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The King of Texas2008

  • 3.8
A rich and graceful account of the life and work of regional film pioneer Eagle Pennell, the man whose first feature THE WHOLE SHOOTIN' MATCH directly inspired Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and who Richard Linklater called "one of the patron saints of American independent film." Directed by Rene Pinnell and Claire Huie, the documentary tells the story of Pennell's rise through his own talent and determination and his tragic prolonged alcoholism that resulted in his death in 2002. Featuring interviews with family, friends, collaborators and admirers, THE KING OF TEXAS is a chapter of American independent film history, a cautionary tale and a long overdue tribute to an unfairly maligned trailblazer of independent filmmaking.

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2 members like this review

Awesome, another one of those garage film-makers. Mostly unknown and unappreciated (Eagle Pennell)

Thanks for making this doc and introducing him. Nice work, very enjoyable.

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Awesome, another one of those garage film-makers. Mostly unknown and unappreciated (Eagle Pennell)

Thanks for making this doc and introducing him. Nice work, very enjoyable.

2 members like this review

In spite of the extremely sloppy camerawork (mics and xlr cables dangling in the frame, horrible hand-held shots, poorly set up interviews, etc ) I still enjoyed this film. Any fan of Penell and his work should check it out.

liked it, good