When: Sat., March 17, 8 p.m.
In celebration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary, Texas Public Radio, in partnership with the San Antonio Film Commission and Slab Cinema, will kick off their Tricentennial film series on March 17 with a screening of the silent war film Wings, which won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929. The film stars Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen as two rival combat pilots in love with the same woman, played by actress Clara Bow. Some major aerial scenes from the film were shot at Fort Sam Houston, forever cementing the start of San Antonio’s longstanding relationship with Hollywood productions. According to historian Frank Thompson’s book Texas Hollywood: Filmmaking in San Antonio since 1910, San Antonio was home to the very first movie studio. Thompson will be on hand after the screening to talk about the production history of the World War I drama. The Tricentennial series will continue through May with two more screenings of San Antonio productions. On March 20, Miss Congeniality will screen at the Arneson River Theater. The 2000 comedy stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI special agent who goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant to unmask a domestic terrorist. Then on May 9, Selena will have fans of the 1997 biopic doing the washing machine at Central Library. The popular movie features actress/singer Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role as late tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla, who was murdered at the pinnacle of her career at the age of 23.