San Marcos is about to see its very own film convention, The Lost River Film Festival, just after the Austin Film Festival comes to an end.
Producers and members of the San Marcos Cinema Club spent months and thousands of dollars to bring San Marcos its first and very own film festival that could make the city a film destination in its own right in coming years. The festival is named in honor of “Piranha”, a movie shot in town, and will be featuring films shot at Wonder World Park and all over the world.
Co-producers and creators of the Lost River Film fest Jordan Buckley and Chris Perez have made student tickets half-price at $5 each in an effort to make the films and activities as accessible as possible to the local community.
The festival has a myriad of events and screenings planned between Nov. 2-5. Some of the best screenings for students are posted below, courtesy of the festival’s producers.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. at The Price Center (behind Tantra)
Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove – w/ Director Joe Nick Patoski in attendance for Q&A
A biopic of Doug Sahm, the wild-man musicians’ musician & unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy & teenage R&B dynamo who sparked a riot at his San Anto high school, Sahm emerged an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Fran just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967, returning to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s tale is the story of Texas music.
The film will be followed by a free Garden Party w/ Virus Vodka samples & music from Chief & TheDoomsdayDevice!
Friday Nov. 3, 5 p.m. at the Texas State Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY – w/ Producer Jeffrey Brown in attendance
NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY recounts the experiences of major-league pitcher Dock Ellis — best known for throwing a no-hitter while hallucinating on LSD, but also a flashy figure in pop culture & Black empowerment. Self-dubbed the “Mohammad Ali of Baseball,” Ellis defied white supremacist threats throughout the tumultuous ’60s & ’70s. After a struggle with drug dependency, he devoted the latter part of his life to assisting those who grapple with addiction. The film was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Friday Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m. at Wonder World Park
When We Burn Out – Director’s Cut w/ filmmaker Vanessa Pla & actress Lorelei Linklater in attendance for Q&A
Filmed at Wonder World Park in San Marcos roadside attraction set in the ’80s, this 2017 surrealist stoner comedy follows a tight-knit ensemble of slacker youths. After the park’s owner Buddy perishes in a tragic accident, his son Mike — a recent college grad swamped with a slew of unsavory habits, not limited to sleeping past three every “morning” — handles the patriarch’s death poorly, spiraling down a path of destruction. Will he bring the park down with him or can his strange crew of buddies band together to spare the magical theme park an otherwise imminent doom?
Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Starplex Theater
Tower – w/ Director Keith Maitland and Officer Ray Martinez, who stormed the gunman, both in attendance for Q&A
Fifty years ago, a lone gunman rode the elevator to the 27th floor of the University of Texas Tower, dragged his footlocker out to the observation deck & opened fire. Hundreds of students, professors, tourists & locals witnessed the 96-minute killing spree — crouched behind trees, hid under desks & in stairwells, or, if they had been hit, played dead. National networks carried the live feed of the ongoing gun battle, the first live national broadcast of a domestic massacre underway. When gun blasts finally halted, the toll included 16 dead, dozens of wounded & a shaken nation left trying to understand. Tower explores this important story as it has never been told: by those intrepid survivors who got shot, fired back, lost loved ones & saved lives by selflessly risking their own.
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. at LBJ Museum
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM – w/ Anna Vasquez, member of the falsely accused & recently exonerated San Antonio 4
SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecution of four Latina lesbians in San Antonio, wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic of the ’90s; it starts inside a Texas prison, where they’ve spent a decade behind bars. Employing old home videos, alongside verité footage & interviews, the film explores their personal narratives & search for exculpatory evidence to free themselves. Winner of a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary & Critic’s Choice Award for Best First Feature, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM was mentioned in the first paragraph of a court ruling last year that, at long last, exonerated the falsely accused women.