“Lone Star” Screening Meets Several Objectives Including Cultural Awareness

Article by: Elaine M. Krift

A night at the movies is even more enjoyable when the director of the film you’re watching is there to answer questions from the audience.

Del Mar College is hosting a free screening of the 1996 film “Lone Star,” along with a Q&A discussion with the movie’s writer-director John Sayles and his collaborative partner Maggie Renzi at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, at Wolfe Recital Hall on the College’s East Campus.

Sponsored by Del Mar College’s Cultural Programs Committee, the Department of Social Sciences and the Mexican-American Studies Program, the screening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact DMC Associate Professor of History Dr. Mark Robbins at 698-1370 or mrobbins1@delmar.edu.

To download a printable flyer for the event, visit bit.ly/1nANkjs.

View the original trailer for "Lone Star" by clicking on the screen below:

“Lone Star,” which stars Stephen Mendillo, Chris Cooper and Matthew McConaughey, depicts the story of a Texas border town sheriff working to uncover what happened to his murdered predecessor.  

The film’s relevance to the disciplines such as history, drama, English, Mexican-American Studies and political science bring up themes pertinent even today and made it ideal for the event screening, said Robbins.

 “Maybe it can cause others to think about that, too,” Robbins said, adding the movie’s themes also are relevant to the South Texas region as a whole.

In addition to “Lone Star,” Sayles also has written and directed such films as “Eight Men Out,” “Sunshine State” and “Matewan.” Renzi has been Sayles’ creative partner since the early 1970s. The pair met at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. They released their first film, “Return of the Secaucus Seven” in 1979. Each also has acted in many films.

Regarding the screening, Elizabeth N. Flores, coordinator of the College’s Mexican-American Studies Program said that the Cultural Programs Committee, the Department of Social Sciences and the Mexican-American Studies Program always are looking for events and presentations that entertain, bring cultural awareness, engage the community and compliment College programs and disciplines. 

 “A viewing of ‘Lone Star’ and the opportunity to have John Sayles and Maggie Renzi here for commentary and Q&A certainly meet those objectives,” said Flores, who is also a political science professor at Del Mar College.

IN THE PHOTO: Collaborative team Maggie Renzi (left) and John Sayles will attend the Feb. 8 screening of “Lone Star” at Del Mar College. 

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