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The Sound of Us

The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group




The Sound of Us by Chris Gero wins big at AFMX

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) has hosted an average of 10,000 attendees each year and presents a fusion of film, music, Center Stage Conversations, and special events that create a unique and intimate experience for everyone in attendance.

Our Mission:
AFMX brings together award-winning and up-and-coming filmmakers and musicians to showcase and celebrate film and music, and provide a platform for education, collaboration, discovery and the sharing of stories.

Our Vision:
To enhance cultural richness by integrating film and music programs that provide entertainment and education for the community, contribute to the creative economy and support Albuquerque as an epicenter for film, music and the arts.

AFMX is very selective with films that have the highest production quality and value when it comes to cinematography, sound, music, editing, lighting, acting, and all of the other details that go into making a great film. We look forward to reviewing your project, and thank you for submitting.

The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience is presented by the AFME Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.




AFMX 2021 Robert & Sibylle Redford Award for Creative Achievement

Buffy Sainte-Marie

AFMX Impact Award:

Warrior Spirit Documentary, Landon Dyksterhouse

AFMX Audience Choice Award:

Warrior Spirit, Landon Dyksterhouse

Shellfish, Hunter Hopewell

Best Animation:

2nd Runner Up – Shellfish, Hunter Hopewell

1st Runner Up – Carnival Knowledge, Alec Brown

Winner – Le Desert et La Mar, Ryan Rivard


Best Music Videos:

2nd Runner Up – The Shins - The Great Divide, Paul Trillo

1st Runner Up – How Was I Supposed to Know, Tim Janssens

Winner – You Can't See Through Me, Tim Roth


Best Student Films:

2nd Runner Up – Calla Lillies, Aidan Hamell

1st Runner Up – Caravan, William Michael Anderson

Winner – Shellfish, Hunter Hopewell


Best Native/Indigenous Films:

2nd Runner Up – Witness, Penny Phillips

1st Runner Up – Can't Have It Both Ways, Morningstar Angeline

Winner – Becoming: Orlando Dugi, Kaela Waldstein


Best New Mexico Films:

2nd Runner Up – Charro Beans, Eric Barragan

1st Runner Up – Becoming: Orlando Dugi Kaela Waldstein

Winner – Conductor, Royce Leii


Best Documentary Shorts:

2nd Runner Up – Witness, Penny Phillips

1st Runner Up – Unearthing Ogawa, Steve Meixell

Winner – Everything in Hardware, Jamie Wright


Best Narrative Shorts:

2nd Runner Up – My Dinner with Werner, Maverick Moore

1st Runner Up – The Book of Ruth, Becca Roth

Winner – Pigeon Therapy, Nadia Masri


Best Documentary Feature

2nd Runner Up – Vinyl Nation, Christopher Boone and Kevin Smokler

1st Runner Up – The Album, Kevin Hosmann


The Sound of Us, Chris Gero

Fanny: The Right to Rock, Bobbi Jo Hart


Best Narrative Features:

2nd Runner Up – Shellfish, Hunter Hopewell

1st Runner Up – @I'm an Electric Lampshade, John Clayton Doyle

Winner – Bone Cage, Taylor Olson


Best Actor:

2nd Runner Up – Doug McCorkle, I'm an Electric Lampshade

1st Runner Up – Luis Bordonada, Conductor

Winner – Matthew Sanders, My Dinner With Werner


Best Actress:

Honorable Mention - Presley Alexander, Planet Cozmo

2nd Runner Up – Lisa Coronado, The Space Between Never and Always

1st Runner Up – Tovah Feldshuh, The Book of Ruth

Winner – Chynna Walker, My Dinner with Werner


Best Director - Narrative Feature:

John Clayton Doyle, I'm An Electric Lampshade

Best Director - Documentary Feature:

Chris Gero, The Sound of Us

Best Director - Narrative Short:

Maverick Moore, My Dinner with Werner

Best Director - Documentary Short:

Souki Mehdaoui, Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon


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