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Plaza Classic Film Festival welcomes author Victoria Riskin

Writer Victoria Riskin will appear at the El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival in August to talk about some of her parents’ movies and sign copies of her acclaimed new biography, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir.

Ms. Riskin, the daughter of actress Fay Wray (King Kong, The Most Dangerous Game) and the great screenwriter Robert Riskin (It Happened One Night, Meet John Doe), will discuss her mother’s work as Ann Darrow in an onstage interview before a screening of the 1933 masterpiece King Kong at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 in the Plaza Theatre.

She also will introduce one of her mother’s favorite movies, the 1928 Eric von Stroheim silent classic The Wedding March at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, and one of her father’s most popular films, the 1938 romantic comedy You Can’t Take It With You, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Both will be in the Plaza Theatre.

She will follow the You Can’t Take It With You screening with a book signing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 7 in the Plaza Theatre.

Victoria Riskin is an award-winning television writer-producer (The Last Best Year, My Antonia, The Member of the Wedding), former president of the Writers Guild of America, West, and an activist who served on the board of Human Rights Watch.

Her mother starred in more than 120 movies and successfully transitioned from silent movies to talkies.

Fay Wray met Robert Riskin — “Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor,” known for his nine films directed by Frank Capra — at a party in 1940. Their fairytale marriage ended with Riskin’s tragic death in 1955.

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir has received rave reviews. The Associated Press wrote: “If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar her father won for writing the romantic comedy classic It Happened One Night.”

This year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will feature more than 90 movies from August 1-11, 2019 in and around the historic Plaza Theatre.

In addition to Ms. Riskin, the Plaza Classic’s guests include husband-and-wife acting couple Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 7 p.m. Friday, August 2 and the 1978 cult classic The Legacy at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3, both in the Plaza Theatre.

Among the titles announced so far are an 80th anniversary screening of The Wizard of Oz, the Plaza Classic debut of My Fair Lady, a new 4K restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1939’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the 11th annual free outdoor showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Individual tickets go on sale in early July. Festival passes are on sale now online. Call 915-533-4020 for more information.

Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross to appear at Plaza Classic Film Festival

Academy Award nominees Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross will be special guests of the El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival this August.

The couple will appear for on-stage interviews before a 50th anniversary screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 7 p.m. Friday, August 2, and the 1978 cult horror classic The Legacy at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3, both in the Plaza Theatre. The Plaza Classic Film Festival also will honor Katharine Ross with its Plaza Classic Award for lifetime achievement.

The festival will be August 1-11, 2019 in and around the historic Plaza Theatre.

Katharine Ross co-starred in Butch Cassidy with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Sam Elliott played a bit part as “Card Player Number Two.” The couple began dating while making The Legacy, which was directed by Richard Marquand (Return of the Jedi), and married in 1984.

Sam Elliott, whose parents were from El Paso, was a big hit at last year’s PCFF, appearing for the U.S. premiere of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. He was nominated this year for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born, for which he also won a Best Supporting Actor award from the National Board of Review.

Sam received the Plaza Classic Award last year for his more than 50-year career, including movies and TV shows such as Mask, Lifeguard, Conagher, Tombstone, and The Big Lebowski.

Katharine Ross appeared on various television shows in the early 1960s before receiving an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Elaine Robinson in 1967’s The Graduate. She won England’s BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her work as Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and again for Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here. She also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for Voyage of the Damned.

In addition to the couple’s appearances, PCFF previously announced an 80th anniversary screening of The Wizard of Oz, the Plaza Classic debut of My Fair Lady, a new 4K restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey and 1939’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. More titles will be announced soon. The Plaza Classic shows more than 90 movies each year.

Individual tickets go on sale in early July. Festival passes are on sale now online. Call 915-533-4020 for more information.

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.

Plaza Classic Film Festival 2019 now accepting ‘Local Flavor’ submissions

The 12th annual 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 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.  Local Flavor entry is free.

