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Mindy Raymond Celebrates Hollywood Pioneer Lois Weber

By Eleanora Morrison | June 2019 Photography by Wendy Bowman

Tucked away down a winding dirt road in Bastrop, Texas sits a tranquil, unassuming Hill Country oasis behind a pair of oversized wrought iron gates: a 200-acre campus for creatives by the name of New Republic Studios.

Actors, producers, cinematographers, writers, costume designers, set designers, and creators of every collaborative discipline have graced its sound stages and luscious, rolling landscapes to make award-winning films, viral video content, immersive technological experiences and much more. In charge of managing the day-to-day operational demands and nurturing the community of the Texas Hill Country’s Hollywood is none other than studios President, Mindy Raymond.

A face of spunky uplift for anyone who walks through the NRS administrative offices (and for anyone roaming the lots when she’s out checking on production progress and grounds staff), it is no secret that Mindy Raymond is respected and adored by everyone she welcomes onto the NRS campus.

Her duties include everything from overseeing the studios’ exciting expansion plans, to making sure clients are comfortable at all times while working on their productions, to hopping in her rugged Polaris off-road Ranger to tour prospective partners and collaborators through the secluded sanctuary of acreage available, to opening a star-studded weekend workshop with inspiring words about creative community; Mindy does all of this (and much more), with endearing pluck and a light-up-the-world sized smile...