A slow ballad to the Austin that once was and now is, writer/director Ben Epstein’s character study Buck Alamo finds Sonny Carl Davis’ ailing outlaw country singer-songwriter spending his final days “mending fences and righting wrongs” in his own indomitable ways. The self-described “hunting, fishing, dog singing cowboy” Buck Alamo, ruined both his career and his family life with his defiant temperament and hard-partying ways. When his health takes a turn for the worst, Buck sets off across Austin to make amends with those he neglected and alienated over the course of many decades. Buck Alamo also stars Lee Eddy as Buck’s estranged eldest daughter Dee, Lorelei Linklater as Buck’s youngest daughter Caroline, Chase Joliet as Caroline’s abusive husband Levi, Texas singer-songwriter George Ensle as himself, and Bruce Dern as the voice of Death. Buck Alamo will screen during the Austin Film Festival at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. David's Episcopal Church and 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the State Theater. Dallas native Ben Epstein, who splits his time between Austin and L.A., makes his narrative feature film debut with Buck Alamo. He previously directed the short film Something Like Loneliness.
Aired: Oct. 21, 2021.