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‘Citizen Kane’ screening begins Sunset Film Society 2020 Season

As the Sunset Film Society enters the New Year, they’ll be recognizing four classic films directed by four major stars.

Two of the films proved to be the first and only directorial effort and the other two began a career; one of which still continues.

Film historian, educator, writer, archivist, publisher, collector and host Jay Duncan returns to the International Museum of Art with free Saturday afternoon film presentations.

Residents can also make plans on attending the 3rd Iva Turney Society for Arts and Adventure on Sunday, January 26th at 2p.m., when Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes will present “Dueling Pianos.”

The films start at 2 p.m. every Saturday, with free admission as well as free parking.  As always, freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks are available for purchase.
January’s film schedule:
January 4, 2020 — CITIZEN KANE (1941) -119 minutes- Black & White
January 11, 2020 — THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955) -92 minutes- Black & White
January 18, 2020 — ONE EYED JACKS (1961) -141 minutes- TECHNICOLOR / VistaVision
January 25, 2020 — PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) -102 minutes- TECHNICOLOR
January 26, 2020 — IVA TURNEY SOCIETY FOR ARTS & ADVENTURE
Presents “Dueling Pianos” Featuring Ruben Gutierrez and Billy Townes      -2p.m.-
Jan. 4 — CITIZEN KANE (RKO: 1941)
What more can be said about “The best movie of all time”!? Most film scholars and Cineastes agree that if it is not the greatest, it certainly is up there with the very best films ever made. On top of this, it was the very first film produced, directed and co-written by a 25-year-old ORSON WELLES! After the death of a publishing tycoon, reporters try to unravel the meaning of his last word: “Rosebud.”
Through interviews and the recollection of people in his orbit, the life of an enigmatic and complex personality is uncovered. Cinematic rules were broken (showing ceilings in rooms) and new ones created in this magnificent production…which still amazes in its creativity and audacity.

Welles’ troupe of Mercury Players from radio ALL made their feature-film debuts. Stupendous depth of field cinematography by Greg Toland. Edited by another future great director, Robert Wise. Music by Bernard Herrmann.

Starring: Orson Welles, Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloan.
Jan. 11 — THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (United Artists: 1955)
The first and only film directed by Charles Laughton. Screenplay by James Agee was based on the 1953 best-selling novel by Davis Grubb. The plot focuses on a corrupt minister-turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspecting widow and steal $10,000 hidden by her executed husband.

At once beautifully poetic, yet primally frightening. Mitchum equals or surpasses his villainous role in CAPE FEAR. Haunting images will stay with you forever! Cinematography by Stanley Cortez. Music by Walter Schumann.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, James Gleason, Lillian Gish and Billy Chapin and Sally Jane Bruce
as the children.
Jan. 18 — ONE EYED JACKS (Paramount: 1961)
The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando. It was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah, but studio disputes led to their replacement by Brando and screenwriter Guy Trosper.
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio (Marlon Brando) to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now married and a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio’s return.
An undisputed classic and towering artistic achievement. Director Martin Scorsese has cited this troubled masterpiece as his favorite Western, and was responsible, along with Steven Spielberg in the restoration. Based on the novel, The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones by Charles Neider.

Cinematography by Charles Lang (nominated) in Durango, Mexico and Big Sur and Monterey, CA. Wonderful score by Hugo Friedhofer.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Pina Pellicer, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens.
Jan. 25 —PLAY MISTY FOR ME (Universal: 1971)
Superstar Clint Eastwood made his sure-handed directorial debut with this taut and effective tale of obsession. Dave Garver (Eastwood) plays a radio disc jockey who broadcasts nightly in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
After he receives a phone call from Evelyn (Jessica Walter) requesting to hear Erroll Garner’s classic “Misty”, the nightmare begins. The film provided an introduction to Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”.

Screenplay by Jo Heims and Dean Riesner. An equally effective precursor to FATAL ATTRACTION 16-years later!

Starring: Jessica Walter, Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills and Eastwood’s favorite director, Donald Siegel (as Murphy the bartender).

