Film 4 Change

This is a place for people who believe that story can change the world.

"Wild horses are living things who have a right to coexist in what is a vast landscape, which is the American West. Let’s do something about this." -Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen, Daryl Hannah, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Raoul Trujillo, “Dances with Wolves” author Michael Blake, Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American author and scholar N. Scott Momaday, and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson all have something deeply in common besides celebrity and talent — a passion for the plight of the American wild horse.

Come see a new full-length documentary by director James Anaquad-Kleinert, "Wild Horses & Renegades" at Albuquerque Film Festival, August 18-21st!


"Camera movements are used to lead the eye, to give people a feeling – an emotional one, a logical one, a dramatic one – just the way lighting and framing are." - Haskell Wexler

Photo retrospective of Haskell Wexler, A Great Chicagoan and a Better Cinematographer

Come see Haskell Wexler and his film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at Albuquerque Film Festival, August 18-21st!


"I hate to admit it, but you can’t do a role unless it’s somewhere in your psyche. People don’t realize how vast the subconscious is. It’s like infinity." Dean Stockwell

Photo retrospective of Dean Stockwell, Great American Actor 

Dean Stockwell to receive 2011 AFF Dennis Lee Hopper Award

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in film and the related arts and is awarded to an individual with a persistence of vision that reflects the independent spirit of Dennis Lee Hopper, founding father of AFF. We will show a retrospective of Mr. Stockwell’s work including his personal favorite Married to the Mob, which he was nominated for an Academy Award and art house favorite, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, which he stars opposite Dennis Hopper.



Monte Hellman, The Cryptic Maverick…

Monte Hellman (born July 12, 1932, in New York City, New York) is an American film director, producer, and film editor.

Hellman is among a group of directing talent mentored by Roger Corman, who produced several of the director’s early films. Hellman’s most critically acclaimed film to date has been Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), a road movie that was a box office failure at the time of its initial release but has subsequently turned into a perennial cult favorite. Hellman’s two acid westerns starring Jack Nicholson, Ride in the Whirlwind and The Shooting, both shot in 1965 and released directly to television in 1968, have also developed cult followings, particularly the latter. A third western, China 9, Liberty 37 (1978), was far less successful critically, although it too has its admirers, as do Cockfighter (1974) (aka Born to Kill) and Iguana (1988).

In 2006, he directed “Stanley’s Girlfriend,” a section of the omnibus horror film Trapped Ashes. Hellman’s section of the film was presented by the Cannes Film Festival that year as an “Official Selection” and Hellman was named president of the Festival’s “Un Certain Regard” jury. In 2010, he crafted the romantic film noir thriller, Road to Nowhere, written by Steven Gaydos and stars Cliff De Young, Waylon Payne, Shannon Sossamon, Tygh Runyan, and Dominique Swain.

Hellman is much admired by Quentin Tarantino and was the Executive Producer of Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

He currently teaches in the Film Directing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

At the 2010 Venice Film Festival, he was awarded with a Special Lion Award for Overall Work. ~Wikipedia

AFF 2011 Presents A Special Closing Night Screening of:


WHEN: Thursday, June 16th
The Guild Cinema: 3405 Central Ave. NE, Nob Hill

With Special Guests: Producer Melissa Hellman and Producer/Actor Lathan McKay

For More Info and to View the Trailer: Click Here


Getting to know Giancarlo Esposito, star of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning show “Breaking Bad”…

Versatile American actor Giancarlo Esposito was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, but grew up in Manhattan from the age of six. His mother was an African-American nightclub singer (who once shared a bill with Josephine Baker) and his father was an Italian stagehand. In show business most of his life, Esposito made his Broadway debut in a 1966 production of Maggie Flynn. His other stage credits include Sacrilege, Miss Moffatt, and Balm in Gilead. He won a 1981 Theatre World Award for his performance in Zooman and the Sign.

On the big screen, Esposito started appearing in Spike Lee films during the late ’80s in a wide range of roles with great character names. He was the frat leader Julian “Big Brother Almighty” in School Daze, the outspoken reactionary Buggin’ Out in Do the Right Thing, the dandy pianist Left Hand Lacey in Mo’ Better Blues, and the criminal Thomas Hayer in Malcolm X. Esposito’s other film roles include an investigative journalist in Bob Roberts, an activist in Amos & Andrew, and a game show host in Reckless. In 1995, he earned an Independent Spirit award nomination for his supporting role of doting drug dealer Esteban in Boaz Yakin's debut drama Fresh. Esposito also appeared in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Smoke, along with the sequel Blue in the Face. The next year, he turned briefly to producing with the independent prison film The Keeper, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

On television, Esposito appeared on NYPD Blue, Law & Order, and the short-lived Fox comedy Bakersfield, P.D. In 1999, he earned an Image award nomination for his role as FBI Agent Michael Giardello on Homicide: Life on the Street. He also has contributed to the Fox television dramas The $treet and girls club. While teaching at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Esposito found time to portray real-life figures in the biopics Ali (as Cassius Clay Sr.) and Piñero (as Miguel Algarin). Projects for 2004 included James Hunter's feature Back in the Day and the television movie NYPD 2069. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi via Fandango

The Albuquerque Film Festival presents:

Master Acting Workshop with Giancarlo Esposito, star of AMC’s Emmy Award-winning show “Breaking Bad”

Giancarlo will share his story about the road to Hollywood and his personal journey within. This workshop will help you learn the valuable skills necessary to succeed not only in film and television but also in life.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Hyatt Regency, 11 am – 3 p.m.

