Dell City documentary among festival films

Plaza Classic Film Festival

About a hundred miles east of El Paso, the dusty, nearly forgotten town of Dell City sets the stage for a documentary that captures a snapshot of what life is like in rural America. The film, Tales from Dell City, Texas, will make its world premiere at the Plaza Classic Film Festival at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. 

Produced and directed by filmmaker Josh Carter, Tales is told from the perspective of the people who live there.

“Instead of trying only to tell their story for them, I asked them what they would shoot if it were their movie,” said Carter, a New Yorker who is originally from Houston.

Described as surprising and heartfelt, the film is a series of short stories on everyday life in Dell City, offering a glimpse into a town that once thrived with a population of thousands and is now down to a few hundred “stubborn souls”, as described on the film’s website (www.talesfromdellcity.com).

Carter will be in El Paso for the premiere of the film and will be available for a special film talk prior to the screening.  A full schedule of film screenings and festival events is available online at www.plazaclassic.com.

Fans of the Plaza Classic can get the full-festival experience by purchasing Festival Passes, on sale now for $200 through the El Paso Community Foundation. Passholders are invited to a special preview of the art exhibition, The Ten Commandments: Treasures from the Production Archives, along with special tours and talks provided during the festival.

Preferred entry to all movies through the Festival Pass Express Lane is another perk for festival Passholders, as well as an invitation to the VIP Opening Night screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Festival Passes are on sale now through the El Paso Community Foundation, (915) 533-4020. The Plaza Classic Film Festival is a project of the El Paso Community Foundation, which provides a wide range of charitable and philanthropic services in the region. To learn more, visit www.epcf.org .

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