The cinema of assassination has a new entre.
In The Monitor of Brownsville, Texas, native son Tony Zavaleta, talks about his independently made JFK film that will open in November.
“In ’The Bystander Theory,’ Liz Jennings, played by Wendy Zavaleta, Tony’s wife, inherits a house and all the possessions in it from a grandfather she never knew. The house is in a small, fictional town called Brockmeyer, which is actually Lockhart — a small town east of San Marcos with more than 12,000 residents.
“But the suspense begins right away, Zavaleta said, as Liz is approached by conspiracy-theorist radio personality Shamus Fuller, who is played by Brad Leland, an actor known for his work in the movie and television show ‘Friday Night Lights.’
“‘He’s a local personality and gets word her grandfather may have been involved in the assassination,’ Zavaleta said.
“And from there, the plot thickens as government ‘spooks’ start making sometimes violent appearances and the overall mood in Brockmeyer becomes dangerous.”
Sounds like Zavaleta is trying to do something more than recycle the official theory of a lone nut.
Other JFK films coming in the next two months include:
“Parkland,” starring Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden and Zac Efron.
“Letter to Jackie,” a documentary about condolence letters sent to the First Lady.
“Blackbird,” a feature film written and directed by David Mamet.