The Plaza Classic Film Festival in El Paso, Texas, comes to an end this weekend. If you haven’t bitten the bullet and bought the gas to get down there yet, you might want to consider it this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 14, legendary director Peter Bogdanovich will be there to introduce his 1971 film The Last Picture Show (based on the book by Larry McMurtry). Bogdanovich will give a free filmmaker’s talk beginning at 6 p.m. at the Oasis Lounge (located inside downtown El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre). The screening itself will start at 7 p.m. at the Plaza’s Kendle Kidd Performance Hall. Tickets for the screening are $8 and may be purchased through ticketmaster.com. Log on to plazaclassic.com for a complete list of films and events happening through Sunday.
North to Alaska
The historic El Rey Theater is teaming up with the Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico and the Santa Fe Opera to present an amazing night of Native film and entertainment. On Wednesday, Aug. 18, El Rey will turn movie theater again for a screening of the hallmark 1922 silent documentary Nanook of the North. Considered the first true documentary feature, Nanook captures the struggles of an indigenous Alaskan man and his family to survive in the rugged Canadian arctic. In addition to the film, there will be a live performance by Inuit throat singer Lois Suluk-Locke and composer Brent Michael Davids. A panel discussion about the movie will follow. After the event, there will be a reception at the Holocaust and Intolerance Museum, located just east of El Rey in Downtown Albuquerque. A suggested $10 donation gets you in the door for all the evening’s festivities.
Where My Volunteers At?
The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is less than three months away and is still actively searching for volunteers. The marketing and outreach team is looking for savvy marketing gurus to help “spread the film festival love far and wide.” The website design team still needs some help putting the film festival site together as well. If you’ve got the necessary skills, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website (closetcinema.org). Also, organizers are hiring a sponsorship / ad sales coordinator to develop the advertising strategy for the festival program. Sales experience is helpful but not necessary. This one is a paid position. Contact email@example.com or call 243-1870 for more information on that.