Join us as we kick off 72° with a poetry reading and a special screening of the film Yakona featuring a LIVE SCORE!
The program begins at 8pm- Friday, April 21st- The address is 206 N C M Allen Pkwy, San Marcos, TX 78666.
POETRY READING: Please join us at 8pm as the sun sets, to hear several local poets share their river inspired work- Learn more here! Following the reading there will be an introduction of Yakona by the directors of the film, Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda.
ABOUT THE FILM: Yakona, meaning “water rising” in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. The film documents these historic changes to the river.
The film follows the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory, and documenting this relationship between ourselves and the natural world. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity’s higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.
“Upon first entering the crystal clear, spring fed waters of the San Marcos River, one quickly realizes that this river is special. After twelve years of returning to these beautiful waters, we are still mesmerized by the beauty and secrets of this Central Texas river. It remains a source of inspiration and spirituality for us.
Throughout the three year process of filming Yakona, many changes occurred along its banks. The river endured severe drought, although the river’s fragility was made apparent. In May of 2013 the US Census Bureau called San Marcos, Texas, “the fastest growing city in the U.S.,” adding stress on the river with multiple construction projects and new housing developments on top of the aquifer’s recharge zone, which provides flow to the river, and life to 8 federally protected endangered species. Many in our community welcomed development despite its adverse effect on the river. Completing Yakona and getting it out to audiences became a race to inform our community, turning the tide and public sentiment against development that ignores the connection between watershed and rivers.
During Yakona’s inception, we made many stylistic and storytelling choices that we feel help Yakona stand out among environmental documentaries. Rather than tell the river’s story with scientific data or traditional narration, informed interviews or alarm-bell advocacy, we decided to take a different approach. We use pure cinema style, inspired by our love of the Qatsi Trilogy and Baraka, to let the films images tell the story, from the perspective of the river. We feel the effect is intimate and mesmerizing. The film draws the viewer into the loving waters of the river, creates an emotional connection and inspires people to want to preserve and protect the river.”
Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins
We are EXTREMELY honored to present the award-winning film Yakona with a LIVE SCORE, on the banks of it’s namesake. Take a look at the trailer below, and come out at 8pm- Friday, April 21st to San Marcos Plaza Park to see it LIVE!