Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains is hitchin’ up the wagon and headin’ back to Lubbock, Texas for the Flatland Film Festival.
We are so honored to be selected to start Saturday’s full day of full-length movies at the Firehouse Theatre at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) on October 8, 2016, beginning at 11:30am. The festival begins on Thursday, October 6th and kicks off a special weekend of film and art as the three-day festival coincides with the ever-popular First Friday Art Trail.
This is not our film’s first trip to Lubbock. Back in December 2013, we were invited to present a preview of the documentary by art champions Camille Scioli Chambers and Charles Adams at his gallery. (Read the recap here.) Camille and Charles introduced us to many Reaugh fans who were happy to learn about the film and now eager to see the completed story.
The documentary shares several other key connections with Lubbock as well. A substantial amount of the music heard in the film was contributed by local composer and musician Curtis Peoples. (Read more here.) Some may know Curtis from his role as the Archivist at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. “Cicada”, one of Curtis’ songs in the film, was recently selected for the new release “Lubbock Music Now 2016”. Curtis introduced us to Michael Martin Murphey, iconic cowboy singer and songwriter, Reaugh fan, and our film’s narrator that we recorded with Scott Faris at the ever popular Amusement Park Recording Studio in Lubbock. The documentary was also honored with music from West Texas pianist and composer, Doug Smith. His song “The Hartz Horizon” is the perfect close to Frank Reaugh’s tribute. We were hopeful to thank Doug in person at the screening but we are saddened to say he passed away suddenly in June before seeing his contributions in the film. He too was a big Reaugh fan.
Reaugh was more than an artist. He was an educator, photographer, inventor, and naturalist that sketched and painted the West Texas plains during the cattle drives of the nineteenth century and into the early 1900s before progress took over the reigns. His art classes soon gave way to memorable, summer sketching trips spanning more than thirty years, often times into Lubbock’s own backyard. First, by mule, horse and wagon, and later by automobile, he traveled into the great plains and beyond painting vistas such as Palo Duro Canyon, Tule Canyon, Quitaque Peaks, Medicine Mound, and Caprock Canyon, all of which are featured in the film. The documentary features Reaugh’s oils and hundreds of pastel landscapes and nature studies held in public and private collections, a student interview, commentary from curators and gallerists, period photographs, ephemera, and music. Once you see this story and his artwork, you will never look at West Texas the same.
And, as an added treat, the National Ranching Heritage Center, on the campus of Texas Tech University at 3121 Fourth Street, is currently hosting an exhibition of 120 works comprising Frank Reaugh: View from the Easel. Art lovers and filmgoers are welcome to attend the opening reception to be held on Saturday, October 8th from 5:30 – 7:00pm.
To see the complete lineup of exceptional films visit the Flatland Film Festival website to learn more. Our film is FREE but several films require a badge or tickets, but a badge is only $30 for all the films and receptions. See you there!