Sunset Film Society’s ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ Christmas returns Saturday

‘Tis the Season…and what better way to celebrate than to have classic and popular holiday movies suitable for the entire family, presented by the Sunset Film Society.

By popular demand, the Sunset Film Society again presents one of the most requested programs of Holiday Classics on December 21st, a holiday program spanning 43 years at the International Museum of Art.

“As we look forward to this most Blessed Season and usher out 2019, we’ll go back in time for the very first animated television Christmas Special, an Academy Award-nominated cartoon from the USA, an enchanting Academy Award-nominated animated short from England, and an Oscar-winning live-action short from France,” Sunset Film Society director Jay Duncan shared.

 
MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL  (UPA:  1962)    TECHNICOLOR    53 minutes
Before A Charlie Brown Christmas or even How The Grinch Stole Christmas, there was Television’s 1st Animated Christmas Special.
On Tuesday, December 18, 1962, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol debuted on the NBC Television Network, sponsored by Timex. It became an annual holiday event for the next two decades, then it vanished from regular telecasts.
However, if you’re a baby boomer…or older, you know that this program was produced with loving care; featuring wonderful voice characterizations, a memorable Walter Scharf music score with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and the famous “minimalist” style of  UPA (United Producers of America.) animation.
Charles Dickens’ timeless 1843 literary classic has been faithfully and movingly adapted, and in my book rates just below the all-time classic British version, SCROOGE,  produced in 1951 starring Alastair Sim.

PEACE ON EARTH  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:  1939)    TECHNICOLOR    9 minutes    Released December 9, 1939     80th Anniversary!   
In December 1939, MGM released an animated short entitled Peace on Earth and it was made at a time when much of the world was contemplating peace – or the diminishing prospect thereof. World War II had begun in Europe and, although the United States had yet to become involved, many Americans were endeavoring to promote the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
 
In this animated classic, two young squirrels ask their grandfather why they say “Good will to men” at Christmastime and inquire what exactly “men” are. The grandpa squirrel tells them that men were a monstrous species that used to be in charge until they were all wiped out in a global conflict.
 
Peace on Earth was nominated for an Academy Award and it has also been included in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals from film historian Jerry Beck. Hand-drawn and photographed on thousands of sheets of celluloid with no computer assistance, this is animation and design at its epoch, and shows the power of the animated film to move an audience emotionally. Academy Award Nomination:  “Best Animated Short.”
 
THE SNOWMAN  (Great Britain:  1982)    Color    27 minutes   Great Britain
Based on the wordless best-selling children’s book by British author Raymond Briggs, this enchanting film perfectly captures all the wonder and innocence of Childhood. Music by Howard Blake. Memorable in every way, it earned an Academy Award nomination for “Best Animated Short Film”.
 
THE RED BALLOON  (Lopert:  1956)  TECHNICOLOR  34 minutes  France
A “Sense of Wonder” and the innocence of Childhood has seldom been more fully realized than in this dialog-free French short subject. Filmed entirely in the back streets and narrow alleys of Old Montmartre, it tells the adventures of a little boy (the director’s own six-year old son Pascal) and a big red balloon he rescues from a lamppost.
This world-acclaimed film inspired 2008’s French feature:  Flight of the Red Balloon.  Starring:  Pascal Lamorisse, the children of Menilmontant and all the balloons of Paris. Directed, produced and written by Albert Lamorisse. Academy Award winner – “Best Original Screenplay”.
 
The Red Balloon (1956)  – Le Ballon Rouge Movie HD

The special series starts at 2:00 p.m., with Jay Duncan providing insightful commentary, anecdotes and the Facts Behind the Films.  Free admission and free parking, as well as freshly-popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks are available for purchase.

Sunset Film Society unveils December free movie schedule

With winter is just around the corner, the Sunset Film Society has a month of Classic Holiday Entertainment for planned each weekend in December.

“During this most blessed time of family and friends celebrating the holidays together, plan on spending a portion at the International Museum Of Art. May you all retain a “Sense of Wonder” and be filled with fellowship and love!” Jay Duncan, Sunset Film Society’s Director shares.

