RJ Mitte made a connection with New Mexico during his time filming “Breaking Bad.”
Since, the actor has been in some projects in the state. He will return to the state in March for the Las Cruces International Film Festival.
At the festival, Mitte will be a celebrity presenter and inducted into the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame. The festival runs March 7-11, 2018.
“I am very excited for this year’s festival. It is going to be our biggest and best yet,” says Ross Marks, LCIFF executive director. “We wanted to honor RJ, not only for his incredible work as an actor, but for his contribution to film and TV in New Mexico. I am thrilled to be able to give him the NM Film & TV Hall of Fame award at the festival.”
Marks says the LCIFF, presented by NMSU and Visit Las Cruces, will once again transform the community into the “Hollywood of the Southwest” hosting various celebrities, filmmakers, workshops, and special VIP events and parties.
Mitte is best known for his powerful performance as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in AMC’s highly-acclaimed and widely popular dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad.”
He played the pivotal role of the disabled teenage son of a high school science teacher turned drug dealer, played by Bryan Cranston.
Along with acting, Mitte is also a model and has walked in Men’s Fashion Week in Milan, Berlin and New York City.
Mitte has brought attention to Cerebral Palsy, which he was born with. He hopes of removing the stigma associated with disabilities. In order to bring awareness to his own issues with bullying and prejudice, Mitte has engaged in public speaking and serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
He transitioned into film as he starred in his first non-handicapped leading role alongside country music superstar, Faith Hill, in “Dixieland.”
Mitte also aims to produce several of his own film projects, one of which was filmed in New Mexico.