"Horton Foote: The Road to Home"
With her documentary Horton Foote: The Road to Home, Austin-based director Anne Rapp paints a portrait of her friend Horton Foote against the backdrop of his Texas hometown of Wharton, the inspiration behind the fictional town of Harrison that plays a prominent role in the writer’s plays, films, and television productions. Filmed in the two years leading up to Foote’s 2009 death, Rapp’s documentary argues that to understand Foote and his writing you must first know and appreciate Wharton. Rapp captures Foote, then in his early 90s, at home in Wharton as he works on his final stage plays, 2008’s “Dividing the Estate” and 2009’s “The Orphans' Home Cycle.” Foote discusses the impact of Wharton on his life and work, his transition from acting to writing, his Oscar-winning adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the filming of his original screenplay, Tender Mercies, which won Foote and star Robert Duvall Academy Awards. Horton Foote: The Road to Home will stream during the 2020 virtual Austin Film Festival, which runs Oct. 22-29. Director Anne Rapp’s career as a script supervisor began with 1983’s Tender Mercies, working with screenwriter Horton Foote and director Bruce Beresford, and continued with such films as Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, True Stories, Crimes of the Heart, The Accidental Tourist, Uncle Buck, Death Becomes Her, That Thing You Do!, and The Green Hornet. Rapp wrote two screenplays for director Robert Altman, Cookie’s Fortune and Dr. T & the Women. Rapp also wrote the CMT variety show Stars Over Texasand co-wrote the Bob Willis musical A Ride With Bob.
Aired: Oct. 15, 2020