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Directed by Roberto Minervini



98 minutes



Stop the Pounding Heart

Texas Premiere!

On Friday, August 8, a Q&A follows the screening. Guests include filmmaker Roberto Minervini; Sara, LeeAnne, and Tim Carlson; and Colby Trichell.

Italian-born filmmaker Roberto Minervini captures the lives of a devoutly Christian goat-farming family in Texas with a distinctive hybrid approach that fuses documentary and fiction. The Carlsons’ daily lives revolve around work on the farm, selling their dairy products to neighbors and at farmer’s markets, and Bible study. The main story line follows the lovely teenage daughter Sara and her flirtation with Colby, a young rodeo rider whose lifestyle is vastly from her own. Following its premiere at Cannes last year, the film earned awards including the 2014 David di Donatello Award (Italy’s Oscar) for best documentary. 

About the Filmmaker
The peripatetic Roberto Minervini, who lives in Houston part-time, has spent the past decade teaching film in the Philippines, studying for his doctorate in cinema in Spain, and steadily making shorts and features that have earned him numerous awards and critical acclaim.