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9 for 9: Young Frankenstein (it's Fron-kon-steen!) and more

May 27

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its ninth birthday Aug. 4-14 in and around the Plaza Theatre. Today we’re announcing nine more of the 90 movies we’ll be showing. Our full schedule will be out in June. Tickets go on sale in July. Festival Passes and Film Club passes are available now on the Tickets & Passes page.

Young Frankenstein (1974) — Have a roll in ze hay with Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Inga, Igor and Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ dead-on parody of Frankenstein movies, Aug. 13

The Apartment (1960) — Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray team up in Billy Wilder’s comedy-drama, Aug. 9

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) — Jimmy Stewart plays a naive young senator who fights for survival amidst corruption in the Frank Capra classic, Aug. 5

Hairspray (1988) — Ricki Lake stars as a “pleasantly plump” teenager who becomes the star of a TV dance show and fights segregation in early ’60s Baltimore John Waters’ PG cult classic musical, Aug. 8

Pride and Prejudice (1940) — Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier star in this revered adaptation of Jane Austen’s 19th century British novel of manners, Aug. 10

Dracula (1931) — Bela Lugosi plays the definitive version of the vampire count from Transylvania in this Universal classic, Aug. 6

Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown (1988) — The black comedy about women, men and betrayal put Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodovar on the map, Aug. 10

Love Me Tender (1956) — Elvis Presley made his movie debut (but didn’t get top billing) in this Civil War drama with music, Aug. 5

Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) — El Paso rockers Alabama Deathwalk will open for our outdoor showing of Alan Parker’s surrealistic take on the classic Pink Floyd album, Aug. 5

949: PCFF 2016 announces more titles

May 20

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival returns for its ninth year Aug. 4-14, 2016 in and around the Plaza Theatre. In honor of our ninth birthday, we’re releasing nine more titles from this year’s schedule each week:

• Leading the big parade is Meredith Willson’s endearing The Music Man (1962), with Shirley Jones and Robert Preston, on Aug. 12 (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

• Paul Newman plays a prisoner bent on fighting the system in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Aug. 13

• Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton duke it out in Mike Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Aug. 10

• Angela Lansbury triggers an insidious political assassination plot in the Cold War thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Aug. 7

• The Marx Brothers play stowaways caught between rival gangs in their third film, Monkey Business (1931), Aug. 6

• Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra vie for the affections of Grace Kelly (in her last movie role) in the musical comedy High Society (1956), Aug. 8

• Sean Penn and Phoebe Cates star in Amy Heckerling’s coming-of-age comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Aug. 4

• A family battles poverty in Pather Panchali (1955), the first of Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s neorealist Apu trilogy, Aug. 9

• Pablo Picasso paints for the camera in the French documentary The Mystery of Picasso (1956), Aug. 5

Nine for nine: PCFF 2016 announces first titles

May 12

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival turns 9-years-old when it returns Aug. 4-14, 2016. So, in honor of that, we are announcing of nine of the movies we’ll be showing this year:

• Francis Ford Coppola’s epic 1979 Vietnam war movie Apocalypse Now (1979), Aug. 7

• Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman heat up in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Aug. 4

• Academy Award-winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s career-making Amores Perros (2000), Aug. 5

• Irene Dunne in Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical version of Edna Ferber’s novel Show Boat (1936), Aug. 8

• Legendary ghoul Borlis Karloff in Frankenstein (1931), Aug. 6

• Jean Cocteau’s surrealistic masterpiece Orpheus (1950), Aug. 7

• John Landis’ horror comedy An American Werewolf in London (1981), Aug. 12

• Gregory Peck in the World War II drama Twelve O’Clock High (1949), Aug. 6 (new date)

• Robert Redford runs for office in The Candidate (1972), Aug. 14

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.