A total of 13 short films, seven directed or produced by women, comprise this year’s two Local Flavor shorts programs in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival.
The selections include documentaries, narratives, music videos, one spoof and one spooky song from a faux musical. The festival runs July 29 through August 8 in downtown El Paso.
Seven entries will be shown in Local Flavor I at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 30 in the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Admission is $6. They are:
Screamless (Scream spoof), Nicholas Venecia, 2:07 minutes
Neighbor of the Year (pandemic satire), Robert Holguin, 10 minutes
You’ll Find Love (music video), Karla Armendariz, 3:25 minutes
I’ve Got the Flashdrive, from the Hit Broadway musical Vampire, Vampire, Who’s Got the Vampire (experimental), Jeremy Alice Long, 4 minutes
Once an Eagle (music video), Galen Ivey, 3:50 minutes
Can’t Have It Both Ways (music video), Jenn Garcia, 8:39 minutes
JOSIE (documentary), Jacqueline Barragan, 14:04 minutes.
The other six titles will be screened in Local Flavor II at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 6 in the Chavez. Admission is $6.
Sweet Light (animated music video), Eric Coughanor, 4:14 minutes
Salvando a Salvador (comedy), Luisa Gonzalez, 11:51 minutes
In This Moment (music video), Jenn Garcia, 4 minutes
Lavasola (drama), Manuel Urueta, 8:05 minutes
True Love Will Find You in the End (music video), Arantza C. Shaeffer, 3:20 minutes
Cenicero de Dios (drama), Celina Galicia, 14:06 minutes.
The programs will be hosted by filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee, and will include Q&As with the filmmakers. The Local Flavor showcase is sponsored by the Texas Film Commission.
Attendees are encouraged to vote for this year’s audience favorite award. Ballots will be available at Local Flavor I and Local Flavor II.
The winner and three other prize winners will be announced at the fourth annual Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by TFCU, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 8 in the Chavez Theatre. Admission is free.
It will feature encore screenings of the top three films selected by curators Passero, McKee, and festival director Doug Pullen, program director of the El Paso Community Foundation.
A total of $2,250 will be awarded before the encore screenings — the $1,000 First Prize, $750 Second Prize, $500 Third Prize and the $250 Audience Flavorite Award.
Additionally, James Arrabito’s 78-minute drama I See a Darkness will be shown out of competition at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 7 in the Plaza Theatre. Admission is $6.
Musician-director Billy Townes’ Border Lords II will be shown at 11 p.m. Friday, August 6 in the Chavez Theatre. Tickets are $6. It was scheduled for the 2011 Plaza Classic Film Festival, but the screening at the El Paso Museum of Art was canceled due to a water leak. Border Lords III, which continues the saga of the Cortez crime family, is nearing completion.