"The Iron Orchard"
Directed by the Austin-based Ty Roberts, the period drama The Iron Orchard stars Prison Break’s Lane Garrison as a poor oilfield worker out to make his own fortune during the final days of the Texas oil boom of the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Iron Orchard chronicles wildcatter Jim McNeely’s (Garrison) rise and fall as he searches West Texas’s rugged terrain for black gold. Partially filmed in Austin, The Iron Orchard costars Ali Cobrin as McNeely’s first wife Lee, Hassie Harrison as McNeely’s old flame Mazie, and Austin Nichols as McNeely’s loyal associate Dent Paxton. The Iron Orchard is adapted from the 1966 novel that Edmund Pendleton Van Zandt Jr.—the cousin of Townes Van Zandt—based on his experiences in and observations of the oil industry and published under the pen name Tom Pendleton. Van Zandt Jr.’s son Ned Van Zandt even has a role in The Iron Orchard. The Iron Orchard opened March 1 in Austin. Currently a Hutto resident, Dallas-born Lane Garrison played David "Tweener" Apolskis in the first season of Prison Break. He also appeared in 2013 television miniseries of Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive and the 2016 remake of Roots. He just cowrote a screenplay with The Iron Orchard director Ty Roberts based on Jim Dent's nonfiction book Twelve Mighty Orphans, about a Texas high-school football team in the 1920s and the 1930s. Lane Garrison, costar Temple Baker, and director Ty Roberts will participate in post-screening Q&As following the 7 p.m. March 1 screening at the Regal Arbor and the 9 p.m. March 1 screening at the AMC Barton Creek.
Note: The Iron Orchard is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray and for digital streaming.
Aired: Aug. 15, 2019.