A Bang-Up Film

Loyd and Frank have their small-time schemes, but their desperation to succeed keeps them in a tragically comic state of epic underachievedom. Frog farming didn't pan out and mosquito sprayers put an end to their flying squirrel dreams. To get out of another failed venture, Loyd and Frank, the pioneers of modern-day slackers, will put their charm on the line and risk losing it all. The Lone Star Film Society, Texas Independent Film Network and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth present 1978's The Whole Shootin' Match at 7 p.m. Thursday. Living a hard life like its characters, five years after the film's creation all prints and negatives disappeared. However short-lived, the film inspired Robert Redford to start the Sundance Institute while it simultaneously kick-started the American Independent Feature Film Movement. In 2006, Watchmaker Films completely restored the only known existing print of the film, originally created in 1978 on 16mm black and white. Since its rediscovery, the film has been critically acclaimed and is reclaiming its place among landmark films. See it 7 p.m. Friday at the Modern, 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $10, $8 for LSFS members. Visit lonestarfilmsociety.org.
Thu., April 7, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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