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Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival announced late Monday that Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Kathleen Quinlan will be a special guest of the 12th annual film festival in August.

Ms. Quinlan will appear for on-stage interviews with Apollo 13 at 7 p.m. Friday, August 9, and the drama Clara’s Heart at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 10. Both will be in the Plaza Theatre.

Kathleen Quinlan received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress for her nuanced portrayal of Marilyn Lovell (opposite Tom Hanks’ astronaut Jim Lovell) in Ron Howard’s thrilling Apollo 13, about the NASA crew that narrowly escaped death on an aborted mission to the moon.

She plays the aggrieved mother of a 12-year-old Neil Patrick Harris in Clara’s Heart, which features a screenplay (and cameo) by Mark Medoff, the Tony Award-winning Las Cruces, N.M., playwright and longtime New Mexico State University professor who died April 23.

Ms. Quinlan’s appearance is part of the Plaza Classic’s tribute, Mark Medoff: A Brilliant Mind. It includes screenings of his Oscar-nominated Children of a Lesser God and City of Joy. Ms. Quinlan stars in the forthcoming Walking With Herb, Medoff’s final screenplay.

Both on-stage interviews will be conducted by NMSU film professor and Walking With Herb director Ross Marks, Mark Medoff’s son-in-law.

Kathleen Quinlan’s film credits include George Lucas’ American Graffiti, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), Independence Day, The Doors and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

Quinlan, who is married to actor/designer Bruce Abbott, has had starring roles on TV’s Family Law and Prison Break.

Tickets for Apollo 13 are $10. Tickets for Clara’s Heart are $8. They go on sale, along with the rest of this year’s Plaza Classic movies, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (no service charges apply) and online (service charges apply).

Festival Passes are available here or by calling 915-533-4020.

EPCF, PCFF host special benefit screening of new “Hearts on the Gila” documentary

Journey down the Gila River with three mothers in search of hope and renewal after the tragic loss of their children in a screening of the work-in-progress documentary Hearts on the Gila.

The El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) Plaza Classic Film Festival (PCFF) hosts the screening, the first stop of a six-city tour that includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Silver City and Mesilla in New Mexico.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso.

The tour is presented by Heart of the Gila, New Mexico Wild , and the Center for Biological Diversity ; nonprofit groups dedicated to protecting and promoting wild and scenic protection for New Mexico’s last wild river.

Hearts on the Gila takes place four years after three mothers lost their teenage children in a tragic plane crash. The women embarked on a 36-mile kayak journey down the Gila River into the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico.

Their children, passionate environmentalists who were inextricably linked to the Gila, were studying the effects of a devastating forest fire when their plane went down in high wind. The mothers look for hope and solace on the waters of one of America’s last wild rivers and one of America’s great natural treasures.

In Garcia’s film, the women learn about themselves, their children’s legacies, and the importance of wild river systems to the spiritual health of humanity in a world where wild places are rapidly disappearing.

The tour of this work-in-progress version of Hearts on the Gila — which will be submitted to major film festivals around the world when completed this year — is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the river, which runs through the nation’s first official wilderness area.

The screenings will be an opportunity for audience members to engage in a direct way with the filmmaking process and to dialogue in person with the filmmaker and some of the film’s subjects.

Albuquerque filmmaker David Garcia and some of the film’s subjects will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be a cash bar (beer and wine). Parking is available nearby at the Chase/Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street.

Admission is $10 at the door or online; all proceeds go to Heart of the Gila.

2019 PCFF Festival Passes on Sale Through New Year’s Eve

For holiday gift-givers looking for something special for the film lover in their world, Plaza Classic Film Festival organizers have a ‘golden ticket: a 2019 Plaza Classic Film Festival Pass.

Festival Passes for the 2019 edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival are now on sale for the discounted price of $175.

A Festival Pass includes admission to all ticketed events, reservations for PCFF movies in the Philanthropy Theatre, invitations to special events, discounts at nearby eateries and a jump-the-line express lane. And the pass is transferable, meaning you can loan it to a friend or family member.

The 12th annual Plaza Classic will be August 1-11, 2019 in and around the Plaza Theatre.

