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Coming soon: Border showcase, classic series and more on tap for film buffs

August 25, 2013


Aug. 25--Filmmakers from El Paso, Juarez, Guadalajara and Sydney will have works in the sixth annual Del Corazon Film Festival, which takes place on both sides of our border this week.

Nine projects -- animated, documentary and narrative shorts -- will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Colegio de La Frontera Norte, 3708 Avenida de Los Insurgentes in Juarez, and 8 p.m. Friday at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas in El Paso.

El Paso-made films include Jennifer Lucero's 9 1/2 -minute narrative, "X"; Daniel Salvadoray's one-minute documentary "Every 9 Seconds"; Jorge Salas' 13-minute narrative "Turn-Tale Pike"; and a 20-minute documentary, "A Diamond in the Rough," by Eric Romero, Christian Ordon and Justin Rodriguez.

Juarez filmmaker Alfonso de la Cruz has a 6 1/2 -minute animated short, "Hotcakes," on the program. Fellow Juarense Alejandra Gonzalez Aragon made the 12-minute documentary "Vale Madre," and Juarez and Philadelphia resident Michelle Angela Ortiz will close the program with her 30-minute documentary "Aqui y Alla."

Also on the schedule: "Cinamnesia," a five-minute experimental narrative by Nicola Walkerden of Australia, and "Prita Noire," an eight-minute animated short by Sofa Carrillo Ramirez of Guadalajara.

The binational festival, which showcases local and indie filmmakers, is presented by the Movimiento Hunab Ku


It's free. El Paso's Oussa Bossa will perform.


Jazz age

The El Paso Museum of Art's World Cinema Series will celebrate the jazz age next month.

George Roy Hill's 1973 caper comedy "The Sting" starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, will lead it off Sept. 7, followed Baz Luhrmann's 2013 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," with Leonard Di Caprio, on Sept. 14.

Six time Academy Award-winning musical "Chicago," with Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will be shown Sept. 21, with Al Jolson starring in the 1927 classic "The Jazz Singer," the first feature film with synchronized dialogue, Sept. 28.

The films coincide with the museum's next major exhibit, "Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection," which will include works by Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O'Keeffe, Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz. It will be on view from Sept. 8 to Jan. 5.

Movies are shown at 2 p.m. Saturdays in the museum's auditorium. Admission is $3; free for museum members and children 12 and younger.

Information; 532-1707,

Gettin' reel

UTEP's Union Cinema, which is on the first floor of the Union Building, is going in a much more contemporary direction for its fall Get Reel series. It's dominated by summer blockbusters.

It will open with David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," about a romance between two people with bipolar disorder. Co-star Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award for her performance.

The romantic comedy will be shown Thursday and Friday in the UTEP theater.

Also booked:

-- This year's "Man of Steel," Sept. 12-13.

-- Another summer hit, "Monsters University," Sept. 19-20.

-- Seth Rogen's dystopic comedy "This Is the End," Sept. 26-27.

-- The French comedy "The Intouchables," Oct. 10-11.

-- Despicable Me 2," Oct. 17-18.

-- 2011's "Bully,' Oct. 24-25.

-- The well-reviewed scary movie "The Conjuring," Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

-- The Argentine drama "Clandestine Childhood," Nov. 7-8.

-- Kevin Bacon in "Taking Chance," Nov. 14-15.

-- The current comedy "We're the Millers," Nov. 21-22.

All movies will be shown at 7 p.m. Admission is $2; $1 for UTEP students, faculty, staff and alumni with ID.

Information; 747-5711,

Cinemark classics

Cinemark Cinemas has announced its next slate of digitally restored blockbusters and classics, which starts this week with Quentin Tarantino's inventive "Pulp Fiction" at 2 p.m. today and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Also scheduled:

-- Gene Hackman in the 1971 espionage thriller "The French Connection," 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

-- Billy Wilder's "Some Like It Hot," 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

-- Cary Grant in "To Kill a Mockingbird," 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

-- The pugilistic Brad Pitt in "Fight Club," 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

-- Jimmy Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock mind-bender "Vertigo," 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

Tickets cost $7 for matinees and $9 for evening shows; $6.50 for children and seniors for all shows. Bundles, which include one ticket for each movie, cost $30.


NMSU's 'Rocky Horror'

NMSU's American Southwest Theatre Company will host its annual screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the campus' new Center for the Arts.

Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters. Prop bags will be included with the $10 admission price.

Information: 575-646-4515.

Jay's 'Juarez'

Local film aficionado Jay Duncan reports a good turnout of 34 people for "Somewhere in Time," the first presentation of his revived Jay's Pix Presents series.

Newly situated at the historic Hixon House, a 1908 home at 717 W. Yandell in Sunset Heights, the series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 with "Juarez," the 1939 movie starring Paul Muni as the Mexican president who wrested his country away from the French.

It also stars Bette Davis, Claude Rains and Juarez-born Gilbert Roland (who died in 1994).

The free movie will be shown in honor of Mexico's War of Independence.


Doug Pullen may be reached at 546-6397.


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