Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, Ali MacGraw, Wes Studi, Stevie Salas and Global Filmmakers Headline AFME 2017 Awards
Awards presented during the week and at the AFME Awards Brunch include:
T Bone Burnett - Jeff Bridges presented T Bone with the AFME 2017 Music Award on Saturday, June 10th after the screening of The Big Lebowski at the Historic KiMo Theatre. The sold-out event was one for the ages as Jeff and T Bone also took the stage for a fun Q&A followed by a sold-out after party at Rock & Brews ABQ. The audience erupted into cheer when Jeff and T Bone took the stage to perform three of their songs from Crazy Heart with the band.
Wes Studi - AFME Executive Director Ivan Wiener presented Wes the AFME 2017 Impact Award on Saturday, June 10th after the 25th Anniversary screening of The Last of the Mohicans at the KiMo Theatre. The award is presented to a person or persons who have made a significant impact to society through their work in film, music or the arts.
Stevie Salas - Actor Wes Studi presented Stevie Salas with the AFME 2017 Visionary Award on Tuesday, June 6th after the screening of Stevie's documentary, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World. Christina Fon of Rezolution Films, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlock and Stevie took the stage for the Q&A, moderated by director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), followed by the after party at Sister Bar.
Best Actress AFME 2017
Jodi Lynn Thomas - Solitary
1st Runner Up - Sarah Minnich - Days Young and Golden
2nd Runner Up - Lizzy Clarke - Rocket
Best Actor AFME 2017
Andy Kastelic - Days Young and Golden
1st Runner Up - Harrison Samuels - One Penny
2nd Runner Up - Cole Simon - Breathing Through Trees
AFME Social Impact Award 2017
Ken Morris, Producer - The Fare
1st Runner Up - I am Her
2nd Runner Up - Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland
Best Feature AFME 2017
One Penny- Directed by Michael DeVita; written by Michael DeVita & David A. Melendez
Best Documentary AFME 2017
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Directed by Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana
1st Runner up - Hired Gun - Directed by Fran Strine
2nd Runner Up - Fenn's Searchers - Directed by Matt Maisano
Best Short Film AFME 2017
Uncle Silas - Directed by Rebecca Brillhart & Sayra Player
1st Runner Up - Rocket - Directed by Brenna Malloy
2nd Runner Up - A Whole World for a little World - Directed by Fabrice Bracq
Best NM Movie AFME 2017
A Town Called Theocracy - Directed by Jehad N. Al-Khateeb
1st Runner Up - The Prologue - Directed by Andy Kastelic
2nd Runner Up - Fortress Home - Directed by Travis Armstrong
Best Animation AFME 2017
Crack'd - Directed by SebastIan Brown
1st Runner Up - Rhythm of Being - Directed by Giada Ghiringhelli
2nd Runner Up - Scent of Geranium - Directed by Naghmeh Farzaneh
Best Short Documentary
Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest - Directed by Alan Lacy
1st Runner Up - The High School That Rocked - Directed by Christopher Casey Denton
2nd Runner Up - Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland - Directed by Bill Wisneski
Audience Choice Award AFME 2017
Awakening In Taos: The Mabel Dodge Lujan Story - Directed by Mark Gordon
1st Runner Up - The Games We Play - Directed by Annika Marks & Rich Newey
2nd Runner Up - The Backroom - Directed by Albert Fry, Jr.
AFME 2017 Community Partner Award
Daryl Custer of Legacy Mortgage and Daryl Custer Photography
Presented to a person or company who has made a significant impact to the community with their time and their resources, and who has gone above and beyond the call of duty assisting AFME.
AFME 2018 will take place June 4 - 10, 2018. Honored guests and showcase events will be announced in late 2017.
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.