WHO WE ARE
Film 4 Change is an organization of people who believe that films can change the world.
In 2005, we created the Cancun International Film Festival to bring films and economic impact to an area in need. We worked closely with Government and Tourism to create an event centered on cultural tourism and economic development. Since then, we have worked with filmmakers and non-profits to tell stories with meaning and impact, taught workshops, helped films find distribution and production resources and consulted on projects at various stages from idea to completion.
In 2008, we created the Film 4 Change Award and presented it to actor/ director/ producer Giancarlo Esposito at the Santa Fe Film Festival. This award recognizes a producer for using the art of film for telling a story of social significance. In 2009, we launched the Albuquerque Film Festival, an industry-focused festival serving the needs of the state and region. We were honored to create this festival with legendary actor/ director/ artist Dennis Hopper and have since dedicated an annual award in his honor.
In 2010, we presented the Film 4 Change Award to actor/ producer America Ferrera and in 2011, honored two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler at the Albuquerque Film Festival. And in 2012, we are honoring director Alex Cox, the notorious henchman number four for Dennis Hopper. We actively consult with filmmakers, film festivals and industry executives and distribution representatives to build community and opportunities.
Dennis Hopper (in memorium)
Todd Jefferson, VP Marvel Games
Giancarlo Esposito, Actor/ Director
Domenica Scorsese, Actor/ Director
Michael Madsen, Actor/ Poet
Haskell Wexler, Cinematographer/ Director
Tony Mark, Producer/ Writer
Michael Weise, Publisher/ Director
Bryan Cranston, Actor/ Director
Sebastian Twardowz, Producer
Ava Jamshidi, Agent
Brian Goldman, Studio Exec/ Consultant
Michael Katchman, Distributor
Ann Lerner, Albuquerque Film Office
Nick Maniatis, New Mexico Film Office
Jacques Paisner, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Joanie Fraughton, Durango Independent Film Festival
Tamara Decker, SAG New Mexico
Todd Napier, Digital Domain
Corky Kessler, Entertainment Attorney
We are a community of storytellers. We bring storytellers and filmmakers together to support, encourage and share the stories that connect us to the world around us and to each other. We believe stories and the filmmakers who reveal them on screen have the ability to shape our world for the better through original voices and visions.
Each year, we bring filmmakers and audiences together along with agents, executives, producer’s reps and film buyers to help facilitate the art and business of story. Last year, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler attended the Albuquerque Film Festival as an honored guest, saw a moving film by a young filmmaker, picked up the phone and arranged a meeting for him. La Hora Cero, the first action film shot in Venezuela and a 2011 Albuquerque Film Festival official selection, is now in distribution. This is what we pride ourselves in- connecting kindred spirits and broadening the canvas.
We believe in social profit and leverage our resources to that end. We believe in cooperation and collaboration and recognize that our mission cannot be accomplished without the synergy of shared visionaries. Whether helping a screenwriter understand the craft or introducing filmmakers to finance and distribution resources, all of our efforts ultimately aim to bring audiences to the theater to experience the wonder of humanity. By bringing people together – who are often strangers at the start, but soon become friends, neighbors and engaged participants by the end- we create unique events that build community in support of the power we call story.