The Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) and the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) welcome filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi to UT Austin on Monday, April 28, at 5pm in the Smith Building Auditorium. The evening will begin with a screening of Sayles' most recent film, Go for Sisters (2013), followed by a discussion with Sayles and Renzi. Featuring Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, and Yolanda Ross, the movie traces the search for Hamilton's missing son across the Mexico-California border. Mapping the relationships between two women (Hamilton and Ross) and the ex-LAPD officer they have enlisted to help them (Olmos), this "borderland detective tale" has been described by the Austin Film Society as "artfully blending humor and drama" through performances that are "powerful and understated.”
Sayles and Renzi have been creative partners since the early 1970s, collaborating on projects that were pivotal to the evolution of the independent film movement. Sayles, who has directed 18 feature films, is perhaps best know for works such as Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), Passion Fish (1992), and Lone Star (1996). Sayles' work has earned Academy Award, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominations, with The Village Voice describing him just last year as "the very embodiment of the independent spirit." Maggie Renzi has produced the majority of Sayles' films, including the Academy Award nominated Passion Fish and Lone Star. More recently, Renzi co-produced Girlfight (2000), which earned, among many awards, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.