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Albuquerque, NM – Military service branches, along with federal, state, and local first-responder agencies, will have equipment on display for 2018 Military & First Responders Day on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, located at 10000 Coors Bypass NW in the city's west side.

Dozens of military and first-responder vehicles, helicopters, boats, and other equipment will be available to climb aboard for a "hands on" look. Uniformed service members, law enforcement and first-responder personnel will also be there to meet and greet attendees.

This free family-friendly event is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) and the Cottonwood Mall to provide an opportunity for the public to meet military and first-responder personnel – and learn how they serve and protect the citizens of New Mexico.

Additionally, "bounce houses," food trucks, vendors, and many more activities and displays will also be on-site to add to the fun and enjoyment for the whole family.

For more information, contact DVS Outreach Coordinator Joseph Dorn at josephm.dorn@state.nm.us or (505) 383-2414.

Prewitt, NM – Bluewater Lake State Park will reopen to the public on Friday, April 27, 2018. The state park has been closed since April 13th due to the Bluewater and Diener Canyon Fires.

Visitors are now able to access camping reservations with Reserve America. Reservations can be made beginning April 27, 2018, through October 1, 2018.

Bluewater Lake State Park has fire restrictions in place due to drought conditions. Fires and the use of charcoal are prohibited, smoking is allowed only in enclosed vehicles or buildings. Fireworks are always prohibited in the state park.

For more information about Bluewater Lake State Park, please call (505) 876-2391 or visit www.nmparks.com.

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) met with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to discuss improving access to high-speed internet in Tribal communities and protecting net neutrality.

"Access to a free and open internet is essential to fostering innovation and education, and promoting civic engagement," said Senator Heinrich. "Commissioner Clyburn has been a champion of defending net neutrality and closing the digital divide in our rural and Tribal communities. I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work with Commissioner Clyburn on improving broadband infrastructure and grateful for her support for our Tribal communities."

Washington, D.C. – During a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing today on the U.S. Air Force budget and priorities, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) advocated for transferring HH-60G aircraft to New Mexico’s Air National Guard “Tacos” and increasing R&D funding at Air Force Research Lab.

VIDEO: Heinrich Urges Air Force To Transfer Legacy Aircraft To NM Air National Guard “Tacos,” Increase R&D Funding At AFRL

Albuquerque, NM – April 24, 2018 – Back for its sixth year in the Duke City, the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) announces its unique lineup of independent and blockbuster films, musical performances, panels, workshops, and Intimate Conversations with amazing talent in attendance. AFME will be featuring showcase events with special guests, including Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone, actor W. Earl Brown, Prince guitarist Dez Dickerson, guitarist Micki Free and many others.

"As AFME continues its success with a fusion of movies, music and special events, we are very happy to present a stellar week of programming for the City of Albuquerque and out of town attendees," said Ivan Wiener, AFME Executive Director. "Having filmmakers, musicians and celebrities from around the world converge at our festival has become a very cool experience for the community, especially for students of film, music and the arts who benefit through our non-profit."

The fun and exciting lineup for 2018 includes a little bit of everything for everyone. Marisa Tomei is presenting the documentary SEED: The Untold Story which she executive produced; a special screening of Purple Rain followed by a Prince Tribute Concert with Prince's original guitarist Dez Dickerson, musician Micki Free, Elton John and Billy Joel bass player David Santos, and the one and only Steve Ferrone, drummer from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; the 20th Anniversary screening of There's Something About Mary with actor W. Earl Brown in attendance; a screening of Marvel's The Avengers on Albuquerque's Civic Plaza as part of AFME's family events; and an after party celebrating the life and music of Tom Petty.

With 80 film projects from all genres screening throughout the week (highlights below), some of the other socially impactful discussions at AFME will focus on diversity and equality, gun violence and creating a safer community for future generations, combatting heroin addiction, the environment, and dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

This destination event cannot happen without the support of sponsors such as Reel Solutions, NCM – America's Movie Network, iHeart Radio, Griffin & Associates, the City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque City Council, Film!ABQ, Albuquerque the Magazine, Hotel Andaluz, Guitar Center and many more.

