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|03.16.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2007|
This is a doc about Austin's Barton Springs and its history with battle between land developers townsfolk that don't necessarily want economic growth if it comes at great cost to the environment. Terence Malick and Robert Redford exec. produce and Redford appears in an interview saying he learned to swim in the springs.
This is a very good doc. Not because it's about Austin but because it generalizes to the point where Austin's used more as an example of similar things happening everywhere. Inside this example though, there's some great interviews on both sides of the fence (including some irony-drenched footage of one guy talking while working on a model jet fighter, painting bombs and whatnot), plenty of slick motion graphics and animation to explain the history and the points, and some sad music that threatened to put me to sleep even though I was really enjoying the movie.
as an aside, I noticed Kyle Cooper's name credited to the beginning and ending animations. The Alamo's bringing him to town and I'm now very excited to go and hopefully hear him talk about his work (he did the beginning titles for films like Seven and Dawn of the Dead (remake)).
Anyway, yeah this is a good movie. Of course, with a packed Austin crowd, the feedback was vocal and plentiful. Lots of boos and hisses whenever the land developers or Dubya appeared, lots of cheers for Ann Richards. A lot of the people who worked on the movie were there so it felt like a home screening. Good experience.