Viva Cinema: The River and the Wall

IMAX Theatre | NR | 97 min. | Documentary, Adventure

November 7, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film The River and the Wall.

Five friends venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands to document the environment before structural changes are made. 

Event Details

Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters recruited Nat Geo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kelberg to join him on a two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts a wall might have on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande Valley, they encounter the unexpected and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language and Hispanic-heritage movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in English or in Spanish with English subtitles. This screening will be presented in English with Spanish subtitles. This season, selections are focused on topics of migration and immigration. This evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with documentary producer, Hillary Pierce and guest moderator, Cine Las Americas Executive Director, Jean Anne Lauer. Come early at 6:00pm for complimentary coffee and treats. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Director: Ben Masters
Runtime: 97 min.
Genre: Documentary, Adventure
Release year: 2019

About the Guest Speaker and Moderator

Guest Speaker

Hillary Pierce is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer based in Austin, Texas. She is drawn to stories about the meaning of home, unity in diversity, and seeks to reach new audiences with her projects. She is a part of the producing team behind Keith Maitland's dual 2016 documentaries TOWER and A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story. Hillary began her documentary career at Maysles Films under the tutelage of Direct Cinema pioneer Albert Maysles and earned an MFA in Documentary Film at Wake Forest University. TOWER won the Grand Jury Documentary Prize and Audience Award at SXSW in 2016, broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2017, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary.

Moderator

Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Executive Director of Cine Las Americas; Program Manager and Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 23rd edition in May of 2020, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. More info: www.cinelasamericas.org

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