‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ film about state slated at PACT


Make plans to see a film about Texas while enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of the Port Aransas Community Theatre Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, and 8 and 9.

“Deep in the Heart of Texas” is a film celebrating the uniqueness of the state, featuring the diverse landscapes and wildlife that can only be found in Texas.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $6 per person for general admission seating. They can be purchased online at www.portaransascommunitytheatre.com, or at the door.

Ray Dillahunty, stage and scenery creator at the PACT, saw the movie at a screening in Corpus Christi and thought it needed to be shown at the PACT. He contacted the film’s producer and persuaded her to show the film in Port Aransas.

“I was struck by how stunningly it portrayed Texas and how the ideas of conservation were so subtlety woven into the story,” he said.

The film’s website offered a synopsis:

“Told through the eyes of wildlife species ranging from the mysterious blind catfish to the elusive mountain lion, the story follows our ever-changing relationship with the natural world and showcases our ability to destroy, conserve and recover wildlife and the habitat we mutually depend on.

“Narrated by Matthew McConaughey and featuring state-of-the-art cinematography, this family-friendly film journeys from the highest peaks in West Texas, through our aquifers, rivers, and bays and deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

“Deep in the Heart” aims to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale.”

The dolphin, redfish and marlin sequences in the film were shot in the Port Aransas area.

The production team includes director and writer Ben Masters, who is best known for feature-length documentaries.

Austin-based film producer, writer and graphic artist Katy Baldock is a co-producer along with Jay Kleberg. Kleberg previously served as associate director and director of conservation initiatives for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, among his other accomplishments.

The director of photography is Skip Hobbie, editor is Sam Klatt and original music is by Noah Sorota.

The PACT is located at 2327 State Highway 361.

For more information about the film and to view the trailer, go to deepintheheartwildlife.com.

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