Fact and fiction collide in Booger Red, writer/director Berndt Mader’s in-depth analysis of the 2007 indictment of the seven people in Smith County accused of child sexual abuse. The so-called “Mineola Swingers Club” child sex ring case fell apart years in 2011, with six of the seven defendants now free after their sentences were overturned. Based on Texas Monthly articles by Michael Hall, Booger Red unfolds as both documentary and narrative feature as a fictional journalist played by Onur Tukel travels to Smith County to investigate what one defense attorney calls a “Texas frame-up.” Booger Red includes interviews conducted by Tukel with the real defendants, including the still-imprisoned Dennis Pittman, and the defense attorneys involved in the case. There’s also an on-camera appearance by Margie Cantrell, the foster mother who was the driving force behind the “Mineola Swingers Club” accusations. Booger Red takes its title from the nickname of defendant Patrick Kelly, who is also interviewed during the film. Austin-based Berndt Mader previously directed 5 Time Champion. Booger Red will screen 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Texas Spirit Theater and 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 at the Rollins Studio Theatre during the Austin Film Festival.
Aired: Oct. 22, 2015
Web sites: http://www.boogerredfilm.com/ and http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/