• December 5, 2021
 Plaza Classic Film Festival to debut locally-made Tony Romo doc

Plaza Classic Film Festival to debut locally-made Tony Romo doc

Officials with the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival announced that they will debut El Paso filmmaker Chris Hanna’s new documentary, Now or Never: A Tony Romo Story.

 The 90-minute film will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 4 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is inside the Plaza Theater Performing Arts Centre annex. Steve Kaplowitz of ESPN Radio 600 will conduct a Q&A with Hanna after the screening.

Now or Never: A Tony Romo Story examines Romo’s rise from an unassuming, multiple sports star of Mexican heritage in Burlington, Wisconsin, to stardom as the quarterback and on-field leader of the Dallas Cowboys.

Now retired, Romo is a star football analyst for CBS Sports.

Hanna is a veteran of the Plaza Classic Film Festival’s Local Flavor series. He interviewed Romo as well as family members, and former players and coaches from his high school and college days. He is hosting a private screening for Romo and his family and friends later this month in Burlington, with another screening later in Dallas.

“As a lifelong fan of sports and the Cowboys, I always wanted to combine this passion with my love for film,” Hanna said. “After reading an article on Tony Romo and his perceived failures, I was inspired to make a film which would give his life and career justice. It has been a long journey, and a true honor to tell Tony Romo’s story through his family and community. As a product of both Mexico and the USA, it has been a privilege to tell a story which has ties to both countries. I am excited to show our documentary in my hometown of El Paso, as well as in Tony Romo’s communities of Burlington, Wisconsin, and Dallas.”

This year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will include guest appearances by Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (7 p.m. August 2) and The Legacy (3:30 p.m. August 3), and author Victoria Riskin with The Wedding March (1 p.m. August 6), King Kong (7 p.m. August 6) and You Can’t Take It With You (1 p.m. August 7).

Among the more than 90 movies planned for this year are an 80th anniversary showing of The Wizard of Oz (7 p.m. August 10), a 60th anniversary showing of Some Like It Hot (7 p.m. August 1), a new 4K restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey (7 p.m. August 4), and My Fair Lady (1 p.m. August 11).

This year’s themes include space exploration, the year 1969, United Artists’ 100th anniversary and lots of musicals! Click here for more details.

Festival passes are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale July 2 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

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