El Paso, TX

Aug 1-11, 2019 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland

Art Exhibition
Free
El Paso Museum of History
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The desert Southwest holds a particular fascination for filmmakers, dating back a century to the silent movie era. Over the years, the El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez, Mexico-Las Cruces, New Mexico area has been the setting of Westerns, war movies, sci-fi, immigration, drugs and other border stories. On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland brings together a broad mix of items, from an Acme projector (pictured) used by mobile silent film exhibitors and filmmakers Felix Padilla and Edmundo Padilla to former El Paso author Cormac McCarthy’s first stab at writing No Country for Old Men as a screenplay before he turned it into a best-selling novel. On Location also includes various items related to film versions of Tom Lea’s The Brave Bulls and The Wonderful Country, posters and other ephemera from Juarez filmmakers and exhibitors the Calderons and posters and shooting scripts from the El Paso Film Commission. Open July 20-October 28 on the second floor. 915-212-0320, history.elpasotexas.gov.