330 Tijeras N.W., Albuquerque


Enrollment is limited. Participants are expected to have some on screen work. For more information about registration, please CLICK HERE.

Film 4 Change’s 3rd Annual Albuquerque Film Festival is August 18th-21st, 2011!


A look inside legendary artist Terry Allen…

Terry Allen is a multifaceted visual artist and songwriter. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has worked as an artist & musician since 1966. His work has been shown throughout the United States and Inter-nationally, including Documenta and San Paolo, Paris, Sydney & Whitney Biennales and is represented in major private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and L.A. County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and Houston & Dallas Museums of Fine Art.

He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships; Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C.; Bessie (New York) and Isadora Duncan (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, music, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.); AICA Award 2004, 2nd place (International Association of Art Critics) for Best Show in Commerical Gallery, for DUGOUT I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, curated by Peter Goulds; Induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in 1992; United States Artists Oliver Fellow, 2009. 

Allen has recorded 11 albums of original songs, including classics JUAREZ, LUBBOCK (on everything), and his most recent SALIVATION on Sugar Hills Records. His songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as: Bobby Bare, Guy Clark, Little Feat, Robert Earl Keen, David Byrne, Doug Sahm, Ricky Nelson and Lucinda Williams. He has written numerous songs for film and theater, including the music soundtrack for Jane Anderson’s Showtime Emmy nominated THE BABY DANCE. Allen’s work has been described by critic Dave Hickey in the Los Angeles Times as “…renowned for his effortless command and outrageous combination of disparate genres and media, according to the task at hand.”

Terry Allen lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, actress and writer, Jo Harvey Allen.

—> Don’t miss the Q&A with Terry Allen& Larry Bell after THE COOL SCHOOL movie screening <—

June 7th, 2011 @ 7pm

Kimo Theater, 423 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102

This is a fundraiser for Film 4 Change and the Albuquerque Film Festival, open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

RSVP HERE for a chance to win a FREE pass to the Albuquerque Film Festival (August 18th - 21st, 2011)

Get to know the work of famous artist Larry Bell…

Larry Bell is one of the most noteworthy representatives of abstract art in the postwar period, whose career has spanned four decades and has given him an audience in all the major art centers of the world. His medium, “light on surface,” has often utilized the technology of thin deposition of vaporized metal films.  Bell’s work has evolved in a number of directions beginning with constructions, glass boxes, and standing wall glass panel sculptures.  Other bodies of work include Vapor Drawings, Mirage Works (collages) on paper and canvas, Furniture De Lux, Sumer , a series of calligraphic bronze sculptures cast up to 30 ft in height, and Fractions, a recent investigation (collages) totaling more than 10,000 small works on paper.  Bell exhibits extensively in museums and galleries internationally and nationally, has been awarded numerous public art commissions, was the recipient of the NM Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, 1990, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Progressive Insurance Corporation, Myers Development Co., among many others.  Bell recently installed two large-scale bronze sculptures in Orange County, CA., and a 30 ft. tall bronze sculpture in Hong Kong. 

—> Don’t miss the Q&A with Larry Bell after THE COOL SCHOOL movie screening <—

June 7th, 2011 @ 7pm

Kimo Theater, 423 Central Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102

This is a fundraiser for Film 4 Change and the Albuquerque Film Festival, open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

RSVP HERE for a chance to win a FREE pass to the Albuquerque Film Festival (August 18th - 21st, 2011)

In remembrance of our founding father, Dennis Hopper, on the year anniversary of his death. We miss you Dennis!

"In 2009, we set out to create a film festival in Albuquerque. It was my dream to screen Easy Rider since it was the 40th Anniversary of the film that I believe set the indie film revolution in motion.

Someone once told me to dream big so I dreamed that I was in the Kimo Theater watching Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper. I knew a few people who had some connections to him and I asked them to reach out to him and see if he would accept our invitation to screen the film and to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

It took several weeks to hear back from anyone and then the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who was close to Dennis. He apologized but Dennis was not going to be available, but gave us his regards and wished us well. I was disappointed. I really wanted to launch a festival in New Mexico with Dennis since this is where he has lived since making Easy Rider.

A week later, I received a phone call. Dennis had changed his mind! He would do it but he had a limited amount of time- Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson were in town and he had dinner plans. No problem. I called my best friend and production partner and then the press. We were about to experience something special, a rare moment in time when history is created.”

- Rich Henrich, Founder of Film 4 Change & Director of Albuquerque Film Festival

Film 4 Change’s 3rd Annual Albuquerque Film Festival
August 18th-21st, 2011.
Hip. Cool. Funny. Strange. Social Change.

—> GO 2 ABQ <—