One of the great marvels of films like The Fugitive or The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is their incredible sense of place. It’s a testament to the talent of the filmmakers involved that Chicago and New York become characters in their own rights; as I’d written of Pelham,
There’s a quality more felt than seen about the film, a sense that what happens in it could only happen in this city, at this time, with these people. And the film’s so much stronger for it.
This is one of the things I love about the San Antonio Neighborhood Film Project (the brainchild of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs). It’s a chance for local filmmakers to bring one of their favorite characters to life onscreen. And it’s a chance for local filmgoers to look at their hometown in whole new lights. So I was looking forward to being a part of last night’s screenings. Continue reading