Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Documentary film series features movies produced by Texas A&M-Kingsville faculty, staff, students

KINGSVILLE - January 17, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The communications and theatre arts department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the 2009-2010 Documentary Film Series, an evening of documentary films produced by their own faculty, staff and students beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, in the Peacock Auditorium (room 100) in the Biology Earth Sciences Building. Admission is free and the evening is open to the public.

These films were created in a public broadcasting style and will be marketed to PBS stations and Education Service Centers in South Texas. The documentaries to be shown include:

5:30 p.m. Riviera, Texas: The First One Hundred Years – Not long ago, the town of Riviera celebrated its centennial. University faculty and staff produced a documentary that surveys the first 100 years and highlights life in the modern Riviera community. It also includes interviews with descendants of Riviera’s founding families.

6:45 p.m. Raising the Flag over Harlingen – The city of Harlingen is home to a unique statue. The original casting of the Iwo Jima War Memorial is located in the city and looks just like the real thing. This student-produced documentary looks at the story of some of those who raised the flag over Iwo Jima, interviews survivors of World War II and tells how the casting of the memorial ended up in Harlingen.

7:15 p.m. The Choking Game – Although many parents are not aware, their children may be seeking the free high they may feel after passing out from lack of oxygen. They call this the choking game. Produced by A&M-Kingsville students, this documentary shows this is anything but a game and that it can have deadly consequences. It also gives signs to look for in children that may indicate they are playing the game.

7:50 p.m. A Breed Apart: The Vaquero Tejano – The story of the Texas cowboy would be incomplete without the history of the Vaquero Tejano. This documentary is produced by university students and features Hispanic actor Pepe Serna, working vaqueros and music by Joe and Rosa Perez of South Texas.

8:25 p.m. Cactus Pryor: In His Own Words – Texas humorist, author, actor and broadcasting legend, Richard “Cactus” Pryor recounts his career and life in this documentary by university staff and students. It also deals with his more recent battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, call 361-593-3489.


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