YAKONA with Live Music Accompaniment!
Directed by Anlo Sepulveda
Category: Documentary Feature
Run Time: 83 min
Synopsis: An exquisitely filmed tribute to the San Marcos River, YAKONA explores the history and ecology of its flowing waters from the perspective of the river itself, considered sacred by the native Americans who once lived along its banks. The film takes its title from the Coahuiltecan word for rising water, and highlights vividly the differences in how these waters were considered and used from ancient times until now.
"With nary a word of narration and only one explanatory onscreen title, at the very end, the hybrid documentary YAKONA tells a captivating story through a rich blend of sound and image. As the story of the San Marcos River in Central Texas, it’s one of extraordinary beauty, ancient culture, rare species and endangered ecosystems. Incorporating stunning scenes of the natural world combined with found footage and dramatic re-creations, the impressionistic visual essay is a bracing plunge into the life of a river, and is often purely poetic, yet not without practical concerns. The filmmakers’ argument — that such wild places matter, and must be protected — is implicit in the fascinating creatures and locations they’ve recorded…The strong visuals are enhanced by Justin Hennard’s artfully layered sound design and Justin Sherburn’s impressively varied score." --THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Screenings: WINNER: Audience Award, SXSW; Best Cinematography, Rainier Film Festival. Sidewalk Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival
Friday, April 15, 8:00 PM
(Preceded by a lecture on composing music for the moving image by composer Justin Sherburn at 7:15 PM)
$10 / $8 Students and Over Age 54 / $3 Foothills Film Society Members
Live Music Accompaniment by Composer Justin Sherburn and members of the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble