"At the Ready"
Directed by Maisie Crow, and produced by Hillary Pierce, the Sundance Film Festival documentary At the Ready focuses on El Paso students enrolled in Horizon High School’s law enforcement course and Criminal Justice Club. Their training, intended to prepare the predominately Hispanic seniors for a future in local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, plays out against the fallout of the Trump Administration’s harsh immigrant policies changes and the contentious 2018 Senate Race between Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) and incumbent Ted Cruz. The documentary also examines what it means to be Hispanic in a border city where good-paying jobs are scare outside of law enforcement. At the Ready will screen 6 p.m. Jan. 31 as part of the Austin Film Society’s 2021 Sundance Film Festival drive-in screenings at Pioneer Farms. The Sundance Film Festival also will provide virtual screenings of At the Ready on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. At the Ready is the recipient of an Austin Film Society grant and director Maisie Crow and producer Hillary Pierce met through the Austin Film Society Doc Intensive Program. The Marfa-based Maisie Crow previously directed the documentary Jackson; former Austinite Hillary Pierce, who recently relocated to Marfa, produced the documentary The River and the Wall and served as the coordinating producer for Tower and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story.
Aired: Jan. 21, 2021