Film highlights border-spanning Native art installation

San Marcos Culture

A film spotlighting a provocative borderland installation by Native American artists will play on the Texas State University campus Thursday — the same week that communities around the world celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

A part of the Lost River Film Festival, “Through the Repellent Fence”  follows art collective Postcommodity – comprised of three Native American artists who “put land art in a tribal context” – as they strive to construct a two-mile-long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.

Aided by communities on both sides, in 2015 the artists installed a series of 28 huge inflatable spheres emblazoned with an insignia known as the “open eye” that has existed in indigenous cultures – from South America to Canada – for thousands of years.  

The spheres were evenly spaced apart and extended north and south of the border a mile in each direction: a metaphorical suture, stitching together cultures that have inhabited these lands long before borders were drawn.

The film, which is free and open to the public, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at JCM 2121, on the corner of N. Comanche and Sessom.

The evening is sponsored by the Art & Design Lecture Series, Department of English, Center for the Study of the Southwest, and the Center for Texas Music History.

Jeffrey Brown, a Wimberley-based producer responsible for multiple award-winning narrative features, will be joined by the film’s director, Sam Wainwright Douglas, for a Q&A reception in University Galleries afterward.

Brown is also a producer of another muchanticipated film coming to San Marcos for the town’s inaugural, citywide Lost River Film Festival.

On Friday, Nov. 3, a documentary produced by Brown — and among the “buzziest” of the fest, having been nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 — will be “No No: A Dockumentary,” recounting the experiences of major-league pitcher Dock Ellis.  

Best known for throwing a no-hitter while hallucinating on LSD, Ellis was also a flashy figure in pop culture and Black empowerment. Selfdubbed the “Mohammad Ali of Baseball,” Ellis defied white supremacist threats throughout the tumultuous 60s and 70s. After a struggle with drug dependency, he devoted the latter part of his life to assisting those who grapple with addiction.

Leonard Pope, a spokeswoman for San Marcos Cinema Club, the non-profit organizing Lost River Film Fest, said,” We are tremendously fortunate to count on the great support of Jeffrey Brown, and we’re thrilled to showcase the amazing films he helped to produce.”

More information on Lost River Film Fest, including ticket purchases, at LostRiverFilmFest.org.

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