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Lone Star Film Festival: Saturday Picks


by Stephen Becker 14 Nov 2008

What can I recommend for Saturday? That’s a tough question, because honestly, I haven’t seen any of the films on the slate. But I can tell you what I will be heading out to see. Starting off the day will be Trinidad. The documentary inspects the town of Trinidad, Colo., a.k.a. the “Sex Change Capitol […]

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What can I recommend for Saturday? That’s a tough question, because honestly, I haven’t seen any of the films on the slate. But I can tell you what I will be heading out to see.

Starting off the day will be Trinidad. The documentary inspects the town of Trinidad, Colo., a.k.a. the “Sex Change Capitol of America.” The film follows two patients during their transformation from male to female and looks into how patients in town for the reassignment surgery interact with the permanent population.

It sounds like one of those only-at-a-festival films, too edgy to air on television, to niche for any kind of wide distribution. Which is why I am checking it out while I can.

Next up will be Virtual JFK. Just a week away from the 45th anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas, this film seems like a timely pick as it tries to discern how Kennedy would have proceeded in Vietnam had he not been assassinated. Along the way, a lot of “what ifs” are posed, all in the name of figuring out the level of importance presidents play when it comes to foreign affairs.

After that? Last Chance Harvey (7:30 p.m., AMC Palace 2) brings a little star power with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson meet cute in an airport bar. And there are three shorts packages (4, 4:30 and 10 p.m.).

Your best bet: buy an all-day pass. That way you can float around to whatever strikes your fancy, the way film festivals were meant to be attended.

Trinidad screens at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Day Weekend Theater. Virtual JFK screens at 2 p.m., also at the Four Day Weekend Theater. For a complete Saturday schedule, click here.

Photos: Lone Star International Film Festival

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  • Must say I really enjoyed “Last Chance Harvey” the only film I was able to see during the festival. It was a great outing for Hoffman and I always enjoy Thompson. Eileen Atkins small part of the paranoid mother was an enjoyable bit too!

  • If you ever wanted to know the truth, this is where to start about JFK and that war we’re still fighting with England..