In order to take in the full experience, purchase an All Access or Kicks & Flicks pass, or tickets for individual events at www.ABQFilmX.com.

Highlights of the 2018 Lineup Include:

Monday, June 4

Opening Night Movie: The Bikes of Wrath – 7:30 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Oklahoma to California: 1600 miles, $420, 30 days, 5 bikes, 3 cameras, 2 guitars and one of the most influential novels of the 20th century — The Bikes of Wrath is a story of adventure, human connection, and an in-depth look at today's America through the lens of John Steinbeck's seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Tuesday, June 5

Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs – 3:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. In Killing Games, a groundbreaking exposé, actor, conservationist and Project Coyote Advisory Board Member Peter Coyote — with environmentalists, ranchers, public officials and Native Americans — brings these shadowy contests to light and speaks out against this hidden war on wildlife.

New Mexico Short Movies – From 5:30–7:15 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. New Mexico is one of the top film destinations in the world. Local filmmakers are showcased through their amazing projects. Teen Safe Driving PSA, Today, Survive by the Red Light Cameras, Eternity Grows, Pulse: The Beat of Art, Undying, OM+ME and Mrs. Murphy's Confession.
Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico – 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. Immerse yourself in the Jewish experience in New Mexico's history. The feature documentary follows five settlements of the Jewish community in New Mexico, ranging from 400 years ago to the 1960s.

Marvin Booker Was Murdered – 7:00 p.m. at the African American Performing Arts Center. Homeless street preacher, Marvin Booker, was beaten to death outside a Denver Detention Center, and the City of Denver followed with inaction. Marvin Booker Was Murdered is a story of the Booker family, their attorneys, a federal civil trial and civil rights.

World Premiere of "14 Cameras" – 8:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. A suspense thriller, 14 Cameras tells the story of a family of four whose summer vacation turns dark when the rental home's owner spies on them through hidden cameras, broadcasting their most intimate moments on the web.

Official After Party with Live Music by Jerry Hannan and Special Guests – 10:00 p.m. at Duel Brewing Company. A distinguished songwriter and entertainer, Hannan recorded his own song, "Society" with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, which is featured in Sean Penn's film Into the Wild. "I Thought I Was You", written by Jerry and brother Sean Hannan also plays in Into the Wild.

Wednesday, June 6

Panel: Embracing Diversity in Film, Music and the Arts – 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Join Andrea L. Mays (Ph.D. American Studies), D'Santi Nava (a native of Santa Fe who descended of indigenous bloodlines: Mexhika Chichimeca, Otomi, Apache, SW Pueblo and Iberian Spaniard), Daryl DeLoach, Saneh Boothe, Diane Villegas, and Micki Free to discuss the importance of diversity in film, music and the arts.

Panel: The Importance of Education in Film, Music and the Arts – 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Both inside and out of the classroom, film, music and arts education enriches the lives of students. Join the discussion, featuring Glenna Voigt (WK Kellogg Fellow and the former Founding Principal of the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque), Dodie Montgomery (an actor, writer, producer, director for film and theatre, and a visual artist who has appeared on stage in Krakow, Poland - Belgrade, Serbia, and Beijing, China and can be seen on Longmire, The Night Shift, Manhattan, The Brave, I Am That, and A Can Full of Ashes), Andrea Mays (Ph.D. in American Studies), Carlos Contreras and Andrew Barrow.

Meet and Greet with Micki Free, Steve Ferrone, David Santos and Dez Dickerson – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Guitar Center

AFME Comedy Shorts – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Guild Cinema. Laugh along to incredible short comedy films, including Sam Did It, Lady Lillian, Dad Band, The Dinner Scene, Hole Punch, Match, House Rules and Rendez-vous with God.

