Humanities Texas will host a free screening of The Mark of War, a new independent film on the Vietnam War by Ricardo Ainslie at Alamo Drafthouse-Montecillo.
“I wanted to represent the Vietnam War through a variety of experiences and perspectives rather than politically or historically,” Ainslie said. “The seven men come from different backgrounds. One was an officer, most were drafted,” he said. “Most of all, I chose them on the basis of their comfort telling their stories.”
Doors to the Alamo Drafthouse, located at 250 East Montecillo Boulevard, will open at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
Following the screening of the 70-minute documentary, Ainslie, will answer questions from the audience.
The Mark of War is a documentary feature film that combines vintage archival footage with deeply personal interviews from seven Vietnam veterans—primarily from Central Texas—who discuss their lives from childhood through boot camp, combat, the culture wars at home, and, ultimately, the return to civilian life.
Ainslie, a psychoanalyst based in Austin, Texas, said his guiding interest for the film was to create a reflective psychological portrait rather than a historical or political treatment of the Vietnam War.
As the veterans reflect on their past and connect their experiences to those of soldiers returning from today’s military conflicts, the film reveals the enduring mark of war on the human spirit.
The Mark of War had its world premiere at the San Diego International Film Festival on October 13, 2018. Humanities Texas’s screenings were held this fall in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas and this spring in Bryan-College Station and Houston.
As a psychologist-psychoanalyst, Ainslie uses books, documentary films, and photographic exhibitions to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest.
Ainslie has directed other film projects (including Crossover: A Story of Desegregation, Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration, Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico, and The Mystery of Consciousness) and authored several books. A native of Mexico City, he teaches at The University of Texas at Austin College of Education.
The film’s editor and producer, David Rosenblatt, brings a wealth of experience (including Boyhood, Mud, and Bernie, as well as other film and television projects) and a remarkable vision to this film. He braids the men’s stories powerfully and seamlessly against a backdrop of carefully selected, rare archival material gleaned from over 400 hours of National Archives footage shot by military cameramen.
The film’s original score was written by composer Brian Satterwhite, who is a professional film composer and a film music radio host based in Austin.
His music has been featured in over 160 short and feature films including The Next Kill, The Lone Ranger, and Sushi: The Global Catch.
For more information on the Humanities Texas screening of The Mark of War go to the film’s website.