"The Big Raincheck"
In 1981, Walter Reuben began production in Austin on his feature film debut, The Big Raincheck. The film starred Maryanne Hayes as an heiress searching for her missing zombie brother. Circumstances prevented Reuben from finishing The Big Raincheck, and he did not feel compelled to return to the film until more than three decades later. While the footage shot in 1981 remained intact, the script was lost and Maryanne Hayes had died. So Reuben, now living in California, choose to complete The Big Raincheck as a non-fiction/fiction hybrid that documents the production of the film against the footage he shot in Austin and a new narrative thread about a director returning to complete the film he abandoned. In its new incarnation, The Big Raincheck also offers an invaluable historical perspective on Austin’s gay community in the early 1980s before and after the advent of AIDS. The Big Raincheck writer/director Walter Reuben previously directed the 2014's The David Whiting Story. The Big Raincheck will screen 12:45 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Alamo South Lamar during the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival.
Aired: Sept. 8, 2016
Web sites: http://www.thebigraincheck.com and http://agliff.org/