Saturday, October 8, 2011
The first thing people in Dell City usually ask me about the film is ... "Why??" -- I expect I'll get some of that tonight. Dropping in on Dell City is like landing on an island surrounded by desert instead of water. Like island-dwellers, the inhabitants must be resourceful in every way: in the materials they use, in the things they don't take for granted, in their humor, in their appreciation of their surroundings, in their sense of inner peace. Without those qualities in abundance you're not going to last long in Dell City. Making a film about the 20th century generation that built that town is both my tribute to a dying breed and my personal reminder on how to live, anywhere.
Tales from Dell City, Texas will have a community screening on October 8 at 7pm at the Dell Telephone Coop in Dell City as part of the events of the yearly county fair, the Wild West Chili Fest. I will be there to present the film and talk about it with the Dell Citizens. The fair is great and I haven't been for a long time. Can't wait!