If you’re over 50, you might know his face

Did you know Abilene was home to a former child actor and Disney star?
Roger Mobley will be at The Paramount Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, to talk about his experiences on the set of “The Comancheros,” the March offering in the Paramount Film series.
Then-child actor Mobley’s role in “The Comancheros” (at the Paramount Friday and Saturday) was such a small one, the character didn’t even have a name in the original script.
Mobley, who now lives in Abilene, was 10 or 11 when the 1961 film was being filmed.
“We were on the set one day and John Wayne walked by and ruffled my hair and said, ‘Hi, Bub,’” Mobley recalled. “So that became my name in the movie.”
But “The Comancheros” wasn’t his first foray into acting. He spent three years playing Packy Lambert on the TV show “Fury,” from 1958-1960. He also saw screen time on “The Donna Reed Show,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “National Velvet” and “The Loretta Young Show.”
“At last count, I was in 113 TV shows and movies,” Mobley said.
One might imagine a young actor being awed about working with John Wayne, but not Mobley. Not because he was that confident, but because he wasn’t familiar with actor. If it had been Sandy Koufax or another famous baseball player, Mobley said he would have been much more excited.
When “The Comancheros” cast and crew headed to Moab, Utah, to film for two months, the group filled up just about every hotel room in the town. The hotel where Mobley stayed had a coffee shop and one day during breakfast, Wayne stopped at the table.
“Is this seat taken?” the big star asked.
It wasn’t.
“So one day, we had breakfast with John Wayne,” Mobley said with a chuckle.
Mobley kept making movies and television shows.
He spent four years under contract to Disney from 1964-1968 and had the starring role in “The Adventures of Gallegher” and “The Further Adventures of Gallegher,” as the second season was called. The shows were part of the “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” anthology series. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award, but lost to “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” Mobley said. He was also in “Emil and the Detectives” for Disney.
He kept up the acting until he was drafted. His final show was an episode of “Dragnet” he completed just a couple of days before reporting for duty.
He did a couple of small parts — “The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again” in 1979 and “The Kids Who Knew Too Much,” a TV movie in 1980, but ended up moving back to Texas, where he’d lived as a child.
Though he didn’t spend much time with Walt Disney, Mobley has two treasured memories.
Disney once told him, “I wanted you to know, you’re exactly what I had in mind when I created ‘Gallegher.’”
Years later, Mobley said he met Disney’s grandson, Chris Miller, who told him, “My grandpa thought “Gallagher” was the best show he ever put on TV.”
Now that’s high praise from a man who would know.

ACT’s ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ delivers

If you have plans tonight, change them. If you didn’t have plans, you do now.
Go see “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Abilene Community Theatre Jan. 31, it’s the last performance.
It’s not the normal farce, down-home comedy or rom-com that’s the usual fare at TBC. It’s a drama with comical moments, but well worth the time and ticket price.
I interviewed three of the actors before the show opened. I walked away feeling confident that Keith May (McMurphy) and Susan Steele Herman (Nurse Ratched) had the chops to do justice to their roles.
Leo Garcia (Chief) had never acted or been on a stage. But after our conversation, I thought he could pull it off.
Pull it off, he did.
He nailed the Chief in all his moments, whether he was vulnerable or strong. When he laughed and smiled, it was spot on.
His interaction with May felt real and true.
And speaking of May, wow. What a great McMurphy! He was the smart ass, the buddy, the antagonist.
Watching him shifting from the good ol’ boy to a man who realizes how much he underestimated the enemy, was watching Randle McMurphy. May became the character.
Herman’s Nurse Ratched wore a flat, slightly menacing face that rarely reacted to the chaos around her, which was part of the menace.
But those moments when she showed a tight, condescending smile were far scarier.
The biggest surprise was Jeff Castleberry playing patient Dale Harding.
His performance was effortless and transforming. He never overplayed it, never took it over the top. While not one of the principals, the play would have been a lesser production without him.
The rest of the cast did a wonderful job, with strong performances from Chuck Cooksey (Billy), Don Kirby (Scanlon) and Blane Singletary (Cheswick).
One of the funniest moments, missed by some of the audience members, was when Richard Culwell, playing the “chronic” patient Ruckley, who wanders around in robe and pajamas, walked across the stage with his pants and underwear around his ankles.
You will laugh, you will be horrified and you will be moved.’