More than $1,500 in cash will be handed out in the second annual Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by the Public Relations Association of the Southwest.

Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July and screened during the festival. This year’s film festival will be August 1-11, 2019 in and around the Plaza Theatre.

Returning to curate Local Flavor are El Paso filmmakers Zach Passero(The Weird Kidz, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, Wicked Lake, Motel, Glimpse), who has been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival since it began in 2008, and Lucky McKee (Kindred Spirits, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, The Woods, The Woman), who first appeared at PCFF with his All Cheerleaders Die in 2014.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed January 1, 2018 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).

Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019. Submissions may be made via the Plaza Classic website.

Call 915-533-4020 or email us at local@plazaclassic.com for more information.

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.

Free Holiday Movies Return to Plaza Theatre Starting November 18

The free Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre return for the eighth year as part of the third annual WinterFest!

The movies are sponsored by Texas Gas Service in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation, the Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live.

Volunteer organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will perform on the Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ before each program.

The series opens with Elf, starring Will Farrell, at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18, followed by a double bill of the 1966 TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Robert Zemeckis’ animated The Polar Express, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

The movies continue two weeks later with 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street, starring then child-actor Natalie Wood, at 3:30 pm Sunday, December 9, followed by a double bill of 1983’s A Christmas Story at 1 p.m. and Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16.

The series concludes with two wintry titles, Disney’s Frozen at 1 p.m. and Ice Age at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 6, the last day of WinterFest.

Additionally, 2019 Festival Passes will be on sale for the discounted price of $175 from Black Friday (November 23) to New Year’s Eve (December 31). Next year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival runs August 1 through 11. Keep an eye on their website for details.

Go to plazaclassic.com and epwinterfest.com for more information.

Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, November 18

2:30 p.m. — Organist Laurie Koval

3 p.m. — Elf (2003)

 

Sunday, November 25

2:30 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3 p.m. — How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

3:30 p.m. — The Polar Express (2004)

 

Sunday, December 9

3 p.m. — Organist Ken Fedorick

3:30 p.m. — Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

 

Sunday, December 16

12:30 p.m. — Organist Ken Fedorick

1 p.m. — A Christmas Story (1983)

3 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3:30 p.m.It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

 

Sunday, January 6

12:30 p.m. — Organist Laurie Koval

1 p.m. — Frozen (2013) 

3 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3:30 p.m. — Ice Age (2002)

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 plazaclassic.com 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.

Museum of History Celebrates El Paso in the Movies

The El Paso Museum of History is celebrating El Paso and the Borderland’s place in Hollywood with the On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland exhibit.

The public is invited to view the exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Plaza Classic Film Fest, which highlights how Hollywood has turned El Paso’s desert and mountains into movie history.

Visitors can learn about El Pasoans who made their way to Hollywood and explore how filmmakers have used our city and the border as a background when filming. The exhibit spans 100 years of movie-making on the border and features shooting scripts, posters and lobby cards from movies such as Courage Under Fire, Glory Road, Aventurera, The Brave Bulls and other movies made in the El Paso-Juárez area.

“El Paso’s desert vistas have captured the imaginations of filmmakers from the early days of film. We are excited to showcase El Paso’s role in many feature films in this exhibition,” said Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Tracey Jerome.

The Plaza Classic will be showing several films that feature El Paso including The Getaway, Committed, No Country for Old Men and Glory Road. The movie Amadeus, starring El Paso native and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, will also be screened as part of the festival.

The On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland exhibit is free and runs through October 28.

For more information, call the El Paso Museum of History at (915) 212-0320

Plaza Classic Film Festival, Museum of History Team Up for ‘On Location’ Exhibition

With its mountain vistas and vast desert landscapes, the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez region has fascinated filmmakers ever since the silent movie era. On Location: Making Movies in the Borderland, a new exhibition opening July 20 at the El Paso Museum of History, puts that into focus.

