Documentary film screening of Eagle Pennell's digitally restored film, "Last Night at the Alamo," Brian Huberman and Eric Alan Edwards original cinematographers, South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas.
Speaking at SXSW 2016 screening of Eagle Pennell’s Last Night At The Alamo (second from left). Thanks to Alfred Cervantes for sharing the photo.
On March 14 of this year I was invited by Louis Black Productions to attend a screening of the restored version of Last Night at the Alamo at the Ritz cinema as part of SXSW 2016. As cinematographer of the film I was unaware that a restoration was necessary as I had only recently deposited two original prints of the film in the Wittliff Collection at the Texas State University in San Marcos. The Independent Film Channel currently own the rights to the film and possess the 35 mm negative. Last Night at the Alamo didn’t require restoration it only needed a new print struck from the negative.
The SXSW screening was well attended and a digital copy of the film managed to entertain despite a couple of soft focus shots revealing glitches in the transfer process. Following the screening Leonard Maltin, long time friend of Louis Black invited the “restorers” on stage to bask in their glory as if they had been the actual filmmakers. Finally I climbed onto the stage unannounced in an attempt to remind the audience who the actual filmmakers were. Had I seen the poster that had been made for the restored film (shown below) I would have already known what a blatant act of theft had transpired. None of the original film crew who did the hard work are included.