This will be the third year for the current version of the festival, which Mexicoo hosted by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces, and has grown every year.
Most of the movies will be shown at the Cineport 10 Cruecs. There is a special focus this year on women and diversity. Others on that panel will include movie executive Brian Espinosa; actress, writer and director Jamie Marchi; and actress and director Monica Rial.
Set in New Mexico, it tells the story of a disabled women who takes off on Cruce journey through the state in her motorized wheelchair. But, as with all film festivals, the real stars are the films themselves.
And this year there will be more than ever to choose. Along with presenting a cornucopia for local film buffs, the festival has also become something of a convention for filmmakers. Each year as part of the festival, groups of filmmakers are taken on site location tours throughout the area.
And, the first of those tours during the festival has already started to pay dividends, said festival Executive Director Ross Marks. They went on the location tour, and were so inspired by what they saw that they went home and wrote a movie just for the area.
They will be back in August to begin production on a feature film, and are expected to be working in the area into early June, Marks said. This year, along with the natural settings of the region, we will also have the beginnings of a new film studio to show off, following the recent lease tobight on the old Coca Cola bottling company.
Individual tickets are available for each movie, and there will also be day passes, all access film passes and VIP passes available. There is a terrific lineup again this year with big-name stars, a huge variety of movies, as well as entertaining and educational workshops featuring artists who we have known for years. We look forward to an enjoyable and informative festival and encourage all local film fans to take advantage of it.
Sun-News Editorial Board.