July marks the 3rd Anniversary of weekly film showings by the Sunset Film Society at the International Museum Of Art, and the community is invited to the celebration.
To celebrate, the society will spend the month of July showcasing some of the best animated features ever produced, starting with the Walt Disney classic, ‘Peter Pan.’
“What better way for the entire family to celebrate Saturdays in July than in the cool auditorium of the International Museum Of Art watching some of the finest examples of Disney and Pixar animation ever produced…beginning with one of the most memorable Disney cell-animated features of the ’50s, followed by 3 Pixar computer generated masterpieces, children of all ages are sure to temporarily escape the troubles of the real world and enjoy adventures in the “reel” world,” society officials shared.
Every Saturday, families are invited to 1211 Montana Avenue to escape the sweltering afternoon heat of the Southwest Summer, heading downstairs at the historic International Museum of Art’s auditorium. There attendees can watch the movies, free, while enjoying the freshly-popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks available for purchase.
Hosted by Jay Duncan, he shares his wealth of knowledge, personal exhibits of his own movie memorabilia and in-depth behind-the-scenes knowledge at each and every screening.
Jay’s connection to classic movies started on a Saturday evening – January 19, 1985 to be specific – on El Paso’s only independent television station at the time, KCIK-TV Channel 14, hosting “Jay’s Pix.” That program led to the formation of the Sunset Film Society in August of 2013 – El Paso’s very first film society – presenting and celebrating Films of Yesteryear.
For the convenience of the movie-goers, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm, to allow attendees to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium. Following the July 7th presentation, officials will host an anniversary celebration.
July’s Film Schedule
July 7 — PETER PAN (RKO: 1953) -76 minutes- TECHNICOLOR Walt Disney’s 14th animated feature film was based on the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie. Filled with memorable characters and images, the production also boasts a wonderful music score by Oliver Wallace and songs by Frank Churchill. Follow the “second star to the right-straight on ’till morning” and it’s off to Never Land to see Captain Hook, the Mermaid Lagoon, the Lost Boys, an Indian tribe a hungry crocodile and Tinker Bell! Wonderful. A Must See! Featuring the voice talents of: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conreid
July 14 — TOY STORY (Buena Vista: 1995) -81 minutes- Color The first feature-length computer-animated film and the first feature film produced by Pixar. Taking place in a world where anthropomorphic toys pretend to be lifeless when humans are present, the film’s plot focuses on the relationship between Woody, an old-fashioned pullstring cowboy doll (voiced by Tom Hanks), and Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure (voiced by Tim Allen), as they evolve from rivals competing for the affections of Andy, their owner. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards, this animated film realized a sophistication of realism and production design never before seen! Directed by John Lasseter.
Additional voice talents: Don Rickles, Annie Potts, Jim Varney, John Ratzenberger.
July 21 — THE INCREDIBLES (Walt Disney Pictures: 2004) -115 minutes- Color A family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a former fan who now plots to wipe out all superheroes with his killer robot. Director Brad Bird, who was Pixar’s first outside director, developed the film as an extension of 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life. A sequel, The Incredibles 2 opened in theaters on June 15, 2018.
Featuring the voice talents of: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson.
July 28 — UP! (Walt Disney Studios: 2009) -96 minutes- Color An elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) and an earnest boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai) tie thousands of balloons to a house, and set out to fulfill a dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to Carl’s late wife, Ellie. The film received 5 Academy Award nominations…including Best Picture, making it only the second animated film to do so (Beauty and the Beast). Co-written and directed by Pete Docter. Up! was Pixar’s first film to be originally presented in Disney Digital 3-D. Moving and poignant.
Additional voice talents: Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger.
For more information, visit the Sunset Film Society’s webpage.