Our banners just went up around downtown El Paso!
It’s hard to believe, but the El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is just two months away.
We’re celebrating the new banners by announcing 10 more of the movies we’ll be showing at this year’s 10th anniversary edition of the Plaza Classic, which will be Aug. 3-13 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We’re bringing back several “greatest hits” of past Plaza Classics, and plenty of classics we’ve never shown before.
• Psycho (1960), the Hitchcock classic that made a country think twice about showering alone was a bit hit at PCFF 2010.
• To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), a legal drama about race in the South that features a signature performance by Gregory Peck, was an audience favorite at PCFF 2012.
• Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), a revelation on the big screen at our first festival, then called The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre, in 2008.
• An American in Paris (1951), we showed the six-time Academy Award-winning song-and-dance musical starring Gene Kelly in 2012.
• El Mariachi (1992), Texas writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s low-budget breakthrough makes its PCFF debut.
• Sabrina (1954), featuring Audrey Hepburn as an absolute charmer opposite William Holden and Humphrey Bogart, charmed a big PCFF 2012 audience, too.
• From Russia With Love (1963), the second James Bond movie about the debonair spy’s attempts to help a Russian defector, makes its Plaza Classic debut.
• Shane (1953), the George Stevens drama about a former gunslinger drawn into a conflict between a farmer and a cattle baron, was shown at PCFF 2009.
• The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), a classic ’50s sci-fi black-and-white about an alien visitor who tries to deliver a warning to earthlings, was part of our first festival in 2008.
• The Muppet Movie (1979), kids of all ages will get a kick out of this enduring musical comedy starring Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang, which made its PCFF debut in 2011.
These are in addition to the 20 movies we’ve already announced, including the PCFF debut of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, The Graduate, Jaws, Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Romancing the Stone, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered one of the greatest animated movies ever made — and it’s coming to the El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.
It’s the 80th anniversary of the animated classic, which was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film.
This marks the first time Snow White will be shown at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
The 10th anniversary edition of the Plaza Classic will run from Aug. 3-13 in and around El Paso’s Plaza Theatre. We will be bringing back some of our “greatest hits” and showing a lot more movies we’ve never shown before.
In honor of our birthday, we are announcing 10 more titles we’ve lined up for this summer.
In addition to Snow White, we’ll show:
• Romancing the Stone (1984)
• The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with El Paso native Debbie Reynolds (1964)
• The Maltese Falcon (1941)
• National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
• Cronos (1993)
• The Secret of NIMH, directed by El Paso native Don Bluth (1982)
• An American in Paris (1951)
• Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
• The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Festival passes are on sale now by clicking here. Individual tickets go on sale in early July.
The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Camp, sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union, will be bigger and better this summer.
The third annual camp will offer separate two-week camps — one for animation; the other for live-action filmmaking.
The concurrent camps will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31-August 4 and August 7-11 at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, in downtown El Paso.
Enrollment is open to children between the ages of 9 and 16.
Experienced faculty will focus on the fundamentals of filmmaking. During the two-week intensive camp, students will learn to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films.
Their finished movies will be shown in a free, public program during the 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival August 3-13 in downtown El Paso.
Tuition is $300 through July 16, 2017; $325 from July 17-23, 2017. Tuition includes materials, lunch, snacks and t-shirts. Applicants are asked to submit short videos or essays about why they want to participate in the Plaza Classic Film Camp.
Thanks to One Source Federal Credit Union, scholarships will be available to children who qualify based on income.
Registration is available online at plazaclassic.com/summer_camp.
A long, beautiful relationship continues when the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival brings back the classic World War II-era romance Casablanca.
It was the first prime-time feature shown at the first PCFF, then known as The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre, in 2008, and we brought it back in 2012.
This year’s film festival, our 10th annual, will be August 3-13 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We’re playing it again, Sam, by bringing back some of our “greatest hits” to mark the occasion.
The three-time Academy Award winner starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is one of 10 movies we are announcing today.
The others are:
• Singin’ in the Rain, shown during the first and 2010 editions of PCFF, will be part of a tribute to El Paso native (and PCFF 2010 headliner) Debbie Reynolds
• Citizen Kane, the 1941 Orson Welles classic, shown at PCFF 2010 and 2013, is considered one of the best movies ever made
• The Graduate, a new, 50th anniversary restoration of the Dustin Hoffmann classic, which we showed in 2009 and 2013
• Jaws, which scared the wits out of the PCFF audience in 2010, returns in a 2012 restoration
• Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring the late Gene Wilder as the impish candy man, tickled audiences at PCFF 2009 and 2012
• The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the first movie ever shown at PCFF, will be the first one we show this year
• Monty Python’s Life of Brian, makes its PCFF debut
• Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the 1997 Mike Myers spy spoof also makes its PCFF debut (but tickets will not cost $1 million)
• The Atomic Cafe, the 1982 documentary that found humor and tragedy in Cold War propaganda
The El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.
The non-competitive film series, which is generously sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.
There is no entry fee. It’s FREE. The entry deadline is June 9, 2017.
Submissions may be made here.
Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2015 and must be made locally, be locallyl set or have a local connection (such as a director originally from El Paso).
Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.
The 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.
Call 915-533-4020 or email us at email@example.com for more information.