NLC Film Series starts March 3, spotlights small towns from the big screen

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Free movie nights will show “Places in the Heart” and other films based in Texas.

By Janelle Polcyn

Northeast Lakeview College is kicking off its spring 2015 film series with “Places in the Heart” at 6:30 p.m. March 3 in the performing arts center.

“Places in the Heart,” produced in 1984, is a story of struggles in Waxahachie during the Great Depression. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse and Ed Harris.

Since fall 2010, NLC has hosted a film series, and this semester’s theme is small towns in Texas. The event is free and open to the public.

“The film series runs every fall and every spring,” Kathleen Labus, director of public relations at NLC, said.

A different film is shown on the first Tuesday of each month, Labus said.

Two more films will be shown this semester: “Tender Mercies” at 6:30 p.m. April 7 and “The Last Picture Show” at 6:30 p.m. May 5, both in the performing arts center.

“Tender Mercies,” produced in 1983, is about a country singer, played by Robert Duvall, who is down on his luck when he meets a widow (Tess Harper) in a small town in Texas. “The Last Picture Show,” produced in 1971 and rated R for nudity, sexuality and language, is a coming-of-age tale in a dying West Texas town starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd and Ben Johnson. The first two films in the series are rated PG.

Staff members pick the theme and films at the beginning of the semester, Labus said. This semester the two lead staffers were Patrick Murray, director of college and research development, and library assistant Robert Vaughn.

Former NLC president Eric Reno started the series five years ago when he still headed the college.

“(He) used to teach film, and it was called the ‘President’s Movie Night,’” Labus said. “After Dr. Reno left the presidency, we kept the movie night and changed the name.”

For more information, call Labus at 210-486-5470.


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