The 70-minute movie, “Sustain-ing and Enriching Life in South Texas: The Story of the San Antonio River,” was developed by SARA and produced by Thompson Marketing and Ten-Eighty Productions.
The public can see the film free of charge at Branch River Park, located on East Fannin St., at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the outdoor screening.
Moviegoers will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing at the showing to win prizes that include gift certificates from area restaurants.
The film crew, led by Director Adam Stielstra, began filming in August 2012. Aerial photography, including footage from a robotic helicopter, takes viewers to vantage points of the river never seen before.
The executive producer for SARA for the film is Steven Schauer, SARA’s Manager of External Communications; Ken Ashe produced the film and Adam Stielstra directed.
Well-known author and South Texas historian, Lewis Fisher, developed the majority of the script, with editing assistance from Steven Schauer, and Grammy-winning musician/producer Lloyd Maines wrote and performed an original film score.
The film features interviews with Goliad County Judge David Bowman; Goliad historian and published author Raymond Starr; Goliad State Park Superintendent Brenda Justice; several members of SARA’s board of directors, including Terry Baiamonte, John Flieller, Gaylon Oehlke, Sally Buchanan, and Roberto Rodriguez; Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney; former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell; Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro; officials from the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife; archeologists, SARA scientists and engineers; local historians; and many other local and business community leaders.