By popular demand, the Sunset Film Society will present one of the most requested programs of Holiday Classics on December 21st, and the first of the all-star “disaster movies” is presented on December 28th.

Film fans are invited to show up early – at 1:30 – for Special Holiday shorts.  Plan now on spending your Saturday afternoons with Jay for insightful commentary, anecdotes and the facts behind the films.

In addition to the free admission and free parking, movie patrons can purchase freshly popped Theater Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks.

Dec. 7th— ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS  (Buena Vista:  1985)
A guardian angel (Harry Dean Stanton) helps a poor, weary woman (Mary Steenburgen) whose family faces eviction at the holidays.
PLUS Added Attraction: THE GIFT OF THE MAGI (20th Century-Fox:  1952) Starring:  Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger. Black & White. Based on a short story by O’Henry.
Directed by Henry King.
 
Dec. 14th —  GREMLINS (Warner Bros:  1985)
An inventor (Hoyt Axton) gives his son (Zach Galligan) an odd little creature for Christmas which multiplies into monsters and create havoc.
Also featuring:   Phoebe Cates and Polly Holliday. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Written by Chris Columbus. Directed by Joe Dante.
 
 
Dec. 21st  — 

Let’s ALL experience the “Sense of Wonder” we once had, as we see “…Through the Eyes of a Child”
Plan now on bringing the kids and grandkids for an unforgettable program spanning 43 years.  As we look forward to this most Blessed Season and usher out 2019, we’ll go back in time for the very first animated television Christmas Special, an Academy Award-nominated cartoon from the USA, an enchanting Academy Award-nominated animated short from England, and an Oscar-winning live-action short from France.
MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL  (UPA:  1962)    TECHNICOLOR    53 minutes
Before A Charlie Brown Christmas or even How The Grinch Stole Christmas, there was Television’s 1st Animated Christmas Special! On Tuesday, December 18, 1962, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol debuted on the NBC Television Network, sponsored by Timex. It became an annual holiday event for the next two decades, then it vanished from regular telecasts.
 
However, if you’re a baby boomer…or older, you know that this program was produced with loving care; featuring wonderful voice characterizations, a memorable Walter Scharf music score with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and the famous “minimalist” style of  UPA (United Producers of America.) animation. Charles Dickens’ timeless 1843 literary classic has been faithfully and movingly adapted, and in my book rates just below the all-time classic British version, SCROOGE,  produced in 1951 starring Alastair Sim.
 
PEACE ON EARTH  (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:  1939)    TECHNICOLOR    9 minutes    Released December 9, 1939     80th Anniversary! 
In December 1939, MGM released an animated short entitled Peace on Earth and it was made at a time when much of the world was contemplating peace – or the diminishing prospect thereof. World War II had begun in Europe and, although the United States had yet to become involved, many Americans were endeavoring to promote the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
 
In this animated classic, two young squirrels ask their grandfather why they say “Good will to men” at Christmastime and inquire what exactly “men” are. The grandpa squirrel tells them that men were a monstrous species that used to be in charge until they were all wiped out in a global conflict.
 
Peace on Earth was nominated for an Academy Award and it has also been included in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals from film historian Jerry Beck. Hand-drawn and photographed on thousands of sheets of celluloid with no computer assistance, this is animation and design at its epoch, and shows the power of the animated film to move an audience emotionally. Academy Award Nomination:  “Best Animated Short.”
 
 
THE SNOWMAN  (Great Britain:  1982)    Color    27 minutes   Great Britain
Based on the wordless best-selling children’s book by British author Raymond Briggs, this enchanting film perfectly captures all the wonder and innocence of Childhood. Music by Howard Blake. Memorable in every way! Academy Award nominee for “Best Animated Short Film”.
 
