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‘Porvenir, Texas’ trailer screening and photogrpahy exhibition at Blackwell School Sunday

July 13th, 2017 under Arts » Uncategorized
(Photos by Jessica Lutz) The rising moon casts light and shadow on a cliff serving as an American border wall as viewed from the Mexican side in the lower canyons of the Big Bend. From Spirits of the Rio Grande project.

(Photos by Jessica Lutz)
The rising moon casts light and shadow on a cliff serving as an American border wall as viewed from the Mexican side in the lower canyons of the Big Bend. From Spirits of the Rio Grande project.

MARFA This Sunday, the Marfa Film Festival (MFF) will host a special screening of the trailers for the upcoming documentary and feature film, PorvenirTexas and photography of the borderlands by Jessica Lutz at the Blackwell School.

A century ago in the small border community of Porvenir, fifteen innocent men of Mexican descent were murdered by Texas Rangers and local vigilantes. The event drew widespread interest following archeological investigations in 2015 that unearthed new evidence implicating the U.S. Cavalry and placed the prevailing narrative into question.

In April, a film crew led by Director Andrew Shapter filmed a dramatization of the tragic event for both the documentary as well as the feature-length film. Local production crews reconstructed the Porvenir village at Cibolo Creek Ranch and casted area residents as villagers and Texas Rangers.

Local residents from Presidio County appear in the dramatization of tragic events at Porvenir, Texas in 1918 for both the documentary as well as the feature-length film.

Local residents from Presidio County appear in the dramatization of tragic events at Porvenir, Texas in 1918 for both the documentary as well as the feature-length film.

This Sunday, July 16th from 11:00 to 2:00, MFF will host a special screening of the trailers with Director Andrew Shapter and local actors on-hand at the historic Blackwell School,  located at 501 S. Abbot St in Marfa.

MFF will also present images from behind the scenes filming of Porvenir and Spirits of the Rio Grande, an ongoing project by local photographer Jessica Lutz featuring portraits of the Big Bend borderlands in more recent times, generously supported by IWMF / Adelate Reporting Initiative.

An altar in remembrance of the massacre victims will be established and people are encouraged to bring offerings. Honoring those who have passed underlies this year’s film festival’s theme, dedicated to film maker Kevin Casey, a contributor to past Film Festivals and brother to many who died unexpectedly on April 1, 2017 near Marfa.

Menudo, graciously made by Flo & Scott Lambaria, will be served. All are welcome.

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