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March 26th, 2014
‘Yakona’ coming home for riverside screening


Two months after its celebrated premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, the artfully wrought documentary, “Yakona: A film through the eyes of the San Marcos River,” will be shown to a hometown crowd next month near the river’s headwaters.

Hosted by Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the screening will serve as the grand finale of the Texas Wild Rice Festival, being held for the time Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in Sewell Park.

Directed by Texas-based filmmakers Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins, “Yakona” is an effort in “Cinéma pur,” using only striking videography, natural sound and an original score — without a word of narration — to chronicle the river from “source to sea.” The headwaters, more than 200 springs now submerged in a manmade lake, is thought to be one of the longest continually inhabited places in North America.

After packing the Paramount Theater and an Alamo Drafthouse during SXSW, “Yakona” won an Audience Choice Award as well as breathless praise from reviewers. The San Marcos premiere is scheduled for 9 p.m. April 12 at Sewell Park.


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