Launched in 2008, two years after the Plaza Theatre reopened, the Plaza Classic Film Festival has shown more than 800 movies and attracted more than 440,000 people in its first 11 years.

Special guests of the Plaza Classic include Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Peter Bogdanovich, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, Eva Marie Saint, Shirley Jones, silent film accompanist Walt Strony and animator Don Bluth.

The 2018 edition featured appearances by Ali MacGraw, Bruce Dern and Sam Elliott.

Festival Passes are for sale year-round, but this special sale ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018. Go online to order or call 915-533-4020 to purchase yours now.

Sam Elliott to Premiere New Movie at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Sam Elliott will appear at the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival for the U.S. premiere of his much-buzzed about new movie The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot at 10:30 p.m. Friday, August 10 in the Plaza Theatre.

Elliott, writer-director Robert Krzykowski, El Paso-based producer Lucky McKee and El Paso-based editor Zach Passero will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

This will be the first U.S. premiere of a new feature film in the Plaza Classic’s 11-year history.

In Epic Pictures’ The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Elliott plays Calvin Barr, who has kept his role in the Nazi leader’s death a secret. The burden grows heavier with the years — and the loss of his true love. Barr must face his demons after U.S. and Canadian agents hire him to kill the elusive Bigfoot before it spreads an infectious disease.

The cast includes Aidan Turner (The Hobbit movies), Ron Livingston(Office Space) and Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex). It was co-produced by indie film icon John Sayles (Lone Star, Matewan) and visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey). Richard Yurich (Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) supervised the visual effects, with creature work by Spectral Motion(Hellboy, Stranger Things).

Although he’s most often identified with westerns and cowboys, Elliott has amassed extensive TV and film credits over his 50-year career. They include the movies Tombstone, Mask, The Big Lebowski, Road Houseand Lifeguard, TV’s The RanchJustified and The Sacketts and voice-over work (he’s the voice of Coors Light and Dodge Ram Trucks commercials).

Elliott has family roots in El Paso dating back to 1883. His father was born in El Paso, his mother graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso, and Elliott has several relatives in the area.

Tickets are $10, on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, online and 800-745-3000.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival runs August 2-12, 2018, features more than 90 movies and special guest appearances by Ali MacGraw and Bruce Dern. Call the Plaza Theatre Box Office at 915-231-1100, ext. 0 for ticket inquiries or go to for more information.

Scheduling notes:

Kill Bill: Volume 2 moves from 10:30 p.m. August 10 to 11 p.m. August 11 in the Plaza Theatre ($8).

The Royal Tenenbaumshas been canceled. Tickets for the original show of Kill Bill: Volume 2will be honored on the new date. Tickets for The Royal Tenenbaums may be exchanged for a ticket voucher for another PCFF movie. Refunds also are available.

Bruce Dern to Appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern will appear at this August’s El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dern will appear for on-stage interviews with Alexander Payne’s Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 and Hal Ashby’s Coming Home at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 11, both in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $10 for each appearance.

He also will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 11 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon Street. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for autographs.

Dern, 82, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2013 comedy/drama Nebraska, and Best Supporting Actor for 1978’s Vietnam War-era drama Coming Home. He has roles in three other movies showing at this year’s PCFF, but will not be appearing with them: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid; Hang ‘Em High; and All the Pretty Horses.

Dern has played a variety of heavies, odd balls, straight men and unusual characters in a career that spans six decades and more than 150 movies and TV shows. They include Black Sunday, The Cowboys, The Great Gatsby, Family Plot, The King of Marvin Gardens, The Hateful Eight and the upcoming Emperor and White Boy Rick.

Bruce Dern joins Ali MacGraw as this year’s PCFF special guests. MacGraw will appear with Love Story at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3 and the El Paso-filmed The Getaway at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, both in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $10 for each. She will sign autographs from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4 in the Foundation Room.

The 11th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 2-12 in and around the Plaza Theatre and will feature more than 90 movies, including The African Queen, Vertigo, Traffic, Fiddler on the Roof, Amadeus, No Country for Old Men, Tootsie, The Godfather and Glory Road.

Tickets are on sale now at the Plaza Theatre box office, online and 800-745-3000. Festival passes are on sale online as well and via phone at 915-533-4020.

For more information, visit the Plaza Classic Website.

