Edward James Olmos is to receive the Mark Medoff Humanitarian Award at the Las Cruces International Film Festival on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The reception will be at the Rio Grande Theatre following a screening of Olmos’ film, the Ballad of Gregorio Cortez at 7pm.
Olmos’ career in entertainment spans over 30 years. In that time he has created a signature style and aesthetic that he applies to every artist endeavor, often grounding his characters in reality and gravitas. His dedication to his craft has brought him attention across the industry, and with audiences worldwide. The Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award® Nominated actor, is probably best known to young audiences for his work on the SYFY tv series Battlestar Galatica as Admiral William Adama from 2003 through 2009. In 2007, he directed the HBO movie Walkout for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television category. Olmos is also well-recognized for his roles in Zoot Suit, Wolfen, Blade Runner, Miami Vice, My Family/Mi Familia, Selena, In the Time of Butterflies, and on television in The West Wing, American Family: Journey of Dreams, and Dexter to name a few of his many movies and television series roles.
Not only has Olmos achieved incredible success as an actor and producer, but also as a humanitarian. Olmos is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, a board member for children’s hospitals in Miami and Los Angeles, and a spokesman for the Southwest Voter Registration Project (a non-profit that helps Latinos with voter registration) to name a few. He is also an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America, The River Keepers, and Dr. Andros’ Diabetic Foot Global Conference.
On Tuesday, February 19 Edward James Olmos will be awarded the Mark Medoff Humanitarian Award at the Las Cruces International Film Festival.
Tickets for the 2019 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) can be purchased HERE.