WHEN HOLLYWOOD CAME TO EL PASO — There was a time when El Paso and the surrounding areas were a hot spot for locations for major Hollywood productions. Here are just three of the motion pictures featuring considerable star-power of their day!

March 4th ~ 2 pm




(MGM: 1953) 101 minutes, Color


Starring: Richard Widmark, Elaine Stewart, Karl Malden, Russ Tamblyn

Screenplay by:  Millard Kaufman

Music by:  Dimitri Tiomkin

Directed by: Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry)


Set during the Korean conflict, the story relates how drill instructors transform everyday civilians into soldiers during their sixteen-weeks of basic training.


The film was originally to be shot at the U.S. Marine boot camp in San Diego under the title "The Making of a Marine," but to avoid controversies of the toughness of their training program, it was later to decided to switch to the Army and shoot on location at Fort Bliss, Texas.


The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, losing to Titanic.


March 11th ~ 2 pm


THE GETAWAY  (90% Filmed in El Paso & Fabens!)


(United Artists: 1972) 122 minutes, Color


Starring:  Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue)

Music by: Quincy Jones


The Getaway is a 1972 American neo-noir action-crime film which was a box-office hit earning over $36 million in the United States alone; becoming one of the most financially successful productions of Peckinpah's and McQueen's careers. The film is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name, with the screenplay written by Walter Hill. Locations included Huntsville, San Marcos, San Antonio, Fabens, and the majority of the film shot in El Paso.

March 18th ~ 2 pm


THE BORDER (Filmed entirely in El Paso!)


(Universal:  1982) 109 minutes, Color


Starring:  Jack Nicholson, Valerie Perrine, Harvey Keitel, Elpidia Carrillo

Music by: Ry Cooder. Title song sung by Freddy Fender

Directed by: Tony Richardson (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones)


Immigration enforcement agent Smith (Jack Nicholson) lives in California with his wife (Valerie Perrine) in a trailer. She persuades him to move to a duplex in El Paso shared by her friend and border agent Cat (Harvey Keitel). The film began shooting in 1980 in El Paso, but was delayed several months because of a writer's strike.

March 25th ~ 1 pm  *Special Start Time


(Day 1 )  FESTIMA JUNIOR 2017 with Alliance Francaise El Paso

In French with English Subtitles


WELCOME (2009)


ADAMA (2015)


For further information, please visit Alliance Francaisse of El Paso







March 26th ~ 1 pm  *Special Start Time


(Day 2)  FESTIMA JUNIOR 2017 with Alliance Francaise El Paso

In French with English Subtitles




NEIGE & LES ARBRES MAGIQUES (2015) - 4 animated shorts



For further information, please visit Alliance Francaisse of El Paso








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WEEKLY - Film Series


 Saturdays at 2:00 PM



Hosted at

The El Paso

International Museum of Art


1211 Montana Avenue



Free Admission & Free Parking!


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



Come join our Film Series...Now monthly or weekly!


What began in June, 2000 as the first weekly Classic Film Series in the El Paso Southwest, returns as an ongoing film series—now having grown to offering both monthly and weekly!


SFS meets MONTHLY (either on Saturday or Sunday) at Ardovino's Desert Crossing in Sunland Park. Come out early or stay late for cocktails and dinner. See map and directions.


And now SFS meets WEEKLY at the International Museum of Art in downtown El Paso.


*BOTH film venues are FREE of charge to the public.*


Jay Duncan, host, the Sunset Film Society and founder, CEO of Jay's Pix Presents.Hosted by life long film fan, historian, archivist, writer and collector Jay Duncan. When it comes to the magic of the motion picture, Jay enthusiastically shares his wealth of knowledge, personal exhibits of his own movie memorabilia and in-depth behind-the-scenes knowledge with each and every screening.


Join Jay as he hosts the ever popular Sunset Film Society series and get to know first-hand what everyone is talking about!


For more information and to make reservations, please email Jay.


NOTE: All presentations will include added attractions to simulate the original movie-going experience.  It might be a cartoon, short, featurette or serial chapter.

Experience the CLASSIC FILM SERIES presentations:


•  Historical background of each film presentation

•  Film(s) showing

•  Post presentation: discussions, questions & answers, audience participation.

•  Education and insight into the cultural significance of FILM as an “Artistic Medium”

•  Information on the Sunset Film Society

“The Art of Cinematography calls for so much experiment, necessitates so many kinds of activity and requires so much sustained attention, that I do not hesitate to say in all sincerity that it is the most alluring and the most interesting of all the Arts, for it makes use of virtually all of them—drawing, painting, the drama, sculpture, architecture, mechanics and manual labor of every sort are called into play in pursuing this extraordinary profession.”

                                                                           — Georges Melies 1861-1938, French Film Pioneer



MONTHLY - Film Series




12 Noon



(Paramount: 1980)

86 minutes, Color




The film is a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour! from which it borrows the plot and the central characters, as well as many elements from Airport 1975.


However, the plot is secondary to the machine-gun delivery of one-liners and double entendres. With the cast playing it straight, it makes the humor even more potent!


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