The Texas Archive of the Moving Image presents three days of some of the best (and most rare) Texas film treasures next week at the Ritz, so if you call yourself a Texan, listen up.
Each of these films is a part of our celluloid heritage, and it our duty as citizens of the Republic of Texas to celebrate the finer points of our cinematic identity- namely oil, rebellion and recklessness.
Monday, March 2: WRITTEN ON THE WIND
Fresh from his role as a rancher in GIANT, Rock Hudson takes on his second Texas-themed film of 1956 as buddy to a wealthy and dysfunctional oil family in Douglas Sirk's melodrama. Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone garnered an Academy Award nomination and a win, respectively, for their roles as spoiled siblings troubled by alcoholism and nymphomania. Stack in particular is a rampaging force of self-destructive mayhem, colliding wildly with everyone and anything in his path. Come early for a themed pre-show showcasing newsreels of Texas oil towns and home movies shot by real Lone Star wildcatters from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection and clips of the world-renowned firefighting duo, Boots and Coots, courtesy of UT's Center for American History.
Tuesday, March 3: THE GETAWAY
Released from the Huntsville prison under rather dubious circumstances, Doc (Steve McQueen) returns to bank robbing with his wife/getaway driver Carol (Ali McGraw) at his side. When a heist goes awry, the duo is on the lam headed from San Marcos to the El Paso border. McQueen and McGraw met on the set, breaking up McGraw's marriage to flamboyant producer Robert Evans. Peckinpah's rampaging journey across the great state of Texas has all the essentials: explosions, shootouts, and BBQ, and features a deeply memorable villain performance from late, great character actor Al Lettieri. This extremely rare 35mm screening will feature a print from the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, March 4: LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN
Not on DVD! Helen Slater and Christian Slater (unrelated, despite their roles as siblings) star in this 1980s cult classic about a Corpus Christi teenager who becomes an outlaw in her quest for justice. Fighting under the slogan "Fair is fair," Billie Jean goes on the run from the law with her brother and best friends, becoming an unlikely hero for oppressed teens everywhere. After cutting her hair as an homage to Joan of Arc, the once demure Billie Jean transforms into an authentic Texas outlaw by taking a righteous and inspiring stand against The Man. One of the all-time greatest Youth in Revolt films, and an incredibly rare theatrical experience. Come early for a pre-show featuring home movie footage of the Gulf Coast, clips from educational films on teenage runaways, and additional gems from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's archival film and video collection.
Sunday, March 8: The Texas Film Round-Up!
Bring your own 'Texas' films (home movies, short films, anything Texas) to any of the above screenings or to Alamo South Lamar on Sunday, March 8, because The Texas Archive will be on-site in the lobby offering free film and video digitization for Texas-related moving images from 10 am to 10 pm. Participants will receive DVD copies of their film or video in exchange for contributing a digital copy of their materials to the TAMI online library. More information on the Texas Film Round-Up can be found on TAMI's website or by contacting TAMI at (512) 485-3073 or email@example.com. That evening, we'll have a screening of some of the earliest existing moving images of Austin plus highlights from the last century...and then we'll watch some of your best submitted films from the round-up!
And finally, in support of this important project, the fine folks over at Scooter Revolution have generously donated a 150cc Scooter to be raffled! Raffle tickets will be available at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz immediately prior to each Wanted: Texas Film Series screening, and the winner will be choosen after the the final screening. Proceeds will benefit TAMI’s mission to discover, preserve, make accessible and serve the community interest in Texas film heritage.
Help Texas be in motion forever!