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Film festival to unveil 2018 official poster at public event

The Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) presented by New Mexico State University is set for March 7-11 but film lovers can get preview when festival organizers unveil the 2018 festival poster at a special event from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at the Cutter Gallery at 2640 El Paseo Road.

Man looking through a camera with mountains in background
Artist and photographer Mike Groves has created this year's poster for the 2018 Las Cruces Film Festival. Groves is best known for his landscapes of the Organ Mountains, White Sands, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The poster will be unveiled at a party at the Cutter Gallery on Friday, Jan. 26.

Tickets for the unveiling are $25 and include refreshments and an official poster signed by the artist and photographer Mike Groves and the opportunity to purchase $150 VIP tickets to the film festival at a reduced price. Groves is best known for his landscapes of the Organ Mountains, White Sands, and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of LCIFF Commemorative Posters extraordinarily designed by local artists, “ said film festival executive director Ross Marks, who is also an associate professor at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute.

A native New Mexican, Groves has lived in Las Cruces since 1953. In high school, he became interested in photography and took his first sunset photos. As his skills developed so did his love of the local scenery, especially the Organ Mountains. Groves is particularly proud of his triptychs and panoramic images.

“Mike’s love of the area and its natural beauty is evident in his work,” Marks said. “We are eager to unveil his vision for this year’s film festival poster to the public.”

The Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences began supporting the festival last year to bring the best of international cinema to Las Cruces.

Stars of the opening night film will be guests at the festival. Cybill Shepherd, perhaps best known for her debut film “The Last Picture Show” and her television series “Moonlighting,” and Pam Grier, famous for her role in “Jackie Brown” directed by Quentin Tarantino and as a regular on “Miami Vice,” will attend a screening of the film “Rose” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Allen Theatres Cineport 10.

Both Shepherd and Grier, who star in the film, will be on hand afterward to answer questions from the audience. An after-party with Shepherd and Grier is also available for VIP ticket holders.

Shepherd will also receive the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment Award during the Las Cruces International Film Festival at a ceremony Thursday, March 8.

The screening kicks off the third year of the five-day festival that brings thousands of movie-lovers to Las Cruces to see feature-length, short films, documentaries and student films.

Last year, more than 6,000 people attended the event, with about a third coming from outside the immediate area. Marks expects this year’s event to be the biggest yet.

Poster party tickets are available at Visit Las Cruces at 211 Water Street or online at lascrucesfilmfest.com or call 575-646-6149.

For tickets, hotel packages and more information, visit http://www.lciffest.com/.