The 70-minute movie, “Sustaining and Enriching Life in South Texas: The Story of the San Antonio River,” was developed by SARA and produced by Thompson Marketing and Ten-Eighty Productions.
The public can see the film free of charge at Branch River Park located on East Fannin St. on Friday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to this outdoor screening.
“This engaging film covers the history and environmental issues associated with the San Antonio River,” said Suzanne Scott, SARA’s General Manager. “While the footage will open some eyes as to the vast region the river flows through, viewers will also see the natural beauty of river and learn about the challenges facing the watershed and how SARA and others are working to ensure the river’s future sustainability.”
The film crew, led by Director Adam Stielstra, began filming in August 2012. The crew shot hours of footage along the entire length of the river and interviewed scientists, citizens and elected officials to obtain various perspectives of the river’s past, present and future. Aerial photography, including footage from a robotic helicopter, takes viewers to vantage points of the river never seen before.
“The people we talked to along the way were very passionate about continuing the restoration of the San Antonio River,” Stielstra said. “My favorite quote is ‘The River isn’t political, but there sure is a lot of politics involved with a resource like this.’ That sentiment acknowledges the difficulties in managing the river, but it also notes that the communities along the river need to rally around the protection of the resource.”
Moviegoers will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing at the showing to win prizes that include gift certificates from area restaurants.
The executive producer for SARA for the film is Steven Schauer, SARA’s Manager of External Communications; Ken Ashe produced the film and Adam Stielstra directed. Well-known author and South Texas historian, Lewis Fisher, developed the majority of the script, with editing assistance from Steven Schauer, and Grammy-winning musician/producer Lloyd Maines wrote and performed an original film score. Special thanks should be given to Ten-Eighty Productions for generously donating over $30,000 in production and editing costs, and to Wayland Baptist University for contributing $5,000 to help offset SARA’s cost to make the film.
The film features interviews with Goliad County Judge David Bowman; Goliad historian and published author Raymond Starr; Goliad State Park Superintendent Brenda Justice; several members of SARA’s board of directors, including Terry Baiamonte, John Flieller, Gaylon Oehlke, Sally Buchanan, and Roberto Rodriguez; Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney,; former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell; Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro; officials from the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife; archeologists, SARA scientists and engineers; local historians; and many other local and business community leaders.