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‘Big Bang’ Star Coming to Las Cruces Johnny Galecki to attend Film Festival

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he Las Cruces International Film Festival Creative Team plans to honor Johnny Galecki with the “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award” at its 2017 film festival. Galecki will take part in a free Q&A workshop moderated by Don Foster on March 11. Foster will receive the “Mark Medoff Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Writing Award,” during the 2017 festival. Both gentleman will be honored at a VIP after party to be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017. With a professional acting career that spans more than 25 years, Johnny Galecki is best known for his roles on two hugely popular television series, “Roseanne” and “The Big Bang Theory.” He currently stars on the CBS sitcom, which just started filming its 10th season. As socially awkward physicist Leonard Hofstadter, Galecki has garnered an Emmy and Gold-

en Globe nomination, along with those from the Critic’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards and four consecutive ensemble nominations by the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Johnny Galecki among others. Foster graduated from New Mexico State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. It was here that he had the good fortune to study with Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff. In the mid-1980s he was a member of the improvisational theatre troupe Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and an editor of the Los Angeles comedy magazine Laff Trakk.

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SHARING THE FESTIVAL MARK RICHARD

Silver City screens Las Cruces event films

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he Silver Screen Festival is an event promoting cinema in Southwest New Mexico. Last year, movie, television and gaming production companies spent almost 400 million dollars in New Mexico. Most of that money was spent in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Films from the Las Cruces International Film Festival, www.lciffest.com, will be shown Sunday, March 12, at the Silco Theatre in downtown Silver City and at Light Hall on the campus of Western New Mexico University. All the LCIF movies presented are independently produced and many have wellknown actors. The filmmakers will introduce their creations and attend a reception at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the WNMU President’s residence. The public is invited to attend; however, tickets are limited.  The Silver Screen Festival begins in Silver City with a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Insatiable,” at 11 a.m. in the newly-renovated Silco Theater. The second film, “The Quiet American,” starring Brendan Fraser will be shown at 1 p.m. The final Silco

film, “Katie Says Goodbye,” will be at 3 p.m. The venue changes to the WNMU campus for the final screening, for the Grand Jury Prize Winner from the LCIFF. The film will start at 5 p.m. in WNMU’s Light Hall. A reception for filmmakers and guests will follow at President Joe Shepard’s residence. Advance tickets for the reception and films are available at VIP raffle ticket locations.

Tickets Film showings — $10/each or $18 for 2 films or $25 for all showings. Reception — Meet the Filmmakers, heavy hors d’oeuvres and no host bar — $45/each or $80 for two or $150 for four. Buy a packet and Save — $60/4 tickets for screenings, WNMU President’s Reception. Tickets are available at the door or in advanced at Gila Hike & Bike, Murray Ryan Visitor Center, Silco Theater, and Office of Cultural Affairs located in WNMU Hunter Hall. Contact Mark Richard, Silver Screen Society at 575-537-5988 or email Silver Screen Society silverscreensociety.scnm@gmail.com for more information. 

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