Colorful ceramic exhibit at McMurry U

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The little red birds’ bright yellow mouths grabbed my eye immediately. The gawping maws seemed to begging for a fresh worm or tasty bug.
But these winged creatures neither chirp nor close.
The cheery little faces cover a ceramic pot titled, quite appropriately, “Bird Jar.”
It’s just one of the beautiful pieces by artist Diana Kersey on exhibit at the Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery at McMurry University.
The reception for “No Second Guesses” is Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the gallery
As I wandered around the gallery, the vivid use of color stood out at first, but the painstaking details and glazing skill demand further attention.
Kersey incorporates nature into her work.
Whether bright little flowers on “Turquoise Platter,” the bees on “Bee Platter” or the shiny green amphibians on “Toad Platter,” it’s easy to see Kersey has an eye for the inhabitants of the natural world.
Reds, golds, greens and turquoise dominate her work, creating rich spots of color throughout the space. Some pieces hang on the walls, while others sit on pedestals. “Green Vessel with Flowers” looks like a fountain suddenly frozen mid-flow.
Each of her pots and platters feature textures that beg to be touched and felt.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 26. Make a point to stop by and take it in.

The weather outside is frightful

Frozen drops of ice on the hedge.

Frozen drops of ice on the hedge.

It’s just darn cold in Abilene these days.
It’s been freezing since I got back from my vacation in California on Tuesday night.
This kind of weather was not what I envisioned when I moved to West Texas.
I expected extreme heat, summer thunderstorms and even dust storms.
But ice storms and below freezing temperatures? Yikes.
I’m spending more time inside the house this chilly season than I did during the winters I lived in Minnesota.
Because of those winters, I’m prepared when Abilene gets iced over.
My nearly ankle-length down coat that I got in Minnesota gets worn a whole lot more than I ever thought it would in West Texas. As do my gloves, scarves and boots.
I love the look of the trees covered in ice. They look like pieces of art. But I prefer a blanket of snow over a crystalline forest.
But the freezing cold isn’t the only downside to this weather.
The drivers here in Abilene scare me — a lot.
We just don’t get enough ice and snow here for anyone to get enough experience driving in these conditions.
Driving in the mountains in California all my life and for three winters in Minnesota, I know to use caution and to be aware of other drivers at all times in snow and ice.
I’ve seen two basic types of drivers who concern me when I’m on the road. The first drivers go very, very, very slow. That can be frustrating, but it’s better than the other type of driver.
Those folks drive as if the roads are dry and normal. That’s just ridiculous. These drivers not only endanger themselves, they are hazardous to other people on the road.
According to an email from Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge, since 3 p.m. Tuesday through noon on Friday, APD received reports of 155 crashes. He noted that while the roads are more passable, the forecast of more freezing rain and dropping temperatures Friday afternoon and evening means the roads will refreeze and black ice will be an issue.
In other words, drive judiciously and pay attention to conditions and the other drivers.
The temps are supposed to go up a bit this weekend and the sun will come out, but until then, please be careful.