On Location, which will be on display through October 28 at the El Paso Museum of History, located at 501 North Santa Fe, marks the fourth annual collaboration between the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, the world’s largest classic film festival, and the El Paso Museum of History.

On Location spans 100 years of movie-making on the border and features shooting scripts, posters and lobby cards from Courage Under Fire, Glory Road, Aventurera, The Brave Bulls and other movies made in the El Paso-Juarez area.

It also includes an Acme Film Projector used by silent film exhibitors and filmmakers Felix Padilla and Edmundo Padilla, items from the Juarez/Mexico City-based Calderon family of filmmakers, a copy of a letter Steve McQueen sent to Texas Gov.

Preston Smith at the conclusion of filming The Getaway in El Paso, and items from movies based on books by El Paso authors Tom Lea and Cormac McCarthy.

Additionally, University of Texas at El Paso English and theater professor Dr. Mimi Gladstein, a member of the El Paso Community Foundation board of directors, will present a free lecture, Adapting Tom Lea’s ‘The Brave Bulls’ to the Screen, at noon Sunday, August 5 at the museum.

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.

Ali MacGraw to Appear at 11th Plaza Classic Film Festival

Acclaimed actress, author and activist Ali MacGraw will appear at the 11th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival in August.

Ms. MacGraw will take the historic Plaza Theatre stage for Love Story, the 1970 romantic drama that made her a star, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 3; and Sam Peckinpah’s 1972 action classic The Getaway, starring Steve McQueen and filmed largely in El Paso, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4.

She also will sign autographs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon.

Ali MacGraw received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Jenny Cavalleri in Love Story, her second movie. She worked for Harper’s Bazaar magazine and fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky before making her film debut in Goodbye, Columbus. The Getaway was her third film.

She also starred in Convoy, Players and Just Tell Me What You Want and TV’s The Winds of War and Dynasty. She wrote a best-selling autobiography, Moving Pictures, and helped create the instructional video Yoga Mind & Body, filmed at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.

Ms. MacGraw works on behalf of social, animal and environmental causes, and is an ambassador for Ibu Movement, which benefits women cooperatives around the world. She received the New Mexico Governor’s Award in 2008 for her contributions to the arts.

This year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will screen more than 90 movies from August 2-12, 2018. Previously announced 2018 titles include Aladdin, Amadeus, Lady and the Tramp and Vertigo.

PCFF officials add that more titles will be announced soon.

Individual tickets go on sale in early July. Festival Passes are $200, on sale online and 915-533-4020.

Public Relations Association of the Southwest to Sponsor PCFF’s First Local Flavor Awards

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is teaming up with the Public Relations Association of the Southwest to add awards to this year’s Local Flavor filmmaker showcase.

The Local Flavor Award will give $1,000 to the best of this year’s Local Flavor entries. The award will be selected by Local Flavor curators and professional filmmakers Zach Passero and Lucky McKee, and Plaza Classic Film Festival director Doug Pullen.

The $500 Audience Flavorite Award will be chosen by those who attend this year’s Local Flavor programs during the Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 11th year August 2-12, 2018.

“The money can be put to good use toward a filmmaker’s future project,” said Passero, a versatile filmmaker, editor and animator whose credits include James and the Giant Peach, Motel, Glimpse, and this year’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.

“We are excited to be a part of recognizing projects which tell the stories of the people and places in the Southwest,” said PRSW President Laura Cade.

The Public Relations Association of the Southwest is a professional networking organization for public relations specialists in the El Paso/border region.

The entry deadline for this year’s Local Flavor series, which is sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, is 11:59 p.m. Friday, June 15. Entries may be submitted online, and there is no cost to enter.

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 plazaclassic.com/localflavor

Call 915-533-4020 or email local@plazaclassic.com 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 plazaclassic.com/schedule.

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 plazaclassic.com/tickets an915-533-4020.

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