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Plaza Classic Film Camp returns

April 27

Spanish translation follows

EL PASO, TEXAS — The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Camp will be bigger and better this summer. The second annual camp, sponsored in part by The Borderplex Alliance, will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 1-5 and 8-12 at its new location — the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, in downtown El Paso.

Aspiring young filmmakers will be able to take advantage of the library’s auditorium, theater and Makerspace lab, which features editing stations and a sound booth.

Enrollment is open to children between the ages of 9 and 15.

Experienced teachers and professionals will guide camp participants to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films. The two-week intensive camp will be run by the Philosophic Systems Institute and will focus on the fundamentals of filmmaking, animation, acting, directing, and editing.

Their finished movies will be shown in a free, public program during the ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns August 4-14 to downtown El Paso.

Registration is available online at plazaclassic.com/summer_camp or by phone at 915-533-4020.

Deadline for registering is July 25. Early bird tuition is $300 through July 17. Late registration is $325 from July 18-25. Tuition includes materials, lunch and snacks.

A limited number of scholarships are available to El Paso and Juarez residents. Deadline for scholarship applications is July 10. Go to plazaclassic.com/summer_camp/scholarship to apply (do NOT use the regular registration form).

27 de abril de 2016

EL PASO, TEXAS — El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Camp será más grande y mejor este verano. El segundo campamento anual de cine, patrocinado en parte por Borderplex Alliance, se realizará de Lunes a Viernes de 9:00 am a 4:00 pm del 1ero al 12 de agosto en su nueva ubicación, la biblioteca pública de El Paso ubicada en la calle 501 N. Oregon en el Centro de El Paso.

Los campistas podrán aprovechar el auditorio, el teatro y el laboratorio Makerspace de la biblioteca, que cuenta con estaciones de edición y una cabina de sonido.

La inscripción está abierta a jóvenes aspirantes a cineastas entre las edades de 9 y 15 años.

Profesionistas y Profesores con experiencia guiaran a los participantes del campamento para crear, redactar, filmar y editar sus propias peliculas. El campamento intensivo de dos semanas será impartido por el Instituto de Sistemas Filosóficos y se concentrará en los fundamentos del cine, animación, actuación, dirección y edición.

Las películas finales se mostraran en un programa público gratuito, durante el noveno Plaza Classic Film Festival, que regresa del 4 al 14 de agosto al centro de El Paso.

Inscripción está disponible en línea en plazaclassic.com/summer_camp o por teléfono al 915-533-4020.

Fecha límite para inscribirse es el 25 de julio. Matrícula anticipada es de $300 dólares hasta el 17 de julio. Inscripción después de esta fecha es $325 dólares del 18 al 25 de julio. Matrícula incluye materiales, comida y refrigerios. Un número limitado de becas está disponible para jóvenes residentes en El Paso y Cd. Juarez. La fecha limite para solicitar becas es el 10 de Julio.

PCFF accepting Local Flavor submissions

March 23

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its Local Flavor series.

The ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 4-14, 2016 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, Local Flavor is the region’s largest showcase of independently made feature, animated, documentary, short and other films from both sides of the border. Last year’s screenings in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, were packed. We had to turn people away!

The deadline for entering is June 30, 2016. Selected entries will be announced in July.

Any type of film — including features, shorts, documentaries, animated, music videos, experimental — may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

There is no entry fee. We don’t give out prizes. To be considered, your project must be made locally, be locally set or have a local connection (such as an out-of-town director originally from El Paso). Guidelines and submission forms are available at plazaclassic.com/LocalFlavor.

Nearly 80 area projects were submitted last year, with more than 40 shorts and features making the cut. Past Local Flavor series have included Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner series and films by rock musician Omar Rodriguez Lopez and filmmaker Zach Passero.

Send questions to local@plazaclassic.com.

May the Force be with you

February 04

EL PASO, TEXAS — A galaxy far, far away comes to the world’s largest classic film festival when the original “Star Wars” trilogy shows at the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival this summer.

The ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which runs August 4-14, will bring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princes Leia to the Plaza Theatre’s big screen with showings of “Star Wars” (1977), officially titled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” and the sequels “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983).

It is the first time all three of director-creator George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” titles will be shown at the Plaza Classic Film Festival, which had two sell-out shows of the first “Star Wars” movie in 2009.