AFME Family Movie: The Avengers – 7:00 p.m. at Albuquerque Civic Plaza. Bring the family out to Civic Plaza and catch a family favorite superhero movie.

The Mad Hannans – 8:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Brothers Jerry and Sean Hannan faced more than just sibling struggles; as bandmates, the pair went on a journey of rise, fall and reconciliation. This film of redemption features Sean Penn, Eddie Vedder, Jerry Harrison (Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, Talking Heads), and others.

Official After Party – 10:00 p.m. at Rock & Brews with live music by American Horse Trio – Micki Free, David Santos and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' drummer Steve Ferrone.

Thursday, June 7

Panel: Gun Violence: Shaping a Safer Community – 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Andaluz. How do we make our communities, schools, workplaces, and homes safer? Join the discussion on the pressing question facing our nation at this free panel, featuring Chris Schueler, Geri Lynn Matthews, Officer Gloria Marcott, and David Lane Williams.

Intimate Conversation with Lee Zlotoff – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Want to learn more about award-winning writer, producer, director and creator of MacGyver? Don't miss this chance to hear from Lee Zlotoff firsthand.

Native American Film Block – 2:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. With documentary shorts and narrative shorts, this special event celebrates Native American films, including The Mayors of Shiprock, With Jackrabbit, and Neemkomok'.

Ol' Max Evans: The First Thousand Years – 5:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. New Mexican author Max Evans' life was an adventure — from a teenage cowboy, to a WWII soldier, ranch owner, mining speculator, painter, and author of The Rounders and The Hi Lo Country. Max and Pat Evans will be in attendance.

Tribute to Prince: Purple Rain – 7:30 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Enjoy a showing of the 1984 classic film with a New Mexico made music video to "Not Over You."

Prince Tribute Concert – 9:30 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Put on your best purple and white or diamonds and pearls for this fundraiser for the AFME Foundation. This once in a lifetime opportunity will showcase music by rock stars who knew and performed with Prince. Band includes Micki Free, Dez Dickerson, Steve Ferrone, David Santos, and local New Mexico musicians. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed in Prince related outfits.

Friday, June 8

AFME Youth Acting Camp – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Aspiring actors and filmmakers aged 8—17 can join casting directors Faith & Bella from Good Faith Casting for a day of interactive learning. Lessons include audition technique, filming scenes and more.

Intimate Conversation with Andrea Mays: How to Watch a Film – 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Andaluz. University of New Mexico's Andrea L. Mays, Ph.D. will lead this workshop on strategies to get the most out of your film screening.

Intimate Conversation with Eric Witt: The Changing Distribution Model – 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. From the big screen to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, technology is changing the distribution model for film and television. Learn more from Eric Witt, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Bill Richardson.

Documentary Filmmaking 101 with Chris Schueler – 4pm to 7pm on Friday; 10 a.m. to 1pm Saturday at Hotel Andaluz. Emmy© Award-Winning Producer and Director, Chris Schueler will lead an intensive class on documentary production. Attendees must attend both sessions.

SEED: The Untold Story – 7:30 p.m. at the Hiland Theater. Academy Award-winning actress and SEED Executive Producer, Marisa Tomei, presents this important documentary. As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, SEED reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.

The Maestro – 8pm at the KiMo Theatre. The Walking Dead's Xander Berkeley stars as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a master teacher to film composer Jerry Herst in this film, set after the Second World War.

Official After Party – Tribute to Tom Petty – 10 p.m. at O'Niell's Irish Pub. Event will feature live music by Jamie Harrison Band and The Noms' Kevin Cummings.

Saturday, June 9

When I Stutter – 10 a.m. at the KiMo Theatre. With the goal of bringing awareness and empathy to those who deal with communication disorder, When I Stutter showcases the stories of 19 people over the course of 4.5 years. Full of emotion, it is a must-see documentary.

