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COVER: Richard Linklater’s acclaimed “Boyhood” is partially set in San Marcos, where this scene was shot off the Old Hays County Courthouse square. SCREEN SHOT/IFC FILMS


As part of its ongoing “Made in San Marcos” series, the San Marcos Cinema Club will host a screening on Monday of “Boyhood,” director Richard Linklater’s artfully wrought coming-of-age story.

Described as a “new American classic” and a “love letter to Texas,” the movie was shot intermittently over the course of 12 years as chronicles the passage of Mason Evans, whose nomadic childhood includes chapters in Houston, San Marcos, Bastrop and Austin. When his mother lands a job as a college psychology instructor in San Marcos, Mason encounters bullies at school but also basks for the first time in attention from girls, a milestone depicted in a conversation filmed in a downtown alley off San Antonio Street.

The screening will be held nearby at Home Brew Supply, 130 E. San Antonio St., beginning at 7 p.m. Nov. 23. The film will be introduced by Texas State sociology undergraduate Bailey Dieckman, who will also moderate a discussion among audience members afterward. Valentino’s Pizza will feed the crowd.

Boyhood” is the fourth in the cinema’s club “Made in San Marcos” series following showings of “The Getaway,” the 1972 bank heist thriller starring Steve McQueen and Allie McGraw; “Piranha,” a 1978 campy homage to “Jaws” filmed in the San Marcos River; and “Race with the Devil,” a 1975 horror movie filmed in and around the Devil’s Backbone near Wimberley.

The series will close with a screening of “The Tree of Life,” a 2011 experimental drama starring Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins St.

Go there

What: Screening of Linklater’s “Boyhood”
Who: Hosted by the San Marcos Cinema Club
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
Where: Home Brew Supply, 130 E. San Antonio St.
Info: Facebook event listing

Note: Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets

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