the tenants himself, but when they got the feeling nothing was communicated, they sent out the notices. The location manager says The production paid the motel for filming there, but not to move the tenants to a new location and when they expressed concern for the tenants they were told by the motel owner “I’ll take care of it.”
The Academy award winning movie No Country For Old Men used the motel for one of the final scenes. More