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Media passes available for the 2017 Las Cruces International Film Festival March 8-12

WHAT: Las Cruces International Film Festival presented by NMSU March 8-12


WHO: This year?s festival will include appearances by actor Johnny Galecki and writer and producer Don Foster of the ?Big Bang Theory.? Other celebrities at the festival will include John Heder, actor in ?Napoleon Dynamite? and ?Blades of Glory and Rizwan Manji, actor in ?Outsourced? and ?Wolf of Wall Street.? Brendan Fraser was selected to receive this year?s ?Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment? award, which will be presented at a private reception on Thursday, March 9, 2017 (9:30 ? 11:30p.m.) for VIP ticket holders at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Also attending the reception are selected independent filmmakers and sponsors of the film festival.

WHEN: March 8-12

WHERE: Films will be shown in the Allen Theatres Cineport 10 in Las Cruces, however various events will take place in different locations around Las Cruces.

VISUALS: More than 2,000 people attended last year?s event and organizers expect more to attend this year. The festival selects outstanding short and feature length films, documentaries, student shorts and narratives of all genres from around the world as part of five days of festivities, workshops, after-parties and film screenings. Festival organizers hope the variety of events will attract film lovers, filmmakers and film students as well as the general public. VIP and filmmaker receptions are also part of the festival.

One of the many festival events got underway on Monday, Jan. 9, with an eight-week intensive acting workshop coordinated by Priscilla Moralez, who is originally from Las Cruces but spent the last 16 years working in Los Angeles. An opportunity to interview Priscilla Moralez and students participating in the intensive acting workshop is available on Monday, Feb. 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the Las Cruces Bank of the West downtown.

Media passes to cover the festival and various events are available by emailing Michael Evans at michael@lciffest.com. Reporters/photographers should provide their name, their media outlet, their email and mobile contact number, the name of the publisher/general manager along with their email and contact number. Evans will confirm the information and issue a film festival press pass and include his mobile phone number in case any issues arise for media. He is also working to secure a pressroom for short interviews. Anyone wishing to interview a celebrity should request an interview ahead of time so Evans can coordinate with celebrity publicists.