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"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.


June 11

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival plans to go where no Plaza Classic has gone before with “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” It’s the first Star Trek movie to be part of the festival, which returns for its eighth year Aug. 6-16.

“Wrath of Khan,” released in 1982, features William Shatner, the late Leonard Nimoy and Ricardo Montalban in deadly clash between the reunited crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and a genetically engineered and vengeful villain. “Star Trek,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, was created by El Paso native Gene Roddenberry.

It is one of 12 more Plaza Classic titles being announced today:

• “Funny Face” (1957) — Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star in the beloved musical, set in the fashion world.

• “The Caine Mutiny” (1954) — Humphrey Bogart stirs up tensions aboard a post-war Navy minesweeper.

• “Splendor in the Grass” (1961) — A sultry romantic drama with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.

• “The Miracle Worker” (1962) — Oscar winners Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft turn in riveting performances as Helen Keller and her determined teacher.

• “Adam’s Rib” (1949) — The Spencer Tracey-Katharine Hepburn comedy about married attorneys on opposite sides of the courtroom.

• “El Bombero Atomico” (1952) — Mexican comic Cantinflas as a fireman-turned-cop caring for his goddaughter.

• “Horse Feathers” (1932) — The Marx Brothers tackle college football.

• “Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion” (1950) — The duo is tricked into joining the Legion.

• “Selena” (1997) — Jennifer Lopez plays the late Tejano singing star, who died 20 years ago.

• “The Black Stallion” (1979) — A heartwarming children’s tale about a boy and a horse who overcome tragedy together.

• “Spaceballs” (1987) — Mel Brooks sends up the Star Wars movies.

Tickets go on sale in early July. Festival passes are $200 and include admission to all ticketed events, an express lane and more. Film Club passes, for teenagers 14 to 18, are $100. They are available at 915-533-4020 and plazaclassic.com.

Plaza Classic goes back in time!

May 27

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will step back in time with two summer blockbusters that reflect fondly on more innocent times.

The Plaza Classic, which returns to downtown El Paso for its eighth year Aug. 6-16, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ sci-fi comedy “Back to the Future,” which stars Michael J. Fox as a teenager who travels from 1985 to 1955 in a souped-up DeLorean (remember those?) to save eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

PCFF also will show George Lucas’ 1973 comedy-drama “American Graffiti,” which chronicles a night in the lives of some recent high school graduates in Modesto, CA, in the early ‘60s. Its cast includes future superstars Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams and Harrison Ford.

They are among 10 Plaza Classic announced today. Also scheduled:

• “In the Heat of the Night” (1967) — Norman Jewison’s racially tense Southern murder mystery and five-time Oscar winner starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.

• “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) — William Wyler’s stirring drama about three soldiers’ struggles to adjust to civilian life won seven Academy Awards.

• “Midnight Cowboy” (1969) — The controversial Best Picture winner stars Jon Voight as a male prostitute and Dustin Hoffman as a con man who meet up on the streets of New York City.

• “Enter the Dragon” (1973) — Bruce Lee’s last movie is considered one of the best martial arts films ever made.

• “Rope” (1948) — James Stewart stars in this Alfred Hitchcock film noir about a pair of friends who try to get away with the “perfect murder.”

• “Red River” (1948) — John Wayne showed off his acting chops in this Howard Hawks Western about a rancher who feuds with his adopted son (Montgomery Clift) on the Chisholm Trail.

• “The Stranger” (1946) — We honor Orson Welles’ centenary with this film noir he directed and starred in as a Nazi fugitive hiding in New England.

• “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002) — The boy wizard takes on a giant snake in the second installment of the series based on J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular books.

Previously announced titles include “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Help!,” ‘The King and I,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Shall We Dance,” “The Mark of Zorro” (1920 silent), “Hondo,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Bicycle Thief,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones” and the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense.”

Tickets go on sale in early July. Festival passes are $200 and include admission to all ticketed events, an express lane and more. Film Club passes, for teenagers 14 to 18, are $100. They are available at 915-533-4020 and plazaclassic.com.