 
THE RED BALLOON  (Lopert:  1956)  TECHNICOLOR  34 minutes  France
A “Sense of Wonder” and the innocence of Childhood has seldom been more fully realized than in this dialog-free French short subject. Filmed entirely in the back streets and narrow alleys of Old Montmartre, it tells the adventures of a little boy (the director’s own six-year old son Pascal) and a big red balloon he rescues from a lamppost. This world-acclaimed film inspired 2008’s French feature:  Flight of the Red Balloon.  Starring:  Pascal Lamorisse, the children of Menilmontant and all the balloons of Paris. Directed, produced and written by Albert Lamorisse. Academy Award winner – “Best Original Screenplay”.
 
Dec. 28th —  THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (20th Century-Fox:  1972)
The S.S. Poseidon, is an aged luxury liner on her final voyage from New York City to Athens before being sent to the scrapyard. On New Year’s Eve, she is overturned by a rogue 90-foot wave. Passengers and crew are trapped inside, and a rebellious preacher attempts to lead a small group of survivors to safety…UPWARD! The first of the big-budget all-star cast “disaster movies.” Starring:  Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Pamela Sue Martin, Jack Albertson and Leslie Nielsen as The Captain. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico. Produced by Irwin Allen. Music by John Williams. Directed by Ronald Neame.
 
Nominated for 9 Academy Awards…Winner of 2 (Special Achievement for Visual Effects and Best Original Song – “The Morning After”).  The Poseidon Adventure (1972) Trailer 

Sunset Film Society celebrates Thanksgiving via free movies in November

During this month of Thanksgiving, The Sunset Film Society offers an idealized world of Peace and Tranquility, a man of Individuality and Principle, an Academy Award-winning story of three sisters and the men in their orbit and a Comedy Classic featuring a unique talent.

Also, officials have re-scheduled their Special October 12th double-bill presentation of classic suspense television, which wasn’t shown due to maintenance in the Museum.

Admission and parking are free, and all films are scheduled for Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.  The door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium.

Freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks are available for purchase.

November 2, 2019 — Classic 1960s Television:

                                    THRILLER (1961) & ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (1965)
                                    (re-scheduled from October 12!)
November 9, 2019 — LOST HORIZON (1937)       -132 minutes-       Black & White

November 10, 2019 — THE IVA TURNEY SOCIETY FOR ARTS & ADVENTURE

                                    Sue Taylor, Curator of the NM Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM
                                    speaks on “SPACE RACE WOMEN: SCIENTISTS, COMPUTERS AND ASTRONAUT WIVES”

(~ 2p.m. in the Auditorium ~)
November 16, 2019 — THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1949)       -114 minutes-       Black & White
November 23, 2019 — HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986)       -106 minutes-       Color

November 30, 2019 — THE COURT JESTER (1956)       -101 minutes-       TECHNICOLOR

Sunset Film Society announces special programs for October at International Museum of Art

With the days getting shorter, and the calendar turning to October, the Sunset Film Society says it’s time to celebrate the season with heart-pounding suspense and atmosphere for Halloween.

Howling winds and rain, creaky doors, a phantom forest, an unearthly painting, children spawned from another world, specially selected Short Subjects and the Cinema’s first vampire are all part of this October’s Special terror lineup by the Sunset Film Society.

“Yes, it’s the Season of the unknown, the unfamiliar and heart-racing thrills! Never fear, there is no gore; only suspense and atmosphere to celebrate the Chill in the coming of Fall,” shared Jay Duncan, Director of the Sunset Film Society

The showings start at 2 p.m. Saturdays, with the exception of October 26th, when the International Museum Of Art will be presenting the 5th annual “Murder at the Museum” at 7pm.

“This is a live Murder Mystery Party, and it is up to you to determine who is guilty by collecting clues provided by a cast of characters. Plan on getting your tickets early and coming in costume,” Duncan added.

For the convenience of movie goers, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium.

Freshly Popped Theater Popcorn, Beverages, Candy & Snacks Available for Purchase

October Schedule:

October 5, 2019 — NOSFERATU, A Symphony of Terror (1922) Germany B&W Silent with Music Score

October 12, 2019 — Classic 1960s Television Double-Feature: THRILLER (1961) & THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (1965)

October 19, 2019 — VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)

October 26, 2019 — NO MOVIE! Purchase tickets and support the 5th annual “Murder at the Museum” – 7P.M. ~ A LIVE Murder Mystery Party!