You better watch out, you better not cry …

I love Christmas!
I usually avoid exclamation points in stories and columns at all costs. Just ask my freelancers. Journalists are kind of snobs about exclamation points.
But Christmas is my favorite holiday and December is my favorite month. The exclamation point is required to emphasize the level of my excitement.
I have a Facebook friend who I’ve never met in person, but will get to meet face-to-face next week. When I posted how much I was looking forward to the meeting, this friend was concerned about the exclamation points on my post, about meeting expectations.
I smiled and explained that I tend to talk in exclamation points. A mutual FB friend confirmed it, using the word “enthusiastic” to describe me.
But I will contain myself to one exclamation point.
Trees and ornaments, cookies and caroling, picking out the perfect gift for friends and family, gathering with family — what’s not to love?
I’ve heard the complaints over the years.
It’s too commercial. It’s too expensive. It causes so much stress.
I’ve felt those things at one time or another. But then something happens to remind me how much I love this time of the year.
I was trying to find a local radio station playing Christmas music on Thursday and couldn’t find one. So I pulled out my iPhone and went to Pandora. I’ve got more than a few Christmas stations programed into Pandora.
There’s something about Christmas music that just makes me happy. I just have to smile. I can’t help myself. I love the pop standards and the songs we sing in church. “We Three Kings,” “Joy to the World,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Hark the Heralds Sing” bring me a peace and joy that heals my heart.
I know there are other people who share my love of the holiday. They smile as we pass each other on the street. They wear Christmas sweaters proudly. They notice my Christmas earrings.
We’re kindred spirits.
And I’m a sucker for Christmas specials, Hallmark Christmas movies and yes, I admit it, all those children’s Christmas shows. You know, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (my personal fave), “The Little Drummer Boy,” the list goes on an on.
Luckily for me, the Hallmark Channel and ABCFamily offer a flood of options for most of December. The majority of the Hallmark movies are very predictable romances, but they’re fun and oh so Christmas-y. Then there are the classics: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” (preferably the 1947 version, but the 1994 one is cute), “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn” and probably my favorite Christmas movie ever, “The Bishop’s Wife.” Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young — sheer magic on celluloid.
So the next time you feel like a Grinch, spend hour with Rudolph or The Little Drummer Boy or turn on some holiday tunes. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or seasonal tea, let go of the stress and embrace the holiday.
Merry Christmas!

“Odd Couple” nostalgic and fun to watch

It’s been a looong time since I saw “The Odd Couple” movie and nearly as long since I watched the TV series.
So I was pleasantly surprised by the Abilene Community Theatre’s production.
I went to the final dress rehearsal on Wednesday, which meant a scarce crowd. The applause was light due to the number of people, but the laughs and giggles rang out in the empty space.
For those not familiar with “The Odd Couple” (is there anyone?), it’s a Neil Simon play about two best friends, Oscar Madison, a good-natured slob, and Felix Unger, an uptight, uber tidy hypochondriac. After Felix’s wife kicks him out, he moves in with Oscar.
I didn’t remember how much Oscar (Rodger Brown) cared for and worried about Felix (Tony Redman). And how kind and concerned the poker buddies — Murray (Eddie Templeton), Speed (Steven Suchey), Roy (Bill Martin) and Vinnie (Don Connel) — are about the supposedly suicidal Felix (he sent his wife a suicide telegram).
The guys’ relationships were very touching and not the norm these days.

When the curtain opened, it solicited an immediate laugh. Trash lay strewed across the floor and the tables; there was a tie that had been tossed on a wall clock and empty bottles and glasses everywhere — the perfect Oscar Madison decorating theme.
The two leads did a good job capturing their characters. I’m not sure what kind of housekeeper Brown might be in real life, but he plays a slob very well. Redman told me earlier that he was just about as far across the tidiness spectrum from Felix Unger as he could be, but he sure did the fussy, whiny Felix justice.
Director Mike Stephens knows his stuff. When I went to ACT last week to talk to him, Brown and Redman, I walked into the theater and got to watch him talk with his cast following rehearsal.
Everything he asked of them or talked to them about was fixed by the time I saw the full show.
When the second act opens, the now-shared apartment of Oscar and Felix is spotless.
As expected, the slob and the neatnik go together like polished furniture and a coaster-free, drippy glass.
Brown nails Oscar’s slow burn of frustration and anger which seems obvious to everyone but Felix. Redman’s character just dusts and wipes and serves away, completely oblivious.
The four poker buddies showed equal parts disgust and frustration with Felix’s fastidiousness. With the possible exception of Connel’s Vinnie, who revels in the tasty dishes Felix prepares for the poker party. Templeton’s Murray gets in on a little of that action, too.
Suchey does a great job of stomping around and grousing about Felix. Martin plays Oscar’s accountant who gives him bad financial advice and then loans him money to play poker.
The play gets even funnier when the Pigeon sisters, Gwendolyn (Stephanie Phillips) and Cecily (Tasha Diamond), join the cast. Or is that Cecily and Gwendolyn?
Phillips and Diamond relish their roles as the flirtatious and slightly naughty Brits from upstairs. They delivered the double entendres in British accents with little giggles. Spot on.
The jokes are still funny, even nearly 40 years later.
There are 7:30 p.m. performances Friday, Saturday and Nov. 6-8 and a 2 p.m. performance this Sunday.
It’s a fun evening at the theater. Head to ACT and revisit 1965. You’ll enjoy it.

