Archive of films Last Night at the Alamo / Last Night at the Alamo

USA
1983, 84 min

Section: Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society

  237 Saturday 30/6 19:00 Congress Hall
  6L8 Wednesday 4/7 23:00 Lazne III Cinema

Eagle Pennell, Texas’ own outlaw filmmaker, came out of a world full of saloons and country people, barmaids, drunks, schemers, and small time criminals. Not surprisingly, he chose to realize a film that would capture “a dying breed of Westerner” whose existence was threatened by Texas’ sprawling urban development and ever-growing oil wealth.


Synopsis

Eagle Pennell was Texas’ own outlaw filmmaker. Pennell attended the University of Texas film program in the 1970s before dropping out to make micro-budget feature films about his Texas world, which was full of saloons and country people, barmaids, drunks, schemers, and small time criminals. His break-out film The Whole Shootin’ Match (1978) famously inspired Robert Redford to found the Sundance Institute. Pennell had worked on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and in the early 1980s he convinced that film’s producer, Kim Henkel, to help him realize his vision for a film that would capture “a dying breed of westerner” whose existence was threatened by Texas’ sprawling urban development and ever-growing oil wealth. In 1996 Pennell received funds from the Austin Film Society for a new film, which was never completed due to Pennell’s struggles with alcoholism and subsequent death in 2002.

Holly Herrick

About the director

Eagle Pennell (1952, Andrews, Texas – 2002, Houston, Texas). Filmography: A Hell of a Note (1977, short), The Whole Shootin’ Match (1978), Last Night at the Alamo (1983), Ice House (1989), City Life (1990), Heart Full of Soul (1990), Doc’s Full Service (1994)

Contacts

Watchmaker Films
77 Carter Lane, EC4V 5EP, LONDON
United Kingdom
E-mail: mark@watchmakerfilms.com

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Made in Texas: Tribute to Austin Film Society
   
Director: Eagle Pennell
Screenplay: Kim Henkel
Dir. of Photography: Eric Edwards, Brian Huberman
Music: Chuck Pinnell, Wayne Bell
Editor: Eagle Pennell, Kim Henkel
Art Director: Fletcher Mackey
Producer: Kim Henkel, Eagle Pennell; restoration: Mark Rance
Production: Alamo Films; restoration: Watchmaker Films
Coproduction: restoration: Louis Black Productions, IFC Films, Richard Linklater
Cast: Sonny Carl Davis, Lou Perryman, Steven Mattila, Tina-Bess Hubbard, Doris Hargrave
Sales: Watchmaker Films

Guests

Mark Rance

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