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART – 1211 Montana Avenue  |  (915) 543-6747   Website:   internationalmuseumofart.net

Sunset Film Society to Host Classic Movie Love Stories for February

For the month of Feburary, film historian, educator, writer, archivist, publisher, collector and host Jay Duncan has a series of classic movie love stories at the International Museum of Art via the Sunset Film Society.

As part of the on-going Saturday afternoon tradition, the Sunset Film Society will present their ‘Bittersweet Romance’ series.

Duncan shares, “In matters of the heart, there are universal truths. Love, infatuation, betrayal, heartbreak and strength are inherent in us all. The Sunset Film Society has assembled four films spanning nearly 40-years which feature such timeless themes”

The presentations start at 2:00 p.m. with Jay’s insightful commentary, anecdotes and the facts behind the films.  As always, there is free admission, free parking and a full-service concession stand with freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks.

For patron’s convenience, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium.

February 2, 2019 — CASABLANCA (1942)

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards and winning 3 (Best Picture, Director & Screenplay) CASABLANCA is on most every list of the “Greatest Films of All Time” and the personal favorite of many. An American expatriate must choose between his love for a woman
and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Peppered with memorable scenes and dialog which have become part of our consciousness. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Music by Max Steiner. Based on the unproduced stage play “Everybody Comes To Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. Screenplay by
brothers Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch. Dynamite ensemble cast!

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains.

*

February 9, 2019 — BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945)

The thrill, pain and tenderness of an illicit affair is realized as two married middle-age strangers meet at a train station and find themselves drawn into a short but poignant romance. Intense and unforgettable in the dour gray England of 1945.

Underscored by the swirling Second Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff. Adapted by Noel Cowardfrom his 1936 one-act play “Still Life.” Straightforward and quiet direction by David Lean, notable for such epics as BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAII, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, and DR. ZHIVAGO.

Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Joyce Carey Stanley Holloway.

*

February 16, 2019 — ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

Gregory Peck is a reporter and Audrey Hepburn is a royal princess out to see Rome on her own and incognito. Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in her American movie debut, as did the Screenplay and Costume Design. Directed by William Wyler (BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, BEN-HUR).

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert.

*

February 23, 2019 — SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980)

A contemporary playwright falls in love with a woman in a seventy-year-old photograph and sets out to find the object of his affection. Heartfelt and sensitive adaptation by Richard Matheson of his 1975 novel, “Bid Time Return”, and featuring a lovely music score by John Barry. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright.

Sunset Film Society Unveils November Schedule for Films

Multi-million dollar talent is showcased during this month of Thanksgiving, as the Sunset Film Society presents stories of determination and inspiration.

Among the movies this month, the showings will feature Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, Tobey Maguire, Robert De Niro and Max Von Sydow.

In addition to the regular showings at the International Museum of Art’s Theater (1211 Montana Avenue), there will be a Special Sunday Screening of ‘Meetings with Remarkable Men’ at 2pm on Sunday, November 4th.

For theater patron’s convenience, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium, with showtimes at 2 pm.  As always, freshly-popped Theater Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks will be available for purchase.

November 3, 2018 — AWAKENINGS (Columbia: 1990) Color

November 4, 2018 — MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN (Enterprise: 1979) Color -El Paso Premiere!-

November 10, 2018 — THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Buena Vista: 1999) Color

November 17, 2018 — GOOD WILL HUNTING (Miramax: 1997) Color

November 24, 2018 — FINDING FORRESTER (Columbia: 2000) Color

Film-by-film details:

November 3 — AWAKENINGS -121 minutes- Based on Oliver Sacks’s 1973 memoir of the same title. It’s the story of Malcolm Sayer, who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Directed by Penny Marshall. Music by Randy Newman.

Starring: Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Robert De Niro.

