A part of Turner Classic Movies joins another classic, the Plaza Classic Film Festival, when Scott McGee joins us for our opening weekend, Aug. 8-10. Scott is a senior writer and producer with the classic movie channel’s programming and studio productions departments. He’s also part of the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. He’ll be on hand to introduce some of our classic movie offerings and give a couple of the free Film Talks at the Camino Real Hotel.
Longtime PCFF friend Laura Emerick will return for the second weekend, Aug. 15-17, the same weekend that Robert Wagner will be here. Laura was the Chicago Sun-Times entertainment editor, and worked with the late, great Roger Ebert, when she started attending the El Paso festival a few years ago. She’s not the digital editor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She’ll help with intros and Film Talks.
Also, Elisa Sanchez, whose mother was involved with the strike depicted in the historic “Salt of the Earth,” which will show on the final weekend, will attend the screening and take questions from the audience. Her mother also was one of the non-professional actors in this intriguing movie, which is 60 years old this year. Elisa is a Las Cruces, N.M., resident who established a scholarship fund at New Mexico State University in her mother’s honor. Latino students