Philharmonic sends me down memory lane

On Thursday morning, I went to the Abilene Civic Center to cover the Discover Music Series.
If you don’t have children attending school in Region 14, you might not know what that means.
The series is an annual event presented by the Abilene Philharmonic. Some 6,500 children in third, fourth and fifth grade from all over Region 14 get on school buses and travel to the Civic Center to watch a classical music concert designed just for them.
The Philharmonic performs a number of times during the week so all the children have the opportunity to attend.
Maestro David Itkin and his crew created a delightful little concert themed “Small but Mighty,” which was about “all things small.” That included a smaller orchestra, smaller instruments, smaller notes and even small musicians.
As I heard the voices of hundreds of children echo through the auditorium, I thought back to my own third-grade class and our field trip to the Saroyan Theatre to hear the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.
I remembered sitting in the darkened theater hearing the musicians tuning up. I absolutely love that sound. It’s discordant and rough, but it holds the immediate promise of the amazing music to come.
Like most school trips to see a philharmonic orchestra back then, the program was Serge Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”
The conductor pointed out each character in the story and what instruments represented that specific character.
The bird is played by a flute, the duck by an oboe, the cat by the clarinet, and so on.
I remember listening very carefully to hear all the different instruments during the telling of the story.
The conductor also taught us how to lead the orchestra with a simple four-count movement. Then he “let” us conduct and the orchestra followed our directions.
I remember feeling so powerful.
The memory made me smile.
Back in the Abilene auditorium, the children were so well behaved. It was impressive.
When the orchestra began playing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the children began to sing.
It was so beautiful to hear all those voices join together to sing the anthem, it brought tears to my eyes.
It brought to mind another memory, back when my children were in elementary school and recorded the entire school recorded Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud to be an American” to send to soldiers fighting in Desert Storm.
There is something incredibly moving about children singing together.
I’m grateful of the reminder I received Thursday. Thank you to the Abilene Philharmonic.

Firehouse Subs well worth a visit

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I have found soda nirvana.
A recent visit to the new Firehouse Subs on Ridgemont Drive near Target introduced me to a whole new world.
Iced tea is my usual fallback drink when dining out, but I can only drink one glass in the evenings unless I want to be up all night. I’m not joking — all night.
Last Saturday, I had a full-caffeine soda around 7 p.m. and didn’t get to sleep until 6 a.m. the next morning.
And I can’t go with a 7-Up or Sprite or Sierra Mist because I can’t drink sugared sodas.
Finding a decaffeinated sugar-free drink in any of the restaurants, bars, movie theaters or even convenience stores in Abilene and the Big Country can be a fruitless search; though I have found one on rare occasions.
Nobody thinks about the sugar- and caffeine-challenged when stocking shelves or filling the soda machine.
Until now.
Walking into Firehouse Subs, we immediately gravitated to the photos of the various sandwiches on display, all of which looked delicious. It was a little difficult to make up our minds.
I went with the meatball sub, a hot and tasty choice and my friend enjoyed his build-your-own roast beef sub.
But as good as the sandwiches tasted, they aren’t what caused my moment of joy.
It was something called the Coca-Cola Freestyle.
This magic machine allows patrons 120 different drink choices.
That’s right, 120!
The Freestyle offers 19 base sodas ranging from Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-free Diet Coke, Sprite Zero, Dr Pepper, Fanta, Barq’s Root Beer and Dasani Lemon. So right off the bat, there are sugar-free and caffeine-free choices.
But here comes the magic. Each of those drink choices features at least one and up to seven flavor add-ins to fully customize your beverage.
I tried a Cherry Sprite Zero first, then a Vanilla Caffeine-Free Diet Coke.
Hallelujah, my thirst was quenched.
They also offer their “exclusive Cherry Lime-Aid,” sparkling water and fresh brewed iced tea.
I’ll definitely be back to Firehouse Subs and not just for the beverage choices.
The sandwiches get a treatment I’ve not seen in Abilene before.
They get steamed. Just long enough to make the bread taste freshly baked and to add a nice heat to the sandwich.
The menu offers 16 different sandwich choices, six of which are under 500 calories, salads, soups and, of course, Firehouse Chili.
The sandwiches are served “fully involved,” which means mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion and a kosher dill spear on the side. They offer white or wheat rolls and a veggie sub option.
Picky eater? They offer a variety of meats and cheeses so anyone can custom make a sandwich with only the ingredients desired.
By the way, I learned that Heff’s Burgers at 2642 East Lake Drive also has a Coca-Cola Freestyle. Whoo hoo!

