Special Guests For The Santa Fe Day Of The New Mexio Labor Film Fest
- What: NM Labor Film Fest featuring Jim Hightower and Senator Tom Udall
- When: Sunday, May 1st, 1pm – 9pm
- Where: The Lensic Performing Arts Center
- Who: Jim Hightower, Senator Tom Udall, Mayor Javier Gonzales, the casts of Breaking Bad, Longmire and Better Call Saul and more..
Santa Fe – The 2nd annual NM Labor Film Festival in Santa Fe has put together an all-star cast of movie stars and community leaders including Senator Tom Udall, National Radio Personality Jim Hightower, and Mayor Javier Gonzales. Portions of the VIP ticket sales will benefit KSFR.
The fest opens at 1pm with Senator Tom Udall and the critically acclaimed DREAM ON starring well-known commentator and comedian John Fugelsang. Fugelsang road-trips through the United States exploring the status of the so-called American Dream.
At 3pm, Mayor Javier Gonzales, the cast of Longmire, Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, Representatives Brian Egolf, and Stephanie Garcia Richard will be reading the iconic play Waiting For Lefty. Famous and well-loved during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the play is seeing a revival in modern times for its still-relevant themes of income inequality and workers justice.
At 4:30pm VIP pass holders will have the option of attending the Jim Hightower reception with movie stars, local celebrities and community leaders. During this time, regular pass holders can get refreshments or stay for the selection of shorts chosen by the film students at Santa Fe Community College.
At 5:30pm nationally recognized commentator and personality Jim Hightower will give a talk about the important themes circulating in the current American consciousness: income inequality, issues facing working families and our future outlook including environmental issues.
The film festival closes at 7pm with the world premiere of a specially commissioned re-score of the iconic labor film SALT OF THE EARTH. The film follows the journey of miners who are organizing for fairer wages, and the fight for female equality. The only film to be blacklisted in the US, the film was beautifully shot in New Mexico with cast members who were actual union members for that area. The film has a cult status, due to its beauty and formerly blacklisted status. The composer of the new re-score is a young musician from Los Alamos. The son of a musician, Matt Hansen is a musical savant on the autism spectrum. Matt and his friend Chris Livingston, will play the new score live accompanying the film with their 4-piece orchestra. As he struggled early on in school due to his diagnosis, his mentors and teachers, some of whom will be playing alongside him, are proud of this success story.
Co-sponsored by Conservation Voters of New Mexico, The Lensic, KSFR, Progress Now, NMFL Equality New Mexico, IATSE, NEA, AFT, SMART, UFCW, AFSCME, Teamsters, Green Chamber, and many more.