Motel guests question movie production

Updated: 05/31/2014 11:20 PM | Created: 05/31/2014 10:39 PM
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.

“People who cant get around, people in wheel chairs, crutches and I think its going to be a real problem for them,” he said.

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.”

“Personally I would like to see the older people, or the handicapped people compensated for the inconvenience they'll be suffering,” Lauton said. “I believe this is the landlord’s responsibly.”

KOB 4 reached out to The Desert Sands Motel management, but they gave no comment.

Lauton says he isn't waiting for a solution and he'll be out by Monday morning.

The production also pointed out that they gave four different contacts listed on the film notice, so if a resident has a concern they can call the numbers.

The Academy award winning movie No Country For Old Men used the motel for one of the final scenes.

Desert Sands Motel is located on Central near San Mateo.

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