November 4 — MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN -108 minutes- Peter Brook, one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement of the 1950s and 1960s was the director of Meetings with Remarkable Men. Based on the1963 book by Asian mystic G. I. Gurdijeff, here played by Dragan Maksimovic. Gurdijeff devotes his entire existence, from youth to old age, in a quest of the meaning of life. He eventually develops a form of meditation incorporating modern dance. Terence Stamp who plays Prince Lubovedsky, briefly retreated from his career after this picture in favor of Eastern meditation. A rare opportunity for anyone in the outside world to be allowed to observe this form of sacred dance that the Sufis have been using for thousands of years. Sponsored by The Gurdjieff Foundation of Texas.
Starring: Dragan Maksimović, Natasha Parry, Terence Stamp.
November 10 — THE CIDER HOUSE RULES -125 minutes- John Irving wrote the screenplay based on his novel of the same name, which tells the coming-of-age of Homer Wells, who lives in a World War II-era Maine orphanage run by a doctor who performs illegal abortions. Winner of two Academy Awards. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat).

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine (Winner, Best Supporting Actor).

November 17 — GOOD WILL HUNTING -126 minutes- A 20-year-old South Boston laborer (Matt Damon), is an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist (Robin Williams) and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend, and himself, facing the significant task of confronting his past and thinking about his future. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Academy Award, Best Original Screenplay by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Starring: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor). November 24 — FINDING FORRESTER -136 minutes- An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), is invited to attend a prestigious private high school. By chance, Jamal befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester (Sean Connery), through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity. Directed by Gus Van Sant.

Starring: Sean Connery, Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham.

For more info, visit the Sunset Film society’s website.

3rd Annual International Film Festival Returns to International Museum of Art

The 3rd annual International Film Festival, presented by the Sunset Film Society, will raise the curtain on the month-long film extravaganza on Saturday, September 1st with an epic film from Poland.

With a 1 p.m. start time, rather than the regular 2 p.m., the festival leads off with ‘With Fire and Sword,’ a 3-hour Polish historical epic, with a 10-minute Intermission as part of the presentation.

Hosted by film historian, educator, writer, archivist, publisher, and collector Jay Duncan, the films selected for the festival span the globe, and cover a wide swath of both world history and film history.

Via a news release, Duncan shares, “We are honored to be partnering with the General Casimir Pulaski Polish American Society of El Paso (Joanna K. Sikorski), Alliance Francaise d’El Paso (Josette Shaunessay), the Consul Honoraria de España en El Paso (Martha Vera), and Natalia Savchenko for the Mexican and Russian selections.”

“It is only fitting that we begin our French presentation of the 3rd annual International Film Festival with a brief history and presentation of one of Georges Méliès most famous and noteworthy productions, presented in the original hand-colored process. The literary source material was adapted from H.G. Wells’ “First Men in the Moon” and Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon”. It is with extreme pleasure that the Sunset Film Society pays tribute to this famous French film pioneer–tragically overlooked in America–as the Cinema’s 1st Creative Artist.”

As with all presentations by the Sunset Film Society, freshly popped theater popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks will be available for purchase.

Below is the schedule for the film festival. All films will be shown in the country’s respective language with English subtitles

Sept.. 1, 2018 WITH FIRE AND SWORD (Syrena EG: 1999) -175 minutes- Color POLAND

Sept. 8, 2018 A TRIP TO THE MOON (Star Film: 1902) -15 minutes- Hand-Tinted- FRANCE

Also – THE BELIER FAMILY (Mars Distribution: 1999) -105 minutes- Color FRANCE

Sept. 15, 2018 SPANISH AFFAIR II (LaZona Films: 2015) -99 minutes Color SPAIN

Sept. 22, 2018 THE MALDONADO MIRACLE (Showtime: 2003) in English -99 minutes- Color MEXICO

Sept. 29, 2018 THE BATTLE FOR SEBASTOPOL (20th Century-Fox: 2015) -122 minutes- Color RUSSIA

To view in-depth information on each film, visit the Sunset Film Society’s webpage.

Sunset Film Society Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with ‘Peter Pan’ on July 7th

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.

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