B Movies and Bad History: Cattle Drives


September 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Take a tour of some of the best (and worst) cinematic visions of the Texas cattle drive with experts as they expose the historical facts and fiction on-screen.

Is there a more classic image of a "Texan" than that of a cowboy on horseback moving dogies along the trail? This archetype has been featured in movies repeatedly over the years, but does this image reflect the real Texas cowboy? Round-up your friends and for an exploration of the best and worst of cowboys and cattle drive movies through clips and conversation with film historians, authors, and media experts.  

Educators, to receive CPE credit email education@thestoryoftexas.com

About the Presenters

Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Southwestern American Literature/ Film,  and Nineteenth & Twentieth Century American Literature/Culture. Graham's major publications include No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas; and Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, which won the T.I.L. Carr P. Collins Prize for Best Nonfiction Book. He is currently completing a book on the making of the film GIANT.

Tom Schatz is the Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin and is the Executive Director of the University of Texas Film Institute. He has written four books about Hollywood films and filmmaking, including Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System; The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era; and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s. Schatz edited the four-volume collection, Hollywood: Critical Concepts, and he also serves as series editor of the Film and Media Studies Series for the University of Texas Press. Schatz's writing on film has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and academic journals, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Premiere, The Nation, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, and Cineaste.


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