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Ali MacGraw to headline PCFF 2018


June 05

Acclaimed actress, author and activist Ali MacGraw will appear at the 11th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival in August.

Ms. MacGraw will take the historic Plaza Theatre stage for Love Story, the 1970 romantic drama that made her a star, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3; and Sam Peckinpah’s 1972 action classic The Getaway, starring Steve McQueen and filmed largely in El Paso, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4.

She also will sign autographs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.

Ali MacGraw received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Jenny Cavalleri in Love Story, her second movie. She worked for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky before making her film debut in Goodbye, Columbus. The Getaway was her third film.

She also starred in Convoy, Players and Just Tell Me What You Want and TV’s The Winds of War and Dynasty. She wrote a best-selling autobiography, Moving Pictures, and helped create the instructional video Yoga Mind & Body, filmed at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Ms. MacGraw works on behalf of social, animal and environmental causes, works with various nonprofits, and is an ambassador for Ibu Movement, which benefits women cooperatives around the world. Recent honors include the Santa Fe Living Treasures award in 2016, the 2008 New Mexico Governor’s Award for her contributions to the arts, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s 2008 Luminaria Award.

This year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will screen more than 90 movies from August 2-12, 2018. Previously announced 2018 titles include Aladdin, Aliens, Amadeus, Glory Road, Lady and the Tramp, Our Town, Roman Holiday, The Royal Tenanbaums, and Vertigo. More titles will be announced soon.

Individual tickets go on sale in early July. Festival Passes are $200, on sale at plazaclassic.com/tickets and 915-533-4020.


PRSW to sponsor first Local Flavor Awards


May 31

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is teaming with the Public Relations Association of the Southwest to add awards to this year’s Local Flavor filmmaker showcase.

The Local Flavor Award will give $1,000 to the best of this year’s Local Flavor entries. The award will be selected by Local Flavor curators and professional filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee, and Plaza Classic Film Festival director Doug Pullen.

The $500 Audience Flavorite Award will be chosen by those who attend this year’s Local Flavor programs during the Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 11th year August 2-12, 2018.

“The money can be put to good use toward a filmmaker’s future project,” said Passero, a versatile filmmaker, editor and animator whose credits include James and the Giant Peach, Motel, Glimpse, and the forthcoming The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.

“We are excited to be a part of recognizing projects which tell the stories of the people and places in the Southwest,” said PRSW President Laura Cade.

The Public Relations Association of the Southwest is a professional networking organization for public relations professionals in El Paso and the border region.

The entry deadline for this year’s Local Flavor series, which is sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, is 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 15. There is no cost to enter.

Entries may be submitted at plazaclassic.com/localflavor.


PCFF accepting Local Flavor submissions


March 09

The 11th El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.

The non-competitive film series, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.

There is no entry fee. It’s FREE. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 15 , 2018.

Submissions may be made here.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed January 1, 2017 or after, and must be made locally, locally set or have a connection of some kind to the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces area (such as a director originally from El Paso). Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.

This year’s Local Flavor series will be curated by El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero, who has been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival since it began in 2008. He has worked as a director, producer, editor, animator and actor on films such as Wicked Lake, Motel, Glimpse, All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman, By the River and James and the Giant Peach.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary August 2-12, 2018 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Previous Local Flavor showcases have included works by At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez, cinematographer Ellie Ann Fenton, and NMSU Creative Media Institute faculty members Ilana Lapid and Ross Marks.

Call 915-533-4020 or email us at local@plazaclassic.com for more information.


Relive PCFF 2017, plan for PCFF 2018


February 23

Remember how much fun it was at last year’s El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Festival? Jaws with Richard Dreyfuss, Romancing the Stone with Kathleen Turner, The Secret of NIMH with Don Bluth and Gary Goldman? Snow White and Casablanca on the big screen? Fungi Mungle reunited with The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the inflatable screen outside?

You can relive the highlights with our 2017 PCFF recap and photos. It’s on the Archives page under the About section on the menu.

Or, just click on this link: plazaclassic.com/archives

While you relive some of last year’s memorable moments, rest assured we are hard at work on the 2018 Plaza Classic Film Festival, which will be August 2-12 in and around the Plaza Theatre. Look for more information in the coming weeks and months.

Festival Passes are on sale now at plazaclassic.com/tickets.


Festival Passes on sale; Holiday Movies continue


December 01

Holiday traditions abound. We have a couple of our own.

Here’s one.

Festival Passes for the 2018 edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival are now on sale for the discounted price of $175. The 11th annual Plaza Classic will be Aug. 2-12, 2018.

Remember how much fun the 2017 PCFF was, with Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jaws, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Singin’ in the Rain, The Exorcist, Romancing the Stone and E.T.

A Festival Pass is your ticket to all things Plaza Classic Film Festival. It includes admission to all ticketed events, plus invitations to receptions and other special events. Pass holders have their own express entry lane. And the pass is transferable, meaning you can loan it to a friend or family member.

Act fast. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 31. Go to plazaclassic.com/tickets or call 915-533-4020 to purchase yours now.

And our other holiday tradition is the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre series, now in its seventh year. This year’s series continues Sunday, December 3 with Elf at 1 p.m. and The Polar Express at 3:30 p.m.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for Elf and 3 p.m. for The Polar Express. Laurie Koval will play the Plaza’s Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before each movie.

The Holiday Movies continue with It’s a Wonderful Life at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 10, and conclude with Frozen at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 31.

All movies are FREE, thanks to our partnership with El Paso Live and sponsor Texas Gas Service.