“The El Paso Community Foundation and Plaza Classic Film Festival have worked every year to try to bring “Star Wars” back. This is the culmination of a lot of effort. The Force must be strong this year,” said Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation.

Tickets for the “Star Wars” movies will go on sale in early July with the rest of this year’s 90-movie Plaza Classic lineup. More titles will be announced later. Festival Passes — which include admission to all ticketed movies, an express admission lane and access to special events — are available for $200 at plazaclassic.com or by calling 915-533-4020.

Festival Passes are on sale!

December 01

Give the gift of classic movies this holiday season!

Make the movie lovers in your life happy with a Festival Pass for the El Paso Community Foundation’s 2016 Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Passes are for sale for the discounted sale price of $175 through New Year’s Eve (December 31) of 2015. The pass includes admission to all ticketed festival movies, an express lane, special events, and they are fully transferable.

The ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 4-14, 2016 in and around the historic Plaza Theatre. Details for next year’s festival will be announced in the coming months.

Passes will be available for the regular price of $200 beginning January 1, 2016.

The Plaza Classic is one of El Paso’s feel-good events, with more than 90 movies shown over 11 days and an average annual attendance of 40,000 people each August. Previous festivals have featured Al Pacino, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Wagner, and Cindy Williams. They have showcased hundreds of locally made projects, and classics such as “Casablanca,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Gone With the Wind.”

Go to https://www.plazaclassic.com/tickets, or call 915-533-4020 to order.

Warhol's World

August 04

For the fifth consecutive year, the El Paso Museum of Art is collaborating with the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival. This year’s collaboration, “Warhol’s World: Film Screenings and an Art Installation,” includes eight films, twenty Polaroids and nine screenprints by the renowned Pop artist/underground filmmaker Andy Warhol. All events are free

While the exhibition runs August 4-16, the 16mm films will be shown August 7-8 and will coincide with a “happening” in the tradition of Warhol’s events at his famous Factory studio. DJ Monarch will headline the 21-and-over dance party from 6-9 p.m. Friday, August 7. There will be screen printing demonstrations and more.

On Saturday, August 8, the museum will host a Creation Lab, where you can build your own mini-camera obscura (1-4 p.m.), screen printing demonstrations (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and a children’s story time featuring James Warhola’s book, “Uncle Andy’s,” about his famous uncle (2 p.m.)

Each film and artwork included testifies to the important role of photography in Warhol’s World and body of work.   The films scheduled to be screened in the museum’s auditorium are:

Friday, August 7 6-9 p.m. “Mario Banana #2,” 1964 “Velvet Underground and Nico,” 1966 “Lonesome Cowboys,” 1968

Saturday, August 8 10 a.m.-Noon “Elvis at Ferus,” 1963 “Salvador Dali,” 1966 “The Life of Juanita Castro,” 1965

Saturday, August 8 3-5 p.m. “Screen Tests Reel #16,” 1964 -1966 “Sunset,” 1967   Highlighting the years 1963 – 1968 these films vary from the specific Life of Juanita Castro (Fidel Castro’s sister) to Warhol’s four minute screen tests of celebrities such as: the poet Allen Ginsberg; fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo; Musicians Lou Reed, Donovan and Bob Dylan; actors Edie Sedgwick and International Velvet; and artists Jonas Mekas and Salvador Dali.

The El Paso Museum of Art will host a panel discussion on Warhol’s films from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 8. It will feature professor Stephanie Taylor from New Mexico State University’s Department of Art, professor Melissa Warak from University of Texas at El Paso’s Art Department, and professor. Brian Rourke from New Mexico State University’s English Department.    In 2014 the El Paso Museum of Art was the fortunate recipient of twenty Polarcolor Type 108 photographic prints by Andy Warhol generously donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its Photographic Legacy Program. From Warhol’s “Little Red Book #119,” these intimate photographs reveal the everyday life of numerous artists, actors and socialites that revolved around Warhol’s New York City studio known as the Factory.   In addition to the films and the Polaroids, nine Warhol screenprints from the years 1969-1986 will be generously on loan from the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso as further examples of the repetitive nature of consumer culture and the briefness of media fame, so central to Warhol’s concept of art.   The Polaroids and screenprints will remain on view in the Art Museum’s C2 Gallery from August 4-16.   Image: Andy Warhol, “Life of Juanita Castro,” 1965 Copyright 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.