Actor Ellar Coltrane will join director Kevin Ford and El Paso’s Zach Passero for a special screening of their feature-length documentary By the River at the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Festival.
Coltrane, Ford and Passero will participate in a 30-minute Q&A after the screening at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 6 in the Philanthropy Theatre.
By the River is billed as an experimental documentary. It’s also part road picture as Coltrane, best known for his performance in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, travels by train from his hometown of Austin to El Paso, Albuquerque, Boulder, Reno and northern California. He reads from poems and books, records ambient sounds and talks to people he meets about life, where they live, creativity and other Big Picture topics.
Locally shot scenes include a conversation between Coltrane, Passero and El Paso writer and musician Justin Stone in Pioneer Plaza, across from the Plaza Theatre entrance.
Additionally, Passero will screen a portion of an animated project on which he’s working.
Tickets to the By the River screening and Q&A are $4, on sale at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.