Last Saturday, I was invited to attend a party celebrating the opening of the Albuquerque Film Festival's new office in the Gold Street Lofts located in the new gallery district in Downtown ABQ. While much of the space will be utilized to house the administrative offices for Film for Change, the umbrella organization that produces the Albuquerque Film Festival, some of the loft will be occupied by the Green Bar Cafe,a health food and juice bar, which, while not officially open, catered the lively affair. The wine and beer flowed, but the highlight of the evening were the wasabi rolls, various tea drinks and a wide array of cupcakes. The evening was underscored by local musician Paul Salazar, who kept things cool and relaxing.
(L to R: Local jewelry and art maven Susan Tische and producer Aynn Kirby)
Brainchild of Executive Director and producer, Rich Henrich, the Albquerque Film Festival's mission is to present socially-relevant films. The first-ever Albuquerque Film Festival will take place from August 6-9. Confirmed attendees for the 2009 Festival will include FAIRUZA BALK Actress, artist (The Craft, Almost Famous, American History X), GIANCARLO ESPOSITO Actor, director (Gospel Hill, The Usual Suspects, Breaking Bad), among others. For more information, visit www.albuquerquefilmfestival.com.
(Paul Niemi, publicist with producer Aynn Kirby)