T Bone Burnett, Jeff Bridges, Wes Studi and Stevie Salas Headline the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Back for its fifth year of unique entertainment, the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) will provide a weeklong lineup June 6th-June 11th. In addition to one-of-a-kind musical performances, independent and blockbuster films and opportunities to engage with filmmakers, actors and musicians, AFME will be featuring showcase events with special guests, including "The Dude" himself, Jeff Bridges, 13-time Grammy Award-winning artist T Bone Burnett, acclaimed actor and producer Wes Studi, guitarist and producer Stevie Salas and many others.

"Each year, AFME is getting bigger and better with exciting events, and this year's lineup is second-to-none," said Ivan Wiener, AFME Executive Director. "We're thrilled to be bringing such incredible talent to Albuquerque, and to continue our mission to have Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico recognized as a center for outstanding talent in the entertainment industry. AFME's vision continues to be focused on honoring the power of film, music and all storytelling through the arts, and our 2017 lineup does just that all while allowing opportunities for up-and-coming talent and students to interact with and learn from some of the best in the industry."

2017 events include everything from a Youth Film Acting Camp, Intimate Conversations, panels and workshops with actors, talent agents and musicians, 55 select films, food events, live music, and after parties each night.

"We are truly offering something for everyone families, film and music lovers, aspiring actors, actresses, musicians and filmmakers, foodies and all who enjoy quality entertainment," added Wiener.

Highlights of the 2017 Lineup Include:

Monday, June 5th

Youth Film Acting Camp: Bringing Film "Magic" to Life - Presented by AFME and Casting Director Faith Hibbs-Clark, children ages 9-16 can take part in this amazing learning opportunity from 9am-5pm. Event continues daily throughout the week, Monday through Friday, with special guest appearances by talent attending AFME.

Tuesday, June 6th

Opening Night Reception - 5:30-7pm at the Crowne Plaza Courtyard with entertainment by Grammy Award-winning, Native American sensations Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle, and the National Institute of Flamenco.

Opening Night Movie - RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World - From 7:30-9:30pm on Tuesday, June 6th at the KiMo Theatre, experience one of the most exciting documentaries of the year. RUMBLE explores the role of Native Americans in popular music history, and was awarded the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival 2017. The film features a lengthy list of well-known musical artists. Stay after the film for a Q & A with special guests. The after party will include live music by The Plateros, Stevie Salas, Lynyrd Skynyrd's guitarist Rickey Medlocke and other special guests.

Wednesday, June 7th

Intimate Conversation with Stevie Salas & Friends - 12:30-2:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque.

New Mexico Shorts Program - 5:00-6:45pm at the KiMo Theatre, including Above Home for Christmas, The Backroom, The Prologue, Hummingbird and Crane, A Town Called Theocracy, Fortress Home, and The Last Transmission.

Feature Movie - One Penny - 7:30pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Thursday, June 8th

Reel 2 Table Reception - Celebrate one of the most anticipated events of the annual AFME week, as we spotlight select films showcased with food and cocktail pairings. The event will take place from 5:30-7pm at Albuquerque Museum's Hollywood Southwest Exhibit.

Feature Movie - Hired Gun - 7:30-9:30pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Feature Documentary - Awakening in Taos - 7:30-9:30pm at South Broadway Cultural Center.

Friday, June 9th

Intimate Conversation with Wes Studi and Chris Eyre - 12:30-2:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque.

Feature Movie - The Girl from the Song - 7:30­-9:30pm at the KiMo Theatre.

Saturday, June 10th

15th Anniversary Screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 12:00-3:00pm at the KiMo Theatre. Attendees will dress in their favorite Harry Potter character wardrobe.

Intimate Conversation with T Bone Burnett and Jeff Bridges - From 12:30-2pm at the Crowne Plaza (Colorado/Texas/Nevada Rooms), learn from two highly acclaimed entertainers about "The Power of Music in Movies & Television."

25th Anniversary Screening of The Last of the Mohicans with Q & A with Wes Studi - Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this award-winning film with a special screening from 4-6:30pm at the KiMo Theatre, followed by a Q & A session with Wes Studi, who plays Magua in the film, and Chris Eyre.

Feature Movie - The Big Lebowski - Not only will you have the chance to view the well-known film The Big Lebowski, but on June 10th from 7:30-10pm at the KiMo Theatre, you can view the film with Academy Award Winners T Bone Burnett and Jeff Bridges in attendance.

Sunday, June 11th

AFME "It's a Wrap" Party - Celebrate AFME with musicians, actors, filmmakers and more at the wrap party from 4-7pm at the Crowne Plaza Cantina.

In addition to great events, this year's 2017 AFME Music Award will be presented to T Bone Burnett, esteemed and innovative artist, songwriter, producer, performer, record company owner and artist's advocate the man behind some of the most beloved and well-known movie and television soundtracks and Grammy winning records.

The 2017 AFME Visionary Award will be presented to Stevie Salas, guitar player, writer, producer, and composer who has recorded on over 70 different albums with artists as diverse as George Clinton, Justin Timberlake, Buddy Miles, T.I., Mick Jagger, and Rod Stewart.

The 2017 AFME Impact Award will be presented to Wes Studi for his work in the film industry and paving the way for Native American and young actors throughout his career.

For a full lineup of this year's movies, music, workshops and more, visit https://www.abqfilmx.com/. Members of the media interested in attending can request press credentials at www.abqfilmx.com. Press images are available upon request.

About AFME: The AFME Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, supports the nurturing, success and growth of a vibrant creative community, specifically through film, music and the arts, and seeks to help further a world-class economic center of excellence for these industries in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It produces the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME), an annual film and music festival, attracts prominent attendees, filmmakers, musicians and visionaries from around the globe to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaborate into the future. The Foundation also supports the Albuquerque film, music and art scenes through creation, facilitation and support of complimentary, mission-based projects and programs. Our purpose is to provide opportunities for future generations, while increasing exposure and economic impact for the City of Albuquerque, the State of New Mexico and our partners.

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