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Shakespeare on speed, in a good way

Samuel Cress as Bottom in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at HSU.

I’m not sure who had the most fun Thursday night, the audience or the cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
I love Shakespeare. I’m always up for a good production, especially of my favorite, “Midsummer.”
I mean, who can resist an evening filled with fairies and young lovers and a donkey-headed man. Really, who?
When I interviewed the Hardin-Simmons University cast for the preview article, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical.
Director Lee Trull (director of new play development at Dallas Theatre Center) required some of the actors to cut, color or bleach their hair for the roles. I heard mention of a Bob the Builder tent (BtheB is a children’s TV show) and umbrellas for flowers.
But after seeing the show, I acknowledge Trull’s brilliance and applaud the actors’ complete immersion into their characters.
This was a balls-to-the-walls, no inhibitions, no self-consciousness, a heart-and-soul imbued production that sent joy dancing through my veins.
I convinced a friend, who really didn’t want to come (he’s very picky about the Bard, especially this show), to accompany me.
He loved it as much as I did. On the drive home, that’s all we talked about — the director, the set (or lack thereof) and the way the actors completely wrapped themselves into their roles.
For those who haven’t seen “Midsummer” before, it focuses on four young lovers in Athens, including two whose passions are not returned, who travel to a nearby forest to get away from the negative voices from parents and such.
There’s also a traveling theater troupe planning their next performance in the same forest.
Then there are the forest’s denizens — the fairies, including Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies.
Much fairy magic and hilarity ensue on this summer night in the wild woods.
Ellen Eberhardt plays Helena, one of the unrequited lovers. She was phenomenal. She uses her entire body throughout the play. She flings herself at the audience’s feet, falls to the ground and clings to the leg of her beloved Demetrius (Colby Savell). When she rants about love, she does it from tip to toe. One scene with Lysander (Dakota Davis) had the entire audience roaring with laughter.
My friend thought she was the star of the show.
I’m sad that she’s a senior because it means only one more school year to see her in plays here. I hope to see her on another stage or screen soon.
Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, is played by Debbie Crawford, a recent Hardin-Simmons University theater grad.
She had an absolute blast with this role. She was gleeful, exuberant and just plain delightful. I laughed watching her dash and leap. She made me want to jump down and play with her.
Yes, jump down. The floor of Van Ellis Theatre is the stage and the audience is seated on risers in a U-shape around the big open space. The actors use the risers, the stairs, etc., during the show. Looking down at the actors offer a different perspective and I loved it, especially as we sat in the front row.
I loved the fairies’ dancing to the music of Regina Spektor. It was amazing and entertaining and immediately conveyed the contemporary nature of this production to the audience. The music added a whole new vibe.
Reagan Dyer, as Peter Quince, the leader of the craftsmen, made the most of little moments, such as when Flute (Brenna Sheridan) and Bottom (Samuel Cress) perform their play for Athenians. Dyer sits on the stairs shaking her head, making faces and sobbing. Brenna Sheridan went from loutish Flute to alluring Thisbe seamlessly.
While I agree that Eberhardt was, without a doubt, the best Helena I’ve ever seen, it’s a tossup for me as to the best performance.
Sam Cress amazes me in everything I’ve seen him in. His characterization of Bottom was dead on, from his crazy eyes and rambunctious movements to his costumes and hair.
I’m not sure who’s responsible for corralling Cress’ long curly hair into donkey ears, but it was a thing of beauty.
At one point, Cress is speaking out and stands next to the risers and staring upward. I know that more than once, his eyes made direct contact with mine, but nary a flicker crossed his face. That’s good acting.
Cress is also a senior, so his time at HSU is short. But with his talent and ability, I expect to see him on a stage, screen or TV in the near future.
So KUDOS to Lee Trull and his amazing cast. Only three shows left, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Get yourself to the forest.