Intimate Conversation with W. Earl Brown – 10 a.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Join star of Deadwood, Preacher and There's Something About Mary for stories about his experiences in the industry.

Panel: Women – Equal To And Greater Than: Looking Forward Through the Rearview – 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Sexual harassment, inequality and diversity in the industry…this strong and diverse female panel tackles the tough subjects. Join Andrea Mays (Ph.D.), Augusta Myers, Brenda Wade, Christa Valdez and Marisa Tomei.

The Best of All Worlds and Quick Fix – 1:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Focusing on heroin awareness, The Best of All Worlds tells a true story of a child and his life with a heroine addicted mother. Quick Fix is a dramatic short of a man's experience in finding much more than he bargained for when visiting an old friend.

Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home – 4pm at The Guild Cinema. Sinatra loved Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. This documentary details his unique lifestyle and the spirit of the Sinatra era.

20th Anniversary: There's Something About Mary – 6:30 p.m. at the Hiland Theater. Join us for the Farrelly Brothers' hit where a man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster. W. Earl Brown (Warren) and others in attendance.

The Divide – 4:30 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Directed by and starring Perry King, the film is set in 1976 California and follows an aging rancher with a failing memory through the struggles of family and reconciliation. -ago tragedy collide to create the backdrop for this classic American Western.

Jeff Bridges Presents Living in the Future's Past – Closing Night Movie. 8:00 p.m. at the KiMo Theatre. Academy Award® Winner, Jeff Bridges, presents a poignant and beautiful tour de force of original thinking on environmental challenges and the future of our world. Q&A to follow.

Official Closing Night After Party at Hotel Andaluz – 10:00 p.m. with live music by Eli Del Puerto y Los Encantos. You never know who will join the band on stage. Last year it was Jeff Bridges and T Bone Burnett!

Sunday, June 10

AFME Awards Brunch – 11am to 1pm at Hotel Andaluz. Presentation of awards to filmmakers and special guests at AFME.

AFME Casting Call with Elizabeth Gabel and Lorrie Latham – 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hotel Andaluz. Want to get more involved? You can learn about being an extra and become eligible to be cast for projects shooting in New Mexico this summer. Lorrie Latham from Godless, Only the Brave, and Night Shift, teams up with Elizabeth Gabel from No Country for Old Men, Logan, Hostiles and Sicario will be on hand for this AFME sponsored extras casting call.

The year's 2018 AFME Music Award will be presented to Steve Ferrone, esteemed drummer for Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, previously of Eric Clapton's band, and the Average White Band.

The 2018 AFME Visionary Award and Impact Awards to be announced.

For a full lineup of this year's movies, music, panels, events and special guests, and to purchase tickets and passes, visit https://www.abqfilmx.com/. Members of the media interested in attending can request press credentials at www.abqfilmx.com. Press images are available upon request.

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.

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas is alerting New Mexicans who lost money to scammers using Western Union's money transfer system between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, that they can now file a claim to get their money back by going to www.FTC.gov/WU before May 31, 2018.

"New Mexican families got ripped off while Western Union made huge profits," said Attorney General Hector Balderas. "Whether a company scams the hard earned money of New Mexico consumers directly, or allows scammers to get paid by turning a blind eye to their illegal activities, my office will do everything in its power to get that money back in the pockets of New Mexicans. I want to make sure New Mexicans receive all of the money they are owed, so I am urging them to file claims before May 31, 2018."

Tucumcari, NM – April 24, 2018 – Tucumcari, New Mexico is rich with history and was the location for filming the television series "Rawhide." In celebration of the area's history — as well as the filming of the television series — the third annual Tucumcari Rawhide Days will take place the first weekend of May.

From Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, Tucumcari will be transformed into an Old West town with special events to entertain visitors of all ages. Special guests for the event include Clint Eastwood's daughter, Kimber Eastwood Midkiff; Sheb Wooley's daughter, Chrystie Wooley; and Paul Brinegar's wife Shirley and his son, Mark Brinegar.

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