Plaza Classic Now Accepting Local Flavor Submissions

The 11th El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.

The non-competitive film series, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed January 1, 2017 or after, and must be made locally, locally set or have a connection of some kind to the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces area (such as a director originally from El Paso). Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.

This year’s Local Flavor series will be curated by El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero, who has been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival since it began in 2008. He has worked as a director, producer, editor, animator and actor on films such as Wicked Lake, Motel, Glimpse, All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman, By the River and James and the Giant Peach.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary August 2-12, 2018 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Previous Local Flavor showcases have included works by At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez, cinematographer Ellie Ann Fenton, and NMSU Creative Media Institute faculty members Ilana Lapid and Ross Marks.

There is no entry fee.  It’s FREE. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 15 , 2018.  Submissions may be made at

Call 915-533-4020 or email for more information.

El Paso Public Library hosts Plaza Classic Film Festival Week

The El Paso Public Library, in partnership with the Plaza Classic Film Festival, is hosting several classic films at 1 p.m. from Monday through Friday of this week at the main library located at 501 North Oregon.

One film not to miss stars El Pasoan Debbie Reynolds, along with her daughter Carrie Fischer, in the movie Bright Lights.

All of the movies are free and open to the public

Aug 8: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

STARRING: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds  |  RATED: NR  | Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 9: Hollywood on Trial

STARRING: Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein | RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 10: Persistence of Vision

STARRING: Richard Williams, Omar Ali-Shah  |  RATED: NR  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

Aug 11: Bartok the Magnificent

STARRING: Voices of Hank Azaria, Kelsey Grammer, Andrea Martin, Tim Curry  |  RATED: G  |  Sponsored by The El Paso Community Foundation

For more information and a list of all the films to be shown, visit the Plaza Classic Film Festival website.

Richard Dreyfuss to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is scheduled to appear at the 10th anniversary edition of the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Dreyfuss, whose iconic career spans movies, TV and the stage, is scheduled to appear for an on-stage interview before a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster Jaws at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 12 in El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre.

He also is set for an on-stage interview before a screening of the inspirational 1995 movie Mr. Holland’s Opus at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 13 in the Plaza Theatre. Dreyfuss was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of music teacher Glenn Holland.

Dreyfuss also is scheduled to appear for an autograph signing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 12 in the Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon Street, across from San Jacinto Plaza.

Richard Dreyfuss is considered one of the most talented and resourceful American actors of the last 50 years. Currently involved in three forthcoming movies, he has worked with some of the most influential directors of the day, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Mike Nichols.

He has appeared in more than 50 movies. They include The Goodbye Girl (for which he became the youngest actor to win Best Actor Oscar at age 30), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, American Graffiti, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Stakeout, Stand by Me and Postcards From the Edge.

His lengthy list of television credits range from appearances on Bewitched, Gunsmoke and Gidget in the 1960s to roles in the recent Fox series Shots Fired and the title role of ABC’s 2016 mini-series Madoff.

Richard Dreyfuss joins actress Kathleen Turner and animation legends Don Bluth and Gary Goldman as special guests of this year’s 10th anniversary Plaza Classic Film Festival.  The full festival schedule is available at

Tickets for the more than 90 Plaza Classic Film Festival movies go on sale Friday, July 7 at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets and 800-745-3000.

Festival passes and teen Film Club passes are available at an915-533-4020.

‘Snow White’ Added to 10th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered one of the greatest animated movies ever made — and it’s coming to the El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

It’s the 80th anniversary of the animated classic, which was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film.

This marks the first time Snow White will be shown at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Plaza Classic will run from Aug. 3-13 in and around El Paso’s Plaza Theatre. Organizers said the festival will be bringing back some of their “greatest hits” and “showing a lot more movies we’ve never shown before.”

On Thursday, in honor of their birthday, organizers announced 10 more titles they’ve lined up for this summer. In addition to Snow White, they’ll be screening:

Romancing the Stone (1984)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with El Paso native Debbie Reynolds (1964)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Cronos (1993)

The Secret of NIMH, directed by El Paso native Don Bluth (1982)

An American in Paris (1951)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Festival passes are on sale now by clicking here. Individual tickets go on sale in early July.

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