The Plaza Classic Film Festival (PCFF), now in its 8th year has drawn national attention over and over with the rich attention to detail the festival gives to film selection, celebrity speakers, and the marriage of history to modern logistics. Started in 2008 after the restoration of the Plaza Theatre in 2006 in a partnership between the El Paso Community Foundation and the City, the festival continues to find the perfect strips of nostalgia in emulsion.
This year, a larger focus has been given to the local connection between some of these films and El Paso. Let us give you a quick rundown of how to connect the local dots.
Bless Me, Ultima
3 p.m. Aug. 7, Philanthropy
Premiered at the Plaza in 2012; with El Paso actor Anthony Escobar appearing with the film.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Philanthropy
El Paso actress Yvette Yates is in the film and will appear with it.
All the Local Flavor titles!
1 p.m. Aug. 8, Philanthropy
Partially filmed here, but only played on post when it opened in 2014.
Gone With the Wind
6 p.m. Aug. 8, Plaza Theatre
El Paso debut was at the Plaza on February 9th, 1940!
1:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Philanthropy
Was made by John Wayne’s Batjac Productions; shot in Camargo, Chihuahua; they would venture to the Plaza Theatre periodically to watch the dailies; Wayne and costar Ward Bond appeared with it when it opened at the Plaza in 1953! Imagine the “Duke” strolling into the Plaza Theatre? Amazing.
Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements
2 p.m. Aug. 9, Foundation Room
Clements worked with the EP Community Foundation in the 1990s on WaterWorks, a project to bring running water to the colonias. He also spoke at TedX El Paso on May 30th, just this year.
Panic in the Streets
7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Philanthropy
Co-writer Edward Anhalt’s widow is Camilla Carr, El Paso playwright, Frontera Repertory Theatre founder, and the person who’ll intro the movie that night.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
7 p.m. Aug. 9, Plaza Theatre
Star Trek turns 50 in 2016. Creator Gene Roddenberry is originally from El Paso! Cory Stone from the Roddenberry Planetarium will give our Film Talk and intro the movie that night.
1 p.m. Monday Aug. 10, Philanthropy
El Paso native Debbie Reynolds provides the voice of Charlotte!
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
7:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 10, Philanthropy
Creator and star James Cameron Mitchell was born in El Paso.
Dead When I Got Here
7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 11, Foundation Room
Documentary on a Juarez mental health asylum run by the residents.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Foundation Room
Archie’s Comics writer and cartoonist Tom Moore, who died July 20, is from El Paso and is featured in the documentary.
An American Tail
1 p.m. Aug. 13, Philanthropy
Directed by former El Pasoan Don Bluth!
Muppets From Space
1 p.m. Aug. 14, Philanthropy
Voice cast includes El Paso native F. Murray Abraham.
Kingdom of Shadows
7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Philanthropy
Documentary that includes El Paso Homeland Security Investigations agent Oscar Hagelsieb, who will appear at the movie.
Splendor in the Grass
1 p.m. Aug. 15, Philanthropy
Late actor Pat Hingle, who is in the movie, was married to El Pasoan Julia Hussmann, who will introduce the movie.
1 p.m. Sunday Aug. 16, Plaza Theatre
The FIRST movie to play the Plaza Theatre when it opened on Sept. 12, 1930, packaged with Brats, the Laurel and Hardy short. The PCFF is recreating the bill in honor of the Plaza Theatre’s 85th anniversary in 2015!
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