By Tempo staff
As part of the annual weeklong Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, the 50th anniversary of “Easy Rider” will be celebrated with a film event at the historic KiMo Theatre Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. The celebration continues with “The Ride to Remember” on Sept. 28 that will follow the route where part of the movie was filmed. AFMX, Albuquerque’s premier film and music festival, takes place Sept. 24-29.
“With the news of Peter Fonda’s passing on Aug. 16, the ‘Easy Rider’ events in New Mexico during AFMX will honor the legacies of Peter and Dennis Hopper, who directed and starred in the film, as well as what the film meant to many generations,” said Ivan Wiener, AFMX executive director. “We are excited to have hundreds of riders at the event sponsored by Law Tigers and Thunderbird Harley-Davidson.”
“Easy Rider” follows two young “hippie” bikers on a trip across America in search of a way to lead their lives. Along the way, they encounter bigotry and hatred from small-town communities fearing the nonconformism of the pair. Today the film is held in high esteem as one of the first indie films that rocked the status quo in Hollywood, while transforming the careers of Hopper, Fonda and Jack Nicholson.
Tickets for the movie are available at kimotickets.com/event/345951/easy-rider-50th-anniversary.
To further enhance the “Open Road”-themed events during the week, “The Ride to Remember” offers a once-in-a-lifetime celebrity bike run beginning at Thunderbird Harley-Davidson in Albuquerque along the “High Road to Taos” and through areas where the movie was filmed.
The ride is planned to end at Dennis Hoppers’ burial site in Ranchos de Taos.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the New Mexico Motorcyclist Rights Organization Biker Down Program, and is sponsored by Law Tigers of New Mexico, Thunderbird Harley-Davidson and AFMX. Registration information can be found at abqfilmx.com/easy-rider-ride-registration. All riders are welcome.
“We are very excited to highlight this important film and celebrate the lives of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda here in Albuquerque,” added Wiener. “The seventh annual AFMX is going to be an amazing event featuring movies, workshops, networking events, live music by Dave Grusin and Neil Giraldo and more.”
For a full lineup of this year’s experience and to purchase tickets and passes, visit abqfilmx.com.
The mission of the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is to enhance cultural richness by integrating film and music programs that provide entertainment and education for the community, contributing to the creative economy and supporting Albuquerque as an epicenter for film, music and the arts. AFMX brings together award-winning and up-and-coming filmmakers and musicians from around the world to showcase and celebrate film and music, and provide a platform for education, collaboration, discovery and the sharing of inspiring stories.