“Frontera” takes border issue to personal level

Ed Harris as Roy in "Frontera."

Ed Harris as Roy in “Frontera.”

Michael Peña as Miguel in "Frontera."

Michael Peña as Miguel in “Frontera.”

I love independent films. They usually tend toward edgy and gritty or funny and irreverent.
And more and more, they’re making their way to Abilene.
And that’s a bonus for me because the promoters/directors/stars are looking for publicity and are happy to set up interviews. In turn, I share the interviews/reviews with you, my readers.
“Frontera,” starring Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Eva Longoria and Michael Peña, opens Friday at Premiere 10 Theatre in the Mall of Abilene.
I chatted with director Michael Berry about the movie, which focuses on a small part of the Arizona border with Mexico. Berry cowrote the movie with his friend, Louis Molinet.
The idea for the screenplay came from Molinet, who grew up in an Arizona border town. But Berry said he came on board and just ran with it.
“It’s one of the most personal projects I’ve ever done,” Berry said in a phone interview. “Ed and Amy are based on my parents.”
The actors who inhabit these roles were on his list from the beginning.
“The only actor I ever wanted to play Roy was Ed Harris,” Berry said. He also wanted Madigan as Roy’s wife. “I had a plan for that. I needed them to show a 30-year relationship in seven to eight lines.”
Harris turned Berry down the first time he asked, but Berry persevered and won him over.
This is not a jump-up-and-down in-your-face movie taking a side in the border issue. It’s a story of two families who intersect near that invisible line.
Harris and Madigan, who have been married since 1983, play Roy and Olivia. He’s a former Arizona sheriff and she’s his wife. They live on a ranch north of the Mexico border.
Harris, as usual, becomes his character. He says so much, without ever saying a word. His eyes, his expressions portray it all.
“He has a gigantic presence,” Berry said. “He’s generous and respectful and lovely, but he has a presence”
The interplay between Harris and Madigan feels genuine, which isn’t always the case with spouses on screen. “Eyes Wide Shut” anyone?
Spoiler: Olivia’s death early in the movie sets into motion events leaves scars etched on many of the characters.
I think the biggest surprise was Eva Longoria as Paulina, who is married to Miguel (Peña). There wasn’t a hint or trace of Gabrielle Solis, her character on “Desperate Housewives.”
Her worried, pregnant wife looked worn down and weary. There is a horrific scene in the movie where every word she said, every scream she hurled out made me wince, it was so real.
Peña plays a man who understands his situation all too well. I could see the burden he carried, from the weight of him obligations to the idiot he must take on his journey.
While Peña and Harris carry the majority of the movie on their shoulders, many of the secondary characters stuck with me, as well.
Seth Adkins, Evan Adrian and Tony Ford play three teenage boys with limited screen time, but major impact.
Aden Young’s Sheriff Randall Hunt leads the investigation into Olivia’s death and faces some difficult challenges.
“I like showing the flaws in people,” Berry said.
Whether those people rise above those flaws depends on the script.
There is one particularly violent scene in the movie. Berry was careful how it was shot. The audience sees the lead-up to the violence, but the actual violation is never seen.
“Violation is violent. I don’t have to show it,” he said. “I never want to glorify it.”
The quality of the film is top notch and the pacing doesn’t lag.
On a daily basis along the border of the United States and Mexico, people put themselves in harm’s way to strive for the dream that is America.
By aiming its spotlight on these families, “Frontera” makes it easier to understand and empathize with the participants, no matter which side of the border they inhabit.