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“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

“Agave is Life” celebrates the culture, history and uses of agave

June 1st, 2017

Still photo from the film shows an Otomi woman spinning agave fiber at El Dadho, Hidalgo, Mexico.

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The first Agave Festival Marfa opens tonight with a screening of Meredith Dreiss and David O. Brown’s award-winning “Agave is Life,” a film that documents agave, the 10,000-year-old gift that keeps on giving.

The film …

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

Industrial Arts brings out the talent in teacher Steinberg’s students

May 4th, 2017

(staff photos by NICK WINCHESTER) Josh Steinberg runs through the particulars of student Nano Ornelas’s weld.

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — Industrial Arts is a pretty broad umbrella term for what Josh Steinberg teaches at Marfa High School, he tells me as we stand outside the workshop space. I’m impressed. It looks well-equipped; more like a …

Austin film company shoots sci-fi series near Alpine

Austin film company shoots sci-fi  series near Alpine

April 20th, 2017

(staff photo by NICK WINCHESTER)The video-village on the set of Rooster Teeth’s “Day 5.”

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

ALPINE – I’m standing in a pasture, surrounded by a patchwork mess of rusting ranch vehicles, feeding troughs and a disused grain store. The wind whips dust up from the south. People stand closed in by mountains …

Marfa evolves from supporting actor to leading role

Marfa evolves from supporting actor to leading role

April 20th, 2017

By NICK WINCHESTER
nick@bigbendnow.com

(photo by Annamarie Fernandez) Nika Ezell Pappas (as Jennie Lee) on the Pinto Canyon Road.

MARFA – Marfa draws filmmakers in search of that Old West aesthetic and has done so for decades. Back in the summer of 1955 actors Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Dennis Hopper came to …

1918 Porvenir massacre subject of locally filmed movie

April 13th, 2017

(photo by JESSICA LUTZ)Penelope Gil at the Porvenir film set.

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

CIBOLO CREEK RANCH – Dozens of area residents wearing stained white clothing – some without shoes – hid behind walls made of thick branches under the hot West Texas sun on a set built in 12 days at Cibolo Creek Ranch on …

Veteran Austin musician records new album

Veteran Austin musician records new album

April 6th, 2017

Bobby Earl’ new album, “Calling Me Calling You”

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

TEXAS — Bobby Earl Smith, a West Texas native and the cofounder of the 1970s Austin band, Freda and the Firedogs, which presaged the redneck rock movement in Texas, has released a new album, “Calling Me Calling You.”

The record, which he worked on alongside his son Eric, …

UT Austin tower documentary focuses on victims, not shooter

UT Austin tower documentary focuses on victims, not shooter

March 23rd, 2017

“Tower” still

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA

johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

Keith Maitland

MARFA – Austin-based documentary filmmaker Keith Maitland will host a special screening of his latest documentary, Tower, at 7pm tonight at The Crowley Theater, followed by a Q&A session.

The film follows the story of eight survivors of the August 1, 1966 sniper massacre at the University of Texas …

Community project sprouts organic veggies

Community project sprouts organic veggies

March 16th, 2017

(photo by DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ)Volunteers at the Presidio community garden harvest organic vegetables. The garden is producing swiss chard, kale, and spinach, among other produce, that is on sale at the Big Bend Regional Hospital District’s office in Presidio.

By DIANA AGUIRRE ARMENDARIZ

PRESIDIO – With the intention of generating a greater education in the adequate …

Sul Ross alumna Megan Wilde receives documentary film award

March 16th, 2017

(photo by MEGAN WILDE)Smokey Briggs proofreads an issue of the Pecos Enterprise,

WACO, MONAHANS – A film produced by Sul Ross State University alumna Megan Wilde, Alpine, won “Best Documentary Short” at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival in Waco in mid-February.

“Smokey” is a 12-minute documentary about Smokey Briggs, publisher of the Pecos Enterprise …

Inside the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area

Inside the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area

March 9th, 2017

(staff photo by CAMERON DODD)A large stone cabin sits in San Antonio Canyon in the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host two public meeting next week with information on the park and to receive public input on the park’s future use.

By CAMERON DODD

cameron@bigbendnow.com

PRESIDIO COUNTY — A javelina …

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