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Opening night for the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience happened Tuesday, Sept. 24. But the fest really gets underway this weekend, with film screenings, parties, workshops, events and concerts.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the shot-in-New-Mexico counterculture classic Easy Rider. AFMX celebrates the occasion with a film screening (Sept. 27, 8pm at KiMo Theatre) and a “Ride to Remember,” a motorcycle caravan along the high road to Taos to visit places where the film was shot and ending at star/director Dennis Hopper’s burial site. (The Ride takes place Sept. 28 at 8am starting at Thunderbird Harley-Davidson in Albuquerque. Tickets are required.)
Legendary film composer Dave Grusin (The Graduate, On Golden Pond, Tootsie, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Goonies) is receiving the festival’s Robert & Sibylle Redford Award for Creative Achievement. In addition to handing out the award, the festival screens the biographical documentary Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time (Sept. 28, 4:30pm at KiMo Theatre) and hosts a live concert with Grusin performing some of his most iconic compositions (Sept. 28, 7:30pm at KiMo Theatre). The festival is also giving its 2019 Music Award to musician and songwriter (and Pat Benatar’s husband) Neil Giraldo. The notable rocker is slated to participate in an “Intimate Conversation With Neil Giraldo” (Sept. 27, 4pm at UNM’s Keller Hall), discussing his life and career in the music biz.
Filmwise, there’s a mix of classic movies (Almost Famous, Thelma & Louise, Cars), shorts and brand-new features. Among the films with strong New Mexico connections are local director Tom Uhl’s Creole music documentary Zydeco Breakfast (Sept. 27, 3pm at KiMo Theatre), the New Mexico actor showcase “The Dust Monologues” (Sept. 28, 11am at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science) and the 2007 shot-in-New-Mexico motorcycle comedy Wild Hogs (Sept. 29, 6pm at the NMMNH&S).
Some of the AFMX events are free and open to the public, but most require tickets. General admission tickets for the majority of film events are $10. (Ride to Remember tickets are $25 to $35.) For a complete list of films, events, times and venues, go to abqfilmx.com.