February 25, 2016
New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences is bringing independent film into focus with the first annual Las Cruces International Film Festival, March 2-6. Festival events will take place throughout the city, including the Allen Theatres Cineport 10, the Rio Grande Theatre, Hotel Encanto and venues across the NMSU campus.
The multifaceted festival will feature celebrities, workshops, after-parties and film screenings, showcasing more than 100 short and feature-length films, documentaries, student shorts and narratives of all genres from around the world.
“There’s a huge effort right now to grow film in Las Cruces,” said Ross Marks, LCIFF executive director and assistant professor with NMSU’s Creative Media Institute. “Film in the state is gigantic – it’s a $280 million business. I thought one of the ways we could grow the film industry in Las Cruces was by having this kind of showpiece for film.”
The festival’s opening night will feature a screening of “The Night is Young,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Cineport 10. This will be the first screening of the film following its world premiere in October at the Austin Film Festival.
The film’s stars, director/writer and producer will attend the screening, including David Hill (writer/director and star), Eloise Mumford (who most recently portrayed “Kate” in “Fifty Shades of Grey”), Kelen Coleman, and producer Brian Ferrantino.
Thursday evening, March 3, actor and LCIFF guest of honor Danny Trejo will be present for two screenings of “Machete,” at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Cineport 10. The event will be followed by a Q&A session with Trejo and “Machete” screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez.
From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 4, there will be a screenwriting workshop at Cineport 10 with Tony-award winning, “Children of a Lesser God” author Mark Medoff, along with Rodriquez and Bill True.
From 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, there will be a casting workshop with Faith Hibbs-Clark, a C.S.A. casting director, held at the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.
At 6:30 p.m., the TV pilot contest, “Shoot Las Cruces,” and festival awards ceremony will be held at the Rio Grande Theatre, with the “After Awards Party” taking place at 9:30 p.m. at the Main Street Bistro & Ale House.
Film screenings will be held daily, beginning at 10 a.m. March 3-6 at Cineport 10.
For the full schedule of events, visit www.lciffest.com/schedule/.
A student film pass is $25 and includes access to all screenings and workshops, as well as Saturday’s awards reception. The Danny Trejo Film Screening pass is $30 and includes access to the film screening of “Machete” and Q&A session.
The VIP All Access Pass is $150 and includes access to all screenings and workshops, as well as all after-parties, along with exclusive access to the opening night red carpet after-party with the film celebrities, and exclusive access to the Danny Trejo Awards Reception.
For tickets or more information, visit www.lciffest.com.