Joe Sandoval, our assignments editor, is generally not too impressed with the caliber of movies today – so when he shared his review of “August Evening” we thought it was important to revisit the film and share his perspective with our readers. Click on the headline and enjoy this special replay.
San Antonio.- Joe Sandoval, our assignments editor, is generally not too impressed with the caliber of movies today – so when he shared his review of “August Evening” we thought it was important to revisit the film and share his perspective with our readers. Click on the headline and enjoy this special replay.
By Joe Sandoval
For most people, the summer of one’s years is noticed only by the person in that summer. It’s not because a lack of caring, but rather it’s something that doesn’t affect anyone but that person.
For the most part I avoid today’s movies. Not because I’m a snob, but how many times can you have a scene with an explosion? A scene with cars being chased or doing the chase? And the all-time favorite, someone being blown away? It’s something that has to be done because the attention span of today’s audience is lost unless one of the above occurs.
Imagine my surprise with “August Evening,” an independent film by Gonzales native, writer-director Chris Eska. Here is a film that holds your attention, because you have been in the situation of the people in the movie or know of someone in that same place.
The film centers on an aging Jaime,Laredonative Pedro Castañeda and his daughter-in-law, Lupe, played by Veronica Loren ofMcAllen, and the bond between them. In fact all the actors, none are professionals, share a bond that many of us have shared and that bond changed our lives.
The movie was filmed in and around Gonzalez, as well as San Antonio, downtown and the near-West Side. Throughout the movie you see familiar landmarks. The Buena Vista Overpass coming into the downtown area. James’ Bicycle Shop onMainand its neighbor, The Alpha Hotel.
When K-Mart was opened across from the police station, the parking lot always had a small traveling carnival in operation. Such a carnival is in the movie and the same sounds that you heard in the night as you drove alongSanta Rosaand down Dolorosa are heard and seen in “August Evening.”
The house that Jaime and Lupe call home on theWest Side is familiar to anyone that’s ever spent time in that part of the city. It’s what they call a ‘shotgun’ house. One room is next to the one you enter and goes on down the line.
Needless to say, there are ups and downs in the movie. The same ups and downs you and I have gone through. The film portrays the resiliency our culture. No problem is too big we cannot overcome it. It’s just something we have to do. And Jaime and Lupe do just that.
The film had its world premier at the Bijou at Crossroads Mall. Now everyone else has a chance to see a labor of love from Eska, the actors and the crew that dedicated their talents to “August Evening” on Netflix by clicking here.
Former mayor Henry Cisneros and council woman Mary Alice Cisneros are supporters of the movie, along with numerous local businesses that worked to ensure sold-out movie houses when the film opened in 2008.
If I were ranking the feature, it’s definitely a thumbs-up.
Web editor’s note: the original review was originally published online by CNP-News San Antonio Bureau in September, 2008 when the film opened in movie houses across San Antonio. We updated just a touch to let you know where you can rent the film.