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El Pasoan debuts ‘The Weird Kidz’ at Plaza Theatre

May 05, 2023

After more than eight years in the making, El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero will debut his animated film, “The Weird Kidz,” the first animated feature film made in El Paso, at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Theatre.

“I’m so proud to have made ‘The Weird Kidz’ entirely in my hometown of El Paso,” Passero said in a news release. “I couldn’t have made the film without the support and collaboration of so many good people here. The Plaza Theatre is such a beautiful and historic venue, it’s a dream come true to get to share it on the Plaza’s huge screen.”

The screening, presented by the El Paso Film and Creative Industries Commission and the El Paso Film Festival, is free.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The film is unrated and includes “pubescent humor and mild language, brief animated nudity, cartoon amputations and savagery and creature mayhem.”  

Made entirely in El Paso with a small group of collaborators, “The Weird Kidz” was an initial recipient of the first-ever Local Filmmaker Incentive Grant through the city of El Paso’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Department in 2018.

While much of the cast and crew are locals, the ensemble is rounded out by well-known talent, including Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”), Sean Bridgers (“Deadwood,” “Get Shorty”), Angela Bettis (“May,” “The Woman”), and as producer, Lucky McKee (“May,” “Poker Face”), all of whom will attend the El Paso premiere.