Co-written and directed by Austin’s Annie Silverstein, Bull tells a coming-of-age story set against the world of competitive rodeo. Newcomer Amber Havard stars as 14-year-old Kris, whose rebellious nature and dalliances with petty crime grow worse while her mother serves out her remaining sentence in a Texas prison facility. But then Kris receives an unexpected opportunity to turn her life around when her neighbor Abe, a rodeo bullfighter (The Last Black Man in San Francisco and Just Mercy's Rob Morgan), takes her under her wing. Produced by the Austin-based Monique Walton, Bull screened in the Un Certain Regard section at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Annie Silverstein’s directorial debut, which was scheduled to premiere locally during this year’s now-canceled SXSW Film Festival, will now open March 20 at the AFS Cinema. Annie Silverstein’s 2014 short Skunk, which Monique Walton also produced, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation. Walton also co-produced the 2016 drama We're Still Together. Please note this interview was conducted before the City of Austin canceled this year’s SXSW and makes reference to the film festival.
Update: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bull will now available on VOD/digital beginning May 1.
Aired: March 12, 2020