A look at the life and work of independent Texas filmmaker Eagle Pinnell.




Credited cast:
Wayne Bell
Doris Hargrave
Brian Huberman
Eagle Pennell ...
Himself (archive footage)
Lou Perryman


A rich and graceful account of the life and work of regional film pioneer Eagle Pennell, the man whose first feature 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 at once inspirational drama, cautionary tale and worthy tribute to an unfairly maligned trailblazer of independent filmmaking. Written by Mark Rance and Jon Robertson

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March 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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25 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

a documentary and talking with distant friends and relatives about the life and times of Eagle Pinnell.

Though he wasn't very famous or prolific in his career, you feel like you were, at one time, knew, or had a friend who was friends with someone like Eagle Pinnell.

IMO, the best kind of life story is one that you teaches you something. And, in this case, it might be that nothing in this life is by chance and to be taken for granted, the importance of self-discipline, and not take time, talent, opportunity, and, most important of all, yourself for granted.

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