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Louise Fletcher

July 14

Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher, who played the evil Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” will be among the headliners for this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival.

She will appear with “Cuckoo’s Nest,” Milos Forman’s 1975 classic, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 7 in the Plaza Theatre.

Fletcher won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of the nurse who battles Jack Nicholson and the rest of the patients in a mental institution.

Tickets are $10 at the box office, Ticketmaster, plazaclassic.com and 800-745-3000.

In addition, Fletcher will appear with director Robert Altman’s 1974 cult hit “Thieves Like Us,” her first credited movie role, at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8 in the Plaza Theatre.

Tickets are $6 at the box office, Ticketmaster and plazaclassic.com.

She also will sign autographs at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 8 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for autographs.

Additionally, Miss Fletcher will headline a private reception for Festival Pass holders.

The Alabama-born actress’ career started in the late 1950s on TV shows such as “Maverick” and “Playhouse 90,” before taking time off to raise her two sons. She made the transition to movies with “Thieves Like Us,” and followed “Cuckoo’s Nest” with a string of movies before returning to TV, most notably as Winn Adami on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

El Paso's Yvette Yates returns

July 14

El Paso native Yvette Yates will return to the Plaza Classic Film Festival, where she debuted in 2014.

Yvette will appear with the new comedy horror movie “Bloodsucking Bastards” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 7 at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Tickets are $4 at the box office, Ticketmaster and plazaclassic.com.

Yvette was here last year with “In the Blood.” Since then, she appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s late 2014 release “Inherent Vice.”

She will take questions from the audience after the “Bloodsucking Bastards” screening, which is sponsored by SoBellas Home Services.

The ghoulish office spoof, written by Los Angeles comedy troupe Dr. God, debuted at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival and will be released commercially on September 4.

Plaza Classic Film Festival tickets are on sale now at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, plazaclassic.com and 800-745-3000.

Festival passes are $200 and include admission to all ticketed events, an express lane and more. A limited number of Film Club passes, for teenagers 14 to 18, are $100. They are available at 915- 533-4020 and plazaclassic.com.

"Gone With the Wind" blows into PCFF

July 10

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival marks the return of the Civil War-era epic “Gone With the Wind” with an encore screening at the Plaza Theatre and a related exhibit at the El Paso Museum of History.

The world’s largest classic film festival, which returns to downtown El Paso for its eighth year August 5-16, 2015, will show the sweeping romantic drama starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 8 in the Plaza Theatre, where it first opened locally on February 9, 1940. It last played PCFF in 2009.

The exhibit, “Frankly My Dear: The Art and Impact of Gone With the Wind,” offers a behind-the- scenes look at the creation of one of Hollywood’s most beloved movies. It runs July 24 through September 6 at the Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe, the festival’s first collaboration with the institution, which is part of the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. Admission is free.

The exhibit, generously supported by Wells Fargo, features correspondence, concept art, storyboards, costume sketches, photographs and more from the David O. Selznick Collection, on loan from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which houses the collection. The items were part of the Ransom Center’s 2014 exhibit, “The Making of Gone With the Wind.”

Additionally, “Frankly My Dear” will include an authorized reproduction of Scarlett O’Hara’s wedding dress, Civil War-era clothing and weapons from the history museum’s permanent collection, and insights into what El Paso was like during the Civil War and in 1940, when the movie opened here.

“This exhibition allows the El Paso Community Foundation to shed some light on the making of one of the most successful — and popular — movies of all time while bringing the El Paso Museum of History into the Plaza Classic Film Festival fold for the first time. Frankly, I hope people really enjoy it,” said Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation.

“The El Paso Museum of History is thrilled to partner with the El Paso Community Foundation and the Plaza Classic Film Festival on an exhibition that will allow festival visitors the opportunity to go deeper into the making of an iconic American film that changed the history of filmmaking,” said Julia Bussinger, Director of the El Paso Museum of History.

Free Tours, lectures and related programming will be offered during the run of “Frankly My Dear” at the El Paso Museum of History. Steve Wilson, film curator at the Ransom Center, and Ann DuPont, the wedding dress’ owner and fashion merchandising program coordinator at Texas State University- San Marcos, will give talks on August 8.

Several movies with connections to “Gone With the Wind” will be shown at this year’s festival. They include “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for which Leigh won the Academy Award, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6; “The Misfits,” Clark Gable’s last movie, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 7; and “Combat America,” a World War II documentary directed and narrated by Gable, at noon Sunday, August 9.

Tickets for “Gone With the Wind,” which will include an intermission, are $8. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, along with the 80 other movies planned for this year’s festival. Tickets will be available at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, http://plazaclassic.com, http://ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

Festival passes are $200 and include admission to all ticketed events, an express lane, early reservations for Philanthropy Theatre shows, a special passholders reception and more. They are available at http://plazaclassic.com or by calling 915-533-4020.

For information about “Frankly My Dear” and other Museum of History activities, call 915-351-3588 or go to http://history.elpasotexas.gov.

Let's go camping!

July 03

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is going camping!

The first Plaza Classic Film Camp is for aspiring young filmmakers ages 9 to 13 and will run from Aug. 3-14, 2015, announced Eric Pearson, El Paso Community Foundation President and CEO.

Aspiring young Spielbergs will work with professionals to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own short movies. The camp will meet on weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.

The two-week intensive camp will be run by the Philosophic Systems Institute and will explore the fundamentals of filmmaking, animation, acting, directing, and editing. The class will culminate in a handful of short films. In addition to a viewing party for friends and family on the last day of the camp, some of the students’ films will be shown during the Plaza Classic Film Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16.

Registration is available online at plazaclassic.com or by phone at 915-533-4020. Deadline for registering is August 1.

Tuition is $150 per week ($300 total) through July 27. Late registration fee is $325 from July 28-August 1.

What: The first Plaza Classic Film Camp When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 3-14 Where: El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. How: plazaclassic.com, 915-533-4020

Local Flavor extended

June 16

We’re still getting submissions for this year’s Local Flavor series, so we’ve decided to extend the deadline to June 26.

Go to the Submissions page on this web site to fill out the form and enter your project. Read the rules first. It’s free!

The 8th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be Aug. 6-16. Festival passes are on sale now for $200. Tickets go on sale in early July.