When: Wed., May 9, 8 p.m. 2018
Seemingly stronger with each passing year, the legacy of late tejano icon Selena Quintanilla-Pérez thrives in the modern era, inspiring heartfelt tributes, imaginative fan art, big-name covers (by everyone from Thalia to Solange to Bruno Mars) and even a MAC cosmetics line. Adoring fans celebrate her birthday, observe the anniversary of her death and bond over communal hatred for incarcerated murderer Yolanda Saldívar. Filmed partly in San Antonio and released two years after her untimely death, Gregory Nava’s 1997 Selena biopic (starring Jennifer Lopez in a career-launching role) spread the native Texan’s inspiring story and timeless songs to a global audience while her chart-topping crossover album Dreaming of You was still in heavy rotation. Likened by Variety to both “a contemporary fairy tale with an unhappy ending” and a “sentimental, rose-colored portrait,” the film may not be perfect but still stands the test of time as a major peg in the Selena timeline. Texas Public Radio, San Antonio’s Arts and Culture Department and Slab Cinema team up for an outdoor screening at Central Library in conjunction with Made in SA, a Tricentennial series that pops up at venues in